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Department of the Air Force
Transportation Office (Outbound)
Kunsan South Korea 96264-2102
Policies and rules for shipping pets vary at each installation. It’s important to understand the regulations, prohibitions and laws at your new installation before moving with a pet. Below, you’ll find installation-specific details for registering, boarding and transporting your pet.
Osan AB is the closest military vet clinic. However, there are many off base veterinarians in the local area as well as kennels to that provide assistance. Specific licensing/registration and leash laws for on and off the installation can be found on the United States Forces Korea (USFK) web site.
Costs both on and off base vary so it is best to contact the closets vet office after arrival. Osan AB not only has the only vet clinic on Air Force installations in Korea, but Osan AB also has an animal shelter. Dogs and cats can be adopted and they also request volunteers on weekends to walk the animals and provide care and feeding.
Veterinary Services: Services are first come first served, but appointments can be made as long as a vet is available. Since this is a satellite clinic from Yongsan, when you arrive there might not be a certified Veterinarian or technician available. Calling ahead of time or making alternate arrangements will be the norm.
Problems (health) for pets in this area: Extreme heat and cold exposure are the two number one threats to pets in Korea. Other health issues are as common as in the USA and range from parasites to skin irritations. Generally, if your pet has health concerns prior to arrival more than likely they will be aggravated by the travel and lack of local resources.
USFK Veterinary Services has established a Pet Microchip Program for pets. The purpose of this program is to assist with the registration and identification of companion animals, assist with the return of lost pets to owners, and decreases the incidence of pet-temporary duty or pre-permanent change of station abandonment and to facilitate the reuniting of pets with owners upon execution of Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) or disaster plans. The implementation will be performed during the animal's annual examination or prior to any NEO exercise. All pets will be registered with the USFK Vet Services.
Prior to traveling to Kunsan AB, please check pet policies for your situation. Kunsan AB does not have base housing nor Veterinary services. Contact your unit's Command Support Staff for more information.
When traveling with pets, the overall health of the animal is very important. Your stress, as well as your pets, will be increased not only due to the long flight but also because of the many procedures involved to ensure all the requirements are met prior to arrival.
The travel restriction/limits and special procedures in regards to size/weight of an animal will vary with the different airlines. However, pets must travel in an approved pet carrier to be authorized transport. Additionally, there are specific shots required as well that you can check with your local vet prior to departing. The procedures usually involve any state required documents of vaccinations and your local vet can also give you pointers on how to make the transition smoother for your pet. The cost should be included in your Traffic Management Office (TMO) amounts, but again you will need to verify the authorization through your local transportation management office. Overseas travel can be traumatic for pets so you should also speak to your vet to discuss additional considerations and documents necessary to make their relocation smoother.
Presently there are no specific quarantine laws/regulations, on and off the installation. However, United States Forces Korea (USFK) requires all pets to be chipped at the owner's expense. Osan AB has a vet office that can treat and chip a pet at reasonable costs. Pet chipping can only be performed on dogs and cats so other animals will have difficulty in receiving the mandatory USFK procedure.