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Cats and dogs can be imported to Singapore under strict conditions designed​ to manage biosecurity risks. Requirements on entry to Singapore with cats and dogs depend on your country of origin. A Pet Import License is needed to enter Singapore rather than the Pet Passport Scheme used in the EU. If you’re relocating to Singapore with your dog, you’ll also have to obtain a Dog License prior to arrival. You may already be aware that quarantine is mandatory for all cats and dogs arriving in Singapore from many countries. The need for pet quarantine in Singapore depends on the classification of your country of origin. Also, be aware that Singapore restricts the import of certain cat and dog breeds.

Pet Import rules Singapore taking dog or cat to Singapore pet travel passport

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Cat & Dog Breeds Not Allowed in Singapore

Certain breeds aren’t permitted to enter Singapore. These dog breeds aren’t accepted:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier (also known as American Pit Bull and Pit Bull Terrier)
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • Pit Bull
  • Akita
  • Boerboel
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Tosa
  • Perro De Presa Canario
  • Crosses of any of the above breeds

And for cat lovers, first to fourth generation Bengal or Savannah cat crosses aren’t permitted. You must provide evidence:

  • The Bengal cat cross you are importing is at least a fifth generation cross from the ancestral stock of Prionailurus bengalensis
  • The Savannah cat cross you are importing is at least a fifth generation cross from the ancestral stock of Leptailurus serval

Cat & Dog Quarantine in Singapore

On arrival in Singapore from a Category C or D country, your cat or dog will be transported directly to the new quarantine facility, Jalan Lekar. Your pet will be inspected by a veterinarian at the beginning and end of quarantine.

From Category C countries, your cat or dog will be quarantined for either 10 (C1) or 30 days (C2). Dogs and cats arriving in Singapore from a Category D country will spend at least 30 days in quarantine.

Once your cat or dog meets all the import requirements, they will be cleared to leave the facility. Note that if your pet is unwell during quarantine they may have to stay in there longer.

If your dog or cat is found to have fleas or ticks, this may extend the period of quarantine in Singapore.

Category A: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand & United Kingdom

Dogs and cats from Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland) don’t require quarantine upon arrival in Singapore. They do need an Import Licence to enter New Zealand, and an inspection will be carried out upon arrival.

In addition to an Singapore Pet Import License, you’ll also need the following documentation to prove the good health of your pet, as well as their country of residence:

If you’re relocating with a dog, you’ll also need to obtain a Dog License before you arrive too. The approved Dog License should be attached to the Pet Import License.

In addition, you must book an arrival inspection for your cat or dog at least 5 days before you travel to Singapore. This can be reserved through the Approval and Safety Tracking System.

Pet Import License
Mandatory Quarantine
Inspection on Arrival
Singapore Pet Travel Category A

Note that if your cat or dog fails the inspection upon arrival in Singapore, they will likely have to spend 10 days in quarantine.

Category B: Approved Rabies Free Countries

Group 2 countries are classified as Approved Rabies Free Countries. Cats and dogs from the following places must have an Import Permit to enter Singapore:

  • Bermuda
  • Cayman Islands
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Iceland
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Liechtenstein,
  • Luxembourg
  • New Caledonia
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • USA (Hawaii and Guam only)

In addition to a Singapore Pet Import License, you’ll also need the following documentation to prove the good health of your pet, as well as their country of residence:

If you’re relocating with a dog, you’ll also need to obtain a Dog License before you arrive too. The approved Dog License should be attached to the Pet Import License.

In addition, you must book an arrival inspection for your cat or dog at least 5 days before you travel to Singapore. This can be reserved through the Approval and Safety Tracking System.

Pet Import Certificate
Mandatory Quarantine
Inspection on Arrival
Singapore Pet Travel Category B

Category C: Controlled or No Rabies Countries

Mandatory quarantine applies to Category C countries, at a minimum period of 10 days. The length of stay depends on whether your cat or dog is classified as C1 or C2.

An Import Permit is also required to be eligible to enter Singapore with a cat or dog from one of the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Netherlands
  • Republic of Korea
  • Slovakia,
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • USA (except Guam and Hawaii)

You’ll also need:

Pet Import Certificate
Mandatory 10 Day Quarantine (C1)
Mandatory 30 Day Quarantine (C2)
Inspection on Arrival
Singapore Pet Travel Category C

Category D

Pets arriving from all other countries not listed under Categories A-C must undergo a minimum of 30 days in quarantine.

You will also require:

Pet Import Certificate
Mandatory 30 Day Quarantine (Minimum)
Inspection on Arrival
Singapore Pet Travel Category D

Remember to always protect your pet against biting insects when in a foreign country, in addition to the pet travel rules for your destination.

Always check the government website for up to date information on travelling to New Zealand. And remember to leave a review if you’ve travelled to New Zealand with your pet!

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