AVA exercises a range of strategies to safeguard against the introduction and spread of animal diseases in Singapore. The regulation of the importation of animals into Singapore is a key strategy.
The import, export and transshipment of animals is regulated under the Animals and Birds Act and its subsidiary legislation.
Only traders appropriately licensed by AVA may import and export animals for commercial purposes:
Domestic birds, table eggs, sheep and goatsA company that wishes to import livestock i.e. poultry, sheep and goats must obtain a License to Import Domestic Birds, Table Eggs, Sheep and Goat from AVA. The license is a one time registration with AVA and no fee is required. Please submit the online application for the Licence to Import Domestic Birds, Table Eggs, Sheep & Goats for Consumption.
Ornamental fishFor information on this licence, please click here.
Persons or companies who wish to import and export pet animals (eg dogs, cats, birds, rabbits etc) for commercial purposes are required to also have premises which are licensed by AVA to keep animals in captivity. For more information on this licence, please click here.
All imports of animals (other than domestic birds, day-old-chicks and day-old-ducklings / goslings) for commercial purposes must be accompanied by an AVA import licence. Application for licence can be made with the online form Application for Licence to Import/Export/Transship Animals/Birds/Eggs/Biologics and obtain a Customs Clearance Permit (CCP) declared through Tradenet prior to importation.
The AVA import licence valid for 30 days from the date of issue and the fee is S$87 per consignment. Please allow 2 working days from date of receipt of complete application and with all the necessary supporting documents to process your application. If the licence is required within a period shorter than 2 working days, an express service fee of an amount equivalent to the licence fee will be charged, in addition to the licence fee. Each licence is valid for one consignment only.
For mixed or cross breed dogs, a coloured photo of the dog showing the face and body clearly must be attached with your online application. This is to help AVA to verify that it is not a breed which is prohibited from import into Singapore.
All dogs above three months of age must be licensed with AVA. With effect from 15 Nov 2010, newly licensed dogs belonging to breeds listed in the Second Schedule in the Rules are subject to additional conditions. A maximum of ONE Scheduled dog can be licensed per non-HDB premise and NO scheduled dog can be kept at HDB premises. A copy of the notes to owners regarding dog licensing can be downloaded here.
Detailed import conditions are listed below.
AVA's veterinary conditions and quarantine requirements
The import of personal pets must comply with AVA's veterinary conditions which includes requirements such as health certification, quarantine and inspection by AVA.
Starting 1 January 2010, AVA implemented a new set of import and quarantine requirements as part of our rabies risk management approach to the importation of dogs and cats into Singapore.
The new import requirements involve re-categorising countries according to the rabies risk posed by different countries.
A list of categories and countries/places are as follows:
Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom
Cayman Islands, Denmark, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Lietchenstein, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, USA (Guam and Hawaii only)
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chinese Taipei, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States of America (except Guam and Hawaii)
All countries other than those listed in Categories A, B or C
For more information on the veterinary conditions for importation of dogs/cats:
- Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Dogs and Cats for countries under Category A (1/4) (Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom)
- Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Dogs and Cats for countries under Category B (2/4) (Cayman Islands, Denmark, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Lietchenstein, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, USA (Guam and Hawaii only))
- Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Dogs and Cats for countries under Category C (3/4) (Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States of America (except Guam and Hawaii))
- Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Dogs and Cats for countries under Category D (4/4) (All countries other than those listed in Categories A, B or C)
Dogs/cats from Category A or B countries
All imports of dogs and cats from Category A and B countries must be accompanied by an Airline Declaration. The document must be completed by either the captain of the aircraft which the animals arrived in or by an authorised airline staff. This declaration must be presented to CAPQ, AVA upon your pet's arrival in Singapore. A template of the Airline Declaration is found under our Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Dogs/Cats under Category A and Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Dogs/Cats under Category B.
Dogs/cats from Category C or D countries
Dogs and cats from Category C and D countries are required to undergo quarantine upon their arrival in Singapore. As the quarantine station is heavily booked, you are advised to submit your application for quarantine space reservation early. For more information on quarantine reservation, please click here.
Owners/Importers are reminded to take up appropriate Customs permits via TradeNet before clearance of their pets from checkpoints. For clarifications, you may contact Customs officers at tel: 6355 2000; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on transportation arrangements for dogs and cats with the airlines, and on purchasing your animal container, please click here.
Rabies Serology Testing for Import from Category B, C, or D Countries
AVA requires all dogs and cats coming to Singapore from Category B, C or D countries to have a rabies antibody titre test done according to an OIE-prescribed method and the result of the test must be greater than 0.5IU/ml. The test may be carried out at any laboratory that is able to test according to an OIE-prescribed method.
The AVA laboratory at the Animal and Plant Health Centre is able to carry out the rabies virus antibody indirect ELISA test, which is an acceptable method for testing for import. For more information on the export of blood serum to Singapore for testing, please click here.
Birds, Small Mammals and other pets
Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Pet Animals - Birds (Other than Domestic birds)
The import of personal pets (other than dogs and cats) must comply with AVA's veterinary conditions which includes requirements such as health certification, quarantine and inspection by AVA.
Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Pet Animals - Small Mammals
If you are importing bird(s) into Singapore, please click here for the list of Notifiable Avian Influenza (NAI) affected countries. The import of birds from these countries are currently suspended.
For more information, please click here.
The import of horses must comply with AVA's veterinary conditions which includes inspection by AVA.