Monday, August 14, 2023

13.5 Month Europe & UK Tour With My Dog - Flight From Singapore to Paris With Dog in Cabin

flying singapore airlines suites dog in cabin

singapore airlines emotional support animal sq suites 

Hello everyone! So my pup, Snuffles, and I left Singapore on 15 June 2022 and we travelled around Europe and the UK for 13.5 months. We just got back on 2 August 2023 and I thought I would do up this post since I know how everyone wants to travel with their pups! Here’s everything you would potentially need to know, I think, and if you have any questions, you can DM me on Instagram @kimberleyyeo or drop me an email at 

Breed : Maltese 
Age on 15 June 2022 : 3.5 years old
Weight : 4.8kg
Medical conditions : None
Flight preparation : none (Snuffs has been flying since he was 8 weeks old, so he does really well on the plane). We have pee pads with us in case he needs to relieve himself. 
Behaviour in general, and on plane : Snuffs is a very friendly and happy boy who travels really quietly, and he doesn't bark at all. On the plane, he sits with me quietly as I eat or watch movies (he doesn't try to snatch my food or anything like that) and he goes to sleep the moment he's done looking out the window or playing with his toys. Most passengers didn't even know there's a dog onboard until they walked past us and Snuffs wanted to say hi. He obviously loves the attention that he gets from the crew and the other passengers onboard. He's really the best travel buddy! He eats and drinks well onboard as well — everything is basically like it is when he's at home.
Singapore Airlines
Snuffles is my emotional support animal so he could sit with me in the cabin at no extra charge. We flew with Singapore Airlines thrice (twice in business, and once in suites). Singapore Airlines has since scrapped the ESA policy.
Dog and carrier combined typically have to weigh below 8kg
Air France
Turkish Airlines  
Etihad Airways
Swiss Air
Note : check if their business class seats allow dogs because you will definitely need the space 

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-super sturdy, foldable/collapsible/easy to keep, very breathable, expandable
-very comfortable for Snuffles - he can take naps on his back, or just lie down and watch through the clear portion, sit up and pop his head out
-Not too heavy
-good and adequate support for my back — I can carry him for hours 
-fits under seat of airplane
switzerland mountains dog friendly
flying from singapore to paris with dog

1) Pup must have microchip before rabies vaccination (which has to be taken at least 21 days before export)
2) apply for export permit($50) with AVS (within 30 days of export)
3) Get EU Health Certificate (here) filled up by licensed veterinarian, and obtain an animal health certificate stating pet has been checked on a specific date - we went to Doctor Elaine at Pets Avenue Upper Thomson
4) Get EU Health Certificate + Health Certificate Submission Checklist endorsed by Official Vet/AVS - Make an online application via the GoBusiness Licensing Portal and note your application number as it is needed during the submission of the completed health certificate template and subsequent collection of the endorsed certificate. Drop off original completed VHC, original vaccination records, your application number, health certificate submission checklist at AVS Drop-off box (Level 1, JEM Office Tower (next to security counter)). We picked up the documents in 2 working days.
5) a written declaration completed by the owner or an authorised person regarding the non-commercial nature of the movement (here)
6) all original vaccination records + microchip record
dog friendly michelin starred restaurant paris 
Singapore - Paris - UK - Europe - UK - Singapore 
No quarantine going from Singapore to Paris
No quarantine coming back from the UK as we spent 6 months in the UK. 
flight from singapore to europe with dog

At Singapore customs, we had to present the export permit. While going through the security/baggage checks, I went through the scanner first, before returning to carry Snuffles through the scanner, and his carrier is then sent through the xray machine. When we arrived at the airport in Paris, there were no checks even though the staff knew I had a dog in my bag so we just walked straight through. 

northern light tour tromso with dog
You can’t fly with your dogs in the cabin INTO the UK but you can fly OUT of.

