Melbourne Pet Transport

Need to send your pet to or from Melbourne (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. 

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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 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




"We now have Brenna and Erin at home with us in Penang. They are fine and settling in well. We would like to sincerely thank all the teams in Houston and Malaysia for their assistance, professionalism and dedication in making sure that our pets were treated well and taken care of."

Gordon & Michelle Hart

"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."


"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 than 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

"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."


"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