Pet Transportation to New Zealand!

Transporting your pets to New Zealand is not the easiest process, but with advanced planning it is something that can be done with little effort - just a lot of visits to your veterinarian!  As with all forms of pet travel, the most important part of preparing your pets’ move is to plan ahead!

Many of those who contact us on a regular basis, simply wait till the last minute to get their pets relocation plans ready.  It is amazing how many customers put off their pets plans until they are set to move.  That is why we blog and service the pet transportation market, as many just need a helpful hand or advice on what to do best for their pets and the situation they are in!

With all forms of pet moving, it is best to plan ahead or as soon as you know you are moving to another location.  Once you find out about your relocation, start planning for your pet’s transportation and import requirements - as you can see below, blood tests and the timing of these blood tests are crucial!

This brings me to the import requirements and rules for transporting your pets to New Zealand!  Please read over the items below and as always, let us know of any questions!



Attention:  This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements.  Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


The rules and requirements in this document are applicable to import from the United States.

Dogs, Cats and other small animals imported into New Zealand must undergo import quarantine, in accordance with the Rabies Prevention Law.  On Condition that the following criteria have been fulfilled, the quarantine period for a dog or cat entering New Zealand is 180 days.  150 of these days can be completed in the country of origin, however there is a mandatory 30-day quarantine for all live animals entering the country. Before beginning the import procedures, make sure that your vet is approved by the Government Veterinarian Authority in the country of origin.  For example, if an animal is departing the United States, the vet will need to be USDA Accredited.

Requirements IN SUMMARY:
Time before arrival: At least:                Action

210 days           MICROCHIP IMPLANTING:  Animal must have (or obtain) microchip identification.  This must be done before the rabies vaccinations.  The only microchips that can be read In New Zealand are ISO 11784 and 11785 Standards.  For any other chips, you must bring your own microchip reader.

During import inspection at the time of arrival in New Zealand, if the microchip number is not confirmed or the microchip number is not the same as that on the inspection certificate, the animal will be subject to a 180-day quarantine period or returned to the country of origin.


210 days           After implant of the microchip, the animal receives a new rabies vaccination.  This must be “inactivated rabies vaccinations.”  Be sure to obtain certification of the period of validity for the particular vaccinations that you obtain (some are good for two years, others for only one).

180 days           After the Rabies Vaccination (ideally within 2-3 weeks), animal must receive a Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titre Test (FAVN or RFFTI) to ensure that the rabies vaccination has provided adequate rabies antibody levels and must be tested by a facility approved by the Government of New Zealand.  Your Vet will send these to the approved lab listed below.  Please have your vet call them before sending to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location (Australia).  The results of the blood test must be 0.15U/mil or above.

Your vet will need to scan your pet’s microchip prior to the blood draw for the Titer Test.

The date in which blood was drawn for this test is when the 180-day quarantine countdown begins.  You may keep your pet in the country of origin for 150 days and send at this time, exposing the animal to the minimum 30-day quarantine period.

This test result will remain valid for 1 year from the time the blood sample was taken.  If you need to repeat your Pet’s Titer Test you must re-test within a year of the initial Titer Test to demonstrate continuous protection against rabies and to avoid another lengthy wait before being eligible for entry into New Zealand.                    The date of the blood sampling, the laboratory used, microchip number, and the test results shall be well noted on all health certificates.  The matching of these numbers is critical to its success.  Please double-check them! 
BEFORE the bloods collection and its shipment to this laboratory, please have your vet ask the lab listed below how to apply for the test, label the blood container, and send the sample.

Also have your vet ask if your sample needs any treatment before sending.

These labs can change their policy often, so it is just best to double-check with them prior to sending.

Rabies Laboratory

Kansas State University

2005 Research Park Circle

Manhattan, KS 66502

tel. 785-532-4483

fax 785-532-4474

Once these results have been returned to either yourself or the vet, you can begin the process of applying for the required IMPORT PERMIT.  Please contact your Pet Relocation Agent at this time for further instruction.  Upon Receipt of the IMPORT PERMIT, an export date can be determined.

30 Days             A second Titer test is required.  Using the same instructions as listed above, a second Rabies Titer test is required.  Whatever method was used for the first test, the same method must be used for the second test.

30 Days             Fecal Tests – All animals require two fecal exams at least 14 days apart using the sensitive flotation procedure and show negative results for hookworm eggs.  This test can be completed at the vet’s office and must be noted on export documents regarding dates performed and results.

30 Days - DOGS ONLY - Within 30 days of departure have your vet scan the animal’s microchip and draw blood for the following tests:

Ehrlichiosis – Your dog must produce a negative result using the Indirect Fluorescent Antibody Test at a dilution of 1:40.  Within 24 hours of blood draw, treat with external parasite treatment against ticks.

Brucellosis – Your dog must produce a negative result by means of a serum agglutination test.  Once blood is collected for this test your dog must not be mated or inseminated prior to export.

Leptospirosis – Your dog needs to produce a negative result by means of a microscopic agglutination test to be eligible for import.  These results need to read less than 50% agglutination at a serum dilution of 1:100.  Dogs record a result of more than 1:100 but less than 1:800 can be re-tested 14 days or more after the first test.  These second results must also show a titre result of less than 1:800.

Dogs that record a result of 1:800 or more are ineligible for import.

Note:  Vaccination against Leptospirosis is not recommended within 6 months of export, as your pet’s high antibody response will most likely result in it being ineligible for export to Australia.

Heartworm – Your dog must produce a negative result on a Lab Report Form for Canine Heartworm.  This test can be run with the tests listed above.

All original results will need to travel with the dog and will also need to be recorded on the Import Permit (Veterinary Certificate A).

21 Days             All animals must be treated for cestodes (tapeworm – Praziquantel/Dronsit)

14 Days             All animals require a second Fecal Exam at this time.  The first fecal is done within 30 days of departure.

10 Days             All animals must be tested for babesia gibsoni.  This test is done by Texas A&M

10 Days             Obtain a Health Certificate from your Vet within 10 days of departure.

This certificate must state that the animal(s) are in good health and OK to fly.


4 days             Internal Parasite Treatment – Dogs and Cats must be treated with a product approved for the treatment of nematodes and cestodes e.g. Drontal.

External Parasite Treatment - Teat with medicines effective against ticks and fleas.  Note product and concentration.  Oral products, injections and medicated collars are not satisfactory, neither are products that rely on the parasite biting your pet.  Washes and rinses that prevent ticks and tick bites are acceptable.                      The active ingredient, dose rate, and treatment date for the above treatments must be recorded on Veterinary Certificate A.                      Final Vet Exam – Must be performed by an accredited vet.  Vet Certificate A is to be completed at this time.  An international health certificate must also be issued at this time:  APHIS Form 7001. 
All documents must be reviewed and endorsed by the USDA at this time.  Your Pet Relocation agent will have these final steps (within 4 days of departure) completed on your behalf.


PetRelocation Team




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