If you’re planning to leave Singapore, whether for a holiday, longer travel experience or to relocate completely, you need to consider your pets. They’re members of your family and need to be happy with the change and stay healthy and stress free whilst moving.
You also need to be confident that all of their pet travel documents are in order so you can travel freely with no hiccups.
To ensure your dogs or cats can travel comfortably with no problems, there are a few things that you’ll need to prepare for exporting pets from Singapore:
Your Destination’s Legal Travel Requirements for Pets
Your dog will need to have medical clearance to enter the country that you’re travelling to. This usually means that they’ll be required to obtain certain vaccinations and tests before arrival.
Most countries will request a fresh medical certificate from your vet, with confirmation that they’re fit and healthy no more than about a week prior to travel. It varies with your destination for exact requirements. While some countries will allow a private veterinarian to assess your dog, others might request a government approved one.
This is something that needs planning as far in advance as possible. Once you have your plane tickets booked, there’s no turning back and you don’t want to find out a week prior to travelling, that your vet has no free appointments. When using our pet shipping service, we book your medical check at least 1 month in advance when you know your travel date. This gives you plenty of leeway for changes if required.
- It’s also a good idea to keep your pet away from other pets or households, if possible, for 5 days prior to travel. This may mean walking dogs at quieter times or keeping them contained in your yard if it’s large enough. The last thing you need is for your dog to pick up something from outside a few days before you go.
- Once you have your medical clearance confirmed, a long walk immediately before travel could help to tire them out so that travelling is slightly less stressful because they feel more sleepy after the exercise, rather than be too bouncy as not had a walk yet.
You will require an endorsed health certificate for exporting pets from Singapore to travel to certain countries from Singapore. To obtain one, we will need to have your:
- Full vaccination records.
- Information about your pet’s health.
Singapore Pet Export Licences
You must obtain an export licence to to allow your pet to leave Singapore legally. These licences can be applied for online and are valid for 30 days. Don’t apply for the export licence before the 30-day period, as you won’t be able to leave the country if it has expired when you reach the airport.
The licences cost S$50, but an express service (if you’ve left it until the last minute) can cost up to S$100. So, it’s in your interests to plan ahead.
A Pre-Export Inspection
Some countries request an inspection of your pet prior to them leaving Singapore. These need to be booked in online and should be scheduled at least 4 hours prior to departure. Inspections can also be held at the Changi Animal & Plant Quarantine Station (CAPQ).
Gathering Your Pet’s Travel Documents
Just like people, pets need to have specific travel documents to allow them in and out of the country.
Some countries require a pet passport alongside your health clearance to enter the country. We will tell you your destination’s specifications. If you don’t have all the documents, your pet may be quarantined upon landing.
To depart from Singapore, you will need:
- An AVS-issues export licence.
- The veterinary signed health certificate which has been signed by an approved vet.
- Any supporting documents regarding vaccination status or medication that your pet requires.
- Customs permits.
All pets being exported from Singapore are regulated and we should also acquire customs permits to declare that your pet is safe to enter the country at the other end.
Your Travel Team
When moving your pet to a different country, it’s not just the documentation which can seem daunting, but you’ll also be worried about their welfare during travel. For this reason, it’s a good idea to ask for professional help from our pet relocation service. The safe and humane transport of your pets is our speciality. We can assist you in exporting pets from Singapore.
Ferndale team or partners can help with everything including getting the correct documents together, so you don’t get stuck in quarantine or customs. We can also assist with the actual flight arrangements for your pets travel from Singapore to ensure they’re travelling in comfort and style.
The team will accompany your pet at the airport to ensure they’re going through all of the necessary checks, and someone can be available on the ground team at the destination’s airport to take your pet through all the necessary checks until you reunite.
Your Pet’s Journey
Alongside the forms and documents, you need to ensure that your pet is prepared for the journey. We can give you guidance on how to prepare your pet for being in a crate (or bag) during travel.
In most cases, you pet will be asked to travel in the hold in a special compartment that is designated for animal cargo. However, in special circumstances, you may be able to travel with them on the plane with you. This is likely to need extra checks and may cost more money.
However, having our specialist pet relocation team will ensure your pet is just as happy in the hold.
Our pet relocation team will introduce themselves to your pet prior to the journey and accompany them along the way. We can help out with selecting a travel crate that’s exactly right for your pet and will be able to give you information on feeding prior to travel to ensure your pet isn’t sick.
Our pet travel services will provide photo updates along the way, so you have peace of mind that your pet is happy and healthy while you travel.