Importing of Personal Pets

The import of goods, including pets, incurs Goods and Services Tax (GST). The GST for import of personal pets is calculated based on the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value of the goods.

Those importing personal pets are eligible for GST relief if:

  • The pet owner is changing his or her place of residence to Singapore. The owner must meet the criteria for GST relief for importing his or her used household articles and personal effects, including personal pets. An In-Non Payment (GST Relief) permit must be declared for the import of the pets; or
  • The pet(s) is imported by air and the total CIF value does not exceed S$400. No Customs permit is required.

All imports of pets are regulated by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA). The importer should abide by AVA’s import licence and pet quarantine requirements.

Procedures & Requirements

Procedures & Requirements for Importing Personal Pets
Scenarios Mode of entry of the pets Remarks
As manifested cargoes As part of owner’s accompanied personal baggage (for example, hand-carried)
1) Import of pets for permanent or long term stay in Singapore By Air Total value of the pets does not exceed S$400
  • GST is not payable.
  • Customs permit is not required.
  • The cost, insurance and freight charges (if applicable) should be included when computing the total value of the pets.
  • The importer should obtain the necessary import licences from AVA and declare the Customs GST payment permit before importing the pets (before removal of the pets out from Changi Animal and Plant Quarantine Station (CAPQ), AVA or any other Customs checkpoints). An AVA officer will escort the traveller to the Customs duty office for GST payment.

Customs Duty Offices:
  • Changi Airfreight Centre
    (Cargo Agents Building ‘D’ #03-23):
    6543 8048
  • Tuas Checkpoint:
    6863 9092
  • Singapore Cruise Centre:
    6274 2707
  • Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal:
    6786 4575
  • Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore:
    6604 7857
Total value of the pets exceeds S$400
  • GST is payable.
  • Approach Customs Duty Office at Changi Airfreight Centre for assessment and payment of GST.
By Land or Sea

*Import of pets via land is only allowed at Tuas Checkpoint.
  • GST is payable.
  • Approach Customs Duty Office for assessment and payment of GST.
2) Temporary import of pets for approved purposes with intention to export out of Singapore (for example, breeding, exhibition, or veterinary treatment)
  • The importer/appointed freight forwarding agent is required to write to us for our assessment.

  • Please provide information on the purpose of import, value of the pets, transport mode, and duration of the temporary import period.

  • The maximum period of temporary import is 6 months.

Importing Personal Pets for Transfer of Residence

Those who are transferring residence to Singapore (including returning Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and foreigners) may be granted GST relief on the import of their personal pet(s), if they fulfil the following criteria:

  • The person is changing his or her place of residence to Singapore;
  • The person is the owner of the pet(s)and has owned the pet(s) for at least 3 months;
  • The pet(s) is imported within 6 months of the owner’s first arrival in Singapore;
  • The owner gives an undertaking not to dispose the pet(s) within 3 months from the date of import; and
  • For returning Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, he or she must have resided in a foreign country for more than 6 months to qualify for this GST relief.