My lovely Pet! How to bring Your Pet to Spain.

Clients often ask us about pets - how to bring a pet to Spain, how to care for, what it takes and how much does it cost. This is of interest to both - tourists flying to Spain for couple of weeks during the season, and immigrants, willing to live is Spain for a while. We are glad to present you material in which we give a short guideline on this procedure.

The first step is to obtain a Pet Passport. Several documents are required for this purpose:

  • health certificate for your pet is needed, issued by a veterinary authorized by the appropriate ministry in your country. This certificate shall be issued within 15 days before you enter Spain with the pet.
  • another obligatory document is a certificate of vaccination against rabies, which is also issued by the authorized veterinarian (except for pets less than two months old). Absence of such anti-rabies certificate for the animal may result in a 20-days quarantine.
  • finally, a certificate is needed, declaring that the area in which the animal was normally kept is free from animal diseases. This certificate usually comes from the agricultural ministry of your country.

After all these certificates are stamped and legalized by the Spanish consulate – authorized Pet Passport will be issued.
The next step, which shall be made after your arrival in Spain – is to have your pet fitted with a new microchip which gives your address in Spain. This procedure shall be started in Spain at least a month before your trip back, in order to have order to have enough time to obtain required certificates.

Unfortunately, if your pet is on Spain’s “potentially dangerous dog” list (like Doberman, Rottweiler and similar dogs), you will likely face a series of additional requirements after your arrival in Spain, same as the requirements, that Spanish “dangerous dog owners” shall obey.

The main problem here is that these requirements differ from region to region. Thus, the local Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) shall be visited, in order to find out the exact local requirements. The only ones, that are equal across the whole country is that “dangerous dogs” shall be registered and a special insurance obtained. The fines for failure to comply these local requirements can run into thousands of euros, so we urge not to ignore them and not to listen to those, who say that nobody is paying attention to it.

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