Importing and Exporting Bearded Dragons

Live animals including birds, fish and reptiles (bearded dragons) are prohibited to be imported to Australia except under quarantine conditions approved by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS). The Import case details for the commodity – Reptiles, pets Live states that the control of live animal imports is determined by Biosecurity Australia and that to date no import conditions have been developed for reptiles. This means that reptiles will not be coming into Australia.

The list of species that can be imported into Australia ( CITES – Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) can be found on the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website. Pogona are not on the list. In short, bearded dragon’s cannot be imported to Australia.

There are rules around exporting animals for commercial purposes with some clauses for pets. Regardless Pogona (Bearded Dragon) may not be exported from Australia. Check with the authorities before you make your decision. Unlikely things have changed but worth the phone call to confirm.

Whilst care has been taken in gathering the information which has included speaking to the authorities, it is not guaranteed in any way namely because things can change quickly. Ensure you contact them prior to your trip. The authorities in this case refer to the Australian Governments Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Further information can be found on the Australian Governments Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website under Importing and Exporting Live Plants and Animals

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