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5 important things to know before bringing your pets along to New Zealand

5 important things to know before bringing your pets along to New Zealand

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When travelling to New Zealand or thinking to moving at this beautiful country you need to decide whether you wish to bring your pet along or not. Obviously your pet is like your family member so it should too be considered to travel along with you if there is no one back home to look after. Also if you are permanently moving to this country then also it is better to bring your loving pet along.

But there are few things to understand before you take this decision. It is because every country has its own rules and laws in case of transportation of animals and bringing in pets.  Here are 5 important things to know and clear your doubts in case you are bringing in pets to New Zealand.

1. Know the animals that you can bring in to New Zealand

This is very important aspect. Commonly cats and dogs are the pets that are allowed in New Zealand.  If you are bringing your cat or dog from nearby Australia, you will only need a post-arrival inspection, but for all other countries there are more specific requirements that need to be met. There are several breeds of dog that are banned from import — the American pit bull terrier, Brazilian fila, dogo Argentino, Japanese tosa, and Perro de Presa Canario. So that means no entry to these breeds.

The other pets that you can bring in are rabbits and guinea pigs which can be imported from Australia and UK.

There are different criteria for aquatic animals and horses, as set out by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

2. Know the health requirements for your pets

There are specific health requirements that must be met before you can bring your pet into New Zealand. You will need to pay at least one visit to the vets before you leave. Both cats and dogs must be microchipped and fully vaccinated for rabies before you bring them to New Zealand; a rabies titre test is required for pets from most countries, including the UK. All dogs also require a heartworm and babesia gibsoni test, and all dogs apart from those from Australia need a leptospirosis and brucella canis test too. Both cats and dogs need to have internal and external parasite treatments, with cats also requiring a second internal and external parasite treatment. You can find information about all of the tests and treatments that cats and dogs must undergo in the Important Health Standards (IHS) for cats and dogs document issued by the MPI.

If your cat or dog has any medication that you will need to bring with them, you have to declare them beforehand via a declaration of medicines form and a copy of a vet’s prescription. Usually the MPI will ratify up to a 3-month supply of medication.

Other animals permitted for entry into New Zealand have their own health standards that must be met before importing can take place. You can view these in the MPI’s individual guidance documents for rabbits from Australiaguinea pigs from Australia and chinchillas from the UK.

3. You should get a veterinary certificate

Now comes the documentation part for your pet. You need to keep track of and certify your pet’s travel into New Zealand, and file  the documents before they can enter the country. The first of these is a veterinary certificate for your pet. These certificates outline the treatment your pet needs, and by signing them, your vet is declaring that they have all been completed.

4. Pets need to undergo a quarantine period

All dogs and cats, apart from those coming from Australia, have to undergo a quarantine period at an MPI-approved facility. You can find a list of these for dogs and cats here. Other permitted pets do not usually require a quarantine period. You may feel worried about leaving your pet but this is for  your own good and once it is over you will have completed the import process.

Once you’ve booked a quarantine period, you can apply for an import permit. This should be done at least 6 weeks before departure — there are two import forms for cats and dogs: one for rabies free countries (category 2) and one for countries where rabies is absent or well-controlled (category 3). Rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas also have their own application form.

5. Inform the MPI before arrival

You will need to inform the MPI of your pet’s impending arrival at least 72 hours ahead of their arrival. The MPI’s import guidance page for cats and dogs lists exactly what information the MPI need to receive as well as the email addresses and phone numbers you can use to contact them.

Hire a professional pet mover to avoid stress

It is advised by Te New Zealand MPI that you hire a professional pet mover to make the experience of changing countries less stressful for both you and your pet. These companies will take care of all of the paperwork and will be happy to walk you through all of the steps required to get your pet into New Zealand.

After these 5 important things you can be happy to live with your pet in a wonderful country and enjoy life together. You might think this a bit too stressful for the pet and also a big task but the care and love that you show towards your pet is the ultimate thing in the world and with this process you are safe to bring in your pet to New Zealand.