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Can I bring my pets to New Zealand?

The short answer is yes, in most cases (some restrictions apply). The longer answer is you may be required to put cats or dogs into quarantine, provide health certificates and so on for a specified length of time. This can vary from 4 weeks to 6 months, and will incur a cost.  It's best to investigate and plan ahead.


You will need to contact the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) for information about bringing animals from other countries.

From most parts of the world some quarantine is required, and again we advise you to contact MPI about your specific needs.

If you're wondering about how your pets would make the journey, it's best to contact your chosen carrier. In general however, pets are not permitted on international or trans-Tasman flights as checked baggage but may be shipped as cargo. Note that animals must be at least 3 months old to travel via Air New Zealand (other airlines may have different regulations).

Ministry of Primary Industries website