1. Pet Microchip
Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet’s microchip is not ISO 11784 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
2. Import Permit
Your pet must be accompanied with an Import License issued by the Director General of Veterinary Services or the State Director. The license can be applied for online by an agent who is registered in the system or in person by a licensed agent or representative of the owner. This document is issued within a day and is valid 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.
4. Rabies Titer Test
Malaysia does not require a rabies titer test (RNATT) for pets entering from any country.
5. Health Certifiate
A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Veterinary Certificate for Malaysia withi 7 days of import 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.
7. 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.
There are no restrictions on the number of domesticated pets that you can import if that number will be permitted at the place of residency.
8. 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.
9. Banned Breeds
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.
10. Other Animals
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.