Veterinary Requirements

Find out how to make sure that your pet is protected against the spread of disease...


Dogs and cats being imported must be vaccinated against rabies with an approved inactivated rabies virus vaccine within the 12-month period prior to arriving in Australia. At the time of vaccination the dog or cat needs to be at least three months old.

Ensure the veterinary centre completing the vaccination is a government approved laboratory in the AQIS approved country of export.

  • For a list of approved vets and laboratories: Click here

In addition to the rabies vaccination, pets need to be vaccinated against the following:


  • Distemper
  • Infectious hepatitis
  • Canine parvovirus (parvo)
  • Para-influenza
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough)
  • Canine influenza virus (for dogs exported from USA after 1 April 2011)


  • Feline enteritis (also known as feline panleucopenia or feline distemper)
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Calicivirus

Testing for Dogs

Within 30 days prior to the animal leaving the country of origin, the pet owner must arrange for a government approved vet to scan the dog's microchip and draw blood samples for the testing of:

  • Ehrlichiosis (tropical canine pancytopaenia)
  • Brucellosis
  • Leishmaniosis
  • Leptospirosis

The blood must be sent to an approved laboratory for testing and the report must be recorded in English, on an official letterhead, signed by an authorised officer at the laboratory. The blood sample date must be recorded and the dog's microchip number linked to the test result.

Failure to complete these requirements may result in the animal not being permitted to enter Australia or cause significant delays for the animal to gain approval.

AQIS Import Permit

On vaccination, a certificate stating this has been completed is provided to the owner and needs to be presented to the Official Government Veterinarian when completing the application for import.

The application form needs to be completed and submitted online or by post, with the accompanying evidence and documentation attached to the application form.

  • For information on how to correctly complete the application form: Click here

A fee will have to be paid when lodging the application and can be paid by either American Express, Visa, MasterCard and bank cheques in Australian currency.