Singapore Pet Passport & Import | Export Regulations
There will be quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Singapore unless entering from a country that Singapore considers as rabies-free. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 14.
All cats and dogs entering Singapore from any country must first be identified with an ISO compliant pet microchip that is non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
Requirements differ according to what country your pet has spent the past 6 months living in. Find your country's category:
Category 1: Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom
Category 2: Cayman Islands, Denmark, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America (Guam & Hawaii only)
Category 3: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, United States of America (except Guam & Hawaii)
Category 4: All other countries
If entering Singapore from a Category 1 country, a rabies vaccination is not required; however, other vaccinations are required (read on).
If entering Singapore from Category 2 counties, your pet cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies not less than 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to entry. A blood titer test is required (see step 4).
If entering Singapore from a Category 3 country, your pet cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies more than 3 months prior to import. If departing from the United States, the administering veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA. A titer test will be required (see step 4). If your pet was vaccinated more than 4 months before the titer test was administered, it must be vaccinated again after the titer test and not more than 30 days prior to export.
If entering Singapore from a Category 4 country, your pet cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies at least 6 months prior to export. A blood titer test is required (see step 4)
For dogs and cats entering Singapore from all countries:
In the case of dogs that are 16 weeks of age and above, your dog must be vaccinated not less than 2 weeks prior to export against Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parvoviral infection. For pets younger than 16 weeks, see step 8 below.
In the case of cats that are 16 weeks of age and above, your cat must be vaccinated not less than 2 weeks prior to export against Cat Flu (Feline calicivirus and Feline viral rhinotracheitis) and Cat enteritis (ie Feline Panleukopaenia/ Feline parvovirus).
Rabies Titer Test
If entering Singapore from a Category 2 country, a blood titer test must be administered more than 30 days after the rabies vaccination for dogs and cats entering Singapore.
When entering Singapore from Category 3 and 4 countries, a blood titer test must be administered more than 30 days after rabies vaccination and within 6 months of export.
All rabies vaccinations must be kept current after the blood sample for the titer test is taken.
Within 7 days of entry, a licensed veterinarian must complete the Veterinary Certificate for Singapore. The certificate must be endorsed by your State USDA office if your pet is traveling from the United States and by the local CFIA office if your pet is traveling from Canada. If not traveling from either of these countries, the health certificate must be endorsed by the governmental agency in your country responsible for the import and export of live animals.
Your pet's microchip number must be reflected on the health and rabies certificates.
For category 1 countries, the health certificate must reflect that no cases of rabies have been reported in the country for at least six (6) months prior to date of export.
You must apply for a dog license as well as an import license from the the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) at least 30 days prior to your pet entering Singapore from any country.
Ticks & Tapeworm Treatment
Before your cat or dog can enter Singapore from any country, it must have be treated against internal and external parasites within 2 and 7 days of export.
If your pet is entering Singapore from a Category 1 or 2 country, it will not be subject to quarantine as long as requirements have been met. If your pet is entering from a Category 4 country, it will be subject to 30 days of quarantine. If your pet is entering Singapore from a Category 3 country it will be subject to 10 days of quarantine if the titer test was done 4 months or more prior to import and your pet was re-vaccinated after the test, else it will be subject to 30 days of quarantine.
All quarantine is served in the Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station. Reservations for quarantine will need to be made at least 3 months ahead of entry.
Entering Singapore by Air
Pets should enter the country via the Singapore Changi Airport.
Notice should be given at least 5 days in advance of arrival to the AVA so they will be available to inspect your pet upon landing.
If your pet is entering Singapore from a Category 1 or 2 country, an airline declaration must also accompany your pet stating that it departed from a country in its category (see step 2), that no other dogs or cats from countries in other categories were boarded, and that there were no layovers in countries not included in the category. If layovers are necessary, prior permission is required from AVA and your pet cannot leave the secure area of the airport in the layover country.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the entry airport. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Transiting Singapore by Air
Any pet transiting the Singapore Changi Airport with a layover of more than 4 hours will be subject to inspection by the Animal and Plant Quarantine Station.
Pets changing airline companies in Singapore will likely need to clear customs and conform to the regulations as stated above.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens can enter Singapore only if they originate in a Category 1 country and must be at least 12 weeks of age at the time of export. In the case of a dog under sixteen (16) weeks of age, your dog must be vaccinated against Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parvoviral infection with at least two (2) vaccinations, four(4) weeks apart, and the second vaccination must be given at least two (2) weeks prior to export.
The following breeds of dogs and their crosses are not allowed to be imported into Singapore - Pit Bull (which includes the American Pit Bull Terrier also known as the American Pit Bull and Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Bulldog, and crosses between them and with other breeds) Neapolitan Mastiff, Tosa, Akita, Dogo Argentino, Boerboel, Fila Brasileiro, Perro de Presa Canario and their crosses. Both Bengal and Savannah cats must be 5th generation or greater.
There are also additional restrictions on owning the following breeds while residing in Singapore: Bull Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, German Shepherd Dog with its related breeds such as the Belgian Shepherd Dog and the East European Shepherd Dog, Mastiffs including the Bull Mastiff, Cane Corso and Dogue De Bordeaux, and crosses between any of the above breeds and other breeds.
Savannah cats must be 5th generation removed or higher.
Exporting Pets from Singapore
An export permit from AVA is required to export your pet from Singapore. All relevant documentation for the destination country must be presented.
All animals leaving Singapore, then returning, are subject to the same requirements as pets entering the first time.
All small mammals will need a customs permit, import license, veterinary health certificate and will be subject to 14 days of quarantine at the Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station when entering Singapore.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. .
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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