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Can I Bring My Dog or cat To Bali?

A Balinese Man, popular Canggu local Pak Ketut Widanta (known as Lelut), and pig farmer, who is riding a scooter surrounded by several different breeds of dogs. Lelut owns 20 dogs and is well known for taking his dogs for a ride.

Can I Bring My Dog or cat To Bali?


Can I bring my dog or cat with me to Bali? Technically speaking it is illegal to bring dogs or cats in or out of Bali. These laws are in place towards controlling the rabies population in Indonesia.

Pet Relocation to Bali

However, there are trustworthy pet relocation companies that can definitely make it happen. It is a grey area though and I would strongly advise to consider other options before embarking on such a journey. Not only is it a very expensive exercise, but if you intend to move again outside of Bali the time taken in quarantine before in your next country can be an arduous process for your pet to go through.

How can I bring my dog or Cat to Bali?

To work out how long it takes to organise the relocation for your dog or cat, it is suggested to count back 12-13 weeks from when you want to arrive in Bali.

The very first thing to do is taking care of both microchipping and rabies vaccinations for your pet. You can do this with a special form that is given to your vet by the relocation company. 30 days later, you need to do a Rabies Blood Titre Test. Once the result comes back, it is only then that the pet relocation company can apply for an Indonesian import permit. This can then take 4-5 weeks to be issued. Once the Indonesian import permit has been issued it is valid for 3 months.

So, the quicker you get the tests done, the quicker the permit application process can be completed, and the sooner you can be in Bali with your pet.

If you would like to know more information on the process and all about relocation to Bali such as visas, transport, health, schools, and accommodation visit the contact us page and send your details.

How long does it take to arrange pet transport?

Your pet has to be flown to Jakarta (Indonesia) and from there they must be quarantined in a government facility for 7 days (this is non-negoitable – in fact it used to be 2-3 weeks). After this stay and negative PCR test has been completed, they then onboard by air-conditioned minivan and delivered safely to your villa in Bali which can take 1-3 days. Depending on where you live in the world, my pet relocation company can arrange a door to door service for the following countries: UK, Singapore, Amsterdam, Germany, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia , Thailand , Philippines, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and Australia. 

A young girl in school uniform holding a small dog. She is standing in front of an Indonesian man working a Bakso Soup Stand in a Balinese Villa
Our Daughter, Demi, holding our rescue dog, Gidget, waiting for Bakso Soup served by Adi, the Bakso Man from our Villa in the Umalas.

Quarantine Considerations for your Dog or Cat when leaving Bali

You will also have to consider the regulations of the receiving country if you decide to leave Bali and want to bring your pet back home. For example, when moving back to Australia, the animal needs to fly to Malaysia, Singapore or another rabies-free country that will accept them. They’ll then need to stay in quarantine for 2 to 3 months (sometimes longer, up to 6 months).

This quarantine can happen either in a kennel or some owners will rent a place to live with their pet. The pets don’t need to be in a facility per se but need to have spent a certain amount of time in a rabies-free country before entering Australia. Then once in Australia (usually the first port will be Sydney or Melbourne) the animal needs to quarantine for a second period of time. Understandably, this process becomes very costly. 

If you still wish to explore bringing your pet to Bali, then I offer my trusted pet relocation specialist as part of my key contacts in my consulting packages. Click here to find out more on how we can work together.

Bali Dogs: Bali’s own Breed of Dog

When it comes to Bali dogs, did you know the ‘Bali dog’ is a breed, not just a dog that lives in Bali? These dogs are sacred and studies concluded that the Bali dog is the oldest breed of dog known to man. The threatened indigenous Bali dog is the purest breed in the world!

The Bali Dog is faithful, calm and respectful and has lived in unison with humans forever. They learn from a young age, from their parents, how to navigate the rice fields, roads and people. Plus, the Bali Dog is genetically unique, highly intelligent and of significance to science. 

A small dog sitting wearing a flower in its collar.
Our rescue dog, Gidget, at a café in Canggu.

