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Export of Dogs and Cats to New Zealand

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All the required information for exporting cats and dogs into New Zealand is available on the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) website.

An Import Permit must be obtained from the MAF prior to entry into the country. If any part of the documentation is deemed unsatisfactory by New Zealand officials, there is a risk of the following: extra disease testing by the MAF, an extended quarantine stay, declined entry of the animal into the country, or destruction of the animal—all at the expense of the owner.

Please pay close attention to the time constraints, fees, and quarantine requirements that apply to your particular situation.