Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Thai dogs / Labrador mix Thai
To: New Zealand
I know New Zealand does not allow a direct import from Thailand to New Zealand, so my questions are:
1. Which country near New Zealand would they go to first?
2. Do my dogs get their microchip and vaccinations in Thailand before leaving?
3. What are the exact steps I need to take in order to get my dogs to New Zealand?
4. The cost of air fares, quarantine, freight, and anything else I need to know.
I'm a bit lost as to were to start, any help is much appreciated.
Thanks for reaching out -- we'd be happy to offer some information about pet travel to New Zealand.
First, take a look at the countries from which it's possible to bring your pets -- here is the official guidance document to assist you. It's most likely you'll move your dogs from Thailand to a Category 3 country (whichever one makes the most sense for you), and then from there eventually to New Zealand. Your dogs will have a minimum 10-day quarantine upon arrival (please review the full timeline and list of requirements).
To find out what the import requirements will be for the stopover country, you can search online for the Ministry of Agriculture website for the relevant country or take a look here for a general idea (these rules are geared towards pets coming from the United States but they'll give you an idea of what to expect).
The costs will depend on several factors, Suzie, but this process will not be cheap. You can start to form an estimate by looking at quarantine facility costs, researching cargo costs through airline websites, or, if you're interested in our services, by filling out our free online quote form or by giving our office a call. With a few more details a Specialist will be able to tell you more about your move options and the associated costs.
Moving pets can be overwhelming, but we'd be happy to help! For a little more about what it's like to move a pet to New Zealand, here's the story of Wednesday the cat, who moved there from the United States. As you'll see, the process took several weeks, but she made it safely and the family was happily reunited.
Thanks again for your question, and we look forward to hearing from you!