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How to Plan a Successful Pet Travel Move to New Zealand

How to Plan a Successful Pet Travel Move to New Zealand

If you're moving to New Zealand with your pet, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the country's import process. Pets entering New Zealand must meet certain requirements, including a quarantine period and an import permit. The good news is that if you plan ahead and follow the steps below, your pet's move can be smooth and stress-free!

First, you'll need to check whether your pet is eligible for import into New Zealand. The country is divided into three categories:

- Category One: Australia and Norfolk Island

- Category Two: Rabies-free countries or territories

- Category Three: Countries or territories where rabies is absent or well-controlled

If your pet is coming from a country not listed in any of the categories, they will need to spend at least six months in a categorized country or territory before being eligible for import into New Zealand.

Next, you'll need to obtain an import permit from the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries. This permit is required for all pets entering the country, regardless of category. The application process is relatively simple and can be done online.

Once you have your import permit, you'll need to make sure your pet is up-to-date on their vaccinations. All pets entering New Zealand must be vaccinated against rabies at least three months before arrival. If your pet is coming from a country listed in Category Two, they will also need to be vaccinated against other diseases such as distemper and hepatitis.

Finally, you'll need to arrange for your pet to travel with an approved airline. Only certain airlines are authorized to transport animals into New Zealand, so be sure to check before booking your flight.

By following these steps, you can be sure that your pet's move to New Zealand will go smoothly!

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