Dispelling Common Myths About Pet Travel to Singapore

singapore pet travel spotlight part four

Are you planning to move your beloved pet to Singapore? As part of our Singapore Pet Travel Series, we've provided valuable information on Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station, Singapore FAQs, and how to travel smoothly during the busy summer or holiday season.

In this installment, we tackle some common myths and misconceptions about pet travel to Singapore.

Myth #1: All Pets Must Undergo a 30-Day Quarantine

It's likely that your pet will need to complete some time in quarantine, but the length will vary depending on where you're starting and which vaccination plan you follow. For most pets, the quarantine will be either 10 or 30 days -- read more about quarantine requirements here and check with your pet travel advisor if you're wondering how to proceed.

Note: if you're starting in a rabies-free country like the United Kingdom or Australia, no quarantine is required if all rules are followed, and pets appear healthy upon arrival.

Myth #2: A "Rush" Move is Possible with Professional Help

While professional assistance makes pet relocation smoother, the Singapore import process requires several steps in a specific order. A last-minute move is unlikely. Preparation typically takes 4 to 6 months, or around 3 months if you have the microchip and first rabies vaccine. Even with a Titer Test, it takes a minimum of 6 weeks. 

As we like to stay, when it comes to international pet travel it's important to be flexible, plan smart, and plan early!

Myth #3: Extra Payment Can Bypass Quarantine or Breed Bans

Singapore has strict, clearly outlined rules. Extra payment won't allow you to bypass requirements. Certain breeds, such as Pit Bulls, are banned, and quarantine is mandatory for pets from specific countries Category C or D country.

Myth #4: In-Cabin Travel with the Pet Owner is Better

As we've discussed, air cargo travel is a safe option (contrary to what many people initially assume). Pets travel in a pressure and temperature-controlled part of the plane and are attended to by staff trained to handle animals correctly. Especially if you hire professional assistance to handle your move, your pet's movements will be carefully tracked and conveyed to you transparently. This is not only better for your pet, but it also makes it much easier to plan your own trip.

As far as cabin travel, some small pets may be able to enter Singapore as cabin passengers, but know that the arrival process is not quick and easy. Instead of being able to go through customs, grab their luggage, and head home, pet owners will have to undergo the customs clearance process for pets, which is a little more complicated and can only take place during limited hours. We've heard this can take several hours altogether, and at the end of a long flight, this is less than ideal.

Myth #5: Snub-Nosed Pets Can't Fly to Singapore

Brachycephalic breeds like Pugs face additional restrictions but can fly to Singapore. They need larger travel crates, a healthy weight, and compliance with temperature embargoes. Special care includes air-conditioned transportation from the airport to Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station.

Plan Your Pet's Move with Confidence

At PetRelocation, we're here to debunk myths and provide accurate guidance for your pet's move to Singapore. contact us if you'd like to discuss your upcoming pet move to Singapore!


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