Bringing cats or dogs to New Zealand

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 will be a minimum of $NZ153.30 for the first animal in a consignment, and additional animals will each be $NZ76.65. Consignments are defined as up to 6 animals from the same property of origin travelling on the same Air Way Bill. 
  • For animals travelling on Qantas or Air New Zealand flights, payment of MPI fees must be made at least 5 working days before arrival (see form below). Animals travelling on Virgin Australia and Emirates can pay via Menzies Aviation on arrival.
    Payment for MPI Veterinary Inspection Form Link to Word document (186 KB)
  • 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)

To import your cat or dog to New Zealand, follow the cat or dog timeline below.

New Zealand is free from many serious diseases and pests such as rabies, heartworm, and most ticks. The biosecurity requirements are in place to manage the risk of introducing unwanted diseases, pests and animals.

All of the requirements in the Import Health Standard (IHS) must be fulfilled before your cat or dog can come to New Zealand. Additional information is available in the Import Health Standard for Cats and Dogs Link to PDF document (147 KB) and the Guidance Document Link to PDF document (283 KB), or from animalimports@mpi.govt.nz

More information for cat and dog imports

 

This is a quick guide/timeline for preparing your cat for import to New Zealand. It is for guidance only and must be used in conjunction with the current Import Health Standard and Guidance Document for Cats and Dogs.

Checklist for CATS

    We recommend that you contact a professional pet exporter in your country to assist with arranging tests, treatments, flights, import permits, shipping crates, etc. Some airlines require a pet exporter to book flights for animals, as this adds assurance that all requirements will be completed at the appropriate time prior to departure.
  Check that your country is an approved country for exporting cats to New Zealand All cats GUIDANCE DOCUMENT: Approved Countries for Cats and Dogs Link to PDF document (283 KB)
  Print out the model Veterinary Certificates A & B for your country category (1,2 or 3) All cats GUIDANCE DOCUMENT: Model veterinary certificates Link to PDF document (283 KB)
  Get an approved Microchip All cats The microchip:

i. Must be implanted before initiating any vaccinations, tests and treatments.

ii. Must be scanned and the number recorded on all vaccination and treatment records, tests and certification.

  Rabies vaccination Cats from Category 3 countries only if this is your pet’s first (primary) rabies vaccine it must be given at least six months before shipment and no longer than one year before shipment OR If this is a booster vaccination, it must be given within one year of shipment
  Rabies titre test Cats from Category 3 countries only Not less than three months and not more than 24 months prior to shipment
  Make reservation at quarantine facility Cats from all countries except Australia

As soon as you know your pet's date of departure 
Quarantine Facilities for Cats and Dogs

  Apply for an import permit Cats from all countries except Australia At least six weeks before shipment 
Application Forms
  If you need to bring medication for your cat All cats on medication The completed declaration (offsite link to www.foodsafety.govt.nz) with a copy of the veterinarian’s prescription label must be provided to a MPI Inspector before or on arrival in New Zealand. Generally up to a three month supply will be given clearance. For further information, contact ACVM.
  First external parasite treatment AND first internal parasite treatment All cats In the 30 days prior to the date of shipment and at least two weeks prior to the second treatment
  Second internal parasite treatment All cats In the 4 days prior to the date of shipment
  Send advance notification Link to PDF document (283 KB) of arrival to MPI at port of arrival All cats At least 72 hours before scheduled time of arrival
  Inspection and official certification AND second external parasite treatment All cats In the 2 days prior to shipment Veterinary Certificates A & B must be completed and stamped

 

This is a quick guide/timeline for preparing your dog for import to New Zealand. It is for guidance only and must be used in conjunction with the current Import Health Standard and Guidance Document for Cats and Dogs.

Checklist for DOGS

    We recommend that you contact a professional pet exporter in your country to assist with arranging tests, treatments, flights, import permits, shipping crates, etc. Some airlines require a pet exporter to book flights for animals, as this adds assurance that all requirements will be completed at the appropriate time prior to departure.
  Check that your country is an approved country for exporting dogs to New Zealand All dogs GUIDANCE DOCUMENT: Approved Countries for Cats and Dogs Link to PDF document (283 KB)
  Print out the model Veterinary Certificates A & B for your country category (1,2 or 3) All dogs GUIDANCE DOCUMENT: Model veterinary certificates Link to PDF document (283 KB)
  Get an approved microchip All dogs The microchip:

i. Must be implanted before initiating any vaccinations, tests and treatments.

ii. Must be scanned and the number recorded on all vaccination and treatment records, tests and certification.

  Rabies vaccination For dogs from Category 3 countries only If this is your pet’s first (primary) rabies vaccine it must be given at least six months before shipment and no longer than one year before shipment OR If this is a booster vaccination, it must be given within one year of shipment
  Rabies titre test For dogs from Category 3 countries only Not less than three months and not more than 24 months prior to shipment
  Make reservation at quarantine facility For dogs from all countries except Australia As soon as you know your pet's date of departure
Quarantine Facilities for Cats and Dogs
  Apply for an import permit For dogs from all countries except Australia At least six weeks before shipment 
Application Forms
  If you need to bring medication for your dog All dogs on medication The completed declaration (offsite link to www.foodsafety.govt.nz) with a copy of the veterinarian’s prescription label must be provided to a MPI Inspector before or on arrival in New Zealand. Generally up to a three month supply will be given clearance. For further information, contact ACVM.
  First external parasite treatment AND first internal parasite treatment All dogs In the 30 days prior to the date of shipment and at least two weeks prior to the second treatment
  Heartworm test

AND

Leptospirosis test or treatment

All dogs

Dogs from all countries except Australia

In the 30 days prior to shipment
  Babesia gibsoni test(s)

AND

Brucella canis test

AND

Babesia canis treatment or test

Dogs from all countries

Dogs from all countries except Australia

Dogs that have resided or travelled in South Africa

IFA or ELISA test in the 16 days prior to shipment OR PCR tests on samples collected 30 to 37 days apart with the second sample collected in the 16 days prior to shipment

Within 16 days of shipment

One injection of imidocarb dipropionate at 7.5 mg/kg IM in the 16 days prior to the date of shipment OR IFA or ELISA test within 16 days of shipment OR PCR tests on samples collected 30 to 37 days apart with the second sample collected in the 16 days prior to shipment

  Heartworm treatment AND Second internal parasite treatment Dogs from all countries In the 4 days prior to the date of shipment
  Send advance notification Link to PDF document (283 KB) of arrival to MPI at port of arrival All dogs At least 72 hours before scheduled time of arrival
  Inspection and official certification AND Second external parasite treatment All dogs In the 2 days prior to shipment Veterinary Certificates A & B must be completed and stamped

Page last updated: 19 November 2014