5 Myths About Pet Quarantine

a dog in Sembawang Quarantine in Singapore

Dispelling Common Misconceptions About Pet Quarantine

International pet travel often raises questions and concerns about quarantine procedures. Pet owners may have heard myths and misconceptions about what pet quarantine entails and how it may impact their furry companions. Here, we address five common myths and provide the facts about pet quarantine.

Myth #1: Every country requires pet quarantine upon arrival.

  • Not all countries require quarantine upon arrival. While strict rabies-free countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore have quarantine requirements, many places in North America, South America, the EU, and much of Europe and Asia do not. Research your destination country's regulations to determine if quarantine is necessary.

Want to see some examples? Read about Archie’s time in Malaysia quarantine, and check out this video of Tilly in Australia quarantine for a look behind the scenes.


dogs in Singapore quarantine


Myth #2: Quarantine facilities are basically like jails.

  • Quarantine facilities are government-run and staffed by trained professionals. While not as luxurious as a pet hotel, they are safe and sufficient, with separate areas for dogs and cats, outdoor yard space, and provisions for fresh air and exercise.

Myth #3: Pets are forever changed after spending time in quarantine.

  • Pets typically adapt well during and after quarantine. Pet owners often report that their pets remain healthy and quickly return to normal upon release.

Myth #4: If I pay extra fees or get “special” paperwork, I might be able to avoid quarantine.

  • Quarantine requirements are official import rules and cannot be bypassed with additional fees or paperwork. Proper planning can minimize quarantine duration, but it cannot be skipped altogether.

Myth #5: Pets won’t be able to get their food or medicine while in quarantine.

  • Each quarantine facility has its own rules prioritizing health and safety. Many facilities accommodate special food requests and administer medication with detailed instructions.


  • Research import requirements and quarantine procedures well in advance.
  • Be aware that rules can change, so use the most up-to-date information.
  • Consider hiring expert help for a stress-free quarantine and relocation experience.

Have questions about pet quarantine or pet travel in general? Contact PetRelocation for a consultation.


(Picture #1: A dog at Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station in Singapore; Picture #2: Lucky and Diesel at London & Essex International Quarantine Kennels; Picture #3: Chunk the French Bulldog at Eastern Creek Quarantine in Sydney, Australia)


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