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Traveling to Malaysia with your pet

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Do you wish to travel to Malaysia with your pet? Here is some information on procedures regarding pet import.

If you are planning to move to Malaysia and you have a pet, whether a cat or a dog, the latter will probably be one of your main concerns. You may, of course, take it with you to Malaysia, provided you meet certain requirements. In general, these conditions will vary from one country to another. So it is best to inquire with the Malaysian embassy or consulate in your home country before proceeding.

 Good to know:

Pets are defined as per three distinct categories according to their country of origin:

  • Group 1 – from the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Japan and Brunei
  • Group 2 – from Singapore
  • Group 3 - dogs and cats from all other countries.

Common procedures

In general, regardless of your home country, you will have to request for an import permit from the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture's Veterinary Department. You will obtain an A form which you must duly fill and sign before producing it to your home country's Malaysian embassy or consulate's veterinary department. You will also have to produce a copy of the animal's vaccination certificate. Fees of some 5 ringgits per animal, payable by check or by order, are also required. Note that the import permit has a 30 days validity period.

 Important:

Your pet has to be more than three months old to be allowed to enter Malaysia. Otherwise, it will be quarantined.

Group 1

Dogs and cats coming from the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Japan and Brunei, must wear an identification microchip which is compliant with ISO 11784/11785. These will also need a rabies vaccination certificate as well as a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian and recognized by your home country's authorities. This health certificate should testify that your pet has lived in a rabies free country for the last six months and that it does not suffer from any contagious infection. Thus, your pet will be authorized to enter the Malaysian territory. Otherwise, it will be put into quarantine for a maximum of seven days.

Group 2

Pets coming from Singapore will require the same documents as those of group 1. Moreover, you will have to prove that the pet has been with you since the last six months at least, or even from its birth, and that is does not suffer from rabies. Your statement should be accompanied by a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian. Your dog or cat should also be examined by the veterinarian no more than seven days before the scheduled travel date. Finally, the latter should travel directly from Singapore to Malaysia.

Group 3

Apart from the documents required by group 1 and group 2, group 3 pets should have been vaccinated against rabies between one to twelve months before traveling to Malaysia. The veterinary certificate produced to Malaysian authorities must have been validated by a USDA or CFIA accredited veterinarian depending on the animal's home country (the USA or Canada). In the case of other pets, your home country's pet authorities will be responsible of related formalities.

Restrictions

A number of dog breeds are not authorized in Malaysia: bulldog, pit bull,

Neapolitan morning, Akita, Japanese Tosa, bull mastiff, bull terrier, Fila Brasileiro and Argentine dogo.

As regards rottweilers, dobermans, German, Alsatian, Belgium and Eastern Europe shepherds and Dogo Canarios, these are subject to certain restrictions. The pet owner is required to make a formal request to the Malaysian Veterinary Department's Director. The application must contain the following information:

  • your full name
  • phone number
  • the dog's breed, age and sex
  • the ISO 11784/11785 electronic microchips's reference number
  • the exporting country
  • the dog's history certificate produced by an approved organization in your home country and clearly mentioning the dog's microchip number
  • the vaccination details
  • the address of the quarantine center where the dog will be placed on its arrival in Malaysia.

The quarantine center will first be inspected by a Malaysian Veterinary Department officer so as to make sure that it complies with living conditions required for the pet in terms of breed, size, security, etc. An official letter confirming the import permit, as well as the permit itself will then be issued to the pet owner if the venue is considered to be proper for the pet.

Rabies vaccination is not required by other animals such as birds, tropical fish, reptiles, rodents and invertebrates. However, they should be in possession of a health certificate. Note that your country could also make some recommendations regarding the export of such animals.

Quarantine

Quarantine is compulsory for animals from group 3. In general, the quarantine period lasts seven days for most of them and ten for cats and dogs coming from Australia. You are required to make advance booking for the quarantine center so that necessary space is provided. You can choose among three quarantine centers: Selangor, Pulau Pinang and Perlis.

 Useful links:

Pet Travel www.pettravel.com

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