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Moving pets to Singapore: We find out what’s involved

All you need to know about moving your furry friends to Singapore 

For many expats, our furry friends are part of the family and will accompany us on our exotic posting.

If you are coming to Singapore from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, the good news is that your pet does not need to be quarantined. Nonetheless, it still needs to be microchipped and certified as healthy to travel by your vet, and you will need to obtain an import permit from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) 30 days prior to the date of arrival (the fee is $50).

You will also need to purchase a special travelling box for your pet and book a space on an aeroplane – check with the different airlines for prices, rules, and availability. When your pet arrives in Singapore, it will be inspected at Changi Animal and Plant Quarantine Station and issued with a certificate of health. If you plan to arrive in Singapore after your pet, there are several “pet hotels” that offer a collection service from Changi.

If your pet is not from any of the countries listed, then it will need to be quarantined for 30 days. Since it can take over two months to secure your pet a place in quarantine, you should reserve a place as soon as possible. Certain breeds if dog, such as the pit bull are not permitted in Singapore. For more information and to reserve a place in quarantine, log on to the Agri-Food and Veterinary website at ava.gov.sg.