Pet Import Regulations in Italy



Domestic animals such as a dog, cats and ferrets are allowed to enter Italy. But before importing a pet, the owner must consider the space of his/her home since a huge dog is not that advisable to live in a high-rise apartment or studio unit.

Any expat who is planning to bring their pet to Italy should carefully plan the whole importation process. The animal should be, first and foremost, physically fit to travel. There are also several documents that an owner must secure. Here are some of those:

  • A non-encrypted 15-digit pet microchip as a form of identification
  • Rabies vaccination issued 21 days before arrival
  • An Annex IV Form for Italy issued by a licensed veterinarian 10 days prior to import for pets coming from non-EU countries
  • Updated Pet Passport for dogs, cats and ferrets coming from EU Member States.

If the pet arrives in Italy as an accompanying baggage, the expat should contact first their chosen airline since they have different regulations. Some even ask for the Certificate of Good Health issued no more than 30 days before the scheduled flight. The kennel should also have sufficient space and ventilation so that the pet will be comfortable for the duration of the travel.


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