Exporting a horse to the USA from Australia is relatively simple. There is no requirement for vaccinations, blood testing or pre-export quarantine prior to departure from Australia. Although blood testing prior to export from Australia is not mandatory, it has become a standard procedure and is always highly recommended to ensure a horse returns a negative result on arrival in USA.
- Blood testing to include, but not limited to
- EIA (Equine Infectious Anaemia)
Vaccinations are generally optional, however EI (Equine Influenza) vaccinations may be required for competition purposes. You may also choose to vaccinate for prevalent diseases as a precaution.
We recommend all horses are micro-chipped and / or branded.
Pregnant mares must not be over 300 days since last service date at the time of export.
All horses will be inspected by an appointed Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) Veterinary Officer prior to export.
On arrival in the USA all horses must undergo a standard USDA post import quarantine for a period of 72 hours. During this time blood samples for EIA (Equine Infectious Anaemia) , EVA (Equine Viral Arteritis) are taken plus a number of other tests for diseases which are not found in Australia — all tests must return a negative result.
Prior to shipment all veterinary requirements, vaccinations, quarantine, export documentation and any blood testing will be co-ordinated by EIAF.
Current flights for horses travelling to North America depart from Sydney International Airport and arrive in New York (JFK). Note that horses travel via China, transit permits can take 4-6 weeks to obtain and this must be taken into account when selecting your flight date.
For more information on specific requirements for exports from Australia to USA, please contact our office.