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Can I bring my dog or cat to Bali?

Pet Relocation to Bali

Please be aware from a legal point of view, dog and cats can be accepted into Jakarta, Indonesia (with an Indonesian permit). However, it is prohibited to transport dogs or cats to or from Bali, as a measure to manage the spread of rabies in Indonesia. 

How can I bring my dog or Cat to Bali?

That being said, while acknowledging the existence of a grey area of pet transport in Bali, it is possible to do a relocation with our highly reliable and internationally certified pet relocation company. They have a proven track record of over a decade of successful relocation of pets to and from South East Asia, in particular Indonesia. They are the experts in handling the logistics within Indonesia (Jakarta to Bali and return).

Depending on your location, this company can provide a door-to-door service from several countries, including the UK, Singapore, The Netherlands, Germany, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, and Australia.

What are the transportation options for bringing a pet from your home country to Jakarta?

There are two ways to organise transportation from your home country to Jakarta (Indonesia); arriving or departing with you, the owner on same flight as excess baggage (your pet will comes from oversized luggage area, and it will register under the passengers ticket) or arriving as consigned cargo (pet is collected from the cargo terminal area).

How long does it take to arrange pet transportation to Bali?

To determine the timeline for relocating your dog or cat, it is recommended to count back 10-12 weeks from your intended arrival date in Bali. The first step is to microchip and vaccinate your pet against rabies using a special form provided by the pet relocation company. Thirty days later, a Rabies Blood Titre Test must be conducted, and once the results are received, the pet relocation company can apply for an Indonesian import permit, which may take 4-5 weeks to be issued. This entry permit is issued by the Director of Animal Health, Directorate General of Animal Husbandry in Indonesia. Once issued, the permit is valid for 90 days. The sooner the tests are conducted, the faster the permit application process can be completed, and you can be in Bali with your pet.

Your pet will need to be flown to Jakarta, and then quarantined in a government facility close to the airport for seven days (this is non-negotiable, previously it used to be weeks). You cannot visit your pet at the facility but will be provided with updates where possible. Following the quarantine period and a negative PCR test, from Jakarta, the pet relocation company will transport your pet to Bali via an air-conditioned van using the ferry transport service. Please note that this transportation may be shared with other pets being relocated unless you specifically request and pay for a private service. Communication is facilitated through a WhatsApp group chat for prompt and efficient updates. 

How much does it cost to relocate my pet from Jakarta?

The total Indonesian-only journey that includes 7-days quarantine in Jakarta and transport to the island costs (2-3 days by road after quarantine clearance) start from 36 million IDR (approx $2,400 USD) per pet. However this is case by case, depending on where the pet is coming from and many other factors. The pet transportation company maintains a transparent and straightforward process, ensuring there are no hidden costs along the way. 

Quarantine Considerations for your Dog or Cat when leaving Bali

Moving to a new country involves navigating through various customs and quarantine regulations, making it a complicated endeavour. However, the pet relocation team will alleviate your worries and anxieties.  This dedicated team will keep you well-informed and provide guidance at every stage, ensuring a smooth transition for your beloved pet, whom they treat as one of our own family members.

If you’re considering bringing your pet to Bali, it’s important to also consider the regulations of the receiving country if you plan to leave Bali and return home with your pet. For example, if you’re moving back from Bali to Australia, your pet must fly to an approved non-rabies country . They’ll then need to stay in quarantine for 6 months, and these rules may change periodically. Click here to visit the ‘Dogs and Cats returning to Australia’ requirements by the Australian Government.

The quarantine return can happen either in a kennel or a rental property. The pet doesnt necessarily need to be in a facility, but they must have spent time in a rabies-free country before entering Australia. Once in Australia, they must go to Melbourne, to undergo a second quarantine period. Not only is this a lengthy period of time to be apart, but it is understandablly an expensive process.

The same pet transportation company can assist you if you were to leave Bali and relocating to another country.  

How can you help me relocate my pet to Bali?

If you would like to bring your pet to Bali, we offer our pet relocation company as one of the key trusted recommended suppliers in the Our Year in Bali Silver package. Once you become a client and sign up to the Silver package, you will be personally introduced to the pet relocation company, who can arrange for a call and answer all of your questions. 

To start the process, they will request for you to fill in a form so they can provide you with a tailored quote. These forms typically asks for information such as the breed, age, measurements, photos, weight, vaccinations, and current location of your pet. 

If you are interested in learning more about how we can work together, which includes many other essential relocation services such as visas, healthcare, education, finding a home, cost of living, schooling, banking, opening a business, best areas to live, island challenges and so much more, click here to book a free 30 minute discovery call. 

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. 

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.

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