04 Aug

Singapore Airlines Pet Policy

Singapore Airlines welcomes pets to travel on their flights and permits pets to travel as either checked in baggage or in the cargo hold. To ensure a smooth journey, passengers are advised to prepare the documentation required for them and their furry friends.

Pre-Travel Notes:

  • Pregnant pets cannot travel on flights due to safety reasons.
  • As there is no temperature control in the cargo hold on this model of aircraft, pets are not accepted on all their Boeing 737-operated flights.
  • Due to operational constraints, they are unable to accept pets on Flight SQ21 departing from Newark to Singapore.

Pet Travel as Checked in Baggage

Pets are welcome to travel with you on the same flight provided the pet is at least 3 months or older. Dogs and cats are welcome, but you must check for other rules and restrictions which may be imposed in your country of departure or arrival. Due to operational, health, and safety rules, if the combined weight of your pet and its container exceeds 32kg, you must plan for your pet to travel via cargo instead. 

Pet Travel in the Cargo Hold

To arrange for your pet’s travel in a pressurized and air-conditioned cargo hold, you can contact your local Singapore Airlines Cargo Office prior to your journey.

Preparing Your Pet for Travel

Contact your local Singapore Airlines Office at least two weeks before your planned date of departure. You will also have to check the rules, restrictions, and regulations of the countries of departure and arrival. Remember to carry all these documents when you arrive at the airport for your check-in.

You will need to provide the following information about your pet:

  • Type / breed / species
  • Gender
  • Name
  • Age
  • Colour
  • Weight of pet
  • Weight of container
  • Dimensions of container (length x breadth x height)

You’ll need the following documents if your pet is travelling to or transiting in Singapore:   

  • Import license/Transshipment license, valid for 30 days
  • Indemnity form
  • A veterinary health certificate
  • Vaccination records with dog’s or cat’s microchip number indicated

You’ll need the following documentation about your pet if travelling overseas from Singapore:

  • Export license
  • Indemnity form
  • A veterinary health certificate
  • Rabies vaccination letter
  • Transshipment license (if any)
  • Pet’s passport (if any)

Pets can get anxious in unfamiliar surroundings, but there are steps that can be taken to help them relax. We recommend you follow these steps to prepare for your travel ahead of time.

  • A few weeks before departure, acclimatize your pet to the container it will be traveling in. Periodically place your pet within the container and keep it closed for about 2 hours, before giving it a treat.
  • Place a familiar blanket, and absorbent material on the container floor.
  • On the day of departure, provide your pet a light meal and a little water 2 hours before placing it in the container.
  • Walk your pet before proceeding to the airport.
  • Always remove your pet’s leash before placing it in the container.
  • Do not administer any forms of sedatives or tranquilizers to your pet before prior to the flight.

Breed-Specific Restrictions

The following animal breeds (including crossbreeds) are not acceptable for carriage on SQ flights, whether as cargo or as checked baggage.

Dog breeds

  • Akita
  • Boerboel
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon (Petit Brabancon)
  • Bull Dogs, including American, French, and English Bull Dogs
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Chin (Chin, Japanese Spaniels, Japanese Pug)
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiffs, including Neapolitan, and Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Perro De Presa Canario
  • Pit Bull (American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bull Dog, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier)
  • Pugs, including Carlino, Chinese, Mopshond, Mops Hund, and Pekingese
  • Shar-Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Brachycephalic Spaniel, including Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel (King Charles Spaniel), and Tibetan Spaniels
  • Tosa

Cat breeds

  • British Shorthair
  • Burmese
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Himalayan
  • Persian
  • Scottish Fold

Choosing the Correct Pet Crate

The IATA guidelines specify that your pet should be able stand, turn, and lie down in their crate comfortably. You can measure your pet for yourself, to gain an idea of the dimensions required before ordering the crate.

Here is how you can measure your pet:

  • Length of the pet – from the tip of the nose to base/root of the tail
  • Height of the pet – from the elbow joint to the ground
  • Width of the pet – across shoulders/widest point
  • Height of the pet – natural standing position from the top of the head to the floor

These dimensions should help you choose an appropriate crate. Add an extra four inches of headroom to ensure your pet has the required space. If you are travelling with more than one pet, you will require separate crates for them. Puppies or kittens from the same litter may occupy the same container if they’re three to six months of age and weigh less than 14kg each.  



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