Can Pets From India Be Imported Into New Zealand?

Shipping Dogs to New Zealand From India

Hi PetRelocation,

My dog is 1 year old. I got him in Thailand in October of last year. He was vaccinated and microchip implanted before export.

My dog is also registered with The Kennel Club of Thailand. I moved with my dog to India in December, and now I wish to move to New Zealand and wish to take my pet with me.

Are pets from Thailand/India allowed to be imported into NZ? What documents are required?




Hi Fardoon,

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, neither Thailand or India are approved countries under the New Zealand pet import regulations.

This means that your dog can't be imported directly into NZ—he will need to be sent first to an approved country and follow the steps as outlined—here's a link to the official New Zealand website regarding pet imports. 

The easiest way to do this would be to send your dog to the US and have him stay in the US for 180 days. He would need to follow these New Zealand pet import requirements carefully, then he could travel to NZ and would undergo a 10 day quarantine in the NZ quarantine facility upon arrival, which is required for pets coming from approved countries.

Hopefully this helps! Let us know if you need any further assistance—we've helped many pet owners handle complex pet moves and would be happy to assist. 


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Fardoon B.
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: India
To: New Zealand


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in August 2010 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team





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By sara on September 11, 2017 at 10:48 pm

hi, pet relocation, I live in newzealand but my dog is in india and i know that dogs are directly not allowed from india to nz, could u please tell me which would be the nearest approved country where i can keep my dog and then import in nz...and for how many days? and what would be the cost of whole process? Thank you

By Rahil on September 7, 2018 at 2:32 pm

Sara any luck is ur pet in new zealand now i want to know about the process in USA where will the pet stay like please

By on September 12, 2017 at 10:36 am

Hello Sara, thank you for reaching out.

The nearest approved countries would be closer to Europe, like Bulgaria. However, you will need to take into account how easy it will be to move your dog to an approved country.

In the past, we've had clients from India move their pets to the United States simply because the requirements for importing pets are less strict than most countries.

No matter what country you choose, 6 months is the minimum period your dog must remain in that country to meet New Zealand's import requirements.

If you are interested in obtaining a quote for our services, please fill out our online consultation form so one of our consultants can easily determine the best services options for you and your dog's move.

I hope this helps and we look forward to hearing from you!

By Jais kaur on May 2, 2017 at 6:05 am

Hlo sir i want to my dog newzealand from india plz tell me what things i need?

By on May 2, 2017 at 9:01 am

Hi Jais, please follow the guidelines as outlined by the official New Zealand website: Good luck and let us know if you're interested in learning about our services!

By on December 6, 2010 at 11:46 am

@John & @RAAZ: Please click here to inquire about cost for moving your dog to Thailand and the US:!

By John on August 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm

So does that mean dogs from Thailand can easily come into America? We have a 9 year old St. Bernard that we would like to bring back home to America from Thailand. What would be the process?

By RAAZ on November 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I have a dachshund bitch in India and now i am at thailand, I want to import my pet to thailand. Please tell me what is the procedure and dox required. And how much i have to spent on that.

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