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.


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


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


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.