Stray Dogs & Adoption in Bali

Bali already has a big problem with stray dogs and there is such a need and ongoing opportunity for expats to adopt and foster dogs. Just look every day on Bali Facebook groups and you will see expats asking people to find homes for cats and dogs they find. When it comes to vet visits, pet food and accessories, these are all a lot cheaper in Bali than back home. 

There are some wonderful non-profit organizations based in Bali that work to save, protect and improve the lives of these animals. Some awesome organisations include: Mission Pawsible , Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), Bali Paws and the Instagram account @act4balidogs.

According to BAWA, each year, up to a thousand animals in the most severe conditions or life-threatening situations are brought into a BAWA facility or directly to a clinic and, at any given time, they have between 250-300 animals in care between their four adoption centres, clinics, and foster homes.

They successfully rehome approximately 500 animals each year. They also educate communities about animal welfare and rights, intervene in situations of animal abuse and neglect, and push for changes to laws and their enforcement to better protect the animals in Bali. Depending on where you live in Bali, BAWA is always looking for volunteers so check out their website.

You can also donate to these great causes from a distance and make a sustainable difference to the lives of these animals. Follow their accounts and see the great work they are doing every day. 

It also goes without saying, anyone coming into contact with animals in Bali should have anti-rabies vaccinations. It is best to get the rabies vaccination before your arrival as it is not always available should you need it in an emergency. Apart from stray dogs, people have been bitten by monkeys as well. For example, you can see wild monkeys at many temples, various beaches, mountains in Bedugul and the famous Monkey Forest in Ubud.

INTERESTED in Moving to Bali with Your Pet?

Our Year in Bali consults with anyone around the world who would like to move to Bali. If you are keen to move to Bali and want to bring your pet with you or want to know more about the costs of living and logistics, read about our consulting offers and request a free 30 minute initial consultation call.


  • Romy
    December 22, 2022

    Hi Simone,
    Thank you for sharing this information.
    I am looking to move to Bali next year and I want to bring my 2 cats from Amsterdam.
    Would you be able to send over some information? Also about the process for when/if I return to Europe with them.
    And the quarantaine in Jakarta, would it be possible to stay with them during that process?

    Thanks so much !

  • Shannon Len
    November 18, 2022

    Hi Simone,
    We are looking to move our two cats and one dog to Bali from CA, US. And was hoping you could please help us with this?
    Thank you

  • Matt
    October 31, 2022

    Great information Simone ,
    I’ve spoken with a transport company and you have filled the gaps in for the Jakarta to Bali leg. I’d be interested in some more info and possibly book a time with you. The 2 main areas for us is the 7 day quarantine in Jakarta (our 10year old Viszla has separation anxiety) and my wife was worried about a rabies injection for him. How safe are they now?

      • Juli
        November 4, 2022

        Thanks for all the information, it’s been a great help! I am planning to move to Bali next year with my cat and dog from Spain. I would appreciate it if you could send me more information.

  • Loredana
    October 18, 2022

    Hi Danielle,
    Me and my partner plan to relocate to Bali from Amsterdam by the beginning of next year and we want to take our sweet baby cat with us. All the information I read online is making me rethink our move because we don’t want to leave her behind.

  • Kim hinton
    August 22, 2022

    I have a 10lb malting looking to relocate to Bali for a year and come back home. I’m coming from the USA. I would hate to have you leave him behind. I’m not looking to move until I do more research soo next year or so. Any help I appreciate thank you

    • Trent Collins
      August 22, 2022

      Thank you for your question. I will email you further information

    August 3, 2022

    Hi. Moving from the US to Bali and would be interested in learning how to bring my two dogs and your relocation packages. Thank you!!

      • Diana Da Costa
        September 9, 2022

        Hello, I am looking for the same information

  • Kyana Sandoval Vesel
    July 27, 2022

    Hi Simone,
    I am looking to move to Bali by the end of the year with my 14 year old 15lb Lhasa Apso. She has her rabies vaccine and is in good health. I will be moving from the USA and plan to carry her in the plane with me since she is small enough. I would love some more information and approximate cost to get her from the US to Bali.
    Thank you in advance!

