a short diary of some part of my life.

I postponed my flight to Jakarta once, due to incomplete paperworks. The flight was postponed for seven days, that gave me enough time to get the necessary paperworks. I thought I did, but it turned out I still missed a few signatures and paperworks. It is very crucial to get the paperworks done at least a month before your departure. I was not aware of the rules because I never brought my dog out of the USA.

Here are the things that you need to prepare and what you need to get:

  • Call an agent in Indonesia who can help you to deal with customs and quarantine. They will make everything easy and organized.
  • Get a rabies tater test. It takes about three to four weeks. There are only two labs in the USA that can do this test. You will need to ask your vet specifically about this test.
  • Get a health certificate and a rabies certificate signed by your vet twenty (20) days before your departure.
  • Get those two paperworks above (health and rabies certificates) to the nearest USDA branch. Get them signed by the USDA. It costs about $35.
  • Apply for pet import permit from Indonesian Agriculture Department. It usually takes about three to five days, at least that’s what they said to me. The reality is that it took them about a week or so to issue the permit. The form is usually available at Soekarno-Hatta airport quarantine office or you can ask your agent to get them for you. Forget about asking the Agriculture Department for the form, they won’t reply your email.
  • If you use EVA air which I think is the easiest airlines to carry your dog(s) to Indonesia, you must apply for a Taipei TRANSIT PERMIT. It is a MUST have paperwork, otherwise, your dog won’t be allowed to board the plane in the USA. Ask Eva Air for the specific form. You can either email the form to Taipei International Airport quarantine office email address or fax it to them. The good news is, it’s free of charge and they are very responsive. The permit was issued to me in 3 business days, just as they promised.
  • Get the health certificate, rabies certificate, pet import permit, your flight ticket to Indonesia and your passport to the nearest Indonesian Embassy to be approved.
  • Prepare your dog for 20+ hours flight. Ask your vet about it, it is after all, the most important thing that you need to do before the departure.

I hope this post helps you to prepare. Have a safe flight!



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  1. Kumala Chandra #
    December 1, 2010

    By doing all that, is the dog still going thru quarantine in jakarta?

    Pls let me know cause I plan to take vacation to Jakarta next year.

  2. July 20, 2011

    Do i need to pay for it? plane ticket for my dog perhaps?

    • hrl #
      July 28, 2011

      Yes, you do need to pay for your dog’s ticket. It’s not that expensive. 🙂

  3. kirra12 #
    March 29, 2012

    Hi, i am going back to indonesia in 4 mths and I am totally lost as of where to start. I guess im more familiar with gettin the USpaperwork done but im lost in regards to taiwan permit (yep ill be using eva air) and the indonesian agriculture one.. Perhaps you still have website addresses that I can get more info about this? Can you help? >.< thanks..

    • March 29, 2012

      Ask Eva Air by calling them, then they are going to give you the form and the email address where you can send the filled-out document. If you have an Eva Air rep office nearby, I think it’s better to pay them a visit rather than calling them by phone.

  4. Novita G #
    August 11, 2012

    Hi, I’m a little late, and I hope you are still replying. I plan on taking my 3 pets with me to Jakarta next summer. I have 2 questions: First, from start to finish, how long did the whole process take you? Second, how much was the total cost of all testing, paperwork, and pet plane ticket? Please please let me know. Thank you.

    • August 11, 2012

      I spent a year researching on how to get my dog to Indonesia. The info was scarce. That’s why I decided to write this post.

      If I had to do it all over again, I’m pretty confident I can do it in under 2 months. Give yourself 3-6 months at least. You really need to recheck everything because the rules may have changed since this post was written.

      Now, about the cost. I’m sure all fees in the US are pretty much fixed. I spent less than 300 bucks for my dog’s ticket. Indonesian pet agent fee is the expensive one. It varies greatly… Depending on who you will be dealing with and what the weather will be, if you know what I mean. Be prepare to spend up to 10 million Rupiahs. I heard from some people, they can get their pet out for just 3 mil. Good luck.

  5. Olivia #
    August 25, 2012

    I just want you to know that this info has been very helpful. I think you are the only one who has this information! (I googled)

    • August 29, 2012

      Glad you found this piece very helpful. 🙂

  6. Fedry #
    February 11, 2013

    Thanks for this great blog, if I may ask. How big is your dog? Where did you depart from? We are considering EVA Air, but getting mixed info since we will be bringing our 80 lbs Akita back to Jakarta. Also which company did you go with when you enter JKT? JakPetz or Groovy? Did you have to quarantine your dog? Thanks in advance.

    • February 12, 2013

      My dog is a Shih Tzu.

      Wow, that’s a big dog.
      I used Groovy, they are friendly folks.

      It depends, I didn’t have to but a few other people had to.
      Ask Groovy how the current weather is or will be. 🙂

  7. Tu Ng #
    July 29, 2014

    Thanks for the great post. May I ask you a question: when you transited in Taipei, having the animal transit permit is sufficient for your dog to change planes, no quarantine? I’m currently in a similar situation, bringing the dog from Hanoi, Vietnam to Vancouver, Canada, with transit in Taipei. I asked the Taipei Quarantine Office to confirm if my dog will be detained for quarantine but they didn’t seem to understand English.

    • July 29, 2014

      In my case, my dog did not have to be quarantined in Taipei. I used EVA Air and they would not even let me board the plane if I did not have the proper docs.

      • July 29, 2014

        Really appreciate your information. What confuses me is that the BAPHIQ website states that “all animals which transit by international airport in Taiwan shall be enforced transit animal quarantine from BAPHIQ”. However, it seems to me that the transit permit is the only thing it needs as confirmed by you and the airline, and it’s quite easy to get. If Taipei quarantine office acts consistently, then transiting in Taipei wouldn’t be a problem for me and my dog.

        • July 29, 2014

          It shouldn’t be a problem. You’ll know if you are missing anything before you board the plane. The airline will ask all sort of docs needed in Taipei.

          • July 29, 2014

            Really appreciate your help, ravenda.

  8. indah #
    March 25, 2015

    Thank you so much posting this blog so I am not lost.
    How to find an agent in indonesia. Is jakpetz is your agent? did your shih tzu quarantine once arrived in Jakarta?

    • March 25, 2015

      No, I did not use Jakpetz but I have heard great things about them.

      You need to ask you agent what the current condition is. Sometimes, you need to get your dog in but only for a few days and you can visit your dog everyday.

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