The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports supports the use of Guide Dogs as another form of mobility guide for blind persons.

Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Legislation

We understand that there are concerns regarding the use of Guide Dogs in public spaces like shopping malls and restaurants. However, the Government of Singapore has demonstrated its full support of Guide Dogs. To this end, there are two laws in Singapore that support the use of Guide Dogs: The Environmental Public Health Act, and the Rapid Transit Systems Act. Included below are the relevant extracts:

Extract of Regulation 29(3), (13) of the Environmental Public Health (Food Hygiene) Regulations (Cap 95)

(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the licensee of a food establishment or private market may permit any Guide Dog accompanying a blind or visually impaired person to be brought into the dining or refreshment area or any toilet of the licensed premises if the Guide Dog is:

  • Kept under proper control.

  • Restrained from straying or causing annoyance or nuisance to any person or animal, or damage to any property.

  • Held in a leash.

(13) In this regulation “Guide Dog” means a Dog that is specially trained to aid a particular blind or visually impaired person.

Extract of Regulation 8(1), (3) of the Rapid Transit Systems Regulations (Cap 263A)

(1) No person shall bring any animal or other livestock into or upon any part of the railway premises. (3) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a Guide Dog accompanying any blind person.