Pets to New Zealand
You need to start procedures a minimum of 6/7 months prior to your pet’s departure from South Africa. The last 30 days before departure is the most complicated time period of the procedure. Keringa offers a service for this time period where your pets will be admitted into Keringa Kennels normal boarding and along with our resident veterinarian we will ensure all procedures are adhered to. On completion of the 30 days with us we will then fly your pet/s over to New Zealand. There is 10 days quarantine in New Zealand on arrival
You may do the last 30 days prior to departure at home with your private veterinarian. Regrettably we will then be unable to fly your pet/s to New Zealand. Unfortunately in the past clients and their private vets have not completed the procedures within the last 30 days prior to departure correctly, resulting in delays and numerous other problems which have been costly to the client and frustrating to all involved.
For pets going VIA AFRICA TO NEW ZEALAND (E.G. from Malawi to New Zealand), there is a 6 months residency period in South Africa. If your pets will be staying with family members of friends in South Africa they will have to then follow the procedures below. If you do not have anyone to accommodate your pets with in South Africa you can accommodate them at Keringa Kennels for the 6 months residency and we will then assist with the below.
Confined 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.
Animals may not be more than 42 days pregnant at the date of shipment.
They must be more than 9 months old at departure.
FOR PETS THAT ARE 7 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER
All pets that are 7 years and older must have a geriatric profile (full blood counts etc) done by their private veterinarian. Should there be any underlying health problems then your veterinarian can recommend what the pet will need, this will be helpful to all persons involved with the care of your pet. However if your pet has severe health problems then your pet may be barred from entering into New Zealand as the veterinarian and the state veterinarian may not sign the health certificate on day of departure if they feel the pet is not in good health to travel or undergo quarantine in New Zealand.
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 that you book well in advance. As soon as you have done the initial veterinary procedures then 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 on and above the pre-export procedure for your pets. We welcome tours so please contact us for directions and come and view our wonderful facilities for yourself.
For the dogs: They will be kennelled in the log cabins with their own private garden. We feed them on HILLS SCIENCE. You are more than welcome to bring in their bedding and any favourite toys.
For the cats: Each cattery has a fully carpeted bedroom section with an upstairs viewing balcony so that they can look out over Keringa’s lawns. The sunny verandas are perfect for a bit of sun tanning. We feed the cats HILLS SCIENCE. You are more than welcome to bring in their bedding and any favourite toys.
TRAVEL FROM JOHANNESBURG TO NEW ZEALAND
There are flight restrictions to Wellington (for Shado-Lans Quarantine station in Levin) and Christchurch (for Canterbury Quarantine Station). Both 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 SA.
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 10 days quarantine fees are payable to them.
The following facilities are registered and permitted to quarantine cats and dogs from specific countries:
Qualified Pet Services
Proprietor: Vicky and John Lee
- 150 Airfield Road
- Ph +64 9 299 9539
- Fax +64 9 299 9539
- Website www.qualifiedpet.co.nz
Pethaven Quarantine Services
Proprietor: Mrs. Robyn van den Brink
- 71a Homestead Road
- Ph/Fax +64 9 2336301
- Website www.pethavenkennels.co.nz
Canterbury Quarantine Services Ltd
Proprietors: Chris and Lindsey Ward
- Highfield Road
PO Box 23158
- Ph +64 3 318 1279
- Fax +64 3 318 1289
- Website www.canterburyquarantine.co.nz
Shado-Lans Quarantine Facility
Proprietor: Denise and John Clark
- 773 State Highway One
R D 31
- Ph +64 6 362 6184
- Fax +64 6 362 6185
- Website www.shado-lans.co.nz