In Part Two of PetRelocation's Singapore Spotlight Series, we take a close look at one of the most challenging aspects of moving pets here: Singapore pet quarantine.
Does your dog or cat need to go to quarantine upon arrival in Singapore? If so, for how long? What are the conditions like? Read on for our top Singapore animal quarantine tips, and if you're ready to get started building your pet's move plan, contact us to set up a consultation.
Singapore Pet Quarantine Requirements
Category A and B are rabies free or low rabies and include countries like Australia, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. For pet transport from one of these countries, there is no quarantine required in Singapore.
Category C and D include countries like the United States, France, Canada and South Africa. If you're shipping your pet from one of these nations, your pet's quarantine could be either 10 days or 30 days depending on a few factors, including how many vaccinations you want your pet to undergo.
This can be a little confusing to figure out, but your Pet Relocation Consultant will clarify the situation and oversee the plan that's right for you.
Gabo in Singapore quarantine
Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station
So what is the actual facility like? Better than most people imagine! Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station (SAQS) is considered one of the best quarantine stations in the world (which makes sense considering how modern and well-kept Singapore itself is). Many of our clients' pets have stayed here and describe the experience as surprisingly nice and easy.
Here are a few helpful facts about Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station:
After landing in Singapore, pets are transferred to Sembawang by AVA (Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore) staff and vehicles. Only one transfer occurs daily and it happens in the morning, so if a pet's flight lands in the afternoon they will stay one night in the airport quarantine station. Our agents will ensure that pets are given exercise, food and water during this time.
Pet owners are allowed to visit during their pets' stay. Visiting hours are 4 - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday and 2 - 6 p.m. on Saturday. The facility is closed Sundays and holidays.
Accommodations include kennels for dogs (each has an indoor room and an outdoor run), catterys for cats, air-conditioned rooms or non-air conditioned rooms (these have fans), exercise fields, and grooming rooms. (Note: when you work with PetRelocation we only arrange air-conditioned rooms for pets in quarantine.)
The SAQS staff is made up of trained animal handlers and pets are checked by staff veterinarians each day.
Pets are fed quality food (currently they serve SPORTMiX® brand pet food) and dogs are walked each morning.
Owners may also book a reservation to walk their dogs during visiting hours -- reservations can be made up to 48 hours in advance by phone or at the registration counter.
Diesel & Dash recently moved to Singapore from Houston, TX
If a pet follows a special diet, notify your Pet Relocation Consultant well in advance of your pet's arrival. Singapore has many commercial and premium pet foods available, but we'll need to make sure that your preferred brand can be acquired. Alternatively, pet owners can personally supply a particular kind of food to the quarantine station for the duration of the pet's stay.
If a pet requires medication, the owner must supply this to the quarantine station. If a pet requires veterinary attention (to administer medication or for another reason), additional fees may be incurred.
Many pet owners want to supply their own pillows, toys or bedding. This is okay to do, but know that all items might not be returned at the end of the pet's stay.
If the pet owner wants anyone else to visit their pet in their place (a friend, etc.), that person must have written authorization from the owner and this letter must be provided to the quarantine station.
More Tips for Singapore Pet Travelers
Several things are needed before you can apply for quarantine, including the primary rabies vaccination certificate, original FAVN-Rabies Titer Test results, secondary rabies vaccination certificate, and your address in Singapore and a local contact number.
There is often a wait list for quarantine, so we advise contacting us as soon as you know you're moving so that we can start putting quarantine arrangements in order and apply for a spot at the proper time.
SAQS will confirm your quarantine reservation no more than 30 days before the arrival date.
Pets are discharged from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily (including holidays).
PetRelocation advises that pet owners administer flea/tick prevention before, during, and after their pets' quarantine stay.
For those importing a dog to Singapore: you will need to acquire a Singapore AVA dog license in order to live lawfully here. Your Pet Relocation Consultant will help you with this, too.
Still wondering what the experience is really like? Here are a few more pictures and stories about pet experiences in Singapore quarantine.
Singapore Quarantine Address & Contact Information:
Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station
10 Lorong Chencharu Singapore 769197
Phone: (65) 64822724