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Melbourne, Australia Pet Transport

Need to send your pet to or from Melbourne, Australia (MEL)? Let our team of pet shipping experts help. Whether you’re sending your pet domestically or internationally, our professional team of experts will ensure your pet arrives safely.

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All pets that enter Australia are subject to a strict set of rules. Here is a brief outline of the requirements:

  • Must fly into Melbourne initially and then transported to Sydney or picked up in Melbourne. Melbourne has the only quarantine facility, which is required by Australia.
  • Microchip
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Blood test for rabies antibodies
  • General Vaccinations
  • Additional blood tests for dogs
  • Import Permit and quarantine reservation
  • Ten days quarantine from the US

One hundred and eighty (180) days must elapse from the date that the blood is sampled for the test (with a “passing” result) before your pet can enter quarantine in Australia.

Once the blood sample for the RNAT test is collected in an approved country, there is no requirement for the animal to remain 60 days or 90 days in the approved country and this period is not added to the period of PEQ. Once the animal has returned an acceptable RNAT test result of greater than or equal to 0.5 IU/ml, the animal can, prior to export from the approved country, travel to any country, however, all testing, treatments, and examinations required by the import permit conditions can only be completed in an approved country. Post-entry quarantine in Australia for dogs and cats is 10 days (minimum). 

Learn more about the specifics of moving your dog or cat to Australia by visiting the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website, which discusses the topic. 

What we can do for you:

  • Make sure that all paperwork and vet work is correct
  • Obtain an Import Permit
  • Book the quarantine facility
  • Complete final veterinary certificates and get them endorsed by the USDA
  • Flea and tick treatment
  • Flight booking
  • Have the quarantine station meet your pet upon arrival
  • Deliver your pet to you after the 10 days of quarantine, if needed

Most of the pet owners whose pets we ship to Melbourne, Australia move there while their pet awaits the end of the waiting period. Starwood will take good care of your pet and ship your pet safely. We will inform you of your pet's full itinerary before the trip and we will update you as your pet travels.

We are also able to ship pets out of Australia to anywhere in the world.

For more information simply call us at (239) 344-8959 or check out the resources below to learn more about our animal transport services.

Airport Information

Each airline at the Melbourne airport has their own arrangement for the carriage of pets. Make sure to visit your airline's website to find out more information on pet travel. 

The airport also offers the Hanrob Pet Hotel which is located just moments from the airport. Learn about the most unique pet hotel in Australia, which offers spacious runs, indoor play yards, dog training, outdoor grass dog parks, doggy daycare, and much more!

Have questions about the Melbourne airport? Check out their FAQs page

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