Moving to Singapore with a pet can seem overwhelming at first (especially because you're probably busy planning all the details of your own relocation), but with the right preparation and assistance it can be a smooth transition.
In the first installment of our Singapore Pet Travel Spotlight, we take a look at a few of the most frequently asked questions about the Singapore pet import process and share advice gathered from our pet relocation experts. Read on to get started in the right direction, and as always, feel free to contact us if you're ready to start planning your move.
What are the requirements for moving pets to Singapore?
Singapore can be somewhat challenging when it comes to importing pets because it's considered a rabies-free country. This means the rules are a bit more complex than they are for countries like the United States, but it's certainly not impossible to bring pets here. Like with all pet travel, it's important to start researching the rules well before you have to move so that you'll have plenty of time to make your plans. To get started, take a look at the official requirements to find out what category your country falls under (this will determine your timeline and several other details, including how many days your pet needs to spend in quarantine, if any).
Does my pet have to go to quarantine?
Most pets traveling to Singapore will need to spend at least 10 days at the official quarantine station upon arrival, and depending on the country of origin the pet may need to be there for up to 30 days. This isn't as scary as it sounds! The quarantine station is clean and secure and our clients' pets have always managed just fine. Read more about Singapore quarantine conditions here.
How do I make sure my pet flies safely?
The first thing you can start doing is crate training your pet. As soon as you know you're moving, buy your travel crate (making sure it's the right size and also airline approved) and help your pet get used to spending time in it (here are our standard pet crate training tips). Additionally, it's important to choose a pet friendly airline and check in with your vet about any health or behavior related questions or concerns you have. It's natural to feel anxious about helping your furry family member travel safely, but the more you know, the more you'll see that pet travel can be safe and uneventful when the right choices are made.
Can I fly with my pet in the cabin?
This one is complicated—generally pets flying internationally must travel via cargo (we recommend choosing a pet friendly airline like KLM, United, Lufthansa or British Airways), as this makes the trip as safe and easy to manage as possible. Singapore does allow some small pets to travel in the cabin, but there are some tricky aspects to arranging this in terms of clearing customs upon arrival. Either way, your Pet Relocation Consultant will be able to guide you through this process in order to plan the most streamlined and comfortable flight for your pet.
When should I start planning?
Singapore requires a Rabies Titer Test for entry, so this means the timeline will stretch anywhere from 3 to 6 months if you haven't started the process yet and can be affected by several factors. Essentially, when moving to Singapore with pets, we advise exercising patience and flexibility when it comes to your move date. If your pet requires a quarantine reservation, know that at peak times (during the summer and during the winter holidays, typically) there is no guarantee of obtaining your first choice spot (another reason to start lining up your plans, including your pet friendly housing in Singapore, well in advance).
How much does it cost to ship a pet to Singapore?
Just as with any international pet shipping adventure, you'll need to add up the costs of the pet flight, the airline approved travel crate, vet visits and vaccines, boarding (if necessary), transportation to and from the airport, and quarantine fees. Costs are also affected by the size of your pet, origin city, and a few other factors—after connecting with your assigned Pet Travel Consultant and sharing a few details they'll be able to offer a ballpark estimate and then eventually a precise quote.