Originally Posted by MidLandOne
I don't know what the requirement would be for a cat or dog arriving on a yacht and wanting to be imported (rather than just quarantined to the yacht while visiting), but I suspect it would not be possible or else very difficult.
I have followed up on this and it turns out that it is actually pretty easy to import cats and dogs
into both NZ and Australia on a yacht - before red mists form over some peoples' eyes and they leap into attack mode
, note I am saying "import" not "visit"
on board visiting yachts are a hassle.
Basically the same applies as if by commercial
carrier (ie the required vet certificates as to health
, etc) and exposure along the route
from origin determined by crew declarations and inspection
of the yacht's log, crew passports, entry/clearance documentation
, etc as to countries stopped off at.
For Australia all countries of origin except from NZ, result in a mandatory quarantine period (just as it does if arrived by commercial
carrier) the length of which depends on the risk of the country of origin or exposure en route
, and some countries are banned for importing animals
So if one wants to bring Fido or Tiddles to either of NZ or Australia by yacht as immigrants it seems that it is quite possible and not really any more onerous than if by commercial carrier. It turns out that both countries have clear procedures in place for doing so.
One thing for visiting yachts with a pooch on board I wondered about and looked at is that for NZ you need to be able to keep the pooch isolated from police and customs dogs
when they are brought on board (the documentation
actually says ones dog must be caged and muzzled). I assume Australia is likely to be much the same.