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The The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment is the Animal Quarantine 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 Animal Quarantine Authority.
Tasmania has additional Travel Rules to follow.
Contact the The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment
- Confirm any specific requirements with all Animal Quarantine 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).
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.
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.
Means of Travel
Information relevant to travel via different modes of transport within Australia.
Airlines in Australia
Information pertinent to airline travel with an Assistance Dog in Australia, as well as an overview of the requirements of several major Australian airlines.
Cruise Ships for Australia
Information for boarding or disembarking cruise vessels with an Assistance Dog in Australia.
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.
Norfolk Island Travel Rules
Norfolk Island is an external territory of Australia and has its own travel rules established by the Norfolk Island Regional Council and the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.
You can contact the Department by email at Norfolk.Island@agricuture.gov.au for more information.
Australian Public Access Laws
Requirements and rights covering Assistance Dogs and their Handlers.
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