What Pet Travel Documents Are Needed to Travel to Spain?
All countries create their own rules for importing pets if you plan to visit or relocate to their country. The rules are similar in many ways, but the details often vary according to where you live now. For example, if you and your cat, dog, or ferret reside in another European Union country and your pet already has a current EU Pet Passport, you will not need any additional paperwork to bring your pet into Spain.
However, if you live in the United Kingdom, requirements for your pet’s documentation could change depending on a final Brexit deal. You can check this site to learn current rules for taking British pets abroad, and this government page to keep up with the latest Brexit-specific updates.
If you currently reside outside the European Union, there are several steps you will need to take in order to move your pet to Spain – again, depending on where you’re coming from. If that’s the US, this USDA web page explains what you will need to do. To make it easier for you, though, we have pulled together all the essentials below.
It is critical that you understand and follow the requirements to the letter. Pets that arrive without proper documentation can be sent home, quarantined, or even euthanized. No country wants an incoming animal to bring pests or disease.
If your pet will not be traveling with you, you must also sign an authorization form for whomever will accompany or transport your pet.
If your dog or cat or ferret will enter Spain within 5 days before or after your own arrival date, and you have fewer than 5 pets total, the requirements listed below apply to you. You can find the proper health certificate to complete here. However, if you are traveling with more than 5 pets or your pet(s) will arrive outside the 10-day window noted above, then a “commercial” health certificate is required instead. this distinction applies whether you are arranging pet travel on your own or you use Starwood Animal Transport to handle it for you.
Every pet entering Spain must have his own health certificate. It must be completed and signed by an accredited veterinarian and then endorsed (counter-signed and stamped or embossed) by the APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer in your state. Both signatures must be in original ink. This document must be completed within 10 days of your pet’s arrival in Spain.
You will not need a separate import permit to bring your pet into Spain. Exceptions to that are if you plan to import more than 5 pets or if your pet will arrive in Spain more than 5 days prior to or after your arrival.
Spain requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets to be immunized against rabies before entering the country. One, two, or three-year vaccines are all allowed, as long as the dose was properly administered and is still valid on the date of your pet’s arrival. Valid means the vaccine was administered at the same time or after your pet was microchipped. (See Microchip section below). This timing is crucial because the microchip number – your pet’s unique identifier – must be written on every document.
Spain also requires microchips to be ISO-compliant. So if your pet has another type of microchip, he will need to get a second one (and both numbers will have to appear on his documentation). If your pet’s microchip is the right type but was implanted before he got his rabies vaccination, he will need to get a booster so that the immunization can be officially tied to his ID number.
All pets must wait at least 21 days after receiving their primary rabies vaccination before entering Spain. “Primary” is defined as the first vaccination given at the same time or after microchip implantation or as a renewal immunization (given after the expiration of a previous vaccine).
Other than rabies, Spain does not require specific immunizations to import pets. Nonetheless, once you have arrived in Spain, you should ask your veterinarian about preventive measures for locally common pests or diseases.
Spain does not require tapeworm treatment prior to importation. However, be aware that if you plan to travel with your dog to the UK or some other EU countries after you’ve moved to Spain, tapeworm treatment will be required.
There are no additional blood tests required for dogs, cats, or ferrets entering Spain.
Photo of Pet
You will not have to supply a photo of your pet as part of their official paperwork.