Bring your pets with you to Singapore!
If you are considering bringing your pets, cat or dog, with you when you move to Singapore, there are many factors you must consider and requirements you must follow.
Firstly, it depends on where you are going to live as some properties will not allow you to have a cat or allow only one dog (of a pre-approved breed). This is the case if you live in a Housing Development Board (HDB) flat. If you live in a non-HDB home you are allowed up to three dogs and the restrictions on cats depends on your landlord.
Once you have found out your residence will allow you pet, you must ensure your furry loved on is not on the restricted breed list, see below.
- Pit bull
- Neapolitan Mastiff
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
- Perro de Presa Canario
- Crosses of the above
- 4th-generation (& below) Bengal & Savannah cat crosses
If your housing situation allows for your pet and it is not restricted you must apply for a customs permit, which is generally required for importing pets into Singapore. If you are bringing a dog you need to obtain a dog licence before applying for an import licence
All dogs and cats arriving in Singapore must be kept in quarantine at the owner’s expense upon arrival. For those coming from the United States, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and the Netherlands, this duration is 10-30 days. (The amount of time is partly dependent upon vaccination schedules.)
The only exception to quarantine is those pets that are imported from Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Cayman Islands, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Guam, Hawaii and the UK do not require any quarantine period.
All pets traveling to Singapore must possess an original Rabies Certificate. This certificate must state the validity of the vaccination, microchip number, and the date of inoculation. The vaccine itself must be an inactivated vaccine. At least 30 days after the first rabies vaccination, but within six months before immigration, your veterinarian must perform a rabies blood test on your pet. After this blood test, your pet must have a second rabies vaccine, which can be performed on the same day as the blood test itself.
Puppies and kittens can enter Singapore only if they originate from approved countries and must be at least 12 weeks of age at the time of export. In the case of a dog under sixteen weeks of age, your dog must be vaccinated against Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parvoviral infection with at least two vaccinations, four weeks apart, and the second vaccination must be given at least two weeks prior to export
Many people in Singapore own cats and dogs. As a result, finding pet food and supplies is generally not considered a problem.