Bringing Your Pet

These are guidelines you need to follow:-

  1. Dogs & cats must be a minimum of 3 months of age at the time of travel. 
  2. There is no limit to the number of pets you can import. However, local authorities may have regulations pertaining to the number of dogs that you can keep in a residential premise. 
  3. Some dogs are banned from importing into Malaysia. These include : Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, Neapolitan Mastiff, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentina and Fila Brazilero. Other breeds are restricted and subject to special conditions: Rottweiler, Doberman, German Sherpard, Alsatian, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier and Perro de Presa Canario. 
  4. Before leaving your home country, have your pet's veterinarian issue a Veterinary Health Certificate and a complete copy of your pet's vaccination record. 
  5. For important into Peninsular Malaysia, you need to obtain an import permit from the Directors of State Veterinary Department, or the Director of General, Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia. For importation into Sabah & Sarawak, you must make enquiries and applications directly to those states.
  6. To obtain an import permit, you must submit an application form, copies of your pet's health certificate and vaccination record, and RM 5.00 per pet (by cash, bank draft, money order, postal order, made payable to the DIRECTOR GENERAL of VETERINARY SERVICES MALAYSIA). You may submit this application by post, or by visiting an office of the Department of Veterinary Services. 
  7. Import permits are generally issued within a day, and are valid for 30 days from the date of issue. The import permit also acts as a reservation for quarantine. 
  8. Pets can only be imported as manifested cargo, and shall be declared to the Animal Quarantine Office at the landing point for entry clearence. Pets that require quarantine may only land at KLIA, Penang or Padang Besar airports. Enrty is subject to veterinary inspection charges. 
  9. Upon entry, submit original copies of the import permit health certificate, and CITES approval (where necessary to the Animal Quarantine Officer. All documents must be in Bahasa Malaysia or English. 
  10. Dogs and cats from UK, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, and Singapore are not subject to quarantine provided the animals are healthy and all documents are in order. Dogs and cats from other countries are subject to a minimum 7-day quarantine. 
  11. The quarantine charge for dogs and cats is approximately RM 79.00 and RM 72.00 respectively. This charge is exclusive of feed and any treatment costs incurred.
  12. During quarantine, you may visit your pets in the quarantine station between 8.00am and 4.00pm. 


Things to consider : -

If you are moving to Malaysia from a cold or temperate climate, bear in mind that your pet could suffer in the tropical heat. This is particularly important for older and long-haired pets. 

There are several stray and abondoned pets in Malaysia who'd benefit from the loved and attention of a caring owner. Look up the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Malaysia if you'd like to know more about pet adoption and fostering. 


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