Flying your dogs and cats to Singapore from UK is a very commonly completed journey. There are many direct routes from UK to Singapore for your pets and many people travel from UK to Singapore for work purposes and they take their pets with them.
PetAir UK can supply as much or as little of this process as you wish. PetAir UK can offer all you need from your front door in UK to your front door in Singapore. PetAir UK can supply crates, flight routings, veterinary documents, import permit and clearance and delivery in Singapore.
The pets of UK who are moving to Singapore have the choice of Singapore Airlines and British Airways mainly, both of whom are expert at flying pets and have direct flights from UK to Singapore.
In terms of veterinary preparation, the first thing which needs to be done is that your pets need to be microchipped with an ISO standard microchip. The second thing to consider is that your pets have to be vaccinated. Cats over 16 weeks old need to be vaccinated with Flu and Enteritis at least 2 weeks before any intended flight date. Cats under 16 weeks old need to be vaccinated against Flu and Enteritis twice with 2 vaccinations at least 3 weeks apart and the second one needs to be at least 2 weeks before flight. For dogs over 16 weeks old, they need their full regular vaccinations (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus) at least 14 days before the flight. For dogs under 16 weeks old, the dogs need to have 2 vaccinations at least 4 weeks apart and the second vaccination needs to be at least 2 weeks before the flight. For dogs especially, it is hard to get them flown under 16 weeks old with the timescales stipulated by the Singapore authorities.
Once the vaccinations are all completed then the copies of the vaccination cards are needed to be presented to the Singapore government, they are inspected and then the import permit can be issued.
In order to leave the UK, dogs and cats flying to Singapore need to have APHA export documents completed. These need to be applied for from APHA and they will be sent directly to your vets. Dogs and cats need to be treated with an anti tick treatment between 2 and 7 days before the flight, and treated against internal parasites between 2 and 7 days before the flight date. They also need a full health check with an official veterinarian (UK government registered vet) within 7 days of the flight and have the export documents completed. These export documents need to fly to Singapore with the pets.
On landing in Singapore, pets from UK are taken to the quarantine area there and then released from there. There is no quarantine for dogs and cats travelling from UK to Singapore. It is not quite as simple as just turning up at the quarantine area and collecting your pets. Your pets need to be cleared form a customs point of view. You will need to apply for a dog licence for your dog before you leave the airport to ensure that your newly resident dog is registered with the authorities. There are more details about the collection procedure here . Clearing your own pets is possible, but difficult and you need to be in Singapore before your pets land, it is much easier to use an agent to help you with this.
A summary of the collection procedure is as follows. You present your AVA import licence and your passport to allow yourself into the cargo complex. Go to the cargo office of the relevant airline with a copy of the airway bill number for your pets, the collect all docs from the relevant airline desk. You then take these docs around to the AVA CAPQ office for inspection and clearance.
These details are lifted from the AVA website, but don’t take into account the customs clearance part and the import fees which often need to be paid.
Or you can hand it all over to the experienced and knowledgeable team at PetAir UK who fly around 10 – 20 pets to Singapore each month, so we can offer a very simple solution to your pet flying concerns.Contact Us