The passport is a legit official document of the Malaysian government.
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Yes, pet passports are a thing and Malaysia has them.
Recently, Twitter user @ShazGhaf shared an adorable picture of their beautiful orange cat with a shiny new and blue Malaysian passport.
Turns out, Malaysia has been giving passports to pets since 2010.
According to their website, the Department of Vet Services Malaysia (DVS) says that the Pet Passport is an official document of the Malaysian Government.
The service is a part of the Malaysian Animal Traceability (MAT) Project, which was organised by DVS themselves under the Provision of Animal Act 1953.
A pilot of the project was launched in February 2010 at the DVS’s Veterinary Hospital in Cheras. FYI, this hospital is the same place where @ShazGhaf got their cat’s passport too.
bahahhahaa.. close-up gambar passport muka annoyed! 😂😾 pic.twitter.com/EMAuHO4zKb— S•G 🇲🇾 (@ShazGhaF) August 6, 2020
Based on the website, the passport is meant to provide your pet with some formal identification, build the country’s animal database to improve disease control efforts, and to promote pet responsibility among Malaysians.
Unfortunately, not all pets are welcome (at least not yet). At the moment, DVS allows you to register cats, dogs, rabbits, and horses. The fee for the passport depends on what type of animal you’re registering.
Unfortunately, the website states that the fees above are only for the actual physical passport and not inclusive of a microchip, physical examination of your pet or the picture. But according to @ShazGhaf’s tweet, the whole package will set you back around RM85.
In case you were wondering (we know you were!), having the passport does mean that you can take your pet on overseas trips with you.
Pet Passport allows you as the pet owner to collect all the important information about your pet in one document and it is easier for the officer at the border or a country’s entrance to confirm the health and immunisation records of your pet.DVS via the Frequently Asked Questions section of their website.
We tried reaching out to the DVS for more information and are still waiting for them to get back to us.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in getting a passport for your pets, you can do so at Hospital Veterinar Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Address: KM 4, Jalan Selar 4, Off Jalan Cheras, 56100 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
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