Factors to Consider When Flying Your Pets With You to Singapore

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Transporting pets from one city to another is challenging as it is; but it’s extra taxing when you’re flying your pet to a different country. Different countries have different guidelines and rules when it comes to transporting animals. The last thing you want is to be turned back at the airport because you skipped important steps in traveling with an animal!

If say, you are travelling to Singapore and you’re wondering what steps you have to make for a successful move and what to expect once you land with your pet, consider these tips:

Choosing Between Airline Travel or Private Pet Mover

When transporting your pet to Singapore, you have two options. You can either check with your airline carrier to see if they allow pets to be transported to a specific location or you can choose a private pet mover to fly your pet to Singapore.

If you chose flying with your airline carrier, be warned: pets will be considered as cargo and are treated as such. There are so many horror stories of travelers losing their pets onboard a plane. In some cases, the animals end up hurt, traumatized or even dead for inexplicable reasons. In addition, some airline carriers allow only limited transport to specific types of pets, like dogs and cats.

If you chose a private pet mover, then your dog or cat will be transported in a cargo designed specifically for pets, not for cargo.

Pre-Export Health Assessment

Your pet will have to go through several health exams to determine if the animal is fit to fly. After the examinations, you will be given several permits and certificates which you will present at the arrival destination.

In Singapore, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) requires all travelers to get a license to move the animal within 30 days before the arrival date. You will have to do all the paperwork and file them in advance so by the time D-day comes, you’ll have all you need for a smooth transition of your pet.

Choosing the Right Carrier/Kennel

Most airline carriers have approved kennel or carrier types to transport animals in. All travelers should comply with these requirements for the safety of the animal as well as to ease the entire process of transporting the pet. You will need to call your airline carrier to know what are the approved dimensions and features of a carrier or kennel. You can also research online to determine which types of kennel/carriers are airline-approved.

Pet Ownership Guideline

One of the basic guidelines to moving pets to Singapore is proving ownership of the animal. This means your pet should be under your care for at least six months prior to moving to Singapore. You will need to present documentation proving that you’ve been caring for the pet for six months or longer. If you cannot prove that your pet has been with you within the required duration of time, the animal will be quarantined at the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA). You will have to clean, care, and feed the animal yourself until your pet is released. It’s important that you comply with the guidelines set by local authorities to prevent delays and stress from taking their toll on your pet.