Requirements for the Importation of Pets to Malaysia

Find out about the import requirements, fees and quarantine when moving with pets to Malaysia...

There are different requirements depending on the country from which the animal is travelling.

Different regulations apply to:

  • Pets imported from Australia
  • Pets imported from Singapore
  • Pets imported from scheduled countries - United Kingdom, Eire, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden and Brunei
  • Pets imported from non-scheduled countries (not United Kingdom, Eire, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Brunei and Singapore)

In general, all pets imported to Malaysia must:

  • Have a valid import licence
  • Be accompanied by a valid certificate giving a full description or identification of the animal
  • Be identified by an ISO compliant microchip
  • Be at least three months old at the time of import
  • Be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate issued by a competent Veterinary Authority which states that:
    • the animal has been in the country it is being exported from for at least six months
    • the animal is free from any signs of rabies
    • the animal has been vaccinated against rabies
    • the animal's vaccination history status and health status is up to date
    • there has not been any reported outbreak of rabies in the country of export in the six months prior to the rabies vaccination being issued.

There is no limit on the number of pets a person can import to Malaysia, but local authorities may have restrictions concerning the number of dogs that may be kept in residential premises.

  • For more details about specific requirements for importing pet animals: Click here

Quarantine

From Australia: Animals are placed in an approved quarantine area for at least ten days, where the animal is given an anti-rabies vaccination and health tests are carried out. The animal is released when found to be free from infection.

From non-scheduled countries: Animals are placed in an approved quarantine area for at least seven days. This period may be extended if the animal is considered at risk. The animal is released if found to be free from infection.

From scheduled countries and Singapore: there is no quarantine requirement for animals from these countries.

Written declaration

Owners must provide a written declaration that the animal is a personal pet and not intended for sale, and that dogs will be kept under control at all times, including being leashed and muzzled in public areas.

Fees

There are a number of import fees to be paid that depend on the country of export.

When importing a pet from Australia and non-scheduled countries, an import licence fee, import examination fee and quarantine fee must be paid. In addition there is a fee for the quarantine certificate.

For animals imported from Singapore and scheduled countries, only the import licence fee and import examination fee must be paid.