Your Pets

Cats and Dogs from Australia

Please note the following changes implemented from 1 December 2014:

  • MPI requires 5 working days notification by airlines to book an MPI veterinary inspection. 
  • Inspection times are:
    • Auckland               7:00 – 19:00
    • Wellington            15:30 - 17:00
    • Christchurch        13:00 – 17:00
  • Fees have been estimated to be $NZ153.30 for the first animal in a consignment, and each additional animal $NZ76.65. Consignments are defined as up to 6 animals from the same property of origin travelling on the same Air Way Bill.
  • The following cats and dogs (including assistance dogs) will not be cleared at the border on arrival and may be directed to a quarantine facility (at the importer’s expense):
    • animals that are not available within the inspection times
    • animals arriving without sufficient notification
    • animals arriving without payment arrangements
    • animals that do not comply with the Import Health Standard and Guidance, including those with ectoparasites (ticks and fleas)

Cats and Dogs

For information on bringing cats or dogs to New Zealand

Other pets that may be imported


Chinchillas can be imported from the United Kingdom only.

You will need to follow the Import Health Standard. All biosecurity requirements must be met before your chinchilla can enter New Zealand.

An import permit is required.

Fish (ornamental)

You can import ornamental fish that are listed in Appendix Two of the Import Health Standard (IHS). All biosecurity requirements listed in this IHS must be met before importation is allowed.

The fish will need to be quarantined on arrival at an approved transitional facility. See section Quarantine in New Zealand of the IHS for quarantine time requirements.

List of quarantine facilities Link to PDF document (52 KB) you can contact to see if they will quarantine your fish. Once you have made the quarantine arrangements you will need to apply for an import permit.


Importing Horses from Approved Countries


Rabbits may be imported from Australia only.

You will need to follow the Import Health Standard. All biosecurity requirements must be met before your rabbit can enter New Zealand.

Importing Rabbits from Australia

An import permit is required.

Pets you may not bring to New Zealand


New Zealand has a unique population of rare and endangered birds. Because of its isolation it also has a unique disease freedom status with regards to a number of major diseases of birds and poultry. In order to keep this status no imports of live birds can be allowed until the risks of such imports have been thoroughly examined and an import health standard has been developed.

MPI is developing an import risk analysis for live psittacine birds (including parrots, budgerigars and cockatiels) to examine all the potential risks associated with importing parrots and the possible ways of managing these risks. An Import Health Standard can then be developed. This process involves extensive research and consultation and can take a few years to complete. You can subscribe to the MPI animal imports mailing list to be notified of progress with new standard development.

If the bird you wish to import is not a psittacine bird you will need to request an import health standard to be developed.

For further information on risk analysis and import health standard development.


Guinea Pigs

Mice & rats (except laboratory animals)




For further information regarding live animals, animal products and germplasm (semen and embryos) contact

Page last updated: 28 November 2014