Live Animals



1.      GENERAL                                                                                        
1.1     The import of dogs is subject to the general conditions for the import of animals as
laid down in Animal Quarantine Circular No: 1, "General Conditions".
1.2     Dogs 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     Dogs 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     Dogs for specialised humanitarian purposes from all countries are allowed subject to
conditions to be determined by the Chief Stock Inspector/ Chief Quarantine Officer
1.5     Dogs entering PNG must be identified by microchip or ear tattooing identification
1.6     The following is totally prohibited:
1.6.1   Dogs originating from countries known to be endemic for rabies,
1.6.2   Vaccination against rabies, unless vaccination intended for entry into Australia
is a pre-requisite requirement,
1.6.3   Breeds: pit bull terrier or American pit bull, Japanese toza, dogo argentino, fila
brazileiro, dingo, wolf, Perro de Presa Canario, Cane Corso, Alano Espanol, Dogue de
Bordeaux, etc.
1.6.4   Hybrids like wolves, Australian dingo, etc.
1.6.5   Pregnant animals at late pregnancy stage
1.6.6   Dogs less than twelve (12) weeks old at the time of application
1.6.7   Dogs between 12 weeks and 6 months old at the time of application, unless exemption
is granted under Section 1.7
1.7     For animals in Section 1.6.7, an exemption can be granted for animals between 12
weeks and 6 months of age,  if the breed can be officially verified  by a registered
veterinarian who is familiar with the breed of the animal or for  a breeding animal, the
veterinarian is  familiar with animal and the breeding setup  OR  for pedigree-registered
breeds, a Registration of Pedigree certificate issued by the appropriate breed
associations or councils in the form specified  in section 2.1.2 of this circular.
        Intending importers or owners are advised to apply to NAQIA for exemption at the time of
lodging application in the form of a bona fide copy of the registered veterinary breed
declaration certificate as stipulated in section 2.1.2. Permission for this exemption is
at the sole discretion of the Chief Quarantine Officer (Animals). NOTE, Animals will be
refused permission to land or clearance for importation without prior approval for
exemption and/or without an authenticated breed verification documentations acceptable to
the CQO (Animals).
        If exemption is granted, the typed document (not hand-written) should be titled
“Registered Veterinary Breed Declaration Certificate”, made on an official letterhead
paper, dated and stamped and the original certificate must accompany the animals for
verification by quarantine inspectors on arrival in PNG. A bona fide copy of the
certificate must accompany the application form when lodging application for an import
1.8     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.
2.      SPECIFIC CONDITIONS                                                                            
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
b)      have not been in contact with diseased animals for 30 days immediately preceding
c)      have met the requirements specified in section 1.2 for country of origin,
d)      (in the case of dogs) the animal is not a Pit Bull or American Pit Bull Terrier,
Japanese Tosa, brazillian Files, Dogo Argentino, dingo or a wolf ( including a cross of
one or more of these breeds or types) or any other breed mentioned in 1.6.3 above.
2.1.2   For dogs between 12 weeks and 6 months of age at the time of shipment, a breed
declaration certificate issued by a registered veterinarian who is familiar with the
dog(s) in the form of a Registered Veterinary Breed Declaration certificate or by breed
associations or councils in the form of a Registration for Pedigree Certificate must be
provided on application for permit. These declarations must state the following details:
a)      breed particulars including name of the dog and its identity
b)      name and address of the owner or agent
c)      name, address and contact details  of the veterinarian or  person making the
d)      declaration,  stating,  that,  for  a veterinarian he/she is registered veterinarian
(quote registration number) and familiar with the animal and its owner(s) and  certifies
the breed accordingly. A further declaration that the breed of animal for export is not a
Pit bull terrier, Japanese tosa, Brazilian Files, Dogo Argentino, Dingo, purebred wolf or
fox, or any breed mentioned in 1.6.3 above. 
e)      The declaration must be made on an appropriate letterhead, signed, dated  and an
official stamped affixed (see appendix for the format ).
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.  Dogs
a)      The dog has been immunised against canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis,
canine parvovirus and parainfluenza with a registered vaccine product at least fourteen
(14) days and not more than twelve (12) months prior to export.
b)      Within 14 days immediately preceding the date of shipment the dog has been treated
with praziquantel at the dose rate of 5 milligrams per kilogram.
c)      The dog has been dipped or washed once with an approved acaricide within 5 days of
3.      POST-ENTRY QUARANTINE                                                                          
3.1     Dogs are permitted entry only through the international airport at Port Moresby and
Lae (the latter restricted to prior arrangement only).
3.2     Dogs 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 Dogs will be treated with praziquantel at the dose rate of 5 milligrams per kilogram.
4.2 Dogs will be dipped 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.      RESPONSIBILITY FOR PAYMENTS OF FEES                                                             
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
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
5.      FURTHER INFORMATION FOR INTENDING IMPORTERS                                            
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 dogs 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 at; 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.