So the best way to avoid putting Snuffles in the hold is to enter the UK via France (ferry/LeShuttle at the eurotunnel) 

Possible routes :
  • Ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven(the only route that doesn’t require passengers to have a car)
  • Ferry from Calais to Dover(15 pounds for pup) - we tried this
  • LeShuttle / Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone(22 pounds for pup) - we tried this
  • Ferry from Rotterdam to Hull
All routes apart from the ferry from Dieppe require passengers and dogs to travel in a car. The ferry route between Dieppe and Newhaven is the only one that allows foot passengers onboard with their dogs. Foot passengers have to leave their dogs in the kennel onboard (only 3 available) so make sure you make a booking prior(18 euros). The crossing is about 4.5 hours long. Once you get to Newhaven, you can take a train straight into London. We did Newhaven -> Dieppe and it was quite smooth. I was allowed to see Snuffles at a specified timing. My only gripe is that the ferry timings are really few so it might be hard to make them. We left London at 6am in the morning and took the 10am ferry from Newhaven. Once we got to Dieppe, we realised that there was barely any taxi or public transport options available to take us into  town, so we asked if a group of ladies could give us a ride into town and they kindly did!

kimberley snuffles hallstatt 

1) Animal Health Certificate from vet in Brussels not accepted at DFDS French customs

We touched down in Paris, spent a week there before going to Belgium for 5 days, and then we booked a bla bla car (like grabhitch/people who happen to be making the same route and don't mind taking additional passengers for a small fee) which would pick us from Calais train station onto a ferry from Calais terminal across into the UK. Since the animal health certificate from Singapore is only valid for 10 days, we needed to get an AHC in Belgium, and also a mandatory deworming pill.

When we were at the customs at DFDS Ferry in Calais to exit France into the UK, our AHC was not accepted because it’s handwritten (?!?!). We ended up being stranded in Calais for the night (our driver was nice enough to send us to a nearby hotel (20 minutes drive at no extra charge, and all passengers missed the ferry). The hotel was in the middle of nowhere with no public transport links at all and the staff at the hotel were not fluent in English but they tried their best to help me with making calls to our vet in Belgium. We sent over an official UK document to the vet to fill up (which also came back handwritten..) and it was readily accepted along with all our other papers at P&O Ferry customs. We finally managed to get onto the ferry which allowed dogs, out of the vehicles, in the pet lounge on the top floor. We were dropped off in Leatherhead in the UK and took an Uber into London. 

defra dog document

2) European pet passport did not have rabies vaccine on it
We managed to get a EU pet passport in Stockholm. Note that not all vets will issue a pet passport to you because they require proof of residence/citizenship etc. The pet passport was very useful and we used it whenever we had to fly in Europe. The second time we tried to enter the UK, we also booked a bla bla car to take us across (this time via LeShuttle at the Eurotunnel instead of a ferry). The bla bla car picked us up in Paris, and drove to LeShuttle in Calais. At the pet reception at LeShuttle, Snuffles' EU pet passport was rejected because his rabies vaccine sticker was not on his EU passport (despite the original vaccination certificate). There's no way that we could transfer the sticker from the original certificate to the pet passport (it's illegal to doctor the documents by the way). The staff at the reception told me to go to a specific vet to get it sorted. It was 9am then, and the earliest appointment available was at 3pm. The vet simply tore off the rabies vaccine sticker from the original health certificate, stuck it onto the passport, signed and stamped it, and charged me 60 euros.

We then had to go back to LeShuttle to beg strangers to drive us across the tunnel. We begged more than 30 strangers. Some were really nice and really tried to help but they didn’t have space in their cars. We finally met this nice angel, Carla, who took us across to Wimbledon and we took an Uber into London.

