Bringing Your Pets to New Zealand: All You Need to Know

Bringing your pet to New Zealand involves meeting several requirements set by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to ensure the safety and health of both the incoming pets and the local environment. Here are the general requirements:

1. Eligibility and Approved Countries

  • Approved Countries: Pets can only be imported from countries approved by MPI. The list of approved countries includes many nations, but it’s important to check if your country is on the list.
  • Species Allowed: Only cats and dogs are permitted as pets. Other animals such as birds, reptiles, and rodents generally have stricter regulations or are not allowed.

2. Microchip

  • Your pet must be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. This should be done before any vaccinations or treatments.

3. Vaccinations

  • Rabies Vaccination: Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. The timing of this vaccination depends on whether the country of origin is rabies-free or not.
  • Other Vaccinations: Depending on the country of origin, other vaccinations might be required, such as for leptospirosis, canine distemper, parvovirus, and hepatitis for dogs, and feline panleukopenia for cats.

4. Rabies Titer Test

  • Rabies-Free Countries: This test is not required.
  • Rabies-Affected Countries: A rabies titer test (blood test) must be done at least three months before export to confirm the presence of rabies antibodies.

5. Parasite Treatments

  • Pets must receive treatments for internal and external parasites before travel. These treatments need to be administered within specific time frames before departure.

6. Veterinary Certificates and Health Checks

  • A government-approved veterinarian must examine your pet and complete the required health certificates. This examination ensures that the pet is free of infectious diseases and parasites.

7. Import Permit

  • An import permit from MPI is required. You need to apply for this well in advance of your planned travel date.

8. Quarantine

  • Depending on the country of origin, pets may need to stay in quarantine for a period upon arrival in New Zealand. This is typically 10 days, but it can vary.

9. Transport Requirements

  • Pets must be transported in an IATA-approved pet carrier. The pet should be comfortable and the carrier should be of an appropriate size.

10. Biosecurity Clearance

  • Upon arrival, your pet will be inspected by MPI officials to ensure all requirements have been met and the pet is healthy.

Useful Links and Contact

  • MPI Website: For detailed and the most up-to-date information, visit the MPI website.
  • Contact MPI: If you have specific questions, contact MPI directly via their contact details provided on the website.

Ensure you start the process well in advance of your planned travel date to accommodate all the necessary steps and avoid any delays.

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