UPDATE – 2 FEBRUARY 2021
Dogs imported into New Zealand for onward travel to Australia
All dogs which have been imported into New Zealand require testing for Leishmania infantum and Ehrlichia canis 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 the 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 90 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.
When to alert MPI
If you're exporting a pet, you're responsible for telling MPI within 24 hours if the pet:
- doesn't have the required export documents – for example, if they're removed or lost
- fails to meet relevant overseas market access requirements (OMARs)
- is refused entry by a foreign government.