In order to bring a dog or a cat into Spain you will need a
valid passport that you can get from an authorized vet. (The
passport replaces the veterinary certificate from before).
Besides the normal vaccinations your pet will need rabbi’s
shots. Please remember that rabies shots have to be taken six
months before you plan to travel and a check for
negative/positive reactions has to be made after four months,
so early planning will be essential. The same rules apply when
you export your pet from Spain to other EU/EEA lands.
Besides, animals being taken from Spain have to be treated for
Echinococcose (tapeworm) earliest 10 days before you travel (2
days before is recommended). This treatment needs to be
repeated within seven days after you arrive at your
For import to England and Ireland you are also required to
treat your pet for ticks, and it could be advisable to do this
before you travel to other lands as well.
Contact your vet for more information. It is advisable to have
everything ready in advance so that you don’t run into
problems at border crossings.
Dog and cats have to have either a tattoo or a microchip for
ID purposes. (either FECAVA or ISO standards).
It is also strongly advised to have a collar on your pet with
your phone number just in case. Should you loose your pet than
contact the nearest Policia Local.
There are some that believe that the Spanish don’t take care
of animals but this is not true. You can run the risk of a
large fine if you do not treat you animals well
You can be fined if you bring you dog to beaches where they
are not allowed. This includes most public beaches and they
are marked with a sign: “PERRO NO”
There is another rule that says that animals must be tied
while in your car as well, or that you have some netting
between the animal and the driver.
Even if it isn’t normal
with “doggy bags” in Spain, we extend an invitation to all dog
owners to pick up after their dogs. It isn’t especially nice
to step in dog shit!