Malaysia Pet Passport Regulations
NOTE: In August of 2015, there were rabies outbreaks reported to the OIE in 3 northern States of Malaysia, Perlis, Kedah and Penang. Pets traveling to or from these areas should be aware that they may be subject to titer requirements when traveling to other countries.
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 9.
Your pet must be accompanied with an Import License issued by the Director General of Veterinary Services or the State Director. The license must be applied for in person by either the importer or an licensed agent. This document is good for 30 days from issuance.
Your pet cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entry into Malaysia.
Vaccination certificate reflecting all the routine vaccinations administered by your veterinarian should also accompany your pet.
Dogs must be vaccinated for Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parovirus and Parainfluenza. Cats must be vaccinated for Feline panleukopenia (Distemper): Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Leukemia, and Rabies.
Rabies Titer Test
Malaysia does not require a rabies titer test (RNATT) for pets entering from any country.
A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Veterinary Certificate for Malaysia for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
If your pet is entering Malaysia from the United Kingdom, Eire, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei or Singapore**, no quarantine is required if all requirements are met. If your pet is entering Malaysia from any other country, it shall be placed in quarantine and may be vaccinated with approved anti-rabies vaccine and detained in quarantine for compulsory period of not less than seven (7) days (10 days for dogs and cats entering from Australia). Your pet will be released if found to be free of any evidence of infection. However, where deemed necessary, the quarantine period can be extended up to six (6) months based on risk assessment on a case to case basis.
Quarantine facilities for dogs and cats are available at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang, Penang International Airport, and Padang Besar (Perlis-Thai border). Those dogs and cats requiring quarantine must enter at those points.
**Additional requirements when entering Malaysia from Singapore
- Your pet must be accompanied by a declaration by the owner to the effect that it is been in your possession in Singapore for not less than six months or since its birth and that the owner has no reason to believe it to be infected with rabies.
- You must have a certificate from the competent veterinary officer, Primary Production (Veterinary) Department Singapore, endorsing that your pet has not been imported into Singapore during the six (6) months immediately preceding the date of the certificate except in accordance with regulation, and endorsing that no case of rabies had been reported to have occurred in Singapore during the six (6) months immediately preceding the date of the certificate.
- Your pet must be examined by the Veterinary Department Singapore (within the seven days immediately preceding the import and found to be free from any clinical sign of infectious or contagious diseases. Your pet must be carried by aircraft or road transport direct to the prescribed landing place or any other airport as directed by the Director General of Veterinary Services, Malaysia or the State Director.
Entering Malaysia by Air
Pets must arrive in Malaysia as air cargo and declared to the Animal Quarantine Officer at the landing point for entry clearance.
All cats and dogs requiring quarantine must enter at at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA),l Senai International Airport in Jahore, Labuan International Airport, Labuan F.T. or Bayan Lepas International Airport in Penang. Reservations for quarantine must be made at least 2 weeks if not more in advance as quarantine facilities are oftentimes full. Pet owners will be responsible for the care of their dog or cat while in quarantine.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Malaysia. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Puppies and Kittens
Malaysia requires that puppies and kittens are 3 months of age prior to entering the country. They should be vaccinated for rabies.
The following breeds are not permitted to enter
Malaysia: American Pit Bull, Pit Bull Terrier,
Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier,
Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bulldog,
Neopolitan Mastiff, Japanese Tosa, Akita, Dogo
Argentino and Fila Braziliero.
There are additional requirements to bring these breeds to Malaysia: Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepard, Belgian Shepard, East European Shepard, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier, and Perro de Presa Canario. Owners of these breeds need to make an official written application to the Director of State Veterinary Services (State DVS) in advance.
Birds of any kind are not permitted to enter the Malaysia. Invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Malaysia. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. .
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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