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The The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment is the Responsible Authority for the entry of dogs to Australia.

For Australia, read both the Assistance Dog and Standard (pet) Dog Travel Rules provided. For any contradictions, clarify with the Responsible Authority.

Tasmania has additional Travel Rules to follow.

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Contact the The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

Be prepared

  • Confirm any specific requirements with all Responsible Authorities before booking your trip. This includes both entering/leaving any country and all airline/cruise line requirements.
  • The Travel Process can take several months so leave plenty of planning time for your trip (except for valid EU Pet Passport travel).

Travel Rules for Assistance Dogs

The links below detail concerns specific to Assistance Dogs. Visiting these links will open another website.

Assistance Dog Eligibility Criteria

There is no standard that all countries follow for recognising Assistance Dogs. Check whether your dog qualifies.

Bringing Assistance Dogs into Australia

The process for bringing a recognised Assistance Dog into Australia.

Cruise Ships for Australia

Information for boarding or disembarking cruise vessels with an Assistance Dog in Australia.

Travel Rules for Standard (pet) Dogs

These links detail the process for Standard (pet) Dogs, which Assistance Dogs may still need to follow. Visiting these links will open another website.

Bringing all dogs into Australia

The process for bringing all dogs into Australia.

Taking all dogs out of Australia

The process for taking all dogs out of Australia.

Miscellaneous Information

Extra information that is specific to the region or country.

Tasmanian Travel Rules

Tasmania has its own Travel Rules in addition to those set for the whole of Australia.

Australian Public Access Laws

Requirements and rights covering Assistance Dogs and their Handlers.

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