Want to know how to relocate your dogs and cats to Jakarta? Here's a checklist of things to do before you travel
If it were up to us (and how we wish it were!) we would travel the globe with our pets sleeping peacefully in our laps during flights. But since life doesn’t work that way, we’ve summed up how you can make the move to Jakarta with your little feline and canine friends in tow. There’s no need to leave anyone behind, but there is a little bit of homework to be done.
Now to add to your moving to-do list is research on vaccines, permits, taxes, and paperwork for the furriest little member of your family. Lucky for you, we’ve come up with this handy little guide to help make things a bit easier. If you want to go on an even more headache-free route for relocating your pet, we also recommend getting in touch with an experienced pet transport company. Groovy Pet Transports has handled many pet relocations in and out of Indonesia, and even has special consultants that can help you out every step of the way.
Important things to know before deciding to move your pet:
- Only pets from rabies-free countries are permitted to enter Indonesia. If you are not traveling from a rabies-free country, your pet will not be permitted to enter the country.
- The easiest way to travel with your pet is to fly in via Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta, with your pet as excess baggage. The cheaper option is to ship your pet via cargo plane or sea, however it will take longer.
- Importing pets to Indonesia can be a very costly decision. Besides travel fees there will also be application fees, import taxes, quarantine fees, and perhaps other permit requirements so do make sure that you are prepared to cover this.
What you need to do before traveling:
- Make sure you have all of the required documents, your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, and make sure your pet has been vaccinated for rabies.
- Figure out how you want to transport your dog or cat into Indonesia. Not all airlines will allow animals to travel as excess baggage, especially into Indonesia, and you’ll need to plan your travel schedule around that.
- Prepare your pet’s travel crate. Flight attendants will not attend to your pet during flight, so you must take the extra steps to ensure that they will be comfortable during their journey.
- Import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture
- Copy of owner’s passport
- Valid health certificate from veterinarian
- Copy of pet’s vaccination book
- Written description of pet’s name, breed, sex, age and color on paper
Preparing your pet’s travel crate:
- Pets must be able to stand, move around, and lie down comfortably in their crates. Make sure the crate you are purchasing is certified meets the requirements made by the IATA Live Animal Regulations.
- Make sure there are attachable water bottles and dishes available for your pet to drink out of.
- It is recommended to leave their favourite toy, or even an old shirt of yours in their crate, so that they will feel more comfortable during travel.
- Line their crate with newspapers so that they will not make a huge mess.
What to do upon arrival:
- Once your pet has landed safely in Jakarta, understand that they must undergo a recommended quarantine period of about 14 days. There will also be quarantine fees and import taxes to pay during this period.
- Immediately research vets and pet stores closest to you in case of any pet related emergency. There aren’t many animal hospitals in Jakarta, and even fewer emergency services, so it is best to be prepared ahead of time.
This article is sponsored by Crown Relocations.