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All cats and dogs imported into Singapore and not from Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland must be kept in quarantine at the owner's expense for at least 30 days upon arrival. If you wish to bring cats or dogs into Singapore, you must obtain an import licence from the City Veterinary Centre two weeks before the date of import. The license must be completed and delivered at least 2 weeks prior to import. A fee of S$50 per animal is payable. Get the form online here.

City Veterinary Centre
25 Peck Seah Street
Singapore 079315
Tel: (65) 6227-0670
Fax: (65) 6227-6305

New Dog Rules

All dogs brought into the city state from May 1 2001 must be implanted with a microchip matching their veterinary papers to cut down on the risk of rabies and other diseases. The health documents will have to indicate the microchip identification code of the dog besides certifying that the dog has been vaccinated, examined and found to be healthy and free of various dog diseases. Singapore is free from dog diseases, such as rabies, that can pose a threat to the local dog population and can also infect humans. The microchips - about the size of a grain of rice and implanted under the skin of a dog's neck would minimise the introduction of disease by tracing where an infected animal came from so that further imports can be blocked.

For import of other types of animals, refer to the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore for information.


You will need to show that your dog or cat is in good health. Get a certified veterinarian to issue a health certificate not more than a week  before the date of import.

Since August 1997, the quarantine of imported pets has been privatised and is now run by the Pet Hotel Quarantine Station. Quarantine kennels are very limited and it is advisable to book one for your pet well in advance.

What's Not Allowed

There are certain regulations that you need to be aware of. The following breeds of dogs are banned from Singapore:

  • Pit Bull - including the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Bull Dog
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Tosa
  • Akita
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero
  • crosses of these breeds

If you are staying in a public Housing Development Board flat, note that only one dog is allowed, and not more than three dogs are allowed in non-HDB premises (including private housing). No cats are allowed in a HDB dwelling unit.

Pet Services

There are quite a number of pet shops in Singapore that sell pets, pet food and products, as well as provide services like grooming, obedience training and boarding. Most of them can also help handle the import of your pet. One we can recommend:

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