Pet Passport New Zealand
New Zealand is a rabies free country with very strict regulations for importing a pet dog or cat.
Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to New Zealand from a rabies free country or a country with a low incidence of rabies.
The following countries are recognized by New Zealand as being rabies free: Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Singapore, Taiway and Vanautu. The Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Christmas Island, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guines, Pitcairn Island, Saipan, Solomon Islands, Tongs, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna and Western Samoa are also recognized as rabies-free by New Zealand.
The following countries are recognized by New Zealand as where rabies is absent or well controlled: United States & Canada, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Austria, Argentina, Bahamas, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibralter, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Isle of Man, Israel, Jamaica, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia (Peninsular, Sabah & Sarawak only), Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Netherland Antilles, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent Grenadine, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay and US Virgin Islands.
If your pet has resided in one of the above countries for a period not less than six (6) months, here are the requirements for taking a dog or cat to New Zealand:
- Your pet must be microchipped with the ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
- Rabies vaccination after microchip insertion. (Your pet must be at least 3 months old.)
- Blood Titer Test not less than three (6) months and not more than twelve (12) months prior to entry.
- Permit to Import is required for all countries except Australia.
- Veterinary Certificate for New Zealand issued by an accredited veterinarian to be endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada respectively. If your pet is traveling from another country, the Governing Authority responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse your forms.
- 24-48 hours before your dog or cat can enter New Zealand, it must be treated against certain ticks and tapeworms. Your pet must also have additional treatments and testing shortly prior to travel.
- Quarantine for a minimum of 10 days if you follow the regulations of New Zealand Government. No quarantine is required if entering from Australia. Keep in mind that it takes four to six months to get all the endorsements necessary, so plan ahead. New Zealand does not require dogs and cats from Australia to have a Permit to Import and there is no post-arrival quarantine required.
This completes a pet passport for your dog or cat to enter New
Note: If your pet has not resided in one of the above countries for a period of at least 6 months, it will not be permitted to enter New Zealand. You can either reside in an approved country for at least 6 months or submit a request for inclusion by submitting information from the government veterinary authority regarding rabies status and control measures and programs in place to control rabies. Requests will be prioritized and considered quarterly.
Dogs and cats must arrive as manifest cargo and can only transit
through approved countries (see above).
Breed Restrictions: The following breeds are banned from import: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Perro de Presa Canario and American Pit Bull Terrier.
Banned Animals: The following animals may not be
imported to New Zealand: birds, reptiles, mice and rats, guinea pigs and
ferrets. Rabbits may be imported only from Australia with an Import
Permit. Chinchillas may be imported from the UK only.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country like New Zealand, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the pet.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease
communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to
New Zealand. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a
licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter New Zealand. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a
turtle or parrot, you should verify that
it is not protected under the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits
if this is the case. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
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