The Singapore Airlines pet policy 2023 includes options for flying with dogs or cats in the hold as checked baggage or cargo, but not in the cabin. Details of the Singapore Airlines pet travel policy for international flights with your cat or dog are included. For pets in the cargo hold, any dog or cat must be at least 12 weeks old. When flying with your pet in the cargo hold with Singapore Airlines, your cat or dog must be able to move around within their carrier, and they have to travel with an adult passenger. The price for flying your pet in a Singapore Airlines cargo hold varies, depending on the route and the size of your pet. Singapore Airlines pet travel rules don’t permit pets on certain flights, or to specific international destinations. Certain dog breeds are not permitted to travel in the Singapore Airlines hold. Check out pet travel reviews for Singapore Airlines, or leave your own Singapore Airlines pet travel review! Read on for full details of the Singapore Airlines international pet policy 2023, including Assistance and Service Dogs, and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs).
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Table of contents
- Does Singapore Airlines Allow Pets in the Cabin?
- Does Singapore Airlines Allow Dogs & Cats to Travel in the Hold?
- Singapore Airlines Snub Nosed Cat & Dog Breed Policy
- Singapore Airlines Banned Dog Breeds
- Singapore Airlines Policy for Assistance & Service Dogs
- Singapore Airlines Emotional Support Animals & Psychiatric Service Dogs
- Pet Travel Documentation & Vaccines
- Singapore Airlines Excluded Pet Flight Routes
- Are Pets Safe on Planes?
- Related Pages
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Does Singapore Airlines Allow Pets in the Cabin?
Singapore Airlines doesn’t allow pets to fly in the cabin, only registered Assistance & Service Dogs are permitted to fly in the cabin with you. All other pets must travel in the hold of the plane, either as checked baggage or cargo.
Does Singapore Airlines Allow Dogs & Cats to Travel in the Hold?
Your pet cat or dog can fly in the hold as checked baggage with Singapore Airlines.
The maximum permitted height for the pet crate depends on the Singapore Airlines aircraft in which your pet will be travelling:
- 70cm on A350 aircraft
- 60cm on A380 aircraft
- 101cm on B777 aircraft
- 111cm on B787 aircraft
Due to Occupational Health and Safety rules, if the combined weight of your pet in their travel kennel exceeds 32kg, your cat or dog will instead travel as cargo with Singapore Airlines Cargo.
Puppies or kittens from the same litter may occupy the same travel crate, as long as they’re three months or older, and weigh less than 14kg together. A maximum of two puppies or kittens are allowed in each container.
IATA Requirements for Pets Flying in Hold
For the safety of your pet during air transport, the airline travel kennel must meet the legal requirements of the Live Animal Regulations (LAR) set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Therefore, in addition to ensuring that your cat or dog in their travel crate adheres to the maximum weight and dimensions set by Singapore Airlines, the minimum inner kennel dimensions defined by the IATA LAR must also be met.
You can calculate the minimum inner space permitted by the IATA LAR, in addition to learning about the required construction, design etc for the pet in hold travel crate.
Should you need a new travel kennel, check out 4 Popular IATA Compliant Pet in Hold Crates.
Singapore Airlines Snub Nosed Cat & Dog Breed Policy
Snub-nosed (brachycephalic) animals, such as French Bulldogs, Pugs and Persian Cats, can have trouble breathing during the flight, due to high temperatures and stress. To ensure their well-being, most snub-nosed (brachycephalic) animals may not be transported in the hold.
Singapore Airlines Banned Dog Breeds
The following dog breeds, deemed to be potentially dangerous dogs, aren’t permitted to travel with Singapore Airlines:
- Brussels Griffon (Petit Brabancon)
- Chow Chow
- Dogo Argentino
- English, French and American Bulldogs
- Fila Brasileiro
- Japanese Chin (Japanese Spaniels)
- Mastiffs, including Neapolitan and Dogue de Bordeaux
- Perro De Presa Canario
- Pit Bull Terriers
Singapore Airlines Policy for Assistance & Service Dogs
Fully trained and registered Assistance & Service Dogs (SVANs) are allowed to fly in the cabin free of charge with Singapore Airlines. An Assistance or Service Dog is one that has been professionally trained to carry out a specific task to aid their owner’s health and wellbeing. Psychiatric Service Dogs are therefore permitted to fly with Singapore Airlines. However, as Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) aren’t trained to perform a specific task for their owner, ESAs can’t fly under the Singapore Airlines Assistance & Service Dog policy.
Singapore Airlines Emotional Support Animals & Psychiatric Service Dogs
Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSVDs) are trained to perform a particular task, or tasks for their owner, therefore permitted to fly with Singapore Airlines on flights to and from the USA. To travel with a PSVD, you must complete the USDOT Application Form, attesting to the dog’s training and behaviour, and send it to Singapore Airlines prior to travel.
However, as Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) aren’t trained to perform a task to aid their owners health and wellbeing, ESAs can’t fly under the Singapore Airlines Assistance & Service Dog policy. ESAs must therefore fly in the hold in accordance with the Singapore Airlines pet policy 2023.
Pet Travel Documentation & Vaccines
For flights to the EU, your cat or dog has to meet the EU Pet Travel Scheme criteria. This means that you’ll need to arrange either a Pet Passport or Animal Health Certificate, and ensure that your cat or dog is microchipped and vaccinated against Rabies.
Singapore Airlines Excluded Pet Flight Routes
Due to government pet travel rules, you can’t fly your cat or dog in the cabin to certain countries. These rules are in place in some pet friendly destinations that are currently rabies free, in order to protect their borders. For example, when flying to the UK (Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland), all pets arriving on a plane must travel as cargo in the hold. Therefore, to some destinations, your pet will have to fly as cargo, rather than checked baggage.
At present, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) has extended the ban on dogs travelling to the USA from more than 100 high risk rabies countries. If your dog has visited any of these countries in the last six months, the same rules apply.
Are Pets Safe on Planes?
If you’re worried about your furry travel companion’s wellbeing when flying, check out our comprehensive post regarding pet safety on planes. While in the USA, a monthly report is provided for airline pet incident rates, there isn’t an equivalent in Singapore at the moment. So, there’s no data available for incidents when flying pets in the hold with Singapore Airlines.
No doubt, at some point your trip will involve a car ride, so have a look at our 12 Essential Pet Car Safety Tips too. Should your cat or dog suffer from motion sickness, we’ve also compared some of the treatments, strategies and medications for pet travel nausea.
It’s important to be aware that you can’t sedate or tranquilize your cat or dog for their flight.
In addition, to protect your pet’s health and wellbeing in a new country, be sure to keep your cat or dog safe from vector-borne diseases. In particular, Heartworm from mosquitoes and Leishmaniasis from sandflies pose a serious pet threat in Southern Europe.
And don’t forget the all important Essential Pet Travel Accessories!
Prior to booking, always view the Singapore Airlines pet travel policy on their website for any recent changes. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, some airlines are frequently amending their rules for pets on planes.
Have a safe and wonderful trip, and remember to leave a pet travel review for Singapore if you fly your pet cat or dog, in the cabin or hold!