Transporting a pet to Singapore is a complex process that demands significant time and preparation. It can be overwhelming for pet owners to navigate the requirements and regulations involved in the process. That's why our team of experts is here to provide comprehensive guidance, support, and coordination of your pet's entire move.
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What to Know Before Transporting Dogs and Cats to Singapore
Microchip and Vaccinations
Make sure your pet meets these basic requirements so you can begin the import process.
Banned Breeds and Dog Licenses
Singapore has breed restrictions in place. Make sure your pet is allowed to be brought into Singapore
Any veterinarian may administer the rabies vaccines, but the titer blood draw must be performed by a USDA accredited veterinarian.
Blood Tests and Other Treatments
The three to four month timeline for moving a pet to Singapore begins with the first rabies vaccine.
Once your pet's blood test is completed, the documentation process begins!
All pets entering Singapore must complete a 10 to 30 day quarantine period.
Singapore Pet Import Requirements and Timeline
Microchip and Vaccinations
Time frame: at least 4 Months Before Departure
Following the proper vaccination protocol is crucial to ensure a smooth transition for your pet's transportation to Singapore.
This includes having a microchip implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered, waiting 30 days after the vaccine for a blood draw for the rabies titer test, and receiving a second rabies vaccine.
With passing titer test results, your pet can travel to Singapore when the first vaccine is at least four months old. However, bypassing the second vaccine and traveling with the primary vaccine at three months old will result in a longer quarantine period. It's important to note that these requirements are subject to change, and our relocation coordinators stay current on any regulatory changes to ensure your pet's safe and compliant travel.
How We Help with Vaccinations and Vet Records
Does your pet have records in multiple locations? Is your veterinarian properly accredited? Are all required vaccinations in line with import and export regulations? There is a lot to consider, but we've got you covered! Our team of experts will manage the entire process for you, ensuring that everything is taken care of and that your pet arrives in Singapore safely and legally.
Singapore requires multiple vaccines and a blood test, which can be a hassle for pet owners. But don't worry - we'll manage all 3-4 vet visits for you, ensuring that your pet is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations and that all required documents are correctly filled out and signed. We even provide sample documents to help streamline the process!
Our relocation coordinators are experts in pet moves, and we manage an average of 200 vet visits per month. We stay up-to-date on all regulatory changes and requirements, so you and your vet don't have to worry about a thing.
Selecting the right airline and ensuring safe transport is crucial for pet transportation to Singapore. Our team is here to make it as smooth and stress-free as possible. We'll help you select the right airline for your pet, complete all necessary arrangements, and provide guidance on pet policies, crate requirements, and temperature restrictions. With us, you can rest assured that your pet will arrive in Singapore safely and comfortably.
Banned Breeds and Dog Licenses
Certain breeds are banned or restricted in Singapore
Some breeds of pets are banned in Singapore. Others are restricted, and you must take extra steps to obtain dog licenses for them. Additionally, all dogs in Singapore must be licensed, and certain breeds require additional permits or insurance coverage.
Do you know if your pet is allowed in Singapore?
The following breeds are banned in Singapore.
- Pit Bull
- Neapolitan Mastiff
- Tosa, Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
- Perro de Presa Canario
- Bengal Cats (allowed after 5th generation).
The following breeds are not banned but are restricted. They will require special actions on your part to obtain a dog license. Speak to your relocation coordinator to learn more.
- Bull Terrier
- Doberman Pinscher
- German Shepherd
In addition to breed restrictions, it is essential to note that Singapore also has strict regulations surrounding dog licenses. Owners of dogs are required to obtain a license from the Animal & Veterinary Service of Singapore. Failure to do so can result in fines and penalties.
- Under the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules, all dogs must be licensed. This is for traceability in the event of an outbreak of disease, such as rabies. In such instances, if required, the licensee is expected to produce the dog for examination.
- You can apply for a new dog license online via the Pet Animal Licensing System (PALS). Please note the information below before submitting your application.
Time frame: before applying for your import permit
- To obtain an import permit for your pet to Singapore, it's critical that your veterinarian issues two signed rabies vaccine certificates, one for each vaccine, and submits a passing rabies titer test result. Your pet won't be allowed to enter the country without these requirements.
- It's important to note that your veterinarian must also be registered with the veterinary authority in your home country and have the appropriate accreditation to issue international health certificates.
What happens if your veterinarian isn't accredited?
