Eligibility

Residency: Cats and dogs must have been continuously living in the Republic of South Africa for a minimum of nine (9) months immediately prior to export.

Clients travelling from non-approved countries can contact our offices for assistance 011 976 3030.

Age:

Cats and dogs must be at least nine (9) months old at the time of export.

Pregnancy:

Cats and dogs must not be more than 3 weeks pregnant nor be suckling young at the time of export. Pregnant animals must meet the minimum 30 day quarantine requirement in Australia.

Cat Breeds:

In accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), cats derived from a serval cat (Felis serval) are not eligible for importation into Australia. This includes cats derived from crossbreeding a domestic cat (Felis catus) with a serval cat or with a savannah cat (Felis catus x Felis serval).

Dog Breeds:

Under the legislation of the Australian Customs Service, dogs of the following pure-breeds are prohibited and are not eligible for importation into Australia:

  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brazileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario

Hybrids:

Any other domestic/non-domestic animal hybrids (eg. Bengal cats or wolf crosses) are not eligible for import unless they are 5 generations or more removed from their pure-bred non-domestic ancestors. Contact the Wildlife Permits and Enforcement Section, The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) phone: +61 2 6274 1111 for further information.