USDA APHIS | Pet Travel from the U.S. to Spain (2022)

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Last Modified: Jul 13, 2022

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Accredited Veterinarians can submit health certificates for USDA APHIS endorsement electronically through VEHCS (Veterinary Export Health Certification System).

However, this country requires USDA APHIS to ink-sign and emboss the health certificate. This means the final, endorsed health certificate that travels with the animal(s) must be mailed back to you.

USDA APHIS | Pet Travel from the U.S. to Spain (1)Before going to VEHCS: Scroll below this banner to view animal-specific requirements.

To process some health certificates, VEHCS may need the Accredited Veterinarian to upload the completed fillable PDF version found in the requirements section of this page. Either save a copy of the PDF below, or return to this page for the health certificate, if prompted by VEHCS.

USDA APHIS | Pet Travel from the U.S. to Spain (2)Accredited Veterinarians, log in here if you wish to use VEHCS.

USDA APHIS | Pet Travel from the U.S. to Spain (3)Accredited Veterinarians, help with using VEHCS is available on the VEHCS Help Page. To walk yourself through issuing a health certificate in VEHCS, click here.

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USDA APHIS | Pet Travel from the U.S. to Spain (4)NOTE: The endorsed health certificate (paper, not electronic) must accompany the shipment. The endorsed health certificate will be returned by mail (a pre-paid, pre-addressed return label must be provided during certificate submission).

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The CDC’s temporary suspension for dogs enteringthe United States fromhigh-risk countries for dog rabiesimplemented in July 2021 will be extended until January 2023. Effective June 10, 2022, import eligibility for all dogs (pets and dogs intended for resale/adoption) from high-risk rabies countries will expand and allow import options for dogs vaccinated for rabies in the U.S. as well as in foreign countries provided the dogs meet the requirements outlined on the CDC’s website.Learn more on CDC.gov.

Transiting the European Union,

If your pet is traveling through (transiting) a country in the European Union (EU) on the way to a third, non-EU country, you will also need a transit health certificate for your pet for the EU. The transit health certificate will be the same as if your pet’s final destination was the EU country. Use the information and steps below to determine which health certificate should be used.

View a list of European Union countries.

Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Republic of Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Northern Ireland*
Norway **
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland* *
*Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom (UK), but will continue to follow European Union (EU) requirements even though the UK is no longer part of the EU.

**Norway and Switzerland are not part of the EU but have adopted EU legislation for import of most species of live animals.

Pet Dogs, Cats and Ferrets
STEP 1: Identification with microchip
  • Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by an ISO compliant (11784 and 11785) microchip.
    • ISO compliant microchips are 15 digits long. The pet’s microchip ISO compatibility can be confirmed with the microchip manufacturer.
  • If the pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip:
    • The pet will need to travel with a microchip reader that can read the microchip OR contact the Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading the pet’s microchip.
      OR
    • If a non-ISO compatible microchip was previously implanted and can still be read, then the Veterinarian can implant an ISO-compatible microchip in addition to the non-ISO one the pet currently has.
      • The number and the date of implantation of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate.
  • •When recording the “Date of implantation and/or reading [dd/mm/yyyy]” of the microchip/transponder on the health certificate, IT MUST BE ON OR BEFORE THE DATE OF THE PRIMARY RABIES VACCINATION.
STEP 2: Rabies vaccination

If the pet is less than 15 weeks old and has not been vaccinated for rabies more than 21 days before entry into the EU, this Member State DOES NOT ALLOW entry of the pet.

  • Click here to check which EU Member States accept pets under 15 weeks of age.

For pets at least 15 weeks old and vaccinated for rabies more than 21 days before entry into the EU:

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  • Rabies vaccination must occur the same day as or AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as microchip implantation, but any rabies vaccination before a microchip is implanted is invalid.
    • If the pet had a non-ISO compatible microchip implanted at the same time as or before the pet’s most recent vaccination and it is still readable, the pet will not have to be revaccinated even if it had to be re-microchipped with an ISO compliant microchip to travel to the EU.
    • Remember, the number and implantation dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate and at least one of these microchips must have been implanted before the pet’s most recent rabies vaccine.
  • Rabies vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the rabies vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • The rabies vaccination must not expire before entering the EU.
  • A copy of the rabies vaccination certificate should accompany the pet to the EU.
STEP 3: 21-day waiting period (after primary vaccination)
  • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
  • A rabies vaccination is considered a primary vaccination by the EU when:
    • It is the first vaccination given after microchip implantation (this vaccination can be administered on the same day or any time after microchip implantation).
      OR
    • The previous rabies vaccination was expired when the latest vaccination was given.
      • If a rabies vaccination given after microchip implantation expires before another rabies vaccination can be given, the pet must wait 21 days after the new rabies vaccination before being eligible to enter the EU, as the new vaccination is now considered a primary vaccination. If there has not been a lapse in the rabies vaccination of the pet, the pet does not have to wait 21 days to travel to the EU after the booster vaccination.

