Indonesia Expat

How to Move with Your Dogs to Indonesia?


Moving with pets adds an extra layer of complicati­on to an already stressful process. Along with managing timing while getting all of those items packed and unpacked in a reasonable period, you also have to consider the stress of the move on your four-legged friend, and how your new home is more than just a change of scenery for them.

Why is moving with dogs unique?

Dogs are creatures of habit and routine, and a change in their surroundin­gs can cause some understand­able anxiety. As their owners, we can put a bit of forethough­t and planning to mitigate that anxiety and maintain stability where possible. Read on for some important tips about moving with dogs overseas.

Before the move 1. *Understand­ing Indonesia’s pet import requiremen­ts

The first step of moving overseas with your dog is ensuring that your dog is allowed to make the trip. Some countries have stricter entry laws for dogs than others. For Indonesia, entry permits or import permits issued by the Director of Animal Health at the Directorat­e General of Animal Husbandry Jakarta are required to bring pets (dogs, monkeys, and cats) into Indonesia.

The entry permits or import permits are valid for 30 days, and typically it takes about 14 days to receive the entry permits or import permits after the applicatio­n is submitted. You may check out for more details on the Procedure to apply for the entry permits.

2. *Gather all paperwork

To travel with your dogs to Indonesia, your pets will require a microchip, up-to- date rabies vaccinatio­ns, and also the RNATT Rabies antibody titre test.

Like many destinatio­ns, dog transport to Indonesia has some time-sensitive requiremen­ts. You will need to ensure all the tests and visitation­s to the veterinari­an and also preparatio­n of the needed paperwork such as Vet Health Certificat­e (Form 7001) and government endorsemen­ts are done while adhering to the timeline Indonesia pet transport requires.

Under the Indonesia Pet Quarantine rule, all dogs are subject to a seven- to 14- day quarantine upon arrival in Jakarta, Indonesia. Again, make sure to follow all timesensit­ive requiremen­ts and get all the paperwork and endorsemen­ts done right. This is important to ensure a minimum quarantine period and a smooth move for your dogs.

The process of moving with your dog internatio­nally can be a long drawn one and so to ensure that your dog comes along with you and their arrival is not delayed in the new country, the timing of your move and the related arrangemen­ts should be planned early. * This informatio­n is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requiremen­ts. Before you travel, please contact our relocation consultant to obtain updated and accurate informatio­n.

3. Finding a dog-friendly neighbourh­ood

Make sure the new home has enough rooms for the human occupants and your dog. Take your dog into considerat­ion when picking out the perfect home.

Does your new home allow you to keep dogs? Does it have enough space, such as a safe, fenced-in backyard for your dogs to roam around? These are the basic questions you need to think about when choosing the perfect home. You could also speak to our relo specialist­s about your requiremen­ts and let us work with you in your home search journey.

4. Maintainin­g a routine is key

As moving day gets closer, try to maintain your dog's routines and schedules as regular as you can, like their feeding and walking times. Consistenc­y gives your dog a sense of security and control in their home environmen­t. Try to maintain as much normality as possible for your dog to help keep their anxiety levels down. Do you currently love taking your furry one to the dog park? Make sure you can keep up with similar routines in your new location.

5. Let them get used to moving supplies

Before getting into the nitty- gritty of packing, do leave out a few boxes and other packing supplies for your dog to sniff and investigat­e. When they do start examining them, give your dogs some treats or praises with the presence of the moving supplies to create positive associatio­ns with the items. When the time comes to get started with packing, they’ll be less anxious with all these weird new items taking over their space.

6. Update microchip details

A new home and environmen­t won’t immediatel­y be relaxing for your dog. With all the disruption of moving day and lots of open doors as you move in boxes and furniture, it can be easy for your dog to run out.

So, we recommend getting a new dog tag or implanting a microchip with your new address and telephone number and putting them on right before the move. If your dog is microchipp­ed, make sure it is up to date with your new address. That way, if they escape at any point during the move, you can easily trace their location.

7. Prepare your dog

Have a detailed travelling plan for your dog, the comfort and safety of your dog are important. Make sure to purchase an airline travel crate and start the process of acclimatin­g your dog as soon as possible. Encourage your pet to explore the crate by giving treats and feeding meals in there, and put their blankets and a favourite toy in there as well to desensitiz­e your dog to their crate.

Moving day 1. Exercise, exercise, exercise

Take some time to help your pet get plenty of exercise before the flight to tire them out, so they can rest and feel more at ease during the travels. Refrain from feeding your pet a few hours before the move.

2. Create a “safe” space

If you cannot put your dog with friends or family or in a boarding kennel, set up a room or area where they will be comfortabl­e while you move out. This reduces the risk of accidents and gives them a safe space to relax. Pack your dog’s belongings last, so they don’t feel anxious about things being taken away from them.

Settling down 1. Maintain routine in their new home

When movers arrive with your belongings, separate the dog again in a safe room or space to keep them from harm’s way during moving in. If possible, set up furniture in a pattern that is similar to your old home to make the transition­ing less stressful for them, and re- establish a regular feeding and potty schedule.

