Singapore Airlines Pet Policy

Singapore Airlines’ pet policy allows you to travel with most dog breeds and cats as checked baggage or cargo baggage (except on Boeing 737s). Pets are not allowed in the cabin—only medically certified assistance and emotional support dogs are allowed to travel for free with their owners. 

If you’re traveling with a pet, you must make a reservation at least 14 days before departure by calling +1-844-903-1897 or your local Singapore Airlines office

Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering USA From High-Risk Countries From July 14, dogs travelling from high-risk countries for dog rabies will not be allowed to enter the United States. However, if you are a U.S. resident and are relocating with your dog from a high-risk country, you can enter the United States after obtaining a CDC Dog Import Permit, which normally takes 6 weeks, on an extremely limited basis between July 14 and October 14, through the following airports: 
Washington, DC (Dulles) Seattle San JuanSan Francisco Philadelphia NewarkNew York (JFK) Minneapolis MiamiLos Angeles Houston (IAH) HonoluluDetroit Dallas (DFW) Chicago (ORD)Boston Atlanta Anchorage
If you’re travelling with a dog from a high-risk country to the United States after October 14, (with a CDC Dog Import Permit), you can only enter from these airports*: Atlanta International Airport (ATL)*John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York (JFK)*Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)* 
*As more airports may be added from time to time, check out this link.
Exception. If in the last 6 months your dog did not visit a high-risk country, you do not need to provide a rabies vaccination certificate or other documentation to the CDC (although it is highly recommended). 

Singapore Airlines Pet Policy—In-Cabin Pets

Singapore Airlines does not allow pets to travel in the aircraft cabin. Only medically certified service and emotional support dogs that are not listed on the restricted breeds list (below) are allowed to travel in the passenger cabin with their owners (free of cost), subject to a 2-week notice. 

Singapore Airlines Pet Policy—Pets as Checked Baggage

You can travel with your pet as checked baggage on the same flight, subject to certain conditions. Most domesticated dog and cat breeds are accepted for travel as checked baggage in the cargo hold section of the aircraft where the temperature and pressure conditions are the same as those in the passenger cabin. 

  • Pets Allowed. Dog and cats that are not included in the restricted breeds.
  • Pet Age. Your pet is at least 3 months old.
  • Maximum Weight. Your pet’s weight (incl. pet carrier) must not exceed 70lb/32kg. If it does, it must travel as air cargo.
  • Pet Forms. You will be required to present the following documents: 
    • Import/export/trans-shipment licenses/permits from the destination/departure/transit country’s authorities. 
    • A valid health certificate issued within 10 days of travel by a licensed veterinarian.
    • Rabies vaccination certificates.
  • Pet Reservations
    • You must book at least 14 days in advance. 
    • You must check in at the reservation desk to pay the pet fee. 
  • Check-in
    • You must check in your pet at the ticket counter: 
      • At least 2 hours before departure. 
      • At least 3 hours before departure if you’re departing from the United States.
  • Pet Transit. If your flight transit time through Singapore exceeds 4 hours: 
    • Your pet will be transferred to CAPQ—the Changi Animal & Plant Quarantine Station. 
    • You will have to pay a nominal accommodation fee to the Animal Veterinary Service (AVA).
  • Pet Travel Cost for Pets as Checked Baggage 
    • Pets (incl. containers) are treated as excess baggage and charged the excess baggage rate applicable at the airport (prepaid rates are not available). 
    • The pet cost for routes including the United States typically ranges from USD 120 – 280, depending on the route. 
    • The pet cost for non-US routes will depend on the weight of your pet (incl. pet carrier). 
    • If your flight transits through Singapore, you will be charged a transshipment fee payable to the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS). If you’re taking travelling to/from Singapore, you will be charged an import/export permit fee (payable to AVS).
  • Pet Travel Restrictions
  • Route Restrictions. Pets are not allowed into or out of the following destinations as checked baggage. For details or assistance, call +1-844-903-1897 or the local Singapore Airlines office.
    • To/From Australia
    • To/From Brunei
    • To/From Denpasar, Bali 
    • To/From New Zealand 
    • To/From South Africa 
    • To Dubai
    • To Hong Kong 
    • To Sri Lanka
    • To UK
  • Temperature Restrictions. Singapore Airlines will not accept pets if the temperature (actual or predicted) is more than 85°F (29.4°C) or less than 45°F (7.2°C) in any city on the itinerary. However, if the temperature is below 45°F, pets may be accepted with an acclimation certificate.
  • Breed Restrictions. Refer to the section titled Restricted Dog Breeds on Singapore Airlines below.

