Pet Import Regulations in Spain



The first rule in bringing a pet to Spain is that only those aged over three months can be imported to the country.

Your pet should have an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip implanted. The microchip must be 15-digit and non-encrypted. The registration number must be tattooed in an ear, and provided the tattoo was applied before the administration of rabies vaccines.

The rabies vaccines must be given not less than one more or more than one year before the importation. This vaccination is not required if your pet is accompanying you to Spain from the UK. If you fail to have your cat or dog vaccinated against rabies, it can be quarantined for 20 days.

The other recommended, but not compulsory, vaccines your pet should receive are those against leptospirosis, parvovirus, hepatitis, distemper and kennel cough for dogs and against feline enteritis and typhus for cats.

EU Pet Import Guidelines

The EU has set down guidelines in importing live animals. To distinguish “importation” from “trade” of animals, the laws explicitly states that the former refers “solely to the introduction of animals into the Member States from non-EU countries”. Inter-union trade or simply “trade” pertains to the movement of live animals within the EU.

If you’re bringing a pet to Spain, an EU-member state, from outside the bloc, you should comply with importation rules both imposed by the European Commission and the Spanish government. The general requirements include a health certificate signed by an official veterinarian of the exporting non-EU country. The vet must be designated by a competent authority. The animals and the health certificates shall be inspected by EU official veterinarians at the border.

If you’re coming from another EU country, you’re required to secure a health certificate for your pet. The certificate, validated by an official veterinarian, must indicate whether the animal had met the basic animal health requirements set in Council Directives.

The official certificate, mandated under EU laws, must be prepared and signed by an official veterinarian. It should indicate the following information:

  • Personal information of the owner
  • Description of the pet
  • Details of the ISO-compliant microchip
  • Dates of the types of vaccination the pet received

The above rules are applicable to cats, dogs and ferrets. You should check with the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture regarding additional permits needed for other types of animals.