Cats and dogs must be from approved countries
Cats and dogs can only transit through New Zealand if they're from approved countries. A list of approved countries is in the guidance document for cats and dogs.
A transit permit may be needed
If your cat or dog is staying on the same aircraft in New Zealand and won't be staying longer than 6 hours, then a transit permit isn't needed.
If your cat or dog is changing aircraft or will be in transit for more than 6 hours, it will need:
- a transit permit
- a microchip
- flea and tick prevention
- rabies prevention (unless from a country recognised as rabies free in the guidance document)
Dogs will also need heartworm prevention.
You can apply for a transit permit through our online permit application system.
Additionally, all dogs and cats transiting for 6 hours or more (up to a maximum of 48 hours) need to have:
- a reservation at an MPI-approved quarantine facility.
- internal parasite prevention effective against tapeworms and nematodes.
Apply for a permit using the online import permit application system (APIPS).
When transit times exceed 48 hours
Should transit time exceed 48 hours, your cat or dog will be treated as a rejected consignment unless eligible for import into New Zealand.