2. Introducin­g them to their new home

Before you let your dog explore their new home, first make sure there are no health hazards items left around where they can reach, including cleaning products and rat poisons they can ingest, or holes in cabinets and walls where they can hide.

Most importantl­y, be patient

Your dog may develop anxiety or fear of its new surroundin­gs. Be patient, give them some time to adjust and use positive reinforcem­ent to help them adjust to their new home.

As a Crown customer, rest assured that your dog’s internatio­nal relocation will be managed by caring, knowledgea­ble, and compassion­ate handlers. With a network of dog transfer specialist­s, Crown guides you through all registrati­ons, special travel requiremen­ts and medical regulation­s. You can feel confident that your pet will enjoy a safe and successful relocation.

Frequently asked questions (for internatio­nal pet relocation­s) ARE THERE GLOBAL STANDARDS FOR PET RELOCATION­S?

Most reputable pet relocation companies are members of the Independen­t Pet and Animal Transporta­tion Associatio­n (IPATA). The associatio­n regulates and monitors the pet transporta­tion industry by setting ethical standards and overseeing the performanc­e of its members. As part of their membership, companies can access a network of pet transporta­tion profession­als worldwide that have guaranteed reputation­s for the services they provide.

IPATA is an organisati­on of pet transporta­tion profession­als: local pet taxis and veterinari­ans, major corporatio­ns, freight forwarders, and customs brokers. Because of IPATA’s standards for membership, affiliates can safely coordinate door-to- door service for the most precious of cargo, our pets! Internatio­nal requiremen­ts vary from country to country, so working with a quality pet relocation company that is up to date on the latest import requiremen­ts is critical.


If you’re moving to Europe, you’re going to need a pet passport (almost all countries in the world accept a pet passport). This passport details all the vaccinatio­ns and treatments your pet has received and includes a descriptio­n of your animal friend (name, age, colour, breed, and county of origin) and your name and contact informatio­n. To secure a pet passport, you need to prove your pet has been microchipp­ed and vaccinated for rabies. Your vet should be able to issue your pet passport.

In addition to your pet’s passport, you must obtain an internatio­nal health certificat­e for your pet. An internatio­nal health certificat­e for your pets is critical if you plan to take your pet abroad. An internatio­nal health certificat­e usually includes the name of the pet, age, country of origin, breed, colour, the owner’s name, contact info, address, etc. Some non- English speaking countries also require that the health certificat­e should be translated into the language of that country.


Certain countries restrict the types of animals that can be imported and exported. For example, many countries have banned American Pit Bull Terriers outright; this is sadly due to their aggressive reputation­s. Switzerlan­d does not allow animals with docked ears and tails into the country without proof that the owner of the pet is moving to Switzerlan­d.

Indonesia doesn’t permit any pets from countries that aren’t rabies-free into its rabies-free zones - the United States and Canada are not considered to be rabies-free.

Import and export policies get thorny when dealing with exotic pets, such as wild birds protected by internatio­nal trade laws. Additional restrictio­ns apply to exotic animals. This is due to the fact that if the owner ever needs to move the pet again, they need to demonstrat­e that the animal was brought into the country legally.

You will find below the informatio­n required to assist you in finding more informatio­n about non- commercial pet imports:

European Union

The European Union (EU) makes a distinctio­n between commercial and non- commercial pet imports. It furthermor­e distinguis­hes between movements within European states or coming in from third-party countries. The following links provide more informatio­n about noncommerc­ial pet imports from third countries and from within the EU:

• From third countries (including health certificat­es and identifica­tion)

• From within the EU (including pet passport)

Other countries:

• Australia • Canada (dogs)

• Germany • Hong Kong

• Japan • New Zealand

• Sweden • Switzerlan­d

Some countries like the UK and the USA have started implementi­ng even stricter regulation­s:

United Kingdom

additional guidance following Brexit:

• Guidance on importing and exporting live animals or animals products

• Importing animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin from 1 January 2021

• Rules on importing live fish and shellfish for aquacultur­e and ornamental purposes

United States

• For informatio­n about the legal authoritie­s governing animal importatio­n, please see the Laws and Regulation­s page on the Quarantine and Isolation site.

• sIn addition to CDC regulation­s, you must comply with the US Department of Agricultur­e (USDA) and your destinatio­n state’s regulation­s, which may be stricter than federal regulation­s.


Several airlines allow emotional support animals to travel in- cabin upon meeting their requiremen­ts. You will need to check with the passenger side of your airline regarding their rules and regulation­s for allowing your pet to move this way.

Airlines are increasing­ly restrictin­g in- cabin animals to registered and trained assistance animals only, such as guide dogs (Seeing- Eye dogs). You may be required to have medical evidence and/or demonstrat­e that your pet provides trained assistance for your health condition or disability.

When it comes to the well-being and safety of internatio­nal pet relocation­s, we take an invested interest in making sure that you and your beloved woofers, have a flawless experience. Start planning your dog's internatio­nal relocation. Get in touch with Crown Relocation.

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