Pet import to Singapore is relatively easy but costly and may require a quarantine of 4 weeks. Dogs and cats in category A as from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Ireland and further countries in category B are exempt from quarantine. All imported dogs and cats must be identified with an ISO-compatible microchip. Dogs/cats without or with unreadable microchips may be deported or detained for any necessary action. For Documents and vaccinations required see below. What you need to know before importing your pet The hot climate and the law requiring dogs be leashed in public places restrict freedom of action considerably. Category A & B dogs must also be muzzled while in public. While one dog of approved breeds is permitted in HDB flats, cats cannot be kept there. You may keep not more than three dogs at your home other than an HDB flat or one dog belonging to the Scheduled dog class. Prior before your pet import to Singapore you need written permission of your landlord to keep a pet at your home in Singapore. Each dog needs a license that is renewed yearly. The license will be revoked if the dog causes a nuisance (excessive barking, defecating in public, biting etc.) All dogs above 3 months of age must be licensed for rabies control. Applicants must comply with AVA's Conditions of Licensing. All dogs must be properly confined within the owner's premises. If the dogs are in a public place, they must be on leash and properly supervised and controlled. In respect of the dog licence, the dog owner must ensure the following:
Given at least 2 weeks before but less than 1 year prior to entry .
If your pet arrives outside the operating hours (below) of the CMPQ the pet remains in its cage and cannot be claimed from the airline.
Note that the pet is confined to the cage until the next working day and that operating services close sharp. Food and water would be given to the your pet only if a pet mover is involved in importing the animal.
When you import your pet as "access baggage" on the same flight with you, you must notify the airline's lost and found counter of your arrival.
Once you are through immigration report to the airline's lost and found counter and supply their staff with a copy of the import permit (usually provided by your pet importer).
Never hand any original documents to the staff there! You have to fill in and sign a "handover form" provided by the counter and then proceed to the arrival hall to meet your pet importer and give him the original Health Certificate and Vaccination Card for further clearance of your pet.
When your pet is imported as "cargo" you need to consign the pet/cargo to the pet mover's address, whom you have given details of the flight such as date and time of arrival, flight number and airway bill number. The shipment must be accompanied by the original documents as stated above.
The only pets allowed in Singapore are: dogs, cats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, terrapins, gerbils and some species of birds and fish. Keeping a snake may draw a fine!
Note: German Shephards, Rottweilers, Dobermann Pinschers and Bull Terriers have to be muzzled in a public place!
Dog licenses must be renewed yearly which can be done at the website of the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).
The procedure to import personal pets into Singapore is summarised in this Factsheet.
- - The licence is renewed annually.
- - AVA is informed of the change of ownership of the dog.
- - AVA is informed of change of address where the dog is kept.
- - AVA is informed should the dog be lost or if it has died.
- - The conditions of licence are met.
|Pet's rabies vaccination records|
|Rabies seology test report if applicable|
|Acceptance Form for quarantine space (if needed)|
|Health Certificate + 2- 10 days prior to export detick/deflea and deworm certification|
|Microchip ISO compatible for dogs and cats|