      • Todd Guzik
        August 1, 2022

        Hi Simone,
        I’m interested in taking my dog to Bali to live there some time next year. I’m coming from USA. Any help would be amazing. I’m a dog trainer and can’t just leave my dog in the states. It’s really a make or break for me to be able to move to Bali. I’ve read the horror stories, so I’m hoping it’s more reasonable than it seems online. Thanks!

  • Bobby
    July 24, 2022

    I am looking into bringing my Belgian Malinois to Bali since i am moving there for a year as part of my job. And i would like to hear more about this service (We currently live in Spain)

  • Rose
    July 18, 2022

    Hello! I plan on traveling to Bali with my 10 pound shih-tzu in a few months. We’re coming from the U.S. Can you please send me an email with recommendations on how to do so? Thanks!

  • Sara
    July 17, 2022

    Hi there, I am in a similar situation. Would love to know the reccommendations and also potential costs involved. Also if we were to exit Bali with a dog after 1 year do you know the process to return to NZ with dog. Also any home rental companies in Bali with great schools (5 and 8 years) would be appreciated.

  • Anastasia
    July 16, 2022


    We also want to relocate from Europe to Bali with cats. Can you please send me the info?

  • Verónica
    July 15, 2022

    Thank you so much for this information! My partner and I are currently thinking about relocating to Bali, and we’d like more detailed information about bringing our two cats with us. I’m reading from other commenters that there’s a quarantine period in Jakarta, so I’m wondering whether we could stop in Jakarta with the cats, then bring them to Bali with us. I’m also concerned about the length of the trip itself, since it would be a really long flight from the US East Coast.

    Thank you so much for your time and help! Have a lovely weekend!

  • Olivia
    July 15, 2022

    Hi Simone, thank you so much for this article. This has been helpful! I’m planning to move to Bali in around October 2022 with my pet Cat from Switzerland. I was wondering if you can share more information on the process of moving and also the costs? Would really appreciate any information/ help I can get 🙂

      • September 29, 2022

        Hi Simone, I have the same question as Olivia. I am moving with my cat from Sydney to Bali. I am already in contact with various pet agencies but no one has any information on Jakarta to Bali. Your article has been very helpful!

  • Maria Sihombing
    July 10, 2022

    Hi Simone,

    I am planning to move to Bali from Melbourne and would love to take my dog with me. Would you be able to share the process and cost and which company is best to go with?

    Many thanks.

  • Sahida
    July 8, 2022

    Hi Simone, It’s a relief to find out that there’s a possibility for me to bring my cat to Bali. We’re planning to move to Bali by the end of this year. Can you provide me with more information of what steps to take? Thank you

  • Winter Phoenix
    July 6, 2022

    Hi, We are interested in moving to Bali later this year with our two dogs (Shiba Inus) from Australia. Can you please email the extra information.

  • Pitri
    July 5, 2022

    Hello Simone,
    I am relocating soon to Bali from Dubai, and we are gonna bring our two cats with us. Can you help with information of pet relocating companies from Jakarta to Bali. Thanks

  • Mallory Leblanc
    July 5, 2022

    Hi there! Looking into the new digital nomad visa for Bali. My dog is 12 years old, microchipped and has her rabies vaccine. Would love any information about how to get her into Bali.

  • Dardan
    July 4, 2022

    Hi, I read the article but I’m a bit confused – I found a few websites that say you can’t import your dog with you, also asked a pet travel agency and they confirmed it.
    So my question is: is there a way to import my dog into Bali?
    For context: I thinking of moving to Bali next year (around March).

  • Josh magee
    June 28, 2022

    Hi i am relocateing to Lombok and want to bring my dog what is my easiest options and what will i need to do and how much will it cost ??

  • Tommy D'Agostino
    June 22, 2022

    Hello Simone,

    I am interested in what companies are able to transport pets to Bali, I am going to be moving to Batam island from USA and I believe Batam has the same type of restrictions that Bali has concerning pets. We have 2 cats that we cannot leave behind. Can I request additional information on what companies can help with this relocation?

