If you own a cat or dog the answer in principle is YES. However all other types of domestic including rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, snakes and mice are not permitted for import into New Zealand.
Pets have to meet specific conditions for entry into New Zealand. Eligibility guidelines vary from country and species but taking the UK as an example your pet will need to have:-
- a) Been continuously resident in UK for a period of six months or since birth
- b) Not been under quarantine restriction
- c) to be at least 16 weeks old at the time of export
- d) to be not more than 42 days pregnant at the time of export
Certain breeds of dog are prohibited and therefore are not eligible for importation into New Zealand. These are:-
- a) Dogo Argentino
- b) Filo Brazileiro
- c) Japanese Toza
- d) American Pit Bull Terrier
Also cross breeds involving any of the above types are not eligible for importation into New Zealand
In addition to the above certain breeds of Brachycephalic Animals (snub nosed) are not accepted for travel by certain airlines. These include Bulldogs, Pugs and Pekinese. For more information on what breeds please check with Transfur
All pets must be micro chipped with an approved microchip. Pets must be vaccinated against rabies at least six calendar months prior and no earlier than twelve calendar months prior to departure. Pets must be at least months of age before the rabies vaccination can be administered. The microchip must be implanted on or before the date of the rabies vaccination. Pets will also require a rabies blood test that will need to be carried out at least three calendar months prior to departure.
Before leaving the UK your pet will be required to undertake a series of tests and parasite treatments which may include blood tests. These should start approximately twenty eight days prior to departure from UK.
Currently all pets entering New Zealand must undertake a mandatory ten day period of quarantine at an approved facility upon arrival into the country. These facilities are located in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington
A Pet Passport is not required for entry into New Zealand but if you feel your pet may return to the UK, then you may wish consider obtaining one although the passport is not an essential requirement for the return to the UK. Provided that the current import requirements for entry into the UK are met there is no longer a mandatory period of quarantine required upon arrival in UK.
Your pet must travel in an airline approved travel container which has to conform to IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards. The travel container must be of a sufficient size so as to allow your pet to stand up, lie down, sit up and turn around inside it.
As a condition of importation into New Zealand pets must travel as manifested cargo. It is recommended where possible direct flights are utilised thus reducing the effects of any stresses and strains the journey may place upon your pet. It also minimises the risks of your pet missing connecting flights and remaining in en route airports for extended periods of time.
Sedation of pets is not advisable. It is highly recommended that you consult with your veterinarian before administering any type of sedative or tranquilliser.
The cost of transporting your pet very much depends upon it’s size and the size of travel container it will require. Almost certainly you will be paying for the amount of space your pet’s travel container occupies on the aircraft and not it’s weight.
Transfur is one of the UK’s leading Pet Relocation companies and a member of IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transport Association). Transfur is well versed in organising pet relocation and by putting your pet’s transportation needs into their hands not only will you relieve yourself of the stress and strain of the exercise, but will also allow you to concentrate upon the other important aspects of your move to New Zealand.
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For further information on transporting your pet to New Zealand please contact Andy Symons at www.transfuranimals.com or tel. +44 (0)1403 212900