YONGSAN GARRISON , Republic of Korea - In recent years, U.S. Forces Korea has pushed to normalize tours of duty and make serving in Korea more "family friendly." However, owning a pet is still restricted based on residence location.

Currently, pets are only allowed for residents of Army Family Housing on Yongsan Garrison South Post, with the exception of Burke Towers. There are no restrictions for off-post residents.

There are veterinary services available on Yongsan from the 129th Medical Detachment. Services are available to eligible personnel as time permits. All basic shots are provided at a nominal cost.

The policy for importation of privately owned animals into Korea requires:

*Health Certificate, less than 10 days old, upon arrival. The original plus two copies.

*Rabies Certificate (the original plus two copies). The vaccination must be current and at least 30 days old.

*Officials recommend that you not bring a pet that is not fully vaccinated (at least 6 months or older).

*Animals arriving without a current rabies vaccination or one that is less than 30 days old will be quarantined at the owner's expense for up to a maximum of 30 days.

*Bill of Lading or Certificate of Excess Baggage with original signature (if the animal is traveling unaccompanied).

For information, call 738-4261, or from the United States, 011-82-505-738-4261.

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