Immigrate with your pet from South Africa to New Zealand
Moving with your pet from South Africa to New Zealand is an exciting adventure but requires a lot of upfront work. As with all animal immigration you need to have all the regulatory microchipping and vaccines done by a registered vet.
In Summary Immigrating with Pets New Zealand
Pets travelling to New Zealand are subject to 10 days’ quarantine upon arrival in New Zealand. There is are only 2 quarantine station locations in New Zealand. Auckland or Christchurch. We can assist in getting your pets home to you after quarantine is complete, there is no need to travel to the Quarantine Station to collect the pets.
- Valid Inoculations (5in1 for Dogs; 3in1 for Cats) – over 30 days less than 12 months
- Valid Rabies Vaccination – over 30 days less than 12 months
- Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titration Test (RNATT)
Entry to New Zealand may only take place a minimum of 3 months after the bleed date for the Rabies Titre blood test that yields a valid test result. In the case of a primary vaccination, the pets will only be able to leave for New Zealand 6 months from the date of vaccination.
IMPORTANT NOTE: – The RNATT can only be drawn after 30 days from re-vaccination of Rabies if the pets Rabies inoculations have been allowed to expire. Please do not draw blood before these 30 days as the pets will not receive Export Clearance. Micro-chipping MUST be done prior to or on the same day as the rabies vaccine, any variation to this may result in a blood redraw.
There are numerous additional blood tests for dogs that need to be carried out in the last 30 days prior to departure. A detailed and personalised export schedule will be provided by PETport on setting of exact travel dates which will show the specific testing and treatments required before departure done at very specific timings to coincide travel dates.
If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to call / email PETport, we are at hand to assist you throughout the pet relocation process and help in a seamless and stress-free relocation.
Most frequent questions and answers
Bringing pets into New Zealand. You can bring your cat or dog here, but they must meet specific health standards. These change depending on the country your pet is coming from.
Much like moving house, moving pets abroad also involves a certain degree of paperwork. All animals entering New Zealand will need an import permit, which can only be given once you’ve booked a space for your pet at an approved quarantine facility.