Brisbane, Australia Pet Transport

Need to send your pet to or from Brisbane (BNE)? 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 Brisbane 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. 

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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 Brisbane, Australia move there while their pet awaits the end of the waiting period in Melbourne. 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.


Australia Information

Each airline at the Melbourne airport has their own arrangement for the carriage of pets. Make sure to check your airline restrictions before bringing your pet if you plan to complete the trip by yourself. You can find this information under pets on the facilities and services page of the Melbourne Airport website

There is also a pet hotel near the airport called Hanrob Pet Hotel. Follow the link to 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!

Plan on moving your pet by yourself? Here are some helpful pet transportation guide from the Australia government. 



"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

"Cats are fine and have settled in very quickly. No signs of stress after their stay and the vet and subsequent journey. Your people did an excellent job in looking after them and we are very pleased with the service. Many thanks."


"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

"Thanks so much for all your help relocating the furry part of our family. You guys have been great and I will happily recommend you to anyone I know who is moving."


"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

"I’d like to thank all of you for your excellent care of my dogs (and me too!) during this move. Believe me, I have a newfound appreciation for pet transport services! I had never moved with pets before where I needed assistance with flights, etc., and it’s quite a production, isn’t it? I am especially grateful for the updates that you sent while we were waiting for confirmed space on the flight; while the pups were clearing customs in Quito; and during the process of caring for them and sending them onward from Quito. Thank you Sherry for taking care of Bruce and Moxie in Houston and for preparing them and delivering them to United Airlines."


Cesar arrived and is doing well and has adjusted to life in Hong Kong. Thank you again for all your help with achieving this for us. Angela on this end was fab, and very helpful. Can you please send Sherry my regards and thanks. Her help is most appreciated."