Countries: 
New Zealand

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The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is the Responsible Authority for the entry of dogs to New Zealand.

For New Zealand, read both the Assistance Dog and Standard (pet) Dog Travel Rules provided. For any contradictions, clarify with the Responsible Authority.

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We have listed Hawaii separately from the U.S. because of its popularity.

If your flight includes a connection in the continental U.S., consider this as your entry into the United States. This will also involve extra Travel Rules.

Contact the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI)

Be prepared

  • Confirm any specific requirements with all Responsible Authorities before booking your trip. This includes both entering/leaving any country and all airline/cruise line requirements.
  • The Travel Process can take several months so leave plenty of planning time for your trip (except for valid EU Pet Passport travel).

Travel Rules for Assistance Dogs

The links below detail concerns specific to Assistance Dogs. Visiting these links will open another website.

Assistance Dog Eligibility Criteria

There is no standard that all countries follow for recognising Assistance Dogs. Check whether your dog qualifies.

Bringing Assistance Dogs into New Zealand

The process for bringing a recognised Assistance Dog into New Zealand.

Travel Rules for Standard (pet) Dogs

These links detail the process for Standard (pet) Dogs, which Assistance Dogs may still need to follow. Visiting these links will open another website.

Bringing all dogs into New Zealand

The process for bringing all dogs into New Zealand.

Taking all dogs out of New Zealand

The process for taking all dogs out of New Zealand.

Miscellaneous Information

Extra information that is specific to the region or country.

New Zealand Public Access Laws

Requirements and rights covering Assistance Dogs and their Handlers.

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