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New Zealand (NZ)

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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 is required and obtainable from the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).


Refer to the New Zealand MPI and the Department’s websites for current information about exporting animals (including any suspensions).

The New Zealand MPI has advised that no imports of live birds are allowed until the risks have been thoroughly examined and an import health standard (IHS) has been developed. MPI is developing an IHS for companion birds that covers parrots and hatching eggs of parrot and passerine.

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

Health requirements

As required by the importing country.

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.

Special conditions

Permission to move birds out of Australia

You may need permission under wildlife trade laws to move birds out of Australia. Refer to the Department’s International wildlife trade requirements. There is specific guidance for non-commercial wildlife trade for public exhibition, scientific research, conservation breeding and personal use.


Other requirements

Transport requirements

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

Pre and post arrival quarantine requirements

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

Basis for Micor entry

Based on importing country website and information.

Entry last reviewed 1 December 2021.

Latest updates

Last updated: 31/03/2023 12:25 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:30 PM