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If you have a furry friend that you wouldn't dream of leaving behind when you move to Indonesia, then you're going to need to know how to transport your pet safely across the globe. Read this article to find out some more information.

Bringing members of your four-legged family into Indonesia can have its risks, as the country does have a big issue with stray animals, and rabies is prevalent. If you don't have a pet, then you can easily adopt one after you arrive, but you should be aware that it can be difficult to take your pet with you when you leave.

You should also note that both dogs and cats are subject to a quarantine period upon arrival in Jakarta that lasts between seven and 14 days. If you are set on bringing a pet across the borders then it's a good idea to contact a pet relocation specialist to seek up-to-date professional advice with regards to import requirements. It's important to follow all of these to a tee and gather all the necessary paperwork to ensure that your pet is subject to the minimum quarantine period, as this can vary.

A specialist will be able to assist you with all aspects of the process. As some requirements are also time-sensitive, it's advisable to start seeking expert advice and making preparations to move your pet as soon as you know you'll be relocating. If you can give yourself plenty of time to fulfil all the necessary conditions, you and your loyal companion will have a better chance of enjoying a smooth move.

If you have an unusual pet, it is also important to verify whether it is protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as there may be restrictions, or you may need to apply for additional permits.

Vaccines and tests

To enter Indonesia, your pet will need a microchip by which it can be identified, as no other form of identification is accepted. Currently, this microchip needs to comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785.

Furthermore, your pet will need to have had an up-to-date rabies vaccine, which will require a visit to your veterinarian within a particular timeframe. You must be able to provide the original rabies certificate, which must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the vaccination (some last for one year, while others last for two years). This rabies vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine.

A rabies titer test and a Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralisation (FAVN) blood test is also required in order to ensure that the rabies vaccinations have provided adequate antibody levels. The sample will need to be approved by a licenced authority, such as the USDA, before your pet leaves its home country to travel to Indonesia.

Your vet will need to send a sample of the serum, along with a completed FAVN report form to an approved lab that will do the FAVN test. In order for your pet to be allowed entry into Indonesia, the results of this blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above.

Your pet is also required to be up-to-date with all other vaccinations, which must be administered between 21 days and one year before departure. For dogs, the main vaccinations required are for distemper, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and parvovirus (DHLP), while cats need to be vaccinated against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (FVRCP).

Import permit

Every pet that enters Indonesia will require an import permit from the Department of Agriculture, which is valid for 30 days. To obtain this, you'll need to submit a copy of your passport, a copy of a valid health certificate from your vet, and a copy of your pet's vaccination records. It typically takes about 14 days to receive this permit once you have submitted the application and all the required documents.

Health certificate and endorsements

A health certificate needs to be completed by an accredited veterinarian and issued four to five days before your pet leaves for Indonesia. This certificate must clearly state that the pet has no clinical signs of rabies, distemper, leptospirosis, Aujeszky's disease, leishmaniasis, or tuberculosis. If you are travelling from America, then you will need to send these forms to your local USDA office for their stamp of approval.

 Useful links:

CITES
Indonesia Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Air Transport Association (IATA)

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