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    Okay, so I've read through quite a few older threads here on importing pets to NZ.

    Wow.

    Let me see if I've got this right, as my wife and I have 3 cats and 2 dogs (unfortunately, the 2 ferrets are verbotten in Kiwiland).

    They will each need a round of treatments and chips at the vets within 30 days prior that will run about $750US, each.

    And, then there's the shipping costs, when the crates are included, roughly the same as a plane ticket for a person ($1500US), each.

    Then, there's quarantine in NZ; 10 days, at about $750US, each.

    Correct?

    That's $15k. $10k, if the cats can be flown in smaller crates, etc.

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    It IS 'wow', you're not wrong.

    NZ takes bio-security very seriously, and this is just one aspect of it.

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    That sounds about right. It's costing me about $3000USD for my medium size dog. Size of your dogs will impact the flight cost.

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    That sounds about right. Depending where you quarantine- your cats can probably stay together, and depending on their size, your dogs may be able to as well.

    However, I don't think you will get much of a discount doing that as most of the cost is actually the work with the animals, which doesn't decrease just because they're in the same room.

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    And don't forget the round of rabies titer tests at least 6 months before they travel. That's going to be around $200 each as well (unless you've already done that?).
    Like Azkateaz, our beagle cost us around $3,000 to bring here. It's not cheap.

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    At least you don't have a horse- it costs about $10,000 for one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forager View Post
    Okay, so I've read through quite a few older threads here on importing pets to NZ.

    Wow.

    Let me see if I've got this right, as my wife and I have 3 cats and 2 dogs (unfortunately, the 2 ferrets are verbotten in Kiwiland).

    They will each need a round of treatments and chips at the vets within 30 days prior that will run about $750US, each.

    And, then there's the shipping costs, when the crates are included, roughly the same as a plane ticket for a person ($1500US), each.

    Then, there's quarantine in NZ; 10 days, at about $750US, each.

    Correct?

    That's $15k. $10k, if the cats can be flown in smaller crates, etc.
    Cost us approx $5000 (NZ) for our 60lb labrador.


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    From what I understand, you will also need to have all of your pets vaccines, health certs etc verified and validated by a reg USDA vet.- extra $ of course. If your vet is one already - lucky you - ours is, thank goodness. Otherwise perhaps find one now to help avoid additional costs down the road. We are already on the 12-18 month countdown with our animals and making sure all the i's are dotted and t's crossed along the way. Just one more thing to worry about !!!

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