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Singapore - Importing Your Pet
All dogs and cats must be kept in quarantine at the owner’s expense upon arrival into Singapore. 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. Please refer to the link below for more information.) 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.
The application procedure for bringing your cats and dogs includes the possession of a valid import license issued by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore as well as a signed veterinary health certificate that is no older than seven days. The information contained on the certificate must include the pet’s health, age, vaccinations, and breed, as well as some additional information. Rabies vaccinations must be older than four months. The pet’s veterinarian must also sign a form stating that the pet has resided in the country of export for at least six months before relocating to Singapore. Lastly, a microchip must be planted within the dog or cat and this must match their veterinary papers. There is currently a $50 fee for the import license.
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. The results of the blood test must show that your pet has a rabies titre test of =/> .5 IU/mL. 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.
In addition to the aforesaid regulations, restrictions exist regarding the number of pets that are allowed in the housing units as well as the kinds of pets that can be imported. In a Housing and Development Board (HDB) unit, only one dog of an approved breed is allowed. Dogs are not permitted in non-residential HDB premises. Not more than three dogs are permitted in each non-HDB premises. This includes private units. Because cats can be hard to contain in the flat units, they are not permitted in a HDB dwelling unit. If you plan on finding accommodations before you arrive in Singapore, you must check with the landlord before you commit to the unit. They may or may not allow pets.
Many people in Singapore own cats and dogs. As a result, finding pet food and supplies is generally not considered a problem. Large markets should have a good selection of brands and online services are available for specialized products.
For more information about procedures, approved breeds, quarantine times, and fees, please contact:
Animal, Meat & Seafood Regulatory Branch
Import & Export Division
Agri-food and Veterinary Authority
5 Maxwell Road #02-00 Tower Block
MND Complex, Singapore 069110
Tel : (65) 6227 0670
Fax : (65) 6325 7648
Petmovers (S) Pte Ltd
No. 4 Pasir Ris Farmway II, Singapore 519318
Tel : (65) 6581 3688
Fax : (65) 6581 3735
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre for Animal Welfare and Control
Animal Welfare and Control Division
Agri-food and Veterinary Authority
75 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118507
Tel : (65)-1800-476 1600; (65)-6471 9987
Fax : (65)-6472 6157; (65)-6473 3687
Email : email@example.com
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