I initially thought of enlisting the service of a professional pet relocation specialist, so I contacted one which I found through Google search. The person quoted me SGD1,100 for arranging paperworks, vet healthcheck and door to door transport service from Singapore to Johor. I say this is a daylight robbery!!!! I've flown my dog from Sydney to Singapore previously and it did cost over SGD1,000 but that is reasonable given the distance of the travel (inclusive of flight ticket). Lesson learnt: best to talk to expat dog owners in Johor before deciding to enlist the service of a specialist.
I found out from our neighbour that the process of bringing pet dog from Singapore to Johor is very straightforward.
Here is the process:
- Get your dog vaccinated for rabies & ensure that it's up to date with health vaccination. Your dog would need to be vaccinated for at least 30 days before the move.
- Apply for Export license from AVA within the 30 days prior to export. This costs SGD50 and you will be required to submit your dog's AVA license and vaccination records. Application can be done online with your SingPass ID via http://www.ava.gov.sg/AVA/Templates/AVA-GenericContentTemplate.aspx?NRMODE=Published&NRNODEGUID=%7bA17F6A0D-7A46-497E-B0CB-CDBD8C325B52%7d&NRORIGINALURL=%2fAnimalsPetSector%2fImportExportTransOfAnimalRelatedPrd%2fPetsPersonal%2f&NRCACHEHINT=Guest#export"
If all paperworks' been submitted, you should be able to pay and print for your license within 3-5 working days.
- Obtain a veterinary health check certificate from your vet. This basically states that your dog is healthy for export.
- Apply for Import license from Johor State of veterinary. Address of this department is:
Jabatan Perkhidmatan Veterinar Negeri Johor
Aras 5, Sayap Timur (East Wing), Parcel C2S, Kompleks Kota Iskandar
Johor Darul Ta’zim.
I'm not 100% certain of the location of this area on Google maps (the area is not mapped out yet), but I think it's somewhere here:
View Johor State of veterinary in a larger map
To apply, you will need to provide health check certificate, vaccination record, signed application form and AVA export license. The cost of the license is RM35 and we were able to get this within a day of applying.
With all the paperworks sorted out, you can bring your dog through the Tuas 2ndLink. Upon showing the AVA export document, the Tuas immigration officer will stamp the document. For Johor, you'll just need to show the import license and all other documentation listed above to the custom officer. There is no quarantine requirement for dogs imported from Singapore (of course, it's a different story for going back to Singapore). The process is super straightforward and it is definitely not worth paying SGD1,100!
Here is Mocha, our Chihuahua, who's now safe and sound at home. She's lost a bit of weight from boarding at a pet shop, but is healthy, happy and roaming around like a bee.
I've also been missing our beloved Cream a lot. Cream passed away in an accident 4 months ago. Wishing that she's here with us, may her rest in peace at Rainbow Bridge and one day I will see her again.
My best regards to all pet lovers out there....