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!