Taking A Pet To Spain

Pets entering Spain must be fitted with an ISO microchip for identification. Citizens of EU countries should bring their pets’ passports.

Dogs, cats and ferrets entering Spain from non-EU countries must be accompanied by a health certificate (in Spanish) completed by a veterinarian within ten days from the date of travel. Exceptions to this requirement are animals from Andorra, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and The Vatican.

Permits are required for birds, especially members of the parrot family. Pets are subject to the payment of duties on their own value, plus insurance and freight. The duty is about eight per cent of the aggregate value of the animal, plus insurance and freight.

There are no quarantine requirements.

As a cultural note, dogs are seldom permitted in hotels, shops, or restaurants.


Rabies And Other Vaccines

All pets traveling from non-EU countries (except those listed above) must be accompanied by a valid health certificate, showing the rabies vaccine administered at least 21 days prior to travel to Spain. For pets from countries where rabies is not under control, the health certificate is required, along with a rabies blood titer (which measures antibodies) that must be performed at an approved laboratory at least 30 days after vaccination and three months before travel.

For a copy of the EU health certificate used in Spain, click here.

All other standard pet immunisations should be up to date, including the DHLPP group for dogs and FVRCP for cats.



Recently, Spain has seen an increase in leishmaniasis, mainly in dogs. A parasitic disease caused by female sandfly bites, leishmaniasis in dogs manifests in two types: cutaneous, causing skin lesions, and visceral, causing systemic internal damage. Symptoms can appear within a month or take several years. They include hair loss and skin lesions for cutaneous infection, and appetite loss, vomiting and nose bleeds for visceral infection. While this disease is zoonotic, it can be transmitted to humans through the skin lesions. People are urged to take precautions to protect themselves and to seek medical attention promptly if they are infected. Currently there is no vaccine.


Local Resources

Pet foods are widely available in Spain. Veterinary services can be found for a variety of pet species. Newcomers will find bilingual staff at vet offices, especially in larger cities.

For more information on regulations for taking your pet to Spain, contact the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.


Information courtesy of Living Abroad, www.livingabroad.com