New Caledonia Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Pets can only enter New Caledonia having lived in the following countries: France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand.
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 12.
New Caledonia requires an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner. The microchip number must be present on all documentation required to import your pet to the country.
You must apply for an Import Permit from the Veterinary Inspection Service, Food and Phytosanitary division of the Directorate of Veterinary Affairs. The original document must be available when clearing customs. An application for quarantine must accompany the import permit as well as the original of the results of the titer test (see step 4), rabies vaccinations, proof of residency in the originating country.
Unless your pet is entering New Caledonia from French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Vanutau, New Zealand or Australia, your pet cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies not less than 6 months and not more than 12 months prior to entering the country. Puppies and kittens cannot be vaccinated for rabies prior to 3 months of age.
Your dog must have been vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and kennel cough (parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica) not less than 14 days and not more than 12 months immediately prior to entering New Caledonia. Vaccinations must not expire for at least 30 days after entering New Caledonia.
Cats must be vaccinated against coryza (calicivirus and rhinotracheitis), infectious panleukopenia and chlamydia at least 14 days but not more than one (1) year prior to entry. Vaccinations must not expire for at least 30 days after entering New Caledonia.
Rabies Titer Test
Unless your pet is entering New Caledonia from French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Vanutau, Australia or New Zealand, a rabies titer test is required. The test should be administered more than 3 months and less than 12 months prior to entry. Blood samples can be processed at EU-approved laboratories.
Within 4 days of entry, a licensed veterinarian must complete the Veterinary Certificate for New Caledonia which must be endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If traveling from another country, the Governing Authority responsible for the import and export of animals must endorse the forms for you. This form must be submitted via email to the Veterinary Inspection Service, Food and Phytosanitary division of the Directorate of Veterinary Affairs. The health certificate must be in English or French.
Ticks & Tapeworm Treatment
Before your cat or dog can enter New Caledonia it must be treated twice for internal and external parasites, once no more than 30 days before entry and the second time no more than 4 days before entry. There must be at least 14 days between treatments.
Entering New Caledonia by Air
Pets should enter New Caledonia via La Tontouta International Airport. Pets must enter as cargo and in sealed crates.
Notice should be given to veterinary officials so they will be available to inspect your pet upon landing. All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the entry airport. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Post Import Procedures
Pets entering all approved countries will be quarantined for 10 days at the government facility at Paita. Pet are not allowed to enter New Caledonia from any other country other than those listed above.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens under the age of 3 months may not enter New Caledonia from any country. If born and raised in French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Vanutau, Australia or New Zealand, your puppy or kitten can enter New Caledonia if all other conditions are met.
The following breeds and their mixes are not permitted to enter New Caledonia - Terrier (Pit Bulls), Mastiff (Boerbulls) Tosa, American Staffordshire Terrier and Rottweiler.
Exporting Pets from New Caledonia
An export permit and proof of various vaccinations is required to export your pet from New Caledonia. Additionally, all required documentation for your pet's destination country must be available.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but will have to meet other requirements. 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 (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. .
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com 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 your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your 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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