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Moving with a Pet to Indonesia

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Planning to move to Indonesia with your pet? Get all the vital information on required vaccinations, pet travel guidelines, and prohibited items in Indonesia. Make your relocation process easier with this guide.

Moving to Indonesia as an expat or digital nomad presents a unique set of challenges and experiences, especially when you're planning to bring your furry friend along. Indonesia has specific regulations regarding the importation of pets, including vaccination and paperwork requirements. Depending on the type of pet and its country of origin, quarantine may be necessary to ensure that diseases are not introduced into the country. While having pets is not uncommon in Indonesia, the presence of certain animals, especially dogs, can be less prevalent in some areas due to cultural and religious beliefs. This article will delve into the details of what you need to know about bringing your pet to Indonesia, ensuring a smooth transition for both you and your companion.

Can I bring my dog to Indonesia?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Indonesia, but there are strict regulations you must follow. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before arrival but not more than one year prior. You'll need to provide a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian and proof of the rabies vaccination. Depending on the country of origin, your dog may also be subject to quarantine upon arrival in Indonesia to ensure they are not carrying any infectious diseases.

Can I bring my cat to Indonesia?

Similar to dogs, cats can be brought into Indonesia. The requirements for cats include a valid rabies vaccination certificate and a health certificate from a veterinarian. The rabies vaccine must be administered at least 30 days before travel but not more than a year before entering Indonesia. Cats may also be subject to quarantine, and it's essential to check the latest regulations as they can change.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Indonesia

Indonesia prohibits the entry of certain pets, including endangered species and exotic animals that may pose a threat to the country's biodiversity and public health. Additionally, some breeds of dogs that are considered aggressive or dangerous may be restricted. It's crucial to consult with the Indonesian consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date list of prohibited pets before planning your move.

How do I bring my pet to Indonesia?

To bring your pet to Indonesia, you must ensure all paperwork and vaccinations are in order. This includes obtaining an import permit from the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, a health certificate issued within five days of departure, and a valid rabies vaccination certificate. Your pet must be microchipped, and you should have all documentation translated into Indonesian to facilitate the process. Upon arrival, pets may be quarantined for a period determined by the Indonesian Quarantine Office. It's advisable to work with a pet relocation service to navigate the complexities of the process.

Upon Arriving in Indonesia

After your pet has arrived in Indonesia, you may need to register them with local authorities and obtain a pet license, depending on the region. Finding a veterinarian can be done through recommendations from other expats or by searching online for reputable clinics. While dogs and cats are generally liked in Indonesia, cultural sensitivities, especially towards dogs, should be respected. Dog parks are not as common as in some Western countries, but there are pet-friendly areas and communities. It's important to be aware of the local customs and find a living situation that is comfortable for both you and your pet.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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