New Zealand Pet Quarantine & Travel Costs

Good day,

What will the approximate costs be for taking my dog to New Zealand?

Why put her in quarantine if all the tests are done? The quarantine seems very long and almost cruel. Can this be done in your own home, or where is it done?




Hi Ane,

Great questions! The costs will depend on a few factors, but you can start to build an idea of what to expect by researching and adding up airfare, quarantine costs, vaccine/vet costs, the price of the travel crate and any professional assistance you decide to hire.

In our experience, most people spend at least $5,000 USD to move a small pet to New Zealand. Note that New Zealand has recently made a few changes to its pet import fees -- you can read more about the updated fees and charges.

Though according to the New Zealand pet import requirements the preparation process takes about 180 days, only the final few days are spent in a quarantine facility. Before that you are getting your dog ready at home, and if you fulfill the requirements accurately, your dog will spend 10 days in quarantine upon arrival in New Zealand. Luckily, South Africa is considered an approved country for direct import.

Most people find the idea of quarantine to be pretty scary, but when you learn more about the specifics hopefully you'll see that it's not so bad. Please read over these five myths about pet quarantine for some vital information.

Again, it's also important to look over the official New Zealand government resources, and if you think you'd like some assistance with your move, please contact PetRelocation for a pet travel consultation.

Hope this helps to get you started, Ane. Good luck!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Ane
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Dachshund
From: South Africa
To: New Zealand


PetRelocation Team




New Zealand, South Africa
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