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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
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Pet travel from the U.S. to Australia

This country allows USDA Accredited Veterinarians to use USDA’s online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) to complete health certificates.

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USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Electronic Signature Accepted
USDA APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature Digital Endorsement Accepted
The health certificate bears digital signature/seal
Before going to VEHCS: Scroll below this banner to view animal-specific requirements.

To process some health certificates, VEHCS may need the USDA Accredited Veterinarian to upload the completed fillable PDF version found below. Either save a copy of the PDF below, or return to this page for the health certificate, if prompted by VEHCS.
USDA Accredited Veterinarians, log in here if you wish to use VEHCS.
USDA Accredited Veterinarians, help with using VEHCS is available on the VEHCS Help Page. To walk yourself through issuing a health certificate in VEHCS, click here.
NOTE: The printed paper endorsed health certificate must accompany each shipment. USDA Accredited Veterinarians can print the health certificate from VEHCS once it is endorsed.

IMPORTANT MICROCHIP INFORMATION- Please Click Here!

You must use the health certificate posted here on the APHIS Pet Travel Website. The health certificate provided in the required Australian-issued import permit is not specific for pets from the United States.

Blood samples for pre-export testing must be collected by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian. The laboratory submission form must be completed by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian that drew the blood and must include the animal’s microchip number and the blood sampling date.

After the pet’s USDA Accredited Veterinarian has issued (completed and signed) the health certificate, you must have the health certificate and laboratory reports endorsed (counter-signed and embossed/sealed) by your local USDA APHIS Veterinary Services Endorsement Office.

For general information about procedures for traveling to Australia with a dog or cat, visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs


Parasite Treatments

A list of external and internal parasite treatments specifically approved by Australia can be found at:   
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs/step-by-step-guides/parasite-treatment

Click here for information about external parasite treatments not specifically approved by Australia


U.S. States, except Hawaii and Guam:

Update: For all import permit applications submitted from January 20, 2020 onwards, the dog or cat will be eligible for export to Australia once 180 days have passed since the date the blood sample is received by the testing laboratory for the rabies titer test. Click here for more information: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/ba2020-a01.pdf

Annotated certificate for dogs from the US (other than Hawaii and Guam) to Australia

Instructions and health certificate for dogs from the US (other than Hawaii and Guam) to Australia

Hawaii or Guam:

Annotated certificate for dogs from Hawaii and Guam to Australia

Instructions and health certificate for dogs from Hawaii and Guam to Australia

IMPORTANT MICROCHIP INFORMATION- Please Click Here!

You must use the health certificate posted here on the APHIS Pet Travel Website. The health certificate provided in the required Australian-issued import permit is not specific for pets from the United States.

Blood samples for pre-export testing must be collected by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian. The laboratory submission form must be completed by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian that drew the blood and must include the animal’s microchip number and the blood sampling date.

After the pet’s USDA Accredited Veterinarian has issued (completed and signed) the health certificate, you must have the health certificate and laboratory reports endorsed (counter-signed and embossed/sealed) by your local USDA APHIS Veterinary Services Endorsement Office.

For general information about procedures for traveling to Australia with a dog or cat, visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs


Parasite Treatments

A list of external and internal parasite treatments specifically approved by Australia can be found at:   
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs/step-by-step-guides/parasite-treatment

Click here for information about external parasite treatments not specifically approved by Australia


U.S. States, except Hawaii and Guam:

Update: For all import permit applications submitted from January 20, 2020 onwards, the dog or cat will be eligible for export to Australia once 180 days have passed since the date the blood sample is received by the testing laboratory for the rabies titer test. Click here for more information: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/ba2020-a01.pdf

Annotated certificate for cats from the US (other than Hawaii and Guam) to Australia

Instructions and health certificate for cats from the US (other than Hawaii and Guam) to Australia

Hawaii or Guam:

Annotated certificate for cats from the US (other than Hawaii and Guam) to Australia

Instructions and health certificate for cats from Hawaii and Guam to Australia

BICON houses the Australian Government's Biosecurity import conditions database for more than 20,000 plants, animals, minerals and biological products. It will help you to determine what import conditions exist and if an import permit is required. Please refer to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' Importing to Australia page for more information about BICON

Considerations for airline travel:

Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any. 

Additional information for pet owners, airlines, and others about APHIS endorsement of international health certificates.

View requirements for returning to the US with your pet



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