Importing Pets to Singapore
Bringing your pet to Singapore is quite straightforward but can be costly. You should also be aware that your pet might have difficulty coping with the hot climate. Furthermore, dogs must be leashed in all public places, as is required by law, so it will be unable to run around freely. You should also make yourself aware of the pet regulations for your apartment building. The regulations are complex and vary for each type of building. For example, cats are not allowed in any HDB premises.
Banned breeds include Pit Bulls, Staffordshire Terriers, American Bulldog, Akita, Neopolitan Mastiff, Tosa... and any crosses of these breeds.
We strongly recommend you use a pet relocation agent to take care of the complexities on your behalf.
Pets from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are not required to go through Singapore's Quarantine period. Pets from all other countries MUST be quarantined on arrival for a minimum of 30 days to prevent disease entering Singapore.
All animals are required to have a Rabies vaccination on arrival and the 30 day period will begin once the vaccine has been administered. If the animal has been vaccinated recently, a new one will still be required in Singapore, it is compulsory in all cases and there are no exceptions (except for those mentioned already). Additionally, dogs must be vaccinated for distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus... Cats must be vaccinated against Cat Flu and Cat Enteritis.
There is no way to avoid the quarantine procedure, so don't try. Don't try to circumvent the law by transiting exempted countries.
Preparation for Import
The procedure for pet import is as follows...
- Before departure, take your pet to a veterinarian to have a certificate issued, stating that the animal is in good health and free of disease at the time of inspection. The certificate must be less than seven days old when entering Singapore. Make sure you have a vaccination card that states the other required vaccines were given to the dog less than a year ago but not less than two weeks
- Obtain CITES permits where necessary
- Start the procedure to get an import license from the AVA (Agri-food and Veterinary Authority) and make sure you get your application delivered at least two weeks prior to the planned date of import. Before the license can be issued, you must have confirmed and booked space at the quarantine station. Space is usually heavily booked, so you need to start planning this months in advance if you can
- Dogs MUST have an ISO compatible microchip
Forms can be downloaded from the Singapore AVA website. The completed forms can be sent to their address, or faxed for speed... You will also need to pay the prevailing fee by local cheque or draft...
Upon Arrival in Singapore
Your agent should inform the appropriate AVA officer (i.e. at the designated inspection station) at least one working day before arrival of the animal, who will inspect your pet at the port of entry.
If you are bringing the pet as 'access baggage' on the same flight as you, you must report to your airline's lost and found counter to show them the import permit (keep the original), sign a handover form and proceed to arrivals to meet your import agent.
If bringing your pet as cargo, you should consign it to the import agent's address and the animal should be shipped with all the original documents.
Dogs and cats will be taken straight to the quarantine station where they will be vaccinated against rabies and held for a period not less than 30 days.
You are allowed to visit your pet during it's stay in quarantine and are encouraged to do so.
Fees for vaccines and space at the quarantine station are posted on the AVA website.