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French Polynesia (PF)

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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the French Polynesian import requirements.

An import permit is required and may be obtained from the French Polynesian Ministry of Agriculture.


It is the responsibility of the exporter to use the appropriate health certificate and ensure that this and any accompanying declarations are in English and French.

Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

All dogs and cats exported to French Polynesia from Australia can only travel under the health certificate provided below in a bilingual format:

Special conditions

Health Certificates

Dogs and cats exported to French Polynesia from Australia must be accompanied by:

  1. A completed Part A health certificate as detailed in the entry below. Part A is to be completed by the private Australian-Government Accredited Veterinarian (AAV) during pre-export preparations, and signed at the bottom of the pages where indicated. Department of Agriculture regional offices can supply templates for Part A.

    The completed Part A must then be presented to the Department of Agriculture Veterinary Officer at the final export appointment, for endorsement in the top right hand corner of each page.

  2. A completed Part B health certificate as detailed in the entry below. Part B is completed by the Department of Agriculture Veterinary Officer at the final export appointment.

Notes for AAVs for completion of Part A Health Certificate

Clause IV 1

If the dog or cat for export does not need to undergo a period in a secure commercial premises between treatment and export as per Option B below, the entire clause can be struck through.

Clause IV 2

Strike out "four days" if Option A is used. Strike out "twenty four hours" if Option B is used.

Clause IV 7

This clause is only for dogs that have NOT been resident in Australia since birth. If the dog to be exported has been resident in Australia since birth, both options in the clause can be struck through. The AAV may annotate the clause with 'Not applicable'.

Clause V 11

The AAV must seal the crate before they can sign the Part A Health Certificate.

Sealing of crates

French Polynesia has strict requirements with respect to external parasites on dogs and cats. As such the French Polynesian authority requires that the crates in which the animals are to be exported are sealed immediately after the AAV's final examination. Removal of the seals will render the pre-export preparations invalid.

The typical processes for export are outlined below. Most exports will use option A.

Option A: the final AAV treatments and examination, sealing of the export crate, Department of Agriculture export appointment, and export of the animal all occur within 24 hours of export.

Option B: the AAV treatments and examination may take place up to 4 days prior to export. Between the time of external parasite treatment and export, the animal must be held in a secure commercial premises used for holding animals, and not owned or operated by the owner of the animal destined for export. It must be constructed such that the animal destined for export has no direct contact with any animals of an inferior health status. Then just prior to export, the AAV must conduct a further examination of the animal and crate, and seal the crate and complete documents prior to the Department of Agriculture export appointment.

Other requirements

Other notes

  1. 'Objects' in the crate as per Clause 10 of Part A certificate includes any pet accessories that travel with the animal in the crate (toys, mattress…).
  2. The Department of Agriculture Veterinary Officer must sign, date and stamp each page of the veterinary certificate and, where applicable, all documents (e.g. laboratory reports) that form part of the extended health certification.

Return to Australia

If your animal is returning to Australia, you should make yourself familiar with the Department's requirements for importing live animals into Australia. This is important as your animal may have been exposed to diseases that do not occur in Australia.

Basis for Micor entry

Agreed Health certificate of 16 March 2018. Entry last reviewed 25 February 2021.

Latest updates

Last updated: 31/03/2023 12:44 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:45 PM