Rules to Bring Pets Into Countries
IMPORTANT: Unlike most other rabies-free islands and areas, there is no way to avoid AT LEAST a 30 day quarantine of a dog or cat entering Australia from any other country. If your dog has spent the entire last 6 months in a rabies-free country (UK, Hawaii, etc) then they can enter with proper documenation with a 30 day quarantine. From the U.S. or Canada a 30 day or more (up to 180 day quarantine) is mandatory depending on the length of time since the last rabies shot. For this reason, travel to Australia from any other country is discouraged and should only be considered if you are moving there permanently. If that is the case, plan early. Australian dogs returning to Australia require the same requirements and quarantine as newly arriving dogs.
As of 1 March 2012, all import permits for dogs will be issued with a condition that vaccination for Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough) is mandatory.
Cats and dogs from the USA (not including Hawaii) can be imported (with required quarantine) to Australia, provided that they meet all of the AQIS import conditions. The AQIS requirements and a list of all the countries of export can be found at the following; http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs.
Additional important information for organizing pet travel is at http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs/faqs. For specific steps to import a dog or cat from the U.S. to Australia see the page http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs/cat4?name=the USA (not including Hawaii)
Entering New Zealand
As of January 1st, 2012 dogs from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Malta, Sweden and Norway must have their rabies vaccinations and a rabies titre test prior to entry; they must also receive their micro-chip (ISO Standard) at the same time as or prior to their rabies vaccination. A Model Veterinary Certificate from the country of origin is also required. All dogs entering New Zealand, with the exception of Australia, are required to complete a minimum of 10 days quarantine. Additionally, the MAF Biosecurity in New Zealand must be contacted at least 72 hours before arrival of any animal.
Required permits and application forms, documentation requirements, additional health information, approved country listings for direct import, and more can be found at the following websites: http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/enter/personal/pets; http://www.nzimmigrationinformation.com/pets.htm.