There are pet taxis that make this particular trip via the LeShuttle but the cost is pretty hefty. You will be looking at at least 500 pounds I believe. Some bla bla car drivers are used to making this trip, and will charge you 200 pounds for the entire trip. 

holiday in europe with dog from singapore

dog friendly airline singapore to paris europe

We actually weren't sure if we needed to get an Animal Health Certificate for this route. We called up a few vets and they told us that it's about 180 - 210 pounds to get the AHC and the process requires 3 weeks because it's a whole 10 page document to fill up. And Snuffs and I were only in London for a week, so Snuffs and I took a chance at the DFDS ferry customs in Newhaven, and just used the AHC that our vet in Belgium gave us. We went through smoothly without any issues. This was the Newhaven -> Dieppe foot passenger route
travelling to europe from singapore with dog
FRANCE - Paris, Dieppe, Rouen, Saint malo, Mont St Michel, La Rochelle, Ile de Re, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Avignon, Gordes, Rousillion, Aix-en-Provence, Moustiers Saint Marie, Marseilles, Cassis
Cannes, St Tropez, Eze, Menton, Nice, Dijon, Beaune, Lyon, Annecy, Colmar, Strausbourg 

BASQUE COUNTRY - San Sebastian, Bilbao 

PORTUGAL - Porto, Lisbon, Lagos

SPAIN - Sevilla, Granada, Madrid, Valencia, Tarragona, Barcelona 

SWITZERLAND - Zurich, Interlaken, Lucerne, Iseltwald, Zermatt, Bern

GERMANY - Munich, Mittenwald, Neuwanstein, Nuremberg, Heidelberg, Koln, Berlin, Hamburg

NETHERLANDS - Maastricht, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Delft, Zaanse Schans, Hoorn, Haarlem

BELGIUM - Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Bruges 

SWEDEN - Stockholm, Vaxholm Island

DENMARK - Copenhagen

NORWAY - Tromso 

GREECE - Chania, Heraklion, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, Tinos, Syros, Athens 

SOUTH ITALY - Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi, Positano, Pompeii, Bari, Matera, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, SICILY - Milazzo, taormina, Palermo, Catania


AUSTRIA - Salzburg, Hallstatt, Innsbruck 

All European countries are dog friendly if you consider how you can take them on public transport with you or dine alfresco with them almost all of the time. 

But the truly dog friendly countries in my opinion where dogs can travel without a carrier on public transport, and dine indoors almost always are :

South Italy/Sicily 
Greece (bus on Santorini requires your pup to be in an enclosed carrier, but pups are allowed on all ferries)
(dogs are not allowed indoors in restaurants and they have to be in enclosed carriers on public transport) 
Scandi countries

flying from singapore to europe with dog in cabin
We took trains most of the time(SNCF requires a pet fee, but most other train services did not), a couple of flights and loads of ferries in Greece and from South Italy to Malta. Long distance buses or coaches typically don't take dogs and the only long distance buses we took were from Naples -> Bari (Marino Bus) and Bari -> Milazzo (SAIS Autolinee Spa). We used bla bla car a lot because it can be cheaper and it's more comfortable since we were moving around with bulky luggage. 
We were always in the Schengen area(France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Greece, South Italy, Malta) and didn't need an additional AHC while travelling within Europe

Pet fee required on all flights, and pets have to be housed in an IATA approved container under the seat in front of you.

Stockholm - Tromso : Norwegian
Tromso - Helsinki - Chania(Greece) : Finnair
Athens - Naples : Aegean
Malta - Paris : Vueling 

UK, Norway, Malta  

road trip in europe with dog from singapore


1) Apply for an import permit($50) with AVS
2) Apply for a dog license(starts from $15) with AVS (ours was a 3 years license so we didn't need to get a new one)
3) Book inspection($80) for dog at Changi Animal & Plant Quarantine Station (CAPQ)
4) Create an account with DEFRA and have the Export Health Certificate sent to your official vet in the UK
Official Vet we used : Medivet Southwark - Doctor Giuseppe (we paid about 350 pounds for the EHC and the AVS Veterinary Certificate)
5) Bring dog to official vet for checks, endorsement of EHC, internal and external parasite treatment 
6) Have vet fill up AVS veterinary certificate (which is basically the same thing as the document that DEFRA sent to your vet), vet will charge you extra for the filling of the form (click here)
7) Have aircraft captain/staff sign declaration - snuffs wasn't in a tamper proof bag as he sat with me on the seat, and the captain wasn't comfortable with saying that snuffs did not have contact with other animals on the flight. So the captain struck out certain parts of the form, and signed it, without a stamp. Form was accepted by AVS at CAPQ


