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Bringing cats and dogs to NZ

If you want to bring cats or dogs to NZ, find out what to do, what to expect, costs, and how to apply. There are biosecurity requirements to prevent the spread of harmful pests and diseases. 

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9 August 2023

From 1 July 2023, the price of permits has increased to NZ$268.24 (incl GST) for all permit applications.

29 June 2023

The final date to apply for an import permit in 2023 is 22 November. Applications submitted after this date will not be issued until mid-February 2024.

22 December 2020: Dogs imported into NZ for onward travel to Australia 

All dogs which have been imported into New Zealand require testing for Leishmania infantum prior to entry into Australia.

We strongly recommend that all dogs being imported into New Zealand and which are being exported to Australia at a later date, are tested for this diseases before they come to New Zealand.

However, pre-entry tests cannot be used for certification requirements of dogs to Australia. Your dog will have to be tested again before it's sent to Australia. That test must be done after your dog has been living in New Zealand for at least 21 days. (And dogs cannot be sent to Australia until they have lived in New Zealand for more than 180 days).

Note that Leishmania infantum is an unwanted, notifiable organism in New Zealand. If your dog tests positive for the disease in New Zealand:

  • it is unlikely your dog will be allowed to remain in New Zealand
  • it will not be eligible for export to Australia.

Further information

Sending cats and dogs to Australia - MPI

Sending cats and dogs to Australia -

If you're sending pets from a non-approved country (for example, Malaysia) via a group 2 or 3 country to Australia, refer to:

Cats -

Dogs -