Singapore Airlines Pet Policy—Pets as Cargo Baggage

If your pet’s weight exceeds 70lb/32kg—or your pet is other than a dog or a cat—you will need to arrange for your pet to travel as cargo baggage in Singapore Airlines’ pressurized and air-conditioned cargo section. 

  • Pets Allowed. Singapore Airlines accepts larger animals (travelling unaccompanied) as air cargo. Some of the animals accepted include live large dogs, tropical fish, insects, and reptiles on A380-800 aircraft. Animals for research (pet birds, primates, and pigs) and greyhounds used for racing will not be accepted.
  • Pet Age. Must be at least 3 months old.
  • Pet Forms
    • A valid Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel.
    • Pet passport (for international flights out of Singapore).
    • Proof of vaccinations.
    • Quarantine arrangements must be made in advance if required.
  • Check-in. Ask your local Singapore Airlines Cargo office
  • Pet Crate Requirements. Refer to the section (below) titled Pet Carrier Requirements.
  • Pet Travel Cost for Pets as Air Cargo. Call your local Singapore Airlines Cargo office.
  • Pet Restrictions
    • Temperature Restrictions. Refer to the Temperature Restrictions under Singapore Airlines Pet Policy—Pets as Checked Baggage above.
    • Breed Restrictions. Refer to the section titled Restricted Dog Breeds on Singapore Airlines below.

How to Make a Pet Reservation on Singapore Airlines 

  • Call +1-844-903-1897 or the local Singapore Airlines office at least 14 days before departure.
  • Provide the following information to the office:
    • Species and breed details
    • Name 
    • Gender
    • Age
    • Color
    • Weight 
    • Container weight 
    • Container dimensions (L x W x H)
    • Transshipment permit/import/export numbers (if any)
  • Complete and submit the Release & Indemnity Form provided by your local Singapore Airlines office, along with the following documents (which you must also carry with you to the airport):
    • Transshipment permit/import/export numbers/licenses from departure, destination, or country of transit. 
    • Valid vaccination certificates. 
    • Any other documents required by the departure, destination, or country of transit. 

Pet Carrier Requirements on Singapore Airlines


Can you suggest an airline-approved pet carrier on Singapore Airlines?

If you’re transporting your pet on Singapore Airlines, your pet carrier: 

  • Must comply with IATA requirements.  
  • Must have a maximum height of:
  • 1.01m on B777 aircraft.
  • 0.7m on A350 aircraft. 
  • 0.6m on A380 aircraft.  
  • 0.56m on A330 aircraft. 
  • The minimum dimensions (L, W, and H) of the container must be:
    • Length = A + ½ B
    • Width = C x 2
    • Height = D

A = Your pet’s length (nose tip to tail base)

B = Height from ground to elbow joint

C = Shoulder width or widest size, whichever is more 

D = Natural pet height (top of the head/ear tip to the floor, whichever is more)

  • Must be such that your pet can do all of these things comfortably inside:
  • Stand or sit erect
  • Lie down naturally
  • Turn around normally 
  • Must be properly ventilated from at least 3 sides, with maximum ventilation on its upper section.
  • Must include food and water containers that are either fixed within or can be accessed from outside for replenishment.
  • Must be secured adequately to prevent the pet from escaping.
  • Can include 2 puppies or 2 kittens of the same litter can occupy the same container if: 
    • They are more than 3 months old. 
    • Their combined weight is less than 30.8lb/14kg.

Restricted Dog Breeds on Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines does not accept the following dog breeds as checked baggage in the cargo hold or as air cargo: 

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

Singapore Airlines Pet Travel Cost

What are the pet charges on Singapore Airlines?

Your pet and container don’t count as a part of your free checked baggage allowance. They will be treated as additional baggage and charged an additional baggage fee without any discounts. 

  • Pet charges for flights to/from the U.S.
    You will have to pay for your pet and container separately, based on the piece concept. The additional baggage fee ranges from USD 120–350 per piece, based on your flight’s route. 
  • Pet charges for other flights
    You will have to pay separately for the pet and its container, according to the weight concept. The additional baggage fee on weight concept flights ranges from USD 8–56 per kg and is charged in increments of 11lb/5kg.

