Australia Pet Transport

Need to send your pet to or from Australia? 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:

  • 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 Deppartment of Agriculture and Water Resources website, which discusses the topic. 

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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 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 arrangements for pet shipping. Follow the link to learn the details. And if you are looking for maps to help you get around then follow this link


"You guys are amazing. You provided a great service. It was awesome how we received photos and tracking information (without even asking) all through a trip which we have to admit had us a bit nervous…… it turned out, we had nothing to worry about whatsoever. Seriously, we can’t thank you enough for taking such great care of our dogs, we really appreciate it. We wouldn’t recommend using anyone else and we would 100% use you guys again."

Australia to Houston, TX

"Greg and I wanted to thank you very much for all your work to get Pepper safely back to Australia.

I know that we bombarded you guys with a lot of anxious emails at one of your busiest times of the year. We wanted to put on the record that we sincerely thank you for all your guidance and patience with us, and especially for taking on Pepper’s move at a time when we were having trouble getting traction with another service provider – you got us back on track, and very quickly."

Kris and Greg
Houston, TX to Australia

"Taz and Titan arrived safe and sound last week. I want to thank you and your company for all the help that you have given to Christina and me with moving our pets halfway around the world. We will definitely use you and your company with our move back in 2 years."

Michael T.
Sterling, VA to Alice Springs, Australia

"Kira and Warf are now out of quarantine and starting to enjoy their new lives in Sydney.

Their stay with AQIS seemed good and the staff there was helpful and kind. Both cats were very relaxed the entire time and enjoyed their periodic visits from friends and family. They are amusingly still a little disoriented in their new home as it is substantially larger that the 1 bedroom NYC apartment they have been resident in for the last 4 years and thus go walk-about and get lost every now and then but all in all a very successful relocation exercise!

So thank you to you, your team and your associates in LA and OZ, for everything and making this part of our relocation worry free."

Jenni N.
New York City to Sydney, Australia

"Thank you for your e-mail. Everything has gone very well and the kitties behave as if they were never gone. I will recommend your company to anyone I know of having to transport their pets from the US. I have been particularly happy about the process being hassle-free, according to plan and according to the agreed costs!"

New Orleans, Louisiana to Perth, Australia

"Thanks for the call this morning. I was a little nervous for Nugget but know that she is in good hands. The lady who greeted her this morning was really good and Nugget ran up to her and immediately rolled on her back for a tummy rub. After that she eagerly jumped into the back of the van and they took off. I gave originals of all the paperwork I had so I know Nugget is ok paperwork wise."

White Plains, NY to Brisbane, Australia

"To all of my wonderful caregivers and fans around the world (!), I wanted to let you know I came home today to my new home in Neutral Bay. I meowed half the way home and have been talking pretty consistently since I stepped out of my carrier. I am so happy to be with my family and am a little overwhelmed by my new digs. I can’t quite figure out if this is for real or not, but sure am hoping it is! Once I get it all snooped out I am sure I will find a nice place to snuggle and get really settled in. I can’t believe how far I have traveled – it is pretty amazing, particularly for a 21 year old cat. Guess I’m a pretty tough old guy! My dad took a picture of my mom (or “mum” as they say over here) holding me soon after we got home. There is also one just of me. Both are attached. I think you’ll agree, I’ve still got those charming good looks you likely remember (I really like the picture of me in profile!)! I couldn’t have made this trip without all of you! You all looked after me with so much love and care, it will forever warm our hearts and bring smiles to our faces. We can’t say “thank you” enough."

Connecticut to Sydney, Australia

"Many thanks indeed to everyone involved in the process; it did all work very smoothly. I really appreciate all the care and attention which you and the others showed towards the cats and to dealing with any issues arising. I am enclosing a couple of snaps which may be useful for your website! I’ll also let you know how the cats adapt in the longer term! All the best to you and your colleagues, with much appreciation!"

Boston, MA to Australia