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AVA launches new online platform for pet owners to apply for quarantine space

Vet-trained officer Ms Clarissa Frany Francisco (left), executive manager (Quarantine & Border Control), Quarantine Department, Quarantine Inspection Group, AVA, checks Kismat, a long-haired mini dachshund, at the treatment room. -- ST PHOTO: NEO
Vet-trained officer Ms Clarissa Frany Francisco (left), executive manager (Quarantine & Border Control), Quarantine Department, Quarantine Inspection Group, AVA, checks Kismat, a long-haired mini dachshund, at the treatment room. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Kismat, a long-haired mini dachshund, seen at the kennel. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Kismat, a long-haired mini dachshund, seen at the kennel. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Kismat, a long-haired mini dachshund, wanders around at the dog run area within the facility. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Kismat, a long-haired mini dachshund, wanders around at the dog run area within the facility. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Dr Prabhpreet Kaur Gurmit Singh (in blue), Deputy a Director (Quarantine & Border Control), Quarantine Department, Quarantine & Inspection Group, AVA, shows members of the media the cat isolation room during a tour of the Sembawang Animal Qua
Dr Prabhpreet Kaur Gurmit Singh (in blue), Deputy a Director (Quarantine & Border Control), Quarantine Department, Quarantine & Inspection Group, AVA, shows members of the media the cat isolation room during a tour of the Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
A close-up of the newly-launched website - Quarantine Management System (QMS), an online platform for people to apply for a quarantine space in the Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) launched on Wednesda
A close-up of the newly-launched website - Quarantine Management System (QMS), an online platform for people to apply for a quarantine space in the Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) launched on Wednesday an online platform for pet owners to book quarantine spaces for their animals coming into Singapore from abroad. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) launched on Wednesday an online platform for pet owners to book quarantine spaces for their animals coming into Singapore from abroad.

Called the Quarantine Management System, this new platform will allow pet owners to make travel plans of up to six months in advance. This compares to the previous manual system, in which applications are made through mail, fax or e-mail, where a quarantine space could be confirmed only 30 days before the arrival date.

Animals coming into Singapore from countries like China and Malaysia are typically quarantined at the Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station for 30 days to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like rabies.