Taking Pets to New Zealand
Anyone who has seen New Zealand’s stunning mountains or idyllic coastline will not be surprised to hear that it is still one of the most popular destinations for expats. Pet lovers planning to travel or relocate there can also rejoice! There are more companion animals living in New Zealand than there are humans! Nearly a third of households have a dog, so it's not surprising to learn that Kiwi cities are pretty canine-friendly.
Pets in New Zealand are considered to be an extension of the family. Leashes and picking up after your pet in public is mandated and the rules are stringently enforced, resulting in heavy fines if not followed. It’s common in NZ to find cafés, etc., where they have water bowls outside for your dogs and plenty of space for them to curl up while you have a drink or a bite.
Bringing your pets to New Zealand is a lengthy process, as they have some of the most rigorous rules for importing animals.
- If your pet has not resided in one of the countries that New Zealand authorities consider rabies-free or controlled for at least 6 months, it will not be permitted to enter. Your pet must reside in an approved country for at least 6 months.
- Your pet must be microchipped with an ISO-compliant microchip.
- A rabies vaccination should be administered after microchipping, no less than 6 months and no more than 12 months, before traveling to New Zealand
- An import permit must be applied for at least 6 weeks in advance which will be valid for 6 months or until the expiration of the rabies vaccination. Proof of prior vaccinations is also to be provided.
- A rabies titer test is to be done in 3 months and not more than 24 months prior to entry.
- Dogs must be tested and treated for Leptospirosis within 30 days of travel. If your dog is 6 months or older, it must have a heartworm test and be treated against heartworm within 30 days of travel.
- Other tests for dogs include Brucella canis which must be administered at least 16 days before travel and must have 2 treatments against internal and external parasites within 30 days of entering New Zealand.
- Your pet will be subject to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days after entry.
- Unvaccinated puppies and kittens less than 3 months old may not enter New Zealand.
- The breeds of Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Perro de Presa Canario and any type of American Pit Bull Terrier are not allowed import to New Zealand.
Regarding the complicated and precise nature of the process to be followed for importing your pet to New Zealand, you should consider hiring professional assistance to help with your pet’s relocation. If you are planning on travelling to New Zealand with your pet dog or cat, get a free quote here on our website by entering your travel and pet details. You can get in touch with us for a professional consultation by calling +91-9257123123 or write to us at [email protected]