Pet Transport to New Zealand

New Zealand pet transport information and requirements for the importation of cats and dogs.

This is a summary of the main points only.

Animals must be shipped in IATA approved transit kennels that allow the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down and turn around. It is a requirement that cats and dogs are shipped as manifest cargo and not as excess baggage. 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.(NOTE 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 AFFIT 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, Christchurch or Wellington is required. All animals must be identified with a microchip (approved ISO types only).
B) An Official Export Health Certificate, which must be applied for from DEFRA. Section A is to be completed and certified by your LVI within 48 hours of the flight (Section B on a separate sheet will be completed by Portal Veterinarian).
On two occasions, being within 30 days, and within 4 days prior to export (being at least two weeks apart), treatments for nematodes, cestodes and trematodes (antiparasitical treatment) must be given.
–  On two occasions, being within with 30 days and within 2 days prior to export (being at least two weeks apart), tick treatment is required (FRONTLINE).
In the case of dogs only, blood tests/treatment for Brucella Canis, Dirofilaria and Leptospirosis (or specific treatment with antibiotics) must be submitted to the relevant authority within 30 days of the flight with negative results (more tests will need to be done if any positive results are obtained).
In the case of dogs only. Babesia Gibsoni testing (IFA or Elisa) is required to be completed within 16 days of departure. 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 traveled to South Africa.
For dogs over 6 months of age only, a heartworm (Dirofilaria) test Antigerm Elisa Test is required.
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 inluding Kennel Cough for Dogs. Cats must be vaccinated against the following for entering quarantine- Feline Panleukopenia(enteritis), Feline Rhinotracheitis & Feline Calicivirus.
C) The original clearance of notifiable diseases certificate (Form EC618 or 618NDC) from DEFRA. The vet at the airport must have this in order to sign the third section of the Health Certificate. The LVI doing section A does not require this.
D) A written declaration regarding residency, age and pregnancy as laid down in the regulations. 


Other information:

The full set of requirements must be obtained from your local Animal Health Divisional Office. Please request from DEFRA a Specimen copy of the relevant Health Certificate as what needs to be done become somewhat clearer than just referring to the notes.

New Zealand Consulate Tel 0207 930 8422, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand Tel 0064 4 4727171 or 0064 4 4989624 Fax 0064 4 4744132.


Please also take a moment to review our other page regarding New Zealand: Dog to New Zealand


Last updated 20/02/2016

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