Before pets can be imported to New Zealand, they need to meet health requirements. Requirements vary for each animal, and depend on their country of origin. MPI sets import health standards for pets to prevent unwanted diseases, pests, and animals from entering New Zealand.


We require a minimum of 20 working days to process your permit application.

The dates from 20 December to 15 January (inclusive) are not considered ‘working days’ under the Biosecurity Act 1993 and are not to be included when calculating the 20 working day processing time.

Restrictions on imports of some pets


New Zealand has a unique population of rare and endangered birds and is free of a number of major bird and poultry diseases. No imports of live birds are allowed until the risks have been thoroughly examined and an import health standard (IHS) has been developed.

IHS for companion birds

MPI is developing an import health standard for companion birds. It will cover:

  • parrots from any country
  • parrot hatching eggs and passerine hatching eggs from Europe, and Australia.

Other restricted pets and animals

Other pets that cannot be imported into New Zealand are:

  • ferrets
  • guinea pigs (except from Australia)
  • mice and rats (except laboratory animals)
  • snakes and other reptiles (except some reptiles for zoos).

Who to contact

If you have questions about bringing a pet to New Zealand, email

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