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.
NEW HELP DOCUMENT AVAILABLE
Bringing your dog from a category 3 country or territory?
We've developed a new resource to help you bring your dog to New Zealand from a "category 3" country or territory. It includes a checklist to help you ensure your dog has met the requirements. A category 3 country or territory is where rabies is either absent or well-controlled. You'll find a list of them on page 6 of our import health standard guidance document.
- New resource: Support document for importing dogs from category 3 countries or territories [PDF, 499 KB]
- Cats and dogs: Import health standard guidance document [PDF, 663 KB]
Support documents and checklists for importing cats from category 3 countries or territories, and cats and dogs from category 1 and 2 countries.
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:
- 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 email@example.com.
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