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New Caledonia (NC)

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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements.

An import permit and health certificate are required.

Contact the New Caledonian Department of Veterinary, Food and Rural Affairs (DAVAR) for information about the process required to import animals into New Caledonia from Australia.

Animal Quarantine
37, subdivision KSI
BP M2 - 98849
Nouméa Cedex

Refer to this and the Department’s websites for current information about exporting animals (including any suspensions or restrictions).

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

Health requirements

As importing country requirements may change without advice to the Department you should check the import permit and/or the country website carefully at the time of preparation for export.

Certifying officers must review the import permit(s) and conditions provided by the exporter and ensure that the issued document(s) are consistent with the permit(s).

Health certification

There is a model health certificate to accompany cats from Australia to New Caledonia (DOCX 45 KB | PDF 256 KB). It is the responsibility of the exporter to contact the Animal Quarantine Department in New Caledonia to ensure that the certificate is current.

The import permit obtained from New Caledonia will usually reference the required health certificate for the import. It is the exporter's responsibility to confirm and prepare the animals to be exported to those conditions.
Once issued, the Department regional office must provide an electronic copy of the health certification to the authority of New Caledonia at

Special requirements

Snub-nosed animals

Due to their morphology, snub-nosed animals (so-called brachycephalic) can suffer from respiratory problems during flight due to stress. This risk is real and must be taken seriously into consideration. In order to optimize the animal's well-being, please respect the following instructions:

  • use a cage larger than the one normally required to limit the feeling of tightness and reduce stress;
  • provide a certificate of fitness for air travel drawn up by a veterinarian.

The breeds concerned include the following:

  • Dogs : Affenpinscher, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bouledoques, Cane Corso, Pug, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Spaniel, Tibetan Spaniel, Brussels Griffon, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff, Pekingese, Presa Canario, Shi Tzu and Shar Pei.
  • Cats : Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian.

Information sourced from the importing country website in November 2021.

Other requirements

Transport requirements

The importing country may have specific transport requirements and you should check this.

All dogs and cats exported from Australia to New Caledonia must be sealed into the transport container or cage with a numbered tamper-proof seal issued by the Department.

This seal can be applied by a commercial animal transport company at the time the dog or cat is loaded into the aircraft, such that there is no requirement for a Departmental officer to personally apply the seal to the cage or container hours or days prior to export.

A Departmental officer will issue a numbered Departmental seal at the time the health certificate is issued. The number on the seal must be referenced in the health certificate issued by the Department.

Pre and post arrival quarantine requirements

The importing country may have specific pre and post arrival quarantine requirements and you should check this.

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

Based on importing country website and information.

Entry last reviewed 12 September 2023​.

Latest updates

28/11/2023 - Updated transport requirements.
07/09/2022 - Extensive changes were made to all sections of this entry.
Last updated: 28/11/2023 2:04 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:50 PM