Importing Dogs and Cats to Singapore
The steps required for pet transport to Singapore depend on where you are beginning your journey. Current residents of the US and Canada, for example, must provide a health certificate from a local veterinarian as well as government endorsed paperwork to import a dog to Singapore.
Pet relocation to Singapore has several requirements, including that dogs and cats have a microchip implanted and at least two inactivated rabies vaccinations. For pets coming from the US and Canada, a 10-day quarantine upon arrival is mandatory, and reservations must be scheduled in advance.
The information and requirements below can help you navigate the process of importing pets to Singapore, but your PetRelocation Specialists can lead the way.
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Regulations for Importing Pets to Singapore
Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.
Steps for Moving a Pet to Singapore
Moving to Singapore with pets requires at least a few weeks of careful preparation, and depending on where you're coming from, you'll also be facing quarantines of varying length.
The import requirements listed below primarily apply to the following countries:
- Chinese Taipei
- United States of America (except Guam and Hawaii)
(If you’re starting in another country, contact a PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about your requirements.)
Here’s what you should know:
Six Months Continuous Residence in Country of Export (or Since Birth)
Your issuing veterinarian (i.e. local veterinarian) will need to state on the health certificate that your pet has resided continuously in the country of export for the six months prior to departure. Your government veterinarian (for example, the USDA) will also need to be willing to endorse paperwork stating that your pet has resided continuously in the country of export.
Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785, and AVID 9-digit chips are accepted as well.
First Rabies Vaccination and Certificate
All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate, and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation, and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain—some are good for two years, others are only good for one. 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 of quarantine.
Other Vaccinations (List on Separate Certificate)
- Cat Flu (Feline calcivirus, Feline viral rhinotracheitis)*
- Cat Enteritis (Feline Panieukopaenia)*
*Must be administered at least two weeks prior to import
(Wait 30 days between these two steps)
Rabies Serology (FAVN) Test
Your vet will need to perform a rabies blood test on your pet at least 30 days after the first rabies vaccination but within six months prior to 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, and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular 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.
Reserve Quarantine Space
Once the original lab results come back from the rabies serology FAVN test, you will be ready to apply for quarantine space.
Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001) and AVA Veterinary Certificate
This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your USDA accredited Veterinarian, and it must be issued within seven days of the flight. It must also state the pet was treated for external and internal parasites within 2-7 days of the flight.
You must obtain an import permit prior to arrival in Singapore.
The forms below must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about the best way to manage this.
- Two Rabies Certificates
- Vaccination Certificate
- Vet Health Certificate
There is a 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Singapore for pets coming from the US, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. This cannot be avoided. Reservations must be made with the Singapore Animal Quarantine Station prior to arrival.
Note that Singapore's quarantine facilities are among the nicest in the world, and in our experience pets handle the quarantine experience with no ill effects. You can find out more about Singapore quarantine facilities on our blog.
If you're bringing pets to Singapore from a country other than the ones mentioned above, please consult the Singapore government website, and if you have questions about any of these regulations, please contact a PetRelocation Specialist for more information.
Advice From Pet Owners
Curious about the transport process? Here's what a few pet owners had to say about their pet moves to Singapore.
“This has been the dogs' fourth international move and by far the least stressful one for all of us despite it also having been their longest distance move yet.” - Read more about Luke and Leia's move
“Now that they are out of quarantine, we are able to enjoy all that Singapore has to offer, including the fun parks and nice weather. Hopefully we can try out one of the Dog Cafes scattered over the island soon!” - Read more about Diesel and Dash's move
“I was very surprised about all the requirements needed to bring a dog to Singapore. It is a very strict country, so we needed to plan everything very well.” - Read more about Gabo's move
“We are very happy that the whole procedure of ensuring the vaccinations and physical checks done were arranged smoothly.” - Read more about Mus's move
“Our dog is home with us in Singapore and she settled in very quickly! We're so happy to have her with us.” - Read more about Motu's move
Rosalee’s owner filmed a beautiful video about their move to Singapore together. Here’s a truly personal look at what it’s like to relocate a pet. - Watch the video