New Zealand is an isolated environment that is free from serious diseases and pests that live in the rest of the world. Because of this there are many strict requirements in place for importing animals to prevent the introduction of rabies, heartworm and most ticks.
Before your pet can come to New Zealand they must fulfill all of the requirements in the Import Health Standard (IHS). You can see additional information here. As follows are the general guidelines for importing pets to New Zealand.
You must ensure that your country is an approved exported for animals to New Zealand, which you can verify here. Following this you will need all of the Veterinary Certificates (A & B) for your country category – whether its 1, 2 or 3. All pets must have an approved microchip, which needs to be implanted and tested before doing and vaccinations, tests or treatments. Your scanned microchip ID must be recorded on all vaccination and treatment records.
If you’re in a category 3 country and it’s your pets first rabies vaccination it must be done at least 6 months before shipment, and not more than 12 months before shipment, or if a booster vaccination not more than 12 months before shipment. Your pet needs to have a blood test as well to determine the rabies antibodies present, and be booked in at a quarantine facility and apply for an import permit at least 6 weeks prior to shipment. The only country who doesn’t need to go through quarantine and import permit restrictions is Australia.
Especially for dogs you need to do both a heartworm test and a Leptospirosis test or treatment within 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival. The Babesia gibsoni tests, Brucella canis tests and Babesia canis treatments all need to be done, and you can check out the specific requirements here.
If medication is needed for your pet, you need a completed declaration as well as a copy of the veterinarians prescription to be inspected by an MPI inspector before (or on arrival) in New Zealand. Generally you can get clearance for up to three months supply. External parasite treatment and the first internal parasite treatment must be done 30 days prior to shipment, and at least two weeks prior to the second treatment – which has to be done in the 4 days prior to the date of shipment. For dogs the second heartworm treatment is to be done at this stage also.
You need to send advance notification of arrival to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), at least 72 hours before your scheduled arrival. In the 2 days prior to shipment all pets must be inspected and officially certified, where you complete your Veterinary Certificates A & B and also do an external parasite treatment.