Rules & Regulations

Transport Requirements:

  • Qantas Pets must be over 12 weeks of ages.
  • Virgin Airlines will accept puppies and kittens from 8 weeks of age with a fit to fly certificate from your local vet.

To see more regarding our transport requirements, please see our Rules & Regulations page.

Should you wish to learn more about travelling with Qantas or Virgin Airlines, please select from the below Airlines:

Please note the following dog breeds (including crossbreeds) are prohibited for import into Australia under “The Customs (prohibited imports) Regulations 1956” and will not be accepted for travel:

  • Fila Brasilerio
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • American Pit Bull and other Pit Bull Breeds
  • Perro de Presa Canario (Presa Canario)           
  • Domestic/non-domestic hybrids (e.g. dog-wolf crosses) are also prohibited under the “Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999”.
  • Czechoslovakian wolfdog or Czechoslovakian Vlcak
  • Saarloos wolfdog or Saarloos wolfhound
  • Lupo Italiano or Italian wolfdog
  • Kunming wolfdog or Kunming dog.


Brachycephalic (snub-nosed/flat-faced) breeds must be booked through selected pet travel specialists. Health requirements and flight restrictions apply. Find out more

Certain breeds of dogs cannot be imported into Australia as they’re classified as ‘dangerous animals’ under federal legislation, including:

  • Pit Bull and American Pit Bull terriers
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Brazilian Fila and Mastiff
  • Presa Canario.

American Staffordshire Terriers must be transported in a CR-82 reinforced cage or an airline approved guard dog cage before flying.


Special Import Requirements for bringing a dog into Tasmania.

Tasmania is the only Australian state to be provisionally free of hydatid disease. To keep it that way, Tasmania has special Import Requirements that you must meet before you can bring your dog into the State. Tasmania is also not known to have an established presence of some dog parasites, including the brown dog tick.  The brown dog tick transmits ehrlichiosis, a serious disease of dogs present in some parts of mainland Australia. To help keep hydatids out of our state, and to reduce the risk of the brown dog tick infecting our dogs, Biosecurity Tasmania requires that a declaration be made by people bringing dogs to Tasmania. On their entry into Tasmania dogs will need to be declared as having been treated for hydatid tapeworm, and that they have also been checked for ticks. The Declaration Form is available on the Biosecurity Tasmania website