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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.

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Pet Passport New Zealand

Dog 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:

This completes a pet passport for your dog or cat to enter New Zealand.

Dog Passport Andorra

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.

Veterinary Inspection Posts: Aukland, Wellington and Christchurch

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: Chinchillas can only be imported from the United Kingdom. Rabbits can only be imported form Australia. Birds are not permitted to be imported to New Zealand. Ferrets, guinea pigs, mice, rats, reptiles, and snakes cannot be imported to New Zealand from any country.

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.

The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to New Zealand. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.

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