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Cats and dogs, except from Australia, must reside in the country of export for at least 6 months (or since birth) immediately before the shipment date.


Cats and dogs of New Zealand origin that are returning from the country of export may be given exemption from the residency requirement if:


  • the pet has resided continuously in the country or territory of export since being imported directly from New Zealand

  • it was identified by a microchip before export from New Zealand

  • you can supply a copy of the New Zealand export certificate

  • your pet was resident in a country where rabies is absent or well controlled (a category 3 country), it was vaccinated against rabies at least 1 month and not more than 6 months before leaving New Zealand when it was at least 3 months of age, and it had a rabies titre test no more than 18 months before leaving New Zealand with a result of at least 0.5 IU/ml.


All cats and dogs except those from Australia are required to have a minimum of 10 days quarantine at an MPI-approved quarantine facility. Must apply for an import permit a minimum of 20 working days in advance of the date you require the permit.

All information can be found on the relevant guides to import dog or cat from Group 2 or 3 countries:

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