Cats & dogs arriving on vessels

Only aquarium fish and cats and dogs are allowed to arrive onboard vessels into New Zealand.

Specific requirements must be met

Cats and dogs arriving onboard vessels must meet specific biosecurity requirements. They must be secured onboard while docked at an approved port until they are given biosecurity clearance.

If your cat or dog does not meet the requirements or is ineligible to enter New Zealand, your animal must remain secured onboard the boat while the vessel is docked, and your animal will not be allowed to stay longer than 6 months.

Cats and dogs arriving on commercial vessels and cruise ships are subject to the same biosecurity requirements, and arrangements must be made with MPI to ensure animals are secured on board while the vessel is docked.

Find out more

For more details about the requirements refer to the import health standard (IHS) and guidance document.

Download the IHS for Cats and Dogs [PDF, 313 KB]

Download the Guidance Document for Cats and Dogs [PDF, 663 KB]


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