1) Present all papers at airline check in.
2) Security/baggage check - Your pup will be handed over to the staff in his carrier and he would be brought to a separate room for his checks with you once you've made it past the scanner
Note : Make sure you have documents / airline boarding pass stating you have a dog with you
3) When you arrive in Singapore, drop your pup off in an IATA approved carrier at the Lost and Found counter, and make your way to CAPQ (around 25-30 minutes drive from the airport) to pick up your pup. All papers have to be presented at CAPQ.

dog friendly european countries 
Check out the best dog-friendly hotels in Paris here
Check out the best dog-friendly hotels in Europe here 


  1. It's quite sad how people feel like they have to brag for validation on social media. Even more unfortunate is that there are people with genuine conditions that need to fly with service or emotional support dogs (but can't, because of people who abuse the system and brag about it). In case we forget, SQ took away the ESA provision because of a lame bragger with his corgis. I wonder how many questions equate to "received a lot of questions" hahaha. Want to brag, at least be honest about it. Next thing we know maybe AVS will be more strict and impose more regulations. Also, while we humans may find it fun these travels can tiring for the poor doggies.

    1. Aww hello there sourpuss, who damaged you? Hahaha in case you’ve completely missed the point of this entire blog post, it’s to help dog owners plan their own travels without engaging a pet transport company, and to provide information for people who truly want to go on a vacation with their doggos. You would think I’m bragging or trying to get validation only because that’s the kind of person you are, not me. Don’t project your feelings onto others, mate. And are you a doctor or licensed healthcare professional who knows how to diagnose a condition? Pretty sure you aren’t because then, you would know that not all disabilities are visible. You sound like quite a sad person.. and I wish that you find happiness and joy in life, and if you so desperately wanna shit on someone’s content, at least "use some brains" and dare to reveal your identity instead of hiding behind anonymity. Be proud of your work, no?

  2. Also, soooo obvious you bought bot followers on instagram. At least use some brains.

    1. Hahaha I've had 10k followers on instagram since 2017. Maybe you wanna do some research before accusing someone? How did you get this miserable, you poor thing.. Anyway, thanks for the views and for visiting my instagram! Cheers, mate!

  3. What a well summaries article for future reference! Super helpful, appreciate this Kim! 💋

    1. It's my pleasure! Really glad that it's helpful! Feel free to drop me a message if you have any questions, Kym!

  4. How abt corgi weighing 17kg? Possible for cabin?

    1. Hello! I don't think any airlines flying Singapore - Europe allow dogs heavier than 8kg in the cabin at the moment

  5. Thank you so much for your blog. It is really helpful as I am planning to bring one of my dog to uk n stay there for 3-6 months

    1. You're very welcome! Enjoy your time in the UK!!!

  6. Hi Kimberly, thanks for your detailed blog post, it is super helpful. I am considering bringing my chihuahua baby to UK and it seems so tedious, so much paperwork etc to complete. Now that SQ has stopped accepting ESA in the cabin, I am not sure about letting her travel as cargo, it may be too traumatic for her. I am thinking of visiting my relatives in UK for a month, any advise or shortcuts you can suggest?

  7. Hi Kelly, there are other airlines that take small dogs in the cabin. You can refer to the list in my blog post. There is absolutely no way you can fly with a dog in the cabin into the UK unless it's a guide dog or medical assistance dog. You will have to fly to a European country and take a ferry into the UK.


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