Pets to New Zealand
For pets going via AFRICA to NEW ZEALAND (eg from Malawi to New Zealand), there is a 6 month mandatory residency period in South Africa. If your pets will be staying with family members or friends in South Africa, they will have to then follow the procedures below. Or we can board them and handle everything for you.
This refers to members of the species Canis Familiaris (“domestic dog”) and Felis Catis (“domestic cat”).
The following breeds are not eligible for importation:
- Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull
- Dogo Argentino
- Brazilian Fila
- Japanese Tosa
- Any breeds crossed with the above-mentioned
Pets may not be more than 42 days pregnant at the date of shipment
Pets must be more than 9 months old at time of departure.
6/7 MONTHS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
Veterinary procedures must be started 6/7 months before the pet is due to be exported from South Africa. Your private veterinarian can help you with this stage. You will also, at this stage, need to apply for an import permit and make the booking at the quarantine station in New Zealand. Don’t worry though, since we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on enquiry.
BOOKING OF SPACE AT KERINGA
We recommend that if you wish to make use of Keringa for the last 30 days prior to departure, you book well in advance. As soon as you have done the initial veterinary procedures, contact us so that we can work out the departure date and book your pets into Keringa.
30 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
Your pets will be kennelled in our normal boarding facilities. Please note there are certain date restrictions regarding the 30 days prior to departure.
We can provide additional boarding over and above the dates involved in the pre-export procedure. We welcome tours so please contact us for directions and come and view our wonderful facilities for yourself.
For dogs: They will be kennelled in our luxurious Forest Log Cabins which have their own private gardens. We feed them on MONTEGO KAROO but you’re welcome to bring their own food as well as their bedding and favourite toys.
For cats: Each cattery has a fully carpeted bedroom section with an upstairs viewing balcony so that they can look out over Keringa’s lush green lawns. The sunny verandas are perfect for catching a tan and bird watching. We feed cats HILLS SCIENCE but you’re welcome to bring their own food, their bedding and their favourite toys.
TRAVEL FROM JOHANNESBURG TO NEW ZEALAND
There are flight restrictions to Wellington (Shado-Lans Quarantine Station in Levin) and Christchurch (Canterbury Quarantine Station). Connecting flights from Sydney cannot take travel containers over a certain height.
If your dog is unable to fit on to the above flights, the dog will have to fly to Auckland, overnight at one of the quarantine stations there and then be put on a domestic flight down to Wellington or Christchurch. This section will be quoted on by Auckland Quarantine station and will be payable to them before your dog leaves South Africa.
10 DAYS QUARANTINE IN NEW ZEALAND
Please contact the quarantine station for a detailed price list. They are a separate entity to Keringa International and the fees for the 10 day quarantine period are payable directly to them.
The following facilities are registered and permitted to quarantine cats and dogs from specific countries:
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