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Singapore Regulations for Pet Relocation

You’ve just received news that your family will be relocating to Singapore in a few months. You’ve got all the packing down pat, but what about your pet? Before you move your precious one, it’s important to know the regulations for pet relocation to Singapore.

Check these points off your list to ensure a smooth transition.

1. Is Your Pet Allowed in Singapore?

Certain breeds of dogs and cats are banned in Singapore, and you can view the entire list on the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority Singapore (AVA) website here.


2. Does Your New Home Allow Pets?

Private homes allow up to three dogs per unit, but you will need to check with the residence manager on the possibility of keeping a cat at home. The number of dogs allowed in each residence is also dependant on your dog’s breed.


3. Check for Rabies Risk Standings 

The AVA categorises dogs and cats from different countries into four risk categories. Each category is subject to different veterinary conditions, so check your risk category closer to your move as the list is updated at times.


4. Meet the AVA’s Conditions

The veterinary conditions for your pet will include vaccinations, blood tests, parasite treatments and more. Understand your pet’s conditions carefully, as some of the required tests may have specific time frames. The veterinary conditions for each category is available here.


5. Book Your Pet’s Quarantine Space

Certain pets require quarantine time at the Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station (SAQS) between 10 and 30 days. Quarantine space must be reserved least three months ahead of your pet’s arrival through the AVA’s Quarantine Management System.


6. Sort Your License

Transporting your pet into Singapore will require an AVA Import License. Dog owners must obtain a valid dog license in order to apply for the import license. The import license is only valid for 30 days and you can apply for it via the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website. You will also require a customs permit for checkpoint clearance. For enquiries on applying for the customs permit, call 6355 2000 or email customs_documentation@customs.gov.sg.

7. Bring Your Pet’s Health Certificate

The veterinary health certificate is mandatory, as AVA will need to ensure your pet meets the veterinary conditions, and is disease-free prior to import. First, download the veterinary certificate template from the right risk category, then have your private veterinarian at home complete the health certificate. The official government veterinarian in your home country must endorse the certificate.


8. Update Border Control

Make an appointment for your pet’s inspection, from the AVA’s Intelligent Food Approval & Safety Tracking System (iFAST) at least five days before your pet’s arrival. Your pet will then undergo a veterinary inspection by an AVA officer, and will be released if it does not require quarantine. Otherwise, AVA will transport your pet to SAQS to fulfil quarantine requirements. Dog owners will need to apply for a valid dog license with the AVA at this point.


Consider adopting a pet friend?


By Hazel Vincent De Paul, The Finder, September 2015

Photo: 123rf.com

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