Bringing dogs to Singapore means following a very specific timeline and list of requirements, however with careful planning it’s possible to carry out smoothly.
Our advice? Start planning well in advance of your move, and read over the requirements below to start learning more about how to ship your dog to Singapore.
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Regulations for Importing Dogs to Singapore
Attention: Precise regulations can change at any time, so be sure to double check with the appropriate authorities or with your PetRelocation Consultant to find the most current and accurate information available.
Import guidelines vary depending on the country of origin, but dogs coming from the United States, the EU, or another country where the rabies risk is controlled can use the following overview for guidance (please see your Relocation Coordinator if you have questions about your country’s rabies status).
Note: when your veterinarian issues your dog’s health certificate, they will need to state that your dog has been living continuously in the country of export for at least six months.
Each dog 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.
Rabies Vaccines and Paperwork
Dogs entering Singapore must have two original Rabies Certificates, a rabies blood test (performed between the first and second rabies vaccines), a vet health certificate (the APHIS 7001, for example), an AVA Veterinary Certificate, an Import Permit, and government endorsements of the required forms. Please see our main Singapore pet transport page for more information about these requirements.
Other Vaccinations (List on Separate Certificate)
*Must be administered at least two weeks prior to import
There is a 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Singapore for dogs coming from many countries, including 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 dogs handle the quarantine experience with no ill effects. You can find out more about Singapore quarantine facilities on our blog.
Dog owners must apply for and receive a dog license before their pet can be released from quarantine. Your Relocation Coordinator will advise you on this process.
Before starting arrangements to bring your dog to Singapore, familiarize yourself with the country’s various breed designations and restrictions.
Part 1 Scheduled Dogs: Pit Bull (including American Pit Bull Terrier/American Pit Bull/Pit Bull Terrier), American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, and crosses between these and other breeds. Akita, Boerboe, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Neapolitan Mastiff, Tosa, Perro De Presa Canario, or crosses of any of these breeds.
Part Two Scheduled Dogs: Bull Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, German Shepherd (Belgian Shepherd, East European Shepherd), Mastiffs including the Bull Mastiff, Cane Corso and Dogue De Bordeaux, and their crosses.
The above mentioned breeds face several restrictions (for example, they must be securely leashed and muzzled at all times when in public)—read more about these details here.
Finally, make sure to take the time to locate dog friendly housing in Singapore before you finalize your move, as you may face limitations based on your dog’s breed.
If you're bringing dogs 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.