How To Import Dog And Cat Into Malaysia
Thinking about bringing a new furry friend home? Importing a dog or cat into Malaysia is easier than you think if you plan ahead and pay attention to import requirements.
Procedure To Import Dogs And Cats Into Malaysia
1.Check The Requirements
Start the process as soon as possible as it can take a few months or longer than you expected. Be sure your pet meet the import requirements. First of all, your pet must be a minimum of 3 months old. Make sure your pet has been vaccinated against rabies and other core vaccines as practiced in the country of origin. And the vaccine must be valid upon the arrival of your pet in Malaysia. Ensure your pet is fit to travel.
It’s important to check the breed of your dog to ensure whether he is allowed to be imported into Malaysia. Banned dog breeds includes Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull, Neapolitan Mastiff, Neapoli, Japanese Tosa, Fila Braziliero, Dogo Argentino, American Bulldog and Akita.
If your pet is Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Doberman, German Shepard/Alsatian, Perro de Presa Canario (Canary Dog) or Rottweiler, which is included in the list of Restricted Dog Breeds, you must get the approval of Director General of Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (MAQIS) before applying for an import permit. According to Oh MY Expat Life, you will have to write a letter with the following information in order to obtain the written approval:
a. Importer’s name
b. Importer’s telephone number
c. Breed of dog
d. Age of dog
f. 15-digit Microchip ID number
g. Country of origin (exporting country)
h. Pedigree Certificate issued by an approved organization in the exporting country which clearly defines the dog’s microchip ID number
i. Vaccination record of the dog
j. The residence/premise address in Malaysia where the dog will be placed after import
2.Apply For Import Permit
The consignment of animals shall be accompanied by a valid import permit issued by MAQIS. The license can be applied for online by an agent who is registered in the system or owner of the pet.
3.Make Booking With DVS For Quarantine
The quarantine period is generally at least 7 days and can be extended to a maximum of 30 days. All animals under quarantine are subjected to a quarantine fee.
Small dog: RM 3 per day
Large Dog: RM 4 per day
Cat: RM 3 per day
4.Obtain Veterinary Health Certificate From The Origin Country
The owner must obtain the health certificate within 7 days of departure.
5.Submit The Following Original Documents Upon Arrival In Malaysia
Submit the following documents to DVS officer at point of entry:
a.Original Import Permit for Animals and Birds
b.Original Vaccination Certificate
c.Original Veterinary Health Certificate from the country of departure
d.All documents must be written in English. If not, you must provide a certified translated version
e.Complete Customs Form No. 1 (K1) using tariff code 0106 (zoos and pet) for importation
6.Quarantine In Malaysia
Your pet shall be placed in Animal Quarantine for compulsory period of not less than 7 days upon arrival in Malaysia. Your pet will be released if the veterinarian deems it is healthy. Note that the quarantine period can be extended up to 6 months based on risk assessment of the case.
You are allowed to visit your pet during its stay in Animal Quarantine. Visiting hours are between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm.
If your pet is entering Malaysia from the Schedule Countries such as United Kingdom, Eire, Australia, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Brunei or Singapore, no quarantine is required if all requirements are met.