    Thank you,


  • Dimi
    June 16, 2022

    Hi Simone,

    Could I also please have this information as we are looking at relocating g from Mackay with 2 dogs.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Kind regards,

  • Melinda
    June 10, 2022

    Hi, I am looking for more information on bringing my x2 pugs from Australia to Bali – do you know if this breed is able to fly with the transportation companies? Any further information would be fantastic! Thanks

  • Muriel Lofranco
    June 9, 2022

    Hello, I’m planning on traveling to bali from Houston Texas USA and would like to take my Pomeranian. I’d like more information regarding pet travel.

  • Maliks
    June 4, 2022

    Hi – planning on moving to Bali from Melbourne, Australia with my gorgeous dog next year. Would really appreciate any advice. Don’t want to risk his safety so I’m hoping there are son reputable companies. Thank you!!

  • Mo
    June 4, 2022

    Hello! Thinking of moving our small dog from thailand to bali and would very much appreciate any help and resources you can provide. Thanks!

  • Trent
    May 28, 2022

    Hi, my partner and I are thinking about re locating to Bali sometime this year, we have a number of pets we would like more info about getting them from Australia to Bali. We have 3 dogs (American staffy x, French Bulldog, Labrador) 1 cat and 1 parrot.

    Thank You

  • Alison
    May 25, 2022

    Hi, I would love to move to Bali from South Africa with my two dogs , have heard it’s impossible , but reading this now it seems there may be a way ??

  • Nakita
    May 24, 2022

    Hello Simone,

    I tried sending an email with questions regarding transporting a cat to Bali but kept getting an error on the contact page.

    Can you please email me your contact information?

    Thank you! And thank you for providing this information.

  • Mariah
    May 21, 2022

    Hello, I am looking at moving to Bali and I’m struggling to find up to date information on relocating my dog here from Australia. Could you please provide all the information you have along with suggested relocation companies for transportation? Thank you very much! 🙂

  • Ryan
    May 21, 2022

    Hi Simone,
    Can you send me an email so I can ask a few questions on this topic. Expecting to move in September this year.

  • Erika Williams
    May 20, 2022

    Hi is there a quarantine in Jakarta? The article says there is not if your pets tests negative for rabies. I want to bring my tiny yorkie from the US to Bali and I thought I could fly to Jakarta first and hire a transport company from there to Bali. I also have 4 cats but might leave them behind in the States with a friend.

  • Peter Parkins
    May 15, 2022

    Hi Simone, I am also relocating permanently to Bali in February 2023 & would appreciate your recommendation on pet relocation companies with bringing my cat from Sydney.

  • Kathleen Smith
    May 11, 2022

    Dear Simone. I am currently living between Jakarta and Australia. We are relocating to Bali at the end of the year and we would like to bring our three Old English Sheepdogs who are currently in Australia but will be relocating to Jakarta in preparation for our move to Bali. We don’t want to bring them to Jakarta if we can’t get them into Bali. Finding a pet relocation company from Jakarta to Bali is proving difficult. Any help would be much appreciated.

  • Tessa Aulmann
    May 4, 2022

    Dear Simone,

    Thank you for posting this article.
    My partner and I are planning on relocating this year from Sydney to Bali for work and want to bring our dog. Could you send us some information about this topic. Also about what would happen if we had to relocate again to another country?

  • Elisa
    April 23, 2022

    Dear Simone, I am planning to relocate to Bali with my dog by the end of the year from Europe. Do you have any recommendations for me?

    • Abby
      June 17, 2022

      Hello Simone,
      My partner and I are looking to move to Bali from the united states, do you recommend any pet relocation companies?

  • Tracey Howard Muston
    April 13, 2022

    Hi I have a Villa in Sanur and I am looking at moving to Bali in October with my two dogs can you please recommend a trustworthy company for relocation?

  • Danielle
    April 11, 2022

    Hi there Simone,
    My partner and I are relocating to Bali for work and have two cats that we plan to take with us from Sydney. I am finding it difficult to find out much information on relocating pets to Bali. I have called Jetpets and they will only get the cats to Jakarta. Do you know of any companies that can safely and carefully take my cats into Bali?
    Kind regards,
    Danielle 🙏🏽


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