Globally, 75% of expats regard Singapore as being among the best for education, so it is no wonder that many expats to Southeast Asia choose to bring their family. However, there’s one member of the family that it might not be so easy to take with you: the family pet. Leaving a furry companion behind can be like losing a best friend, but many expats believe there is no other option. However, pet care in Singapore and other Asian destinations is high, so bringing a pet to the other side of the world may not be as problematic as you first thought. Here are the main things you need to know.

Is the Destination Suitable?

If you are moving to a large city, such as Shanghai or Beijing, you may be concerned that the environment isn’t suitable for a pet. This is especially true if you have a dog that needs a lot of outdoor exercise. However, Beijing is looking to add 600 hectares or green space in 2018, meaning that even big cities have plenty of parks to exercise your pet.

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A pet is good for your family’s health, so don’t just be content with leaving them behind before you’ve explored all the options. Find a property which allows pets and has a garden or is near a park. This way, you can relocate to a place where your pet feels comfortable and happy. Apartments in Southeast Asia can have limited space, so relocation will be easier with a small dog. However, there are plenty of suitable properties for larger dogs if you’re willing to look for them.

How Are the Quarantine Facilities?

Almost all Asian destinations will require your pet to be quarantined. This can be a daunting prospect for many pet owners, but the truth is that quarantine facilities in Southeast Asia are often very pet friendly. They are run by professional animal carers who will ensure your pet is well looked after in comfortable conditions.

Singapore’s quarantine facilities are air conditioned, with large and grass-filled exercise areas. You will be able to visit, walk, groom and play with your pet while they are undergoing the necessary procedures. Far from being a stressful and neglectful environment, your pet will likely have excellent levels of care until they are free to move into your new home.

Check Out Local Laws

In order to decide whether bringing your pet abroad is the right idea, you’ll need to look over the laws of your destination. Some countries are more strict about rabies than others, but some are relaxed. You’ll generally require vaccinations, microchips and a pet passport to be issued. These are useful things to have anyway, so it’s rare that local laws will be too demanding.

Moving abroad can be an exciting opportunity for you and your family. Better pay, lifestyle and education levels are some of the main motivators. However, don’t think that you have to give up your pet to live your dreams. Find a property that is suitable for pets then check the laws to make the moving process easy and comfortable for everyone.


Expat Blogger Sally WritesSally Jackson is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.

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