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Moving with a Pet to Singapore

Learn about moving with a pet to Singapore: what the requirements are, important vaccination information, what you can and cannot bring to Singapore, travel information and more.
|-Moving with a Pet to Singapore

Moving to Singapore as an expat or digital nomad comes with its own set of challenges, and bringing a pet along adds another layer to the relocation process. Singapore has specific requirements for pet importation, including vaccination and paperwork, and in some cases, pets may need to undergo quarantine. While it’s not uncommon to have pets in Singapore, the densely populated urban environment and strict housing regulations can make pet ownership slightly more complex than in other countries. This article will delve into the details of what you need to know about moving to Singapore with your furry friend, ensuring a smooth transition for both you and your pet.

Can I bring my dog to Singapore?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Singapore, but there are strict regulations you must follow. Dogs must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies and other diseases. Depending on the country of origin, your dog may also be subject to quarantine for up to 30 days. It’s essential to check the latest requirements from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) to ensure compliance with all regulations.

Can I bring my cat to Singapore?

Similar to dogs, cats can be brought into Singapore, but they must meet specific health requirements. Cats need to be vaccinated and, in some cases, may require a quarantine period upon arrival. The AVA provides guidelines for importing cats, which include necessary vaccinations and potential quarantine procedures based on the risk assessment of the country of export.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Singapore

While many pets can be brought into Singapore, there are some restrictions. For example, certain breeds of dogs are banned, including the Pit Bull, which includes the American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Bulldog. Also, the importation of exotic pets such as certain reptiles, amphibians, and other non-domesticated animals is prohibited. Always check the latest AVA guidelines for a complete list of prohibited breeds and species.

How do I bring my pet to Singapore?

To bring your pet to Singapore, you must start by ensuring your pet is microchipped with an ISO-compliant chip. Next, your pet must be vaccinated against rabies and other diseases, with all vaccinations documented in a health certificate. You’ll need to apply for an import license from the AVA and reserve a quarantine space if required. Pets from countries with a higher risk of rabies must undergo a serology test to prove sufficient antibodies. All documentation, including the health certificate and import license, must be in order before your pet’s arrival. It’s advisable to work with a professional pet relocation service to navigate the complexities of this process.

Upon Arriving in Singapore

After your pet arrives in Singapore, if they are subject to quarantine, they will be transported directly to the quarantine facility. Once the quarantine period is completed, or if quarantine is not required, you must obtain a pet license for dogs. Finding a veterinarian in Singapore is straightforward, with many clinics available across the island. Singaporeans generally like dogs and cats, and while space is limited, there are dog parks and pet-friendly areas where your pet can socialize and exercise. It’s important to familiarize yourself with local regulations, such as leash laws and pet-friendly accommodations, to ensure a happy and lawful stay for you and your pet in Singapore.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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