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moving to spain with pets

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Many pet owners that are planning on migrating to Spain have no idea how to bring their pets with them, some of them have to leave them home because of the complications of moving to another country.

But there is a way you can bring your pets to Spain or another EU country, check them out:


Before entering Spain, the animal has to comply with sanitary measures and measures of identification, that can vary depending on the country of origin.

In order to be moved into a Member State from a territory or a third country, the following conditions should be met:

  • Marking

The pet animal (dog, cat or ferret) must be marked by the implantation of a transponder

  • Vaccination against rabies

The pet animal must be vaccinated against rabies by an authorised veterinarian.  The following points summarize the main conditions:

– At least 12 weeks old at the date the vaccine was administered

– The period of validity of the vaccination starts not less than 21 days from the completion of the vaccination protocol for the primary vaccination, and any subsequent vaccination was carried out within the period of validity of the preceding vaccination

  • Rabies antibody test

– The pet animal must undergo a rabies antibody titration test in a approved laboratory

  • Treatment against Echinococcus multilocularis

– The treatment must be administered and properly certified by a veterinarian within a  period of not more than 120 hours and not less than 24 hours before the time of  scheduled entry

  • Health Certificate and Declaration

– The pet animal (dog, cat or ferret) must be accompanied by an animal health certificate completed and issued by an official veterinarian, or by an authorised veterinarian and subsequently endorsed by the competent authority documenting all the previous tests

– valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the date of the documentary and identity checks at the travellers’ points of entry designated by Member States. In the case of a transport by sea or longer travelling periods there are  several renewal terms.

– A written declaration completed by the owner or an authorised person regarding the non-commercial nature of the movement and attesting, where appropriate, the carriage   of the animal under the responsibility of an authorised person within up to five days of the movement of the owner.

  • Travellers’ point of entry

–    The pet animal (dog, cat or ferret) must pass through a travellers’ point of entry designated by Member States. The owner must, at the time of entry, contact the competent authority present at the point of entry for the purposes of the documentary           and identity checks.

How can Lexidy help?

We can provide the aforementioned forms and lists of designated entry points and will verify that the country of origin is part of the list of Annex II of the Ordinance (EU) 557/2013. In case you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation!

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