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Traveling to Indonesia with your pet

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Traveling to Indonesia with your pet may be quite complicated. Find out, in this article, how to proceed.

Indonesia is known for being a particularly warm and moist country. Moreover, this Muslim country is not always quite open regarding pets, such as dogs. Hence, you had better think twice if you wish to travel there with your pet, especially if it is a dog or a cat. You should also wonder if your pet will be able to adapt to the country's climate and environment as their fur can rapidly be infected by fleas and ticks as well as other fungi and these can rapidly proliferate in your house. But you can still proceed if you think you will have enough patience to tackle all these problems.

Conditions

To be authorized to enter Indonesia, your pet should, first of all, be more than three months old and be fully immunized against rabies and any other infectious disease. In fact, your pet should have lived in a region which has been free from rabies for at least 6 months and should have lived in its home country for at least 6 months prior to the scheduled date of departure for Indonesia. Note that your dog or cat must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days or up to 1 year before traveling to Indonesia and the level of antibodies in its blood should not be less than 0.5IU/ml.

Moreover, you pet must have an updated vaccination certificate and a veterinary health certificate which has been issued at least five days before the scheduled date of departure. Note that the veterinary health certificate should mention that your pet is wearing an identification microchip (which is compliant with the ISO 11784 or Annex A to ISO Standard 11785 standards). This microchip should be scanned before departure and all related information must be available to any request of the authorities.

You will also need an import authorization letter which has to be issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture.

Procedures

To apply for the pet import authorization, the request has to be made to the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture. This document should be issued within a month following the application. Documents to be produced are:

  • a copy of your passport
  • a copy of your pet's health card
  • a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate
  • your pet's name, details and description
  • information regarding its antibodies' level.

You can contact the Department of Agriculture at the following address:

Departemen Pertanian (Department of Agriculture)
Up. Direktorat Jenderal Peternakan
Jl. Harsono RM No. 3 Ragunan-12550 Jakarta, Indonesia
Tel: (6221) 781 5580

For any other query, please contact:

Livestock Services Branch, Department of Animal Health Gedung (Building) C.
Lantai 9 JL. Harsono RM-Ragunan, Jakarta Selatan
Indonesia Tel: (021) 781 0090 / (021) 781 5783
Fax: (021) 782 7774

Quarantine

Quarantine is mandatory for all pets entering Indonesia. It generally has a 7 to 14 days duration. Fees apply and have to be settled on your pet's arrival in the country. Do not try to bypass this regulation for security reasons. Otherwise, you pet could be prevented from entering the country, or even killed.

If you wish to travel with another type of pet such as a rabbit, conditions will differ. You are advised to inquire on these with the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Indonesia Forum 
Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture www.deptan.go.id
Quarantine Agency www.karantina.deptan.go.id

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