For more information, refer to the section titled Excess, Overweight, and Oversized Baggage Fees on Singapore Airlines Baggage Allowance.

Travelling with Assistance Dogs/Emotional Support Dogs on Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines allows assistance dogs and emotional support dogs to accompany their owners in the passenger cabin for free. Assistance dogs are defined as dogs that have been trained to perform tasks to assist a person with a disability, and emotional support dogs are defined as companion dogs that help alleviate a person’s psychological disability. 

Conditions of Travel


To be eligible to fly in the passenger cabin, the assistance or emotional support dog:

  • Must be at least 4 months old. 
  • Must be trained to obey the owner’s commands. 
  • Must behave properly. 
  • Must not act in a way that poses a threat to the safety and health of other passengers. 

On the Flight
  • If your assistance or emotional support dog is the size of a 2-year-old child, it is allowed to sit on your lap. 
  • Larger dogs must remain seated on the floor but within your footprint. 
  • You must place an absorbent material on the floor and it must remain under your dog at all times. 
  • Your dog must be leashed, harnessed, or kept in a pet carrier at all times. 
  • Your dog must not: 
    • Block a passenger’s path or obstruct their legroom. 
    • Block an emergency exit or aisle. 
    • Occupy a seat.

Note. If your assistance or emotional support dog belongs to a restricted breed, it must remain muzzled at all times, and additional documentation regarding your dog’s behavior will be required. 

Documentation Requirements

If you are travelling with an assistance or emotional support dog, you will be required to present the following documents in original while checking in at the airport. 

Assistance Dog / Emotional Support DogDocumentation Required
Assistance Dogs
Guide dogs, hearing dogs, and mobility assistance dogs that have been trained to assist people with disabilities.
Country-specific regulations re-export/import permitsHealth Certificate Rabies Vaccination Transshipment license for dogs transiting through SingaporeCertificate from a member organization: International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF), or Assistance Dogs International (ADI)
Emotional Support Dogs
Companion dogs that help alleviate psychological disabilities
A signed and completed Acknowledgement Form Country-specific regulations re-export/import permitsHealth Certificate Rabies vaccination Transshipment license for dogs transiting through SingaporeA signed document from a licensed mental health professional dated not more than 1 year from the date of travel, stating that:Your emotional or mental disability is recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).You are under their professional care. You need to travel with the emotional support dog.
The document must also contain the mental health professional’s license details, along with the date of issue, license type, jurisdiction, and the state in which it was issued.
Note: If your destination country does not recognize emotional support dogs (such as Singapore) or treats them differently from assistance dogs, your emotional support dog will have to travel as a normal pet by complying with all the required conditions that apply to normal pets. If your flight exceeds 8 hours, you will be required to produce additional documentation certifying that your assistance or emotional support dog will either not be needing to relieve itself on the flight, or it can relieve itself without creating a sanitation or health issue on the flight.If you’re travelling with an assistance or emotional support dog that belongs to a restricted dog breed (see above), you will have to provide additional documents with regards to your dog’s behaviour.


For more information or assistance, call +1-844-903-1897 or the Singapore Airlines office in your area. 


requently Asked Questions on Singapore Airlines Pet Policy

You can travel with cats and certain dog breeds (not weighing more than 70lb/32kg) as checked baggage. Singapore Airlines does not accept pets in the cabin, with the exception of assistance and emotional support dogs which are allowed to travel for free with their owners to most destinations. 

Other animals, as well as dogs weighing more than 70lb/32kg, must be transported as unaccompanied air cargo baggage. To be eligible to travel, your dog or cat must be at least 3 months old. 

The following (restricted) dog breeds will not be accepted on Singapore Airlines: Dogo Argentino, Chow Chow, Brussels Griffon (Petit Brabancon), Boxer, Boerboel, Akita, Pit Bull, Perro De Presa Canario, Mastiffs, incl. Dogue de Bordeaux and Neapolitan, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Spaniels (Japanese Chin), Fila Brasileiro, Bulldogs (French, American, and English), Tosa, Shih Tzu, Shar-Pei, Pugs incl. Mopshond, Mops Hund, Pekingese, and Carlino, English Toy, King Charles, and Tibetan Spaniels, Boston Terriers, and Pit Bull Terriers.

Singapore Airlines will also not accept pigs, birds, and primates. Also, pets that are ill, display aggressive behavior, or are brought in inadequate carriers will not be accepted. 

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