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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements.

Information on Singapore's import requirements for personal pets and commercial consignments of pets is available at the Singapore Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) website. Ensure you consult the correct veterinary conditions specific for Australia, which is a category A Country.

There are breeds of cats not allowed in Singapore and you should check the AVS website instructions carefully.

Singapore imposes additional requirements for commercial importers of cats and these are available on the AVS website.

Note: Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

As importing country requirements may change without advice to the Department you should check the import permit and/or the Singapore website carefully at the time of preparation for export.

Special conditions

The importing country may impose special conditions and you should check the import permit and/or the Singapore website carefully at the time of preparation for export.

Other requirements 

Pre-export preparations

Identity verification - microchip scanning

A Departmental officer must verify the identity of all companion animals destined for Singapore by scanning the animal’s microchip number and checking against the required veterinary health certificate and vaccination certificate. The exporter must contact their regional office to arrange an appointment for the inspection.

Travel requirements

Sealing of pet transport containers

All cats exported from Australia to Singapore must be sealed into the transport container or cage with a numbered tamper-proof seal issued by the Department

This seal can be applied by a commercial animal transport company at the time the cat is loaded into the aircraft, such that there is no requirement for a Departmental officer to personally apply the seal to the cage or container hours or days prior to export.

A Departmental officer will issue a numbered Departmental seal at the time the health certificate is issued. The number on the seal must be referenced in the health certificate issued by the Department.

Return to australia

If your animal is returning to Australia, you should make yourself familiar with Australia’s requirements for importing live animals into Australia. This is important as your animal may have been exposed to diseases that do not occur in Australia.

Basis for entry

Importing country website.
Entry last reviewed 21 February 2020

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Last updated: 31/03/2023 12:29 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:34 PM