- Your dedicated relocation coordinator will work closely with you to ensure your pet's health certificate is complete and accurate. They have extensive knowledge of the import requirements and have likely already worked with an accredited vet in your area or can recommend one for you.
- Our team provides detailed templates for your veterinarian to ensure all required information is completed correctly and submitted. We also answer any questions your vet may have regarding the import process.
- It's not uncommon for a client's veterinarian to lack the required credentials for import. If this is the case, our team can guide them to help them become accredited and meet the requirements.
- We understand the importance of timing regarding the final vet visit. To avoid delays, we include this in our service with a veterinarian that we know and trust with international travel preparation.
- Your pet's health and safety are our top priority, and we take every step to ensure a smooth and stress-free relocation experience.
Blood Tests and Other Treatments
Making sure testing and treatments are done on time
If you plan to relocate your pet to Singapore, it's important to know about the Rabies Antibody Titer Test requirement.
This test is mandatory for all pets and must be performed at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination. The test ensures that the vaccine has provided adequate protection against rabies for your pet. An approved laboratory must review the results.
Additionally, dogs and cats must undergo other treatments before departure.
Here are some key points to keep in mind:
- Dogs must be treated for heartworm and ticks/fleas at least 21 days before departure.
- Cats must be treated for ticks/fleas at least 24 hours before departure.
- Both dogs and cats must be treated for internal parasites within 30 days of departure.
Our relocation coordinators are well-versed in these requirements and can help you navigate the process to ensure a safe and compliant journey for your furry friend.
Make sure strict timelines are met
First Rabies Vaccination and Certificate
All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate, which must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation, and the validity of the particular vaccination. This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine. For import into Singapore, the first rabies vaccine must be older than four months for 10 days of quarantine or older than 3 months for 30 days.
Dogs and cats must also receive additional vaccinations before importation, including Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus (dogs), Cat Flu (Feline calicivirus, Feline viral rhinotracheitis), and Cat Enteritis (Feline Panleukopenia). These vaccinations must be administered at least two weeks before importation, and the details should be listed on a separate certificate.
- Cat Flu (Feline calcivirus, Feline viral rhinotracheitis)
- Cat Enteritis (Feline Panieukopaenia)
Rabies Serology (FAVN) Test
- Your vet must perform a rabies blood test on your pet at least 30 days after the first rabies vaccination but within six months before export. The results need to show your pet has a rabies titer test of =/> .5 IU/mL.
Second Rabies Vaccination and Certificate
- All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate.
- This certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation, and the validity of the vaccination you obtain—some are good for up to three years, while others are good for one.
- This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine.
- For import into Singapore, the second rabies vaccine must be older than 30 days if you want to qualify for the 10-day quarantine period. The second rabies vaccine must be given after the titer blood draw. It can be performed on the same day as long as they are done in the correct order.
Time frame: up to six months before departure
After your pet's rabies titer test results are in, we will take care of the next steps to ensure successful transportation to Singapore. This includes:
- Applying for your pet's import permit
- Reserving quarantine space
- Preparing final health certificate examples for your veterinarian to reference
Our team is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest regulations and requirements to ensure your pet's safe and compliant relocation.
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- Our team will assist you with the import application process, including preparing and submitting all necessary paperwork for approval. We'll also apply for quarantine space on your behalf, up to six months before the travel date.
Final veterinary appointment within 2-7 days before departure:
- Before departure, your pet must undergo a final veterinary appointment within 2-7 days of travel. A USDA-accredited veterinarian must complete an AVS Veterinary Certificate no more than 7 days before departure. Additionally, during this appointment, your pet must receive treatment for external and internal parasites. Our team will guide you through this process and ensure that all requirements are met for a smooth and successful travel experience.
A 10-30 day stay is required for all pets
A mandatory quarantine period of 10 to 30 days upon arrival in Singapore is required for pets from the US, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain. However, by following our guidelines and timelines, we can help ensure that most of our clients from these countries are eligible for the shorter 10-day quarantine period.
What is the quarantine experience like?
- Quarantine sounds like a scary place, but it's not! Singapore's quarantine facilities are among the nicest in the world, and in our experience, pets handle the quarantine experience with no ill effects.
- If a pet's flight arrives late in the afternoon, they will spend the first night at the airport quarantine station. This counts toward their first night in quarantine.
- Pets will be transported to the Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station, where owners can visit. Ask your relocation coordinator for more details on visiting hours.