So, I got a pet from overseas, how do I bring it back to Singapore now?

I will be creating a series of posts detailing the breakdown of the process, including the paperwork and the experiences with some tips. I’ve done this paperwork 7 times, so I am pretty familiar with it by now.

Let’s break this down for you, there are essentially three parts – export, flight, and import, and it is easier than you think.

Export

The export paperwork will differ depending on the domestic policy of the exporting country, but they usually require a health checkup and that is all you need to be awarded an export licence. However, please check with the local guidelines on how to bring your dog/cat out of the country.

Flight

Next step, you will need to handle the flight, you can choose between your pet flying in-cabin with you, or in the cargo. However, take note that there are size/weight restrictions for flying in-cabin. From my experience, I have taken Asiana Airlines, Korean Airlines and Singapore Airlines for travelling with my pets. (I will be making a detailed breakdown into the air travel portion soon, for this post, I’ll be focusing on the import paperwork).

Import

And for the domestic paperwork which seems to scare many, here is a detailed breakdown on how and when to sort out all your paperwork to bring your pet into Singapore. The following instructions are for Category D countries. Please refer to the end of the post for the link to a detailed breakdown for the other categories.)

>6 months before import:
Step 1: Microchip your pet (All vaccinations and health documents MUST carry this microchip number)
Step 2: Get rabies vaccination

4 – 5 months before import:
Step 3: Send your pet for serology test (>30 days after rabies vaccination)

<3 months before import:
Step 4: Send pet for vaccination
Dog: Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis & Canine Parvoviral infection
Cat: Cat Flu (Feline Calicivirus and Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis) & Cat Enteritis (Feline Panleukopaenia/ Feline Parvovirus) 

Step 5: Reserve quarantine space (only if your pet is flying from a Category C/D country)

<1 month before import:
Step 6: Apply for a dog licence (for dogs only)
Step 7: Apply for an import licence
Step 8: Book inspection with CAPQ
Note: Be sure to inform the airline that you have a pet and will need to reserve a space

2 – 7 days before import:
Step 9: Send pet for external and internal parasite treatment and fill up the veterinary certificate (See the end of the post for the link)
Note: You may need to send the veterinary certificate and the import licence to your airlines, be sure to check with them. This is also the time to receive the export licence and health clearance declaration from the exporting country.

Just before departure:

Step 10: Submit a declaration of facts to Singapore Customs (for GST)

What’s next?

Click here as we bring you through the step by step guideline of receiving your pet in Singapore.

Common FAQs

How long do I need to handle the paperwork to bring in my dog/cat?
Category A: at least 6 weeks
Category B: at least 2 months
Category C: at least 4 months
Category D: at least 6 months

How much does it cost to import a dog/cat?
This will only include the import licence and quarantine (if required)
Category A: $50++
Category B: $50++
Category C: $307++
Category D: $693++
The prices above are exclusive of the cost of dog licence (for dog owners only), airfare and all costs in the exporting country (i.e. vaccination costs, etc)

For more information

Click here for the detailed breakdown for the respective categories of exporting countries. The veterinary certificate is on page 7 to 9 of the links.
Category A – Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Category B – Cayman Islands, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Iceland, Japan, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, USA (Hawaii and Guam only)
Category C – Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan, USA (except Hawaii and Guam)
Category D – All other countries not listed above

11 Comments

  • Joanna
    Posted October 6, 2020 5:44 pm 0Likes

    How much will it be if I want to bring a Poodle into Singapore?

    • YuMiZu
      Posted October 6, 2020 5:51 pm 0Likes

      Depending on how where the dog is coming from, the price will differ.
      Import licence: $50 (standard) / $100 (express)
      Quarantine (if needed): $16.80/day (no air con) / $26.25/day (with air con)

      Then the rest of the cost will come from all the export paperwork and health check-up & document, as well as your air ticket.

      I’ve updated the FAQs with the cost estimation already, thanks for the question!

  • Jane Peh
    Posted October 8, 2020 12:53 pm 0Likes

    So informative!! Thanks for writing this article! ❤️

    • YuMiZu
      Posted October 8, 2020 4:25 pm 0Likes

      Glad you like it! Hope it helps all who are planning on bringing in a pet into Singapore!

  • emil
    Posted October 8, 2020 4:22 pm 0Likes

    if i want to get a dog from australia, how do i do it?

    • YuMiZu
      Posted October 8, 2020 4:25 pm 0Likes

      Australia is classified under Category A, so the procedure is much easier:

      First, make sure your pet is allowed in Singapore, and at least 12 weeks old. Then, you’ll need to ensure that your pet has lived in Australia for at least 6 months or from birth.

      At least 6 weeks before arrival, send your pet for the following vaccinations:
      – Dog: Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis & Canine Parvoviral infection
      – Cat: Cat Flu (Feline Calicivirus and Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis) and Cat Enteritis (Feline Panleukopaenia/ Feline Parvovirus)
      If your pet is older than 16 weeks old, or if the first dose of vaccination is still valid when entering Singapore, you do not need a second dose of vaccination. Otherwise, please get a second dose at least 2 weeks before arrival.

    • YuMiZu
      Posted October 8, 2020 4:26 pm 0Likes

      Remember to arrange transport with the airline 2-4 weeks before arrival.

      30 days before arrival, apply for a dog licence (if you have a dog), and then an import licence. Book inspection at CAPQ at least 5 days in advance.

      The week of arrival, bring your pet to the vet for external & internal parasite treatments and request treating vet to complete Sections I to III of the veterinary certificate

      Finally, do not forget to visit the exporting country’s official government vet to endorse Section IV of the same veterinary certificate as well as abide by the export regulations of Australia.

      For more information, please go to https://www.nparks.gov.sg/-/media/avs/migrated-content/animals-and-pets/bringing-animals-into-singapore-and-exporting/bringing-dogs-and-cats/category-a-dog-cat-import-flowchart-apr2018.pdf

  • Yuki
    Posted February 24, 2021 11:57 pm 0Likes

    Very helpful! I’m bringing my dog to Singapore soon

    • YuMiZu
      Posted July 4, 2021 11:25 am 0Likes

      Glad it was helpful to you! Is your dog here already? Hope he/she had a safe flight!

  • Lisa
    Posted July 21, 2021 3:18 pm 0Likes

    Thank you so much for such an informative blog, i am bringing a pup from a cat D country and wanted to get the steps right. Is it recommended to book the quarantine area early? Like once i get the blood test results? Do you also recommend to book the flight early? and lastly for the costs mentioned is that for the pet mover cost?

  • Junior
    Posted July 25, 2021 6:26 pm 0Likes

    What if I wanted to buy a pet from oversea while I am in singapore? It is not possible to fly there and fly it back its covid now.

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