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Visit New Zealand's website for complete and up to date information as well as printable checklist for traveling with your pet to New Zealand.
The following animal breeds are prohibited:
Dogs: Brazilian Fila, Dog Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Perro de Presa Canario, American Pit Bull Terrier (any type), hybrid species (any type)
Cats: Hybrid species, except for Bengal cats with documentation showing 5 generations of domestic ancestry.
Download the guidance document for cats and dogs
Click here to find a checklist you can use (click Step 1, then click the appropriate link under Support documents, and scroll to the end of the document)
The mainland United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands are considered a Category 3 country (rabies absent or well controlled).
Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa are considered a Category 2 country (rabies-free).
Upon arrival in New Zealand:
The following documents must be presented:
a) An import permit issued by the Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) (copy acceptable).
b) Health Certificate A issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by USDA APHIS, and Health Certificate B issued and endorsed by USDA APHIS.
c) Original laboratory reports OR copies of laboratory reports endorsed by USDA APHIS. Effective immediately, New Zealand will no longer accept the 2ME-RSAT test as the stand-alone test for Brucella canis testing for dogs. The approved tests for Brucella canis are: RSAT (not the 2ME-RSAT), TAT, CPAg-AGID, and IFAT.
The laboratory reports must include:
d) Original vaccination records (not required for cats from Category 2 states/territories).
e) If the pet is on any medication, a copy of the veterinarian's prescription and a
Declaration of Medicines is required. The pet's microchip must be on all documentation.
f) Importer dog breed declaration (to be provided upon arrival in New Zealand).
Your pet will be inspected by New Zealand Officials. You will need to contact MPI at least 72 hours before travel to arrange for this veterinary inspection.
Your pet will be quarantined upon arrival in New Zealand for at least 10 days.
Mainland US, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands & Northern Mariana Islands
Hawaii, Guam, & American Samoa
For pet travel requirements not listed, APHIS has not been officially informed by the foreign country about the requirements for your pet’s travel. We recommended that you contact a government official of the country you are traveling to for more information.
Country of destination contact information:
Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any.
Additional information for pet owners, airlines, and others about APHIS endorsement of international health certificates.