Congratulations on your upcoming move to Singapore! To help clear up any questions about the relocation process, thus far in our Singapore Pet Travel Spotlight series we've discussed the frequently asked questions of pet travelers and took a close look at the details of Singapore's pet quarantine requirements.
As we continue on, we'll now review some of the factors that can make importing pets to Singapore surprisingly tricky -- namely planning a pet relocation when high volume or office closures due to the holidays might affect your pet's move plans. In our experience, April - July and Nov. - Jan are the most popular times for pet owners to move to Singapore, so it's important to start early and be flexible if you're planning a similar timeline.
Summer Pet Travel to Singapore
Since many people are moving to Singapore due to a job assignment and may be bringing their family along, it makes sense that the summer (when school is out) is a popular time to go. Here are a few things to know about international pet travel during the summer:
Higher temperatures mean airlines may be operating with heat embargoes in order to keep pets safe, so check with your air carrier or your Pet Relocation Consultant to find out if your desired plans will be affected.
Snub-nosed breeds also face more restrictions during the summer, so if you have a Pug, French Bulldog or other brachycephalic pet you'll need to check the airline rules closely, as well. Some pet owners may need to book earlier or later than they originally planned in order to avoid embargoes.
Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station has limited space -- there is often a waiting list, especially during the summer. In order to make sure you secure an air-conditioned room for your dog, you'll need to start putting your plans in order well in advance.
Here are a few more tips for managing safe summer pet travel.
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Winter Holiday Travel Tips
This is true for pet travel (and travel) in general: the winter holidays tend to be more hectic due to the higher volume of travelers and possible cancellations and delays due to weather.
If you're traveling from Chicago to Singapore with your pet and plan to move between Christmas and New Year's Day, for example, it will help to be patient and flexible. In fact, if you're working with PetRelocation to handle your pet's move, we will likely suggest traveling at a different time in order to minimize the chance of problems, and either way we will have a back-up plan in place to deal with any issues.
Here are a few of our tried and true holiday pet travel tips if you're considering moving in November, December or January.
Official Singapore Holidays
As you go about booking flights and making your final travel plans, double check that no national holidays will complicate your logistics. In addition to those listed below, official holidays such as Chinese New Year, May Day and Good Friday may affect regular business hours at government offices as well as the availability of pet travel agents and other employees involved with your pet's travel and quarantine.
Be aware of these remaining 2016 holidays as you move forward, and double check the calendar if you're moving in 2017 or beyond, as the exact Singapore holiday dates vary from one year to the next.
- 1 May 2016 (Labour Day)
- 21 May 2016 (Vesak Day)
- 6 July 2016 (Hari Raya Puasa)
- 12 September 2016 (Hari Raya Haji)
- 29 October 2015 (Deepavali)
- 25 December (Christmas)
If you take away one major piece of advice from reading this, let it be the importance of planning early. With so many variables at play, your trip will be much smoother if your Pet Relocation Consultant is able to start aligning your logistics well in advance of your pet move to Singapore.