Taking Your Dogs and Cats to Australia

Dogs and cats from New Zealand may enter Australia with an export certificate without the need for an Import Permit.

Veterinary practices (offsite link to mpi.govt.nz) approved by the New Zealand government (MPI) have veterinarians approved to certify dogs and cats being exported to Australia and can provide you with the export certification required. Many private veterinarians in New Zealand are approved to do this and have the necessary export certificate to complete.

Information for veterinarians - Certification for cats and dogs to Australia

Managing the export process

  1. Check (offsite link to www.mpi.govt.nz) your pet meets the Australian export requirements by reading the latest requirements.
  2. Check your local veterinary clinic is a MPI Approved Veterinary Practice and make appointment on a day a Veterinarian approved to certify cats and dogs to Australia is available.
  3. If your normal veterinary clinic is not approved search here to find an alternative veterinary clinic that is approved:
    List (offsite link to mpi.govt.nz) of Approved Veterinary Practices approved to provide certification for dogs and cats to Australia.
  4. Check with your airline if they require you to use a pet exporter. We highly recommend that you use the services of a registered pet export company as they are familiar with the protocols and procedures necessary to export pets overseas.
  5. Organise a pet exporter (offsite link to www.mpi.govt.nz) if required.
  6. An approved cage (offsite link to www.iata.org) will be required. Your pet exporter can arrange this as will as provide you with the costs of exporting your pet.
  7. If a pet exporter or a representative is used, organise for a Justice of the Peace, or other authorised person to take an owner statutory declaration (offsite link to www.mpi.govt.nz), to allow the pet exporter or a representative to complete the certificate, declaration forms are also available from Approved Veterinarians and Pet Exporters.
  8. Ensure your pet is microchipped and have any required tests done.
  9. Your Approved Veterinarian will organise an examination, to check your pet is physically fit to travel. The flea and worm treatment that is required can be done at this examination.
  10. If you have any concerns about exporting a dog breed considered dangerous, please refer to part 4.7 of MPI's Export Programme for Cats and Dogs to Australia (offsite link to www.mpi.govt.nz).

For assistance please contact the Animal Exports Team on: animalexports@mpi.govt.nz

Page last updated: 3 July 2015