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Bringing Your Pets

Most of us feels moving houses is such a chore. None of us likes the hassle that comes with it. With decisions on what to take, and which needed to be thrown away, what more with all the packing that needs to be done and engaging of a reliable mover. The list is endless. Of course, if money is a non-issue, get the professionals do the work for you!

Notwithstanding, the excitement and anticipation of a new home is definitely worth all the hassle.

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While juggling the 1001 things to do, don’t forget our most precious possession (if you have any, that is) – our pets, especially if you are moving across borders.Bear in mind, different countries have different requirements and different sets of rules.

Here is a quick guideline for you if you are bringing your cats or/and dogs into Singapore.

RESTRICTIONS

Some breeds of dogs and cats are not allowed in Singapore so make sure you check if you are able to bring your pets with you. Also check if your new place of residence allows you to keep pets. Most hotels and serviced apartments do not allow pets in their properties. Great World Serviced Apartments is one of a few that welcomes your furry friends with open arms.

Breeds of dogs and cats not allowed in Singapore. Source : Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore

IMPORT LICENSE

Apply for an import license from Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) 30 days prior to your pet’s entry into Singapore.

MICROCHIP

All pets need to be microchipped.

QUARANTINE

Check if the country you are originating from are in Singapore’s rabies-free country. If it is not, then your pet needs to be quarantined anytime from ten to 30 days. Remember to book your quarantine three months ahead of entry.

VACCINATIONS & BLOOD

Check the category of country that your pet lived in for the past six months. Based on these categories, get your pets’ required vaccination and blood tests accordingly. The age of the pets also plays a part in what vaccination your pets need, so do take note.

AGRI-FOOD & VETERINARY AUTHORITY (AVA)

Inform AVA in advance of your arrival so that they can schedule an inspection of your pets upon arrival.

HEALTH CERTIFICATE

A licensed veterinary must complete the Veterinary Certificate for Singapore within seven days of entry and needs to be endorsed by the relevant agencies in your country of origin.

SMALL MAMMALS

Other small animals that you are bringing into Singapore will need to be quarantined for 14 days. Make sure these animals are not endangered or protected.

What happens next? Where do you go when you arrive in Singapore?

If you are arriving by air, the inspection by an AVA officer will be carried out at the Changi Animal and Plant Quarantine Section (which is set away from the passenger terminals). You will need to have your import licence and identity card/passport with you in order to gain access into the complex.

After inspection, your pet will be transferred to Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station to be quarantine or released to you if a quarantine is not required.

You are now all set to make the necessary arrangements for your furry little family members to join you on an awesome new adventure in Singapore!

For more details, visit AVA’s official website http://bit.ly/2Ue8jcq.

*Information is correct at the time of publish. Information may change subject to changes in legislation.