Exporting Your Dog to Singapore: Category C Checklists


I get a lot of emails from readers that want to know more about exporting their dogs to Singapore. Moving to Singapore with my two dogs was stressful and, at the time, I couldn't find a blog to help me understand the export process. I hope that by writing about it, this blog will answer some questions about moving to Singapore with your pets. In this post, I'll be focusing on the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) export requirements for Category C, which applies to the following countries: USA (except Hawaii and Guam), Canada, Belgium, Spain, and Netherlands.
At SFO last year, getting ready to fly to Singapore.

The one thing I wish someone had told me about moving our dogs from the US to Singapore is that there are two different checklists to abide by: Checklist C1 for a 10-day quarantine, or Checklist C2 for a 30-day quarantine. The AVA website has been updated recently and is much more helpful than it was a year ago. Click here to download the Category C requirements.

We chose the C1 Checklist to save our dogs from a full 30-day quarantine. The C1 Checklist requires two valid Rabies vaccines and titres, the first vaccine administered at least four months before export. The second Rabies vaccine must be administered at least 30 days before export.

Both checklists require that your dog is up to date on all vaccines within a certain window of time before the date of export. The AVA now has a calculator you can use to help schedule your dog's vaccines accordingly. Check out the Import Requirement Calculator here.
Precious cargo.

The AVA also requires that pets who enter Singapore have a health certificate endorsed by a government-approved veterinarian and an official government veterinarian. First, I contacted the nearest United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) office to make sure my dogs' veterinarian was government approved. This certificate can be found by downloading the Category C requirements.

My vet filled out the AVA's health certificate, and then I took it to the USDA APHIS office near me. At the USDA APHIS office, an official government veterinarian approved the AVA health certificate and endorsed it. This AVA health certificate needs to be completed within seven days of export.

Find a USDA APHIS office near you by clicking here.
More info on the exporting pets from the USDA APHIS website can be found here.

If you have more questions about exporting your dog to Singapore, send us an email or leave your question in the comments section.

Please note: To the best of our knowledge, all information on this page was current at time of publishing. But procedures change and links get updated. We are not accountable for any changes to the information or links on this page. For the latest policies and procedures on exporting your pet to Singapore, consult the USDA APHIS or AVA.


  1. Very informative post Flora!

    was so glad when ours arrived here and VERY grateful they did not have to go thru quarantine. I doubt I could have coped with it ... let alone the both of them!

    I did a blog posting on it when they arrived in March 2007:


  2. Thanks Leone. I'll be posting a few more about the same subject in the next few weeks I hope. It's a popular keyword search that lands people at my blog, so I figure I'll make this space a bit more useful.

  3. Flora
    You are right, it is a nightmare with all the documentations and don't know which one to turn. I found your web site are so helpful with all the information. I have 2 small dogs ( below 10lbs) will move from Maryland to SG on Oct /Nov. I am so stress out about it.
    Thank you so much
    Jon Thompson

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  5. Thanks very much for your detailed post. I am facing the same scenario now as i am relocating from canada to singapore. But my dilemma is my 4 yr old maltese got his rabies shot back in August 2009 and expired in August 2012. I didnt bring him in for another rabies shot upon expiry as i want to "stretch" the period as i heard rabies shots can pose high risks to their bodies. But in order to qualify for the 10 day quarantine, looks like he has to do a rabies shot now and another one before i depart in august 2013, and only 6 months gap i am super worried if the rabies shot r too high risk for my dog's health and if not then he will be in the 30 days quarantine category... Can u please help and give me some guidance? Many thanks in advance!

    1. I was afraid it was too much for my dogs' health too, but if I wanted to make the 10 day quarantine, there was no way around it. I would talk to your vet about the details of the vaccine and possible risks.

      For what it's worth, my dogs were fine despite getting two rabies shots in four months.

    2. May I also know if your dogs got another rabies shot when they landed in SG? I am reading mixed information as pet movers site showing they will get another one once landed in quarantine again, so that will be like 3 shots within a few months time frame??

    3. Sorry one more question, so technically what service pet movers provided you? I am trying to read their sites but seems some info r missing.... They say they will have someone waiting at the arrival gate, so do they transport the doggie to quarantine or i tag along?

  6. Hi,
    I just read your post because in due time I will be importing my cat pet to Singapore as I am Singaporean living in Italy. My cat is also requires to fulfill the C1 cateogry.
    I just need to know were they prompt to give you the quarantine space you required as I am aware that there could be space constraints during certain peck periods in Singapore.
    Have you also been to the quarantine space in Sembanwang? How are the facilities over there and the working staff?
    Hope you can let me know more about it.
    Thanks so much!!
    Kind regards
    Ellie , Italy

    1. Hi Ellie,

      The AVA and Pet Movers (the agency I worked with) told me that I needed to make a reservation as soon as possible or else the spaces might fill up. I had Pet Movers book a spot for me and they did it about four months prior to my arrival.

      The quarantine facility in Sembawang is far to get to by bus and train, but not so bad via cab. It is a clean facility and there are trained veterinarians/vet techs that work there. The staff are very helpful. The facility is closed on Sundays.

  7. Hi,

    Can anyone anyone helped as i m plannig to import a 10 months old puppy (medium size kennel crate) from JFK N York to Singapore. I would like to know what is the estimated air cargo cost alone.

    Thanks ...

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  14. Hello,

    I am moving to SG from US at the end of July with a 9 month old puppy. I am still a bit confused as to the timing of the rabies shots... He had his 2 initial shots in November and December... so in that case, would he just need the test and then get another shot 30 days before departure? Would this be good to qualify for the category 1, 10 day quarantine?

    Also, the AVA regulations state that he has to have resided in the country of export in the last 6 months before export OR within a country listed in the same category ... so, could he travel to Canada with us in June and then move to Singapore 1 month later (since Canada and US are in same category)???

    Thank you!

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