Here are some good sites that will give you information on import requirements and quarantine in general for Australia. I have also added some links for information on other countries.


Importing Domestic Animals into Australia
Guide to importing cats and dogs from approved countries

Conditions for importing dogs and cats vary depending on the country of origin.

Category 1

No quarantine in Australia

New Zealand

Category 2

30 days quarantine in Australia

Bahrain, Barbados, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (includes Tahiti, Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, Austral Islands, Tuamotu Islands, Gambier Islands), Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of Ireland, Japan, Malta, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Vanuatu. 

Category 3A

60 days quarantine in Australia

American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Wallis and Futuna, Western Samoa.

Category 3B

60 days quarantine in Australia

Christmas Island, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tuvalu.

Category 4

Minimum 30 days quarantine in Australia

Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Macau, Peninsular Malaysia, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Sabah, Sarawak, Seychelles, Slovenia Republic, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent Grenadin, Saipan, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein), Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Yugoslavia Republic (including Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo).

Category 5

120 days quarantine in Australia

Republic of South Africa

Category 6

All other countries

Australian Offshore Territories

No quarantine in Australia

Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island

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For cats or dogs to be imported into or exported from Australia, they must be shown to be free from disease. This capability outlines procedures for submitting blood samples from your cat or dog for testing at CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL).

Tests undertaken at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)

CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory can undertake the following tests (subject to minimum testing fee):

Serological Test Dogs Cats

Cost in $AUD where
GST does not apply

Cost in $AUD where
GST applies

Rabies virus neutralization test (RFFIT)* Yes Yes



Nipah virus serum neutralization test (SNT) Yes Yes



Nipah virus enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) Yes Yes


Brucella canis tube serum agglutination test (SAT) Yes No


Ehrlichia canis immunofluorescent antibody test (IFAT) Yes No

$127.27 (first test)
($63.64 for each additional test if you have more than one dog tested at the same time)

$140.00 (first test)
($70.00 for each additional test if you have more than one dog tested at the same time)

Leptospira canicola microscopic agglutination test (MAT) Yes No



Hendra virus serum neutralization test (SNT) Yes Yes



Hendra virus enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) Yes Yes



Minimum testing charge




AAHL Accessions Administrators
CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)
5 Portarlington Road
Fax: +613 5227 5555
Web Site
Email: Enquiry form

AQIS Animal Quarantine Offices





New South Wales

2 Hayes Rd,
Rosebery, Sydney

(02) 9364 7396

8:00am to 11:00am


Quarantine House, Landside Rd,
Tullamarine, Melbourne

(03) 9338 3344

8:30am to 11:45am


Mt Pleasant Laboratories
Dept of Primary Energy & Fisheries,
Kings Meadows

(03) 6336 5334

By prior arrangement

North Queensland

Airport Administration Centre,
Cairns International Airport, Cairns

(07) 4030 7800

By prior arrangement


Qantas Drive,
Eagle Farm, Brisbane

(07) 3246 8731

8:30am to 12 noon

South Australia

8 Butler St,
Port Adelaide

(08) 8305 9752


Western Australia

Market Square,
280 Bannister Rd (Cnr Ranford Rd),
Canning Vale

(08) 9311 5333

10:30am to 12 noon.

Northern Territory

John England Building,
Berrimah Farm,
Makagon Road, Berrimah. NT 0828

(08) 8999 2093

8:00am to 4:20pm

Australian Capital Territory

Edmund Barton Building,
Blackall Street,
Barton ACT

(02) 6272 4581

11.00am to 12.00pm

2.30pm to 4.30pm

Quarantine Accommodation in Australia

Byford Quarantine Station, Western Australia Location & State Address Contact Details
Eastern Creek
Quarantine Station
Sydney, New South Wales
60 Wallgrove Rd
Eastern Creek
NSW 2766
Phone: 61 (0)2 9625 4566
Fax: 61 (0)2 9832 1532
Web Site
Spotswood Animal
Quarantine Station
43-47 Craig St
Victoria 3015
Phone: 61 3 9391 1627
Fax: 61 3 9391 0860
Web Site
Quarantine Station
Western Australia
Nettleton Road
WA 6122
Phone: 61 8 9525 1763
Fax:  61 8 9526 2199
Web Site


  Visiting Your Pet in Quarantine

You can visit and interact with your pet during its stay in quarantine. As visiting hours differ between stations, please refer to the relevant station below for details.


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