A Guide to Moving Dogs and Cats from China to Australia via Singapore

Are you a pet owner residing in China with dreams of moving to Australia? While the process may seem daunting, especially when it involves your furry friend, fear not! At Ferndale, we specialize in pet travel logistics and are here to guide you through every step of relocating your pet from China to Australia via Singapore.

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Moving your pet from China to Australia requires careful planning and adherence to strict regulations set forth by the Australian government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE). Due to China’s categorization as a rabies-risk country, direct travel of pets from China to Australia is not permitted. However, there’s a solution: relocating your pet to a designated Group 2 country for six months prior to flying to Australia. And Singapore happens to be one of these countries.

How Does the Pet Relocation from China to Australia Process Work?

  1. Research and Planning:

Begin by familiarizing yourself with the requirements outlined by the Australian government for importing pets. This includes obtaining necessary vaccinations, microchipping, and health certifications for your dogs and cats.

Dogs must be vaccinated for:            

-Bordetella bronchiseptica

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Cats must be vaccinated for:

-Feline Enteritis


  1. Choose a Group 2 or 3 Country:

In this case, Singapore fits the bill. As an approved rabies-free country, pets can safely reside there for the required six-month period before continuing their journey to Australia.

  1. Preparation in China:

Before departure, ensure your pet meets all import requirements, such as health and rabies vaccination mandated by China and Australia. This may include taking dogs and cats to the veterinarian for necessary treatments and paperwork.

  1. Transit in Singapore:

Once your pet arrives in Singapore, they’ll need to undergo additional health checks and fulfill any remaining requirements specified by Australian authorities. Our team at Ferndale has offices in both China and Singapore, equipped with bilingual staff to assist you every step of the way. We can help check on your pet during their stay in Singapore, keep you closely updated, and do all the travel steps for you while they stay in Singapore.

  1. Final Leg to Australia:

After completing the six-month stay in Singapore and fulfilling all necessary requirements, your pet will be ready for the final journey to their new home in Australia.

Pets Arriving in Australia

After completing quarantine in Singapore, pets from China can fly on any airline but must arrive directly at Melbourne International Airport. After your pet arrives at Melbourne International Airport, DAFF officials will collect it and transfer it directly to the Mickleham Post Entry Quarantine Facility. Pet dogs and cats must stay at the Centre for 10 to 30 days before they are released to your care. If your pet shows symptoms of sickness or other conditions that could increase their risk of spreading disease, their time at the quarantine centre will be extended.

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Why Ferndale is Your Best Choice for Pet Relocation from China to Australia via Singapore

At Ferndale, we pride ourselves on being more than just a pet travel company. We’re your dedicated partner throughout the entire relocation process, offering comprehensive services tailored to your specific needs. Here’s why we’re the best provider for your pet relocation from China to Australia:

  1. Expertise and Experience

With 30 years of experience in the pet travel industry, we’ve successfully facilitated countless relocations, including complex international moves. Our team possesses in-depth knowledge of the regulations and requirements set forth by various countries, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free journey for your pet.

  1. Comprehensive Services

From initial planning to final destination, we handle every aspect of pet relocation from China to Australia with precision and care. Our services encompass everything from health checks and documentation preparation to flight arrangements and post-arrival assistance. You can trust us to manage every detail, leaving you free to focus on other aspects of your move.

  1. Dual Presence in China and Singapore

What sets us apart is our strategic presence in both China and Singapore. With offices in key locations, including Hong Kong and Singapore, we offer localized support and expertise every step of the way. Our bilingual staff fluent in both Mandarin and English ensures clear communication and seamless coordination between countries.

  1. Personalized Approach

At Ferndale, we understand that every pet and pet owner has unique requirements. That’s why we take a personalized approach to each relocation, tailoring our services to suit your preferences and circumstances. Whether you have specific scheduling needs or special requests, we’re here to accommodate them.

  1. Commitment to Pet Welfare

Above all, we’re deeply committed to the welfare and safety of your pet. From selecting pet-friendly airlines to providing guidance on pet care during transit, we prioritize your pet’s comfort and well-being throughout the relocation process. You can rest assured knowing that your furry friend is in good hands with Ferndale.

  1. Transparent Communication and Support

We believe in keeping pet owners informed and involved every step of the way. Our team provides transparent communication, keeping you updated on the progress of your pet’s relocation and addressing any concerns or questions you may have. We’re here to provide support and guidance whenever you need it.

  1. Seamless Transitions

Our goal is to make your pet’s transition to Australia as seamless as possible. By handling all logistics and paperwork with efficiency and accuracy, we minimize stress and ensure a smooth journey for your pet from start to finish. Let us take care of the details so you can focus on settling into your new home.


When it comes to pet relocation from China to Australia, Ferndale Kennels stands out as the premier choice for pet relocation services. With our expertise, personalized approach, and commitment to pet welfare, we’re here to make your relocation experience a positive and memorable one. Contact us today to begin planning your pet’s journey with confidence and peace of mind.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I bring my pet from China to Australia?

To bring a pet from China to Australia, ensure that your pet meets all the necessary health and vaccination requirements specified by Australia. After that, you must import your cat or dog directly from an approved country like Singapore. Once your pet has been brought to Singapore, you can proceed with the necessary steps, such as a 180-day quarantine period and other additional requirements to bring pets to Australia.

What are the requirements for relocating my pet from China to Australia via Singapore?

The requirements include microchipping, vaccination against rabies and other diseases, a waiting period, and fulfilling specific health certification standards set by both China and Australia.

Will my pet be quarantined upon arrival in Australia?

Yes, Australia requires pets to undergo quarantine upon arrival to meet biosecurity standards. The quarantine period is 10 to 30 days. If your pet shows signs of illness, its time at the quarantine centre will be extended.

Does my dogs and cats have to fly into Melbourne?

Yes. Dogs and cats must arrive directly at Melbourne International Airport and will be transferred to the post-entry quarantine facility.

Dr Matthew Murdoch

Dr Matthew Murdoch

Veterinary Surgeon, Director

Dr Matthew is a UK-trained practicing Veterinarian and a globally recognized expert in pet travel who is committed to providing safe and smooth journeys for your beloved pets. His compassion and care for animals are second to none.