ANIMAL IMPORTATION VIA YACHTS INTO THE SOUTH PACIFIC

We have been going through the pet importation process for French Polynesia. I did not really find any of the posted information easily understood,ย  blogs etc. So we wrote a blog about our path, from a Mexico perspective. If it can help people out please feel free to share.

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DOGS CATS BIRDS
LEAVING FROM MEXICO ย MEXICO HEALTH CERT FOR FP
Mexico Export Permit
ย  ย 
GALAPAGOS ย NOT ALLOWED ย NOT ALLOWED ย NOT ALLOWED
FRENCH POLYNESIA ๐Ÿฉธ๐Ÿชฐ๐Ÿฆ  ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ
French Polynesia Requirements
– Titer test rabies
– Microchip
– Rabies vaccination
–ย FVRCP Vaccine
– Internal and External Parasite treatment
Pre-approval is required before coming into the country. Information is on the website.
The security offers came onboard, reviewed all the documents, validated the microchips and provided a certificate of importation for the two cats.
KIRIBATI
HAWAII https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/aqs-info/ https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/aqs-info/
PICAIRN
COOK ISLANDS
– Titer test rabies
– Microchip
– Rabies vaccination
–ย FVRCP Vaccine
– Internal and External Parasite treatment
They were requesting a $1,500.00 NZ dollar bond per animal to bring the cats into the country and they had to remain on board at all times. Note at the time of the approval to bring the cats in, the bond was to be paid in Rarotonga and to receive the funds back you had to return to the island.
We provided the importation certificate from French Polynesia and the vaccination documentation for pre-approval.
After getting approval, we decided not to go.ย ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
AMERICAN SAMOA Unless your dog or cat is entering from a country the American Samoa considers as rabies free. (see item #6 for list of countries), your dog will need proof of a current rabies vaccination. Dogs that have never been vaccinated against rabies must be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to arrival. Unless your dog or cat is entering from a country the American Samoa considers as rabies free. (see item #6 for list of countries), your dog will need proof of a current rabies vaccination. Dogs that have never been vaccinated against rabies must be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to arrival.
WESTERN SAMOA
NIUE
TONGA
WALLIS AND FUTUNA
FIJI https://www.baf.com.fj/bringing-catsdogs-and-other-pets-to-fijidr-bhaheedr-sian/ https://www.baf.com.fj/bringing-catsdogs-and-other-pets-to-fijidr-bhaheedr-sian/

– Titer test rabies
– Microchip
– Rabies vaccination
– FVRCP Vaccine
– Internal and External Parasite treatment

For cats, unless you are keeping animals on the island for 6 months, you are not allow to import them into the country. A $1,500 FJ bond per animal is required and they are to remain onboard at all times. Any movement within the country is to be communicated via email to the officer when you are travelling from island to island. 7 day notice is required to receive the bond back prior to your departure.

NOTE: If you are planning to dry dock the vessel, the animals will need to be moved into quarantine. This was an expensive surprise for us as we “assumed” onboard would apply to both water and land and the cats were taken by Biosecurity while we had the bottom paint completed.

VANUATU
NEW CALEDONIA https://service–public-nc.translate.goog/particuliers/sante-social/securite-sanitaire/importation-danimaux-de-compagnie?_x_tr_sl=fr&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp
SOLOMON ISLANDS
AUSTRALIA https://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity-trade/cats-dogs/step-by-step-guides https://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity-trade/cats-dogs/step-by-step-guides

Australia
– Titer test rabies
– Microchip
– Rabies vaccination
–ย FVRCP Vaccine
– Internal and External Parasite treatment
We did not receive a warm welcome from the Department of Agriculture and the estimate of costs for the quarantine was approximately $7,000 AU.ย  The cats would need to arrive in the approved port of Brisbane, flown to Melbourne (estimated cost of $750.00 AU) for 10-days quarantine (estimated cost of $2,500.00 AU per animal) and then once approved flown back to Brisbane (another $750..00)ย  This does not include any veterinary costs along the way.
Gargoyle has opted to import the cats for a minimum of three months in New Zealand and then import them into Australia with no quarantine requirements.
NEW ZEALAND https://www.customs.govt.nz/personal/move-to-nz-permanently/import-pets-and-animals/
New Zealand
– Titer test rabies
– Microchip
– Rabies vaccination
–ย FVRCP Vaccine
– Internal and External Parasite treatment
Websites:

https://animalplantimportpermit.mpi.govt.nz/

To assist with the importation and costs of cats in the country, we planned a minimum of six months in the South Pacific Islands. This placed them in Category 2 countries and will reduce the quarantine time to ten days as the cats have been in rabies free countries.

As of September 27, 2022, animals coming via sea are only allowed to enter Opau. From there they will be transported to Auckland for the quarantine period. An importation permit is required and you can apply online(website above). Estimated time for preapproval is 20 days. Two tips for the permit, have a quote from the quarantine facility and submit your GPS tracking as well as country documents to validate the animals have been in the South Pacific Islands for the 6 month duration.

The animals must be transported via quarantine from Opau to Auckland (estimated cost of $750.00 NZ) for a ten day quarantine (estimate $2,400.00 for two cats). You can then pick up the cats in Auckland or have them transported to you in Auckland (estimate cost $250.00 NZ). This does not include any veterinary costs along the way.

Let me know if you need more info!

ย NOT ALLOWED + DESTROYED

 

LEGEND
๐Ÿฉธย Rabies Vacc
๐Ÿชฐ Leishmaniasis test
๐Ÿฆ  Titer test
โšก International Chip
๐Ÿ’‰ Vaccination Records
๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ Intl Vet Health Certificate
๐Ÿงช Lab Test
โ›“๏ธ Controlled Quarantine Facility