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 home, or where is it done?




Hi Ane,

Moving your pet to New Zealand can be daunting, but with careful planning and preparation, it can be a smooth and successful process. One of the most important things to consider is the cost of quarantine and travel.

 Note that New Zealand has recently made a few changes to its pet import fees -- you can read more about the updated fees. The cost of quarantine in New Zealand varies depending on the length of stay, the size of your pet, and the type of accommodation you choose. For example, a 10-day quarantine for a small dog in a basic kennel will cost around NZD 1,000.

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.

It's also important to look over the official New Zealand government resources. If you'd like some assistance with your move, please get in touch with PetRelocation for a pet travel consultation.

We 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


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