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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements.

An import permit is required.

Contact the Malaysian Department of Veterinary Services for information about the process required to import animals into Malaysia from Australia.

Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

There are no agreed conditions or health certificate for the import of dogs or cats into Malaysia from Australia.

Certifying officers must review the import permit(s), any conditions provided by the exporter, the website of the importing authority, and ensure that the issued document(s) are consistent with the permit(s).

The following conditions were sourced from a permit issued in September 2021.

Health certificate

The consignment of animals shall be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate issued by a competent Veterinary Authority of Australia within 7 days of export.

  1. The dog(s)/cat(s) has not/have not been imported into Australia during the six (6) months prior to export. The dog(s)/cat(s) has/have been continuously resident in Australia for at least six (6) month or since birth and was/were at least three months of age prior to export.

  2. No case of rabies had been reported to have occurred in Australia during the last six (6) months prior to export.

  3. The dog(s)/cat(s) originated from an establishment or farm or premise where no case of Hendra virus has occurred during the last six (6) months prior to export.

  4. The dog(s)/cat(s) have been tested for Hendra Virus using Serum Neutralization Test (SNT) at dilution 1 in 2 with negative results, within fourteen (14) days prior to export. See attached laboratory report.

  5. The animal(s) was/were vaccinated, within twelve (12) months prior to export against canine adenovirus type 2, canine distemper, canine parainfluenza, and canine parvovirus (for dogs) and against Chlamydia psittaci (Chlamydophilia felis), feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia and feline rhinotracheitis (for cats). See attached vaccination certificate/s.

  6. The dog(s)/cat(s) has been/have been examined and found to be healthy and free from any clinical sign of rabies and infectious or contagious diseases of dogs/cats, at the time of examination and certification, prior to export.

Special conditions

Animals originating in Malaysia and returning to Malaysia following a temporary period in Australia may be admitted into Malaysia without restriction if the State Veterinary Director is satisfied that the dog was originally from Malaysia, and was not in any country other than Australia.

List of Banned and Restricted Breed of Dogs

  1. Restricted Breed of Dogs

    1. Bull Mastiff
    2. Bull Terrier
    3. Doberman
    4. German Shepard/Alsatian including Belgian Shepard and East European Shepard
    5. Perro de Presa Canario (also known as Canary Dog)
    6. Rottweiler

  2. Banned Breed of Dogs

    1. Akita
    2. American Bulldog
    3. Dogo Argentino
    4. Fila Braziliero
    5. Japanese Tosa
    6. Neapolitan Mastiff
    7. Pit Bull Terrier / Pit Bull (also known as American Pit Bull, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier)

Condition for the Approval of Importation of Restricted Breed of Dogs

An approval to import restricted breeds of dogs shall be obtained in writing from the Director General of Department of Malaysian Quarantine and Inspections Services subject to the following conditions, prior to application of an import license:

  1. Dogs shall not be less than 3 months of age at the time of import.

  2. Dogs shall have a pedigree certificate issued by an approved organisation in the country of export (name and address of the organisation shall be specified).

  3. Dogs shall be identified using an ISO (Std 11784 & 11785) compliant microchip and the identification codes clearly recorded in the pedigree certificate.

  4. Name and address of the importer who shall be responsible for the care and handling of the dog shall be clearly stated in the application for approval.

  5. The premise or residence of the dog shall be inspected by the Director to verify facilities regarding kennel, size of the compound, safety and control of the dog.

  6. The importer shall provide a written declaration that the dog:

    1. is a personal pet and not intended for sale (Importation of controlled breeds of dogs is allowed as a personal pet of the importer or for security purpose only)
    2. shall be kept secured within the compound at all times
    3. shall be kept on a leash and muzzled at all times in public area
    4. shall be under the control of a trained and skilled handler at all times (for Security Dogs)

Other requirements

Transport requirements

The dogs/cats shall be carried by aircraft or other means of transportation direct to the prescribed landing place or any other airport as directed by the Director General of Veterinary Services, Malaysia or the State Director concerned.

Pre and post arrival quarantine requirements

Upon arrival the dogs/cats shall be placed in approved quarantine for a period of not less than 10 clear days during which the animals shall be subjected to the following measures:

  1. Vaccinated with approved anti-rabies vaccine as deemed necessary.

  2. Laboratory health tests as deemed necessary.

  3. The dogs/cats will be released if found to be free of any evidence of clinical diseases.

Basis for Micor entry

Based on a permit issued in September 2021 and importing country website and information.

Entry last reviewed 29 October 2021.

Latest updates

Last updated: 8/11/2022 2:35 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:49 PM