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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.

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Last updated: 30/01/2023 2:07 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:32 PM