Exporting of Greyhounds
Under GA rules any person exporting a greyhound(s) to another country (excluding New Zealand) must prior to meeting the requirements of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) obtain a Greyhound Passport.
Specifically GAR 44 (1) states that,
(1) Any person bound by these Rules or those of a relevant Registration Controlling Body who is intending to export a greyhound from Australia or New Zealand to any other country must:
(a) first, obtain a greyhound passport and certified pedigree issued by Greyhounds Australasia; and
(b) having obtained a greyhound passport, meet the quarantine and inspection service requirements of the country the greyhound is to travel to.
All exporters must apply for the Greyhound Passport directly with GA. This application will be assessed in line with the GA Board approved August 2023 policy which states:
Where the intended destination for the export of a greyhound is an unregulated country or jurisdiction (including where Greyhounds Australasia has no formal association with a recognised central regulatory authority), a Greyhounds Australasia Passport will not be granted.
From August 1, 2023, GA Recognised Racing & Breeding Authorities are limited to:
- Great Britain – Greyhound Board of Great Britain
- Ireland – Greyhound Racing Ireland
- Ireland – Irish Coursing Club
- United States of America – National Greyhound Association
Exemption of destination requirements for GA Greyhound Passports may be made for greyhounds that have been retired in accordance with the GA Rules and are being exported for the purpose of companion animal/pet.
All GA Greyhound Passport applications and provisions remain a Fee Free Service.
Under the revised policy, the destination exemption has been extended to a complimentary GA Greyhound Passport application for non-registered persons (third-party owners) of retired greyhounds seeking export.
The Greyhound Passport for a retired greyhound is subject to confirmation that the greyhound is compliant with the GA Rules, in particular:
- GAR 22 Notification of retirement, and
- GAR 24 Mandatory sterilization of greyhounds retired as pets.
A Greyhound Passport can only be issued following the receipt and approval of a completed Greyhounds Australasia Greyhound Passport application form – available here.