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Country: Papua New Guinea

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1.1 The import of cats is subject to the general conditions for the import of animals as laid down in Animal Quarantine Circular No: 1, "General Conditions".

1.2 Cats which have been born, raised and for imported animals, have been cleared of quarantine requirements or spent more than one year (whichever, is earliest) in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu only, may be imported into PNG with prior written permission from the Chief Stock Inspector in the form of an import permit.
These are referred to as permitted countries or states.

1.3 Cats originating from countries other than from countries or states mentioned above, are restricted and their importation will be subjected to conditions specified in AQC 15A.

1.4 Cats entering PNG must be identified by microchip or ear tattooing identification system.

1.5 The following is totally prohibited:

1.5.1 Cats originating from countries known to be endemic for rabies,

1.5.2 Vaccination against rabies, unless vaccination intended for entry into Australia is a pre-requisite requirement,

1.5.3 Pregnant animals at late pregnancy stage

1.6 Important note for intending importers:
Due to uncertainty of services during public holidays including weekends, intending importers are advised not to ship animals to arrive in PNG during these periods. NAQIA will ensure no permits are granted for arrival during these periods.
In addition, importers must ensure animals arrive only on MONDAYS, TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS, unless a public holiday falls on these days.

The following documents are required:-

2.1 Statutory Declaration:

2.1.1 A statutory declaration by the owner or his agent that the animals for importation:
a) are to the best of his knowledge and belief, free from all infectious and contagious diseases,
b) have not been in contact with diseased animals for 30 days immediately preceding embarkation,
c) have met the requirements specified in section 1.2 for country of origin,

2.2 General veterinary certificate

2.2.1 A certificate issued by an authorised quarantine veterinary officer stating that
a) He/she has read the owners or agents statutory declaration with respect to the animals for export, and, after due enquiry, has no reason to doubt the truth of that declaration.
b) the animals described in the statutory declaration have been examined within 48 hours of embarkation and found to be in good health, and free of infectious and contagious disease, ticks, stickfast flea and all external parasites.

2.3. Specific veterinary certificate
A declaration by an authorised veterinary officer that for:

2.3.1. Cats
a) The cat has been immunised against feline enteritis, feline rhinotracheitis and feline calicivirus, with a registered vaccine product not less than fourteen (14) days and not more than twelve (12) months prior to export.
b) The cat has been dipped or washed once with an approved acaricide within 5 days of embarkation.

3.1 Cats are permitted entry only through the international airport at Port Moresby and Lae (the latter restricted to prior arrangement only).

3.2 Cats must arrive at these ports only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and not on weekends or public holidays.

3.3 Post-arrival quarantine in Port Moresby will be at NAQIA animal quarantine station at Kilakila, C/o PO Box 741, Port Moresby, NCD.

3.4 Depending on the situation and at the discretion of the Chief Stock Inspector or Chief Quarantine Officer (Animals), an alternative quarantine facility may be approved for temporary use.

3.5 All importers MUST have an authorised Customs Clearing Agent nominated to handle clearance from Customs upon arrival of animals. It is a requirement according to PNG Customs legislations that duly authorised agents act as Customs Brokers for any import, including live animals. Please contact PNG Customs on phone numbers 3226867; 3226556; 3226850 or Fax 3203442 for advise on Customs Clearing Agents. Refer to section 5.2 below for Customs fees that apply.

3.6 Animals will be collected from the airport and transported to the quarantine station by authorised quarantine personnel of the station or the nominated Customs Agent under supervision by quarantine personnel. Owners will not be permitted to collect or take charge of the animal on arrival.

3.7 The animals will be held under quarantine observation for a minimum of 48 hours after arrival. The Chief Stock Inspector or Chief Quarantine Officer (Animal) may order extension of quarantine period depending on the health condition of the animal.

3.8 Owners or their agents must inform post-entry quarantine personnel at least 48 hours prior to actual arrival of the animals at the following contacts:
Regional Veterinary Officer, ph. +675 3200771,
Chief Veterinary Officer, ph. +675 3259977,, or



4.1 Cats will be treated with praziquantel at the dose rate of 5 milligrams per kilogram.


4.2 Cats will be washed twice with an approved acaricide at an interval of at least 24 hours.


4.3 Where necessary faecal and blood samples will be collected for laboratory examination.


4.4 All companion animals will be subjected to 2 days quarantine isolation for close observation, however, CQO-A may determine to extend the isolation period on the advice of the inspecting veterinarian or his/her delegate


5.1 Import permit fees & quarantine charges payable to NAQIA

a) The party named as the "Applicant" on the application form will become the "Permit Holder". He/she shall be responsible for payment of fees for import permit at the time of lodging the application.

b) There is a charge for application for standard import permit, and the original import permit must accompany the consignment, unless a fast-track permit is applied for, in which case a faxed or emailed copy is acceptable. Where Fast-track permit application is lodged, the fee is calculated at 50% additional to the value of the standard import permit. Owners and agents may contact NAQIA Permit Office on +675 3259977 for current fees and charges that apply.

c) There is also a charge for quarantine clearance after arrival. Quarantine service fee - covers first 48 hours of isolation only.

d) Boarding fee - daily rates apply for animals held more than 48 hours or for boarding purposes. Enquiries at Kilakila ph. +675 3200771.

e) Treatments fee for necessary administration of medication during quarantine observation.

f) All fees payable (eg. Customs and Agent fees, quarantine clearance on arrival, post-entry boarding etc.) must be paid in full prior to release of animals from quarantine isolation.

5.2 Customs Duty
There is a customs duty payable on all imports of animals to PNG. The duty is calculated on the declared value of the animal, and the cost of the freight. It is the obligation of the applicant to obtain an "Entry for Home Consumption" Form (Form 15) from PNG Customs and to declare the value of the consignment. This then has to be cleared through a duly Authorised Customs Agent by forwarding the Airways Bill to the said agent pre-departure. Please contact PNG Customs on phone numbers 3226867; 3226556; 3226850 or Fax 3203442 or for queries regarding Customs Duty on live animal imports.

Intending importers who are expatriates on contracts are well advised to bear in mind before they bring their pet to PNG that the re-export of cats to Australia is a lengthy and expensive process, which may require about two month quarantine period in Australia. The trauma and expense of this should be considered before you bring your animal to PNG.
Information on import of animals to Australia is available from the Department of Agriculture (ph 02 6272 4454, fax 02 6272 3110 or on; and to New Zealand, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
NOTE, that importation of animals from other countries other than through Australian, Hawaii and New Zealand quarantine clearance is totally prohibited except for situation in section 1.4 above.

Protocol last negotiated

April 1988

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Last updated: 3/07/2022 11:10 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:32 PM