Shipping Pets To New Zealand

When taking pets to New Zealand it is extremely important to ensure that all import requirements have been met and that your pet is as comfortable as possible on what usually is, a long journey. As an experienced pet relocation to New Zealand specialist, we will work with you to plan the best trip possible for your pet.

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New Zealand pet transport information and requirements for the importation of cats and dogs. Below is a summary of the main points only.

Animals must be shipped in IATA (International Air Transport Association) approved transit kennels that allow the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down and turn around.

There is currently a minimum 10 days quarantine stay for cats and dogs entering New Zealand from the UK.

All Cats & Dogs must be vaccinated against Rabies with an approved inactivated virus vaccine or recombinant vaccine expressing the rabies virus glycoprotein. The primary vaccination is to be given not less than six months and no more than one year prior to date of shipment. If a booster vaccination - the vaccine was given not more than one year prior to the date of shipment.

(Please NOTE: The Rabies Vaccination must be kept up-to date from date of sample collection for rabies titre test - to date of shipment). Rabies Titre Test (at least four weeks after rabies vaccination). The dog has been subjected to a FAVN or REFIT rabies neutralising antibody titration test (as prescribed in the OIE Terrestrial Manual) on a sample collected not less than three months and not more than 24 months prior to the date of shipment with a result of at least 0.5IU/ml.

From the UK the following paperwork is required:

A) An Import Permit and booking with an approved Quarantine facility in either Auckland or Christchurch is required. A list of the approved Quarantine facilities can be found on the NZ MPI website. All animals must be identified with a microchip (approved ISO types only). Import Permits take 20 working days to be processed.

B) An Official Export Health Certificate, which must be applied for from UK APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency). Section A is to be completed and certified by your OV (Official Veterinarian) within 48 hours of the flight (Section B on a separate sheet will be completed by an Airport Veterinarian at the point of embarkation).

– On two occasions, the first being within 30 days, and the second within 4 days prior to export (being at least two weeks apart), treatments for nematodes and cestodes (internal parasite treatment) must be given.

– In the case of dogs only, blood tests for Dirofilaria and Leptospirosis (or specific treatment with antibiotics for Leptospirosis) must be completed and submitted to APHA Weybridge within 30 days of departure with negative results (more tests will need to be done if any positive results are obtained).

- Lepto/DHP and KC is required from the Quarantine stations

- See attachment for Checklist and step by step guidlines

Dog Checklist

Cat Checklist

In the case of the antibiotic treatment for Leptospirosis, a 14 day course must be completed during the 30 days prior to export. – In the case of dogs only, blood tests for Brucella Canis (RSAT or TAT) and Babesia Gibsoni (IFAT or ELISA) must be completed and submitted to APHA Weybridge within 16 days of departure. Alternatively 2 PCR tests for Babesia Gibsoni can be completed on samples taken 30 to 37 days apart, with the second being taken within the 16 days prior to departure. Again, the blood for testing must be submitted to APHA Weybridge. Dogs with conclusively positive test results for Babesia are not eligible for Import regardless of treatment. Note Babesia Canis treatment or test is only applicable for dogs that have resided in or travelled to South Africa. – In the case of dogs only, treatment for Heartworm is required within 4 days of departure with either with Milbemycin or Moxidectin.

– Yearly vaccinations are to be up to date including Kennel Cough for Dogs. Cats must be vaccinated against the following for entering quarantine- Feline Panleukopenia(enteritis), Feline Rhinotracheitis & Feline Calicivirus. Your chosen Quarantine Station in New Zealand will be able to give you a full list of the vaccinations they require.

If you are planning to take your pet abroad then please do get in touch and our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer all your questions.

As our 5* reviews attest, we will work with you every step of the way to make sure your pet arrives at your destination, safely and in good health.

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