If the pet is more than 15 weeks old and the most recent rabies vaccine is a primary rabies vaccine, the pet must wait 21 days after the date of that primary rabies vaccine before it can enter the EU.

NOTE: If the pet is less than 15 weeks old and has not been vaccinated for rabies more than 21 days before entry into the EU, see Step 2 to determine if the pet is eligible to enter the EU by checking which Member States allow these pets.

STEP 4: Have a USDA Accredited Veterinarian or Military Veterinarian* issue (complete and sign) the EU Health Certificate

The EU has two different health certificates for pets. The health certificate used will depend on the number of animals traveling, whether or not the pet is traveling within 5 days before or after the owner or designated person**, and whether the pet will change ownership or is intended for resale in the EU.

  • The “non-commercial” health certificate is:
    • For 5 or less pets traveling to the EU within 5 days of the owner or designated person**.
      OR
      For 6 or more privately owned pets that are more than 6 months old and traveling in a group to the EU to participate in competitions, exhibitions, sporting events, or in training for events, within 5 days of the owner or designated person**.
    • Valid for 30 days after the USDA Accredited Veterinarian completes and signs it. However, the completed health certificate must be endorsed (counter-signed and embossed/stamped) by APHIS within 10 days of arriving in the EU.
      • APHIS endorsement is not required if the health certificate is issued by a military veterinarian, but the military veterinarian must issue it within 10 days of arrival in the EU*.
    • The final page of the EU Health Certificate contains a Declaration which must be completed and signed by the owner or designated person** before the pet travels to the EU. The Declaration must accompany the pet and health certificate to the EU.
      • Once the health certificate is endorsed by APHIS, the owner or designated person** must enter the APHIS-assigned certificate number in the “Animal health certificate number” section of the Declaration. See theinstructions for completing the non-commercial health certificate on the Health Certificate page.
    • ALERT: This health certificate is NOT for pets traveling to the EU more than 5 days before or after the owner or designated person**, or changing ownership or are intended for resale in the EU. This type of movement falls under the “commercial” health certificate below.
  • The “commercial” health certificate is:
    • For pets (any number) who are traveling more than 5 days before or after the owner or designated person**.
      OR
      For 6 or more privately owned pets traveling at the same time (even if their owner or designated person** is traveling to the EU at the same time or within 5 days before or after the pet).
      OR
      For pet animals changing ownership or intended for resale when arriving in the EU.
    • Valid for 48 hours after the USDA Accredited Veterinarian issues (completes and signs) it. The health certificate must be issued by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed (counter-signed and embossed/stamped) by APHIS within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
      • APHIS endorsement is not required if the health certificate is issued by a military veterinarian*.

*A Military Veterinarian is defined as a Veterinary Corps Officer or civilian GS-0701 series government veterinarian employed by the U.S. Army Veterinary Service working at military treatment facilities. It does not apply to Army Veterinary Service non-appropriated fund or Department of Defense civilian contract veterinarians.

**Designated person: a family member, friend, or other person authorized by the owner to travel with the pet.

STEP 5: Have APHIS endorse (counter-sign and emboss/seal) the EU Health Certificate
  • After the pet’s USDA Accredited Veterinarian has completed and signed the EUHealth Certificate, have the pet’s completed health certificate endorsed by yourUSDA APHIS Veterinary Services Endorsement Office.For “non-commercial” health certificates, this endorsement must occur within 10 days of your pet’s arrival in the EU. For “commercial” health certificates, this endorsement can happen any time after the USDA Accredited Veterinarian signs the certificate.
  • Your local USDA APHIS Veterinary Services Endorsement Office will be able to provide specific information about the process and fees associated with endorsement of the EU Health Certificate.
    • You can also find more information about Endorsement Fees here.

*A Military Veterinarian is defined as a Veterinary Corps Officer or civilian GS-0701 series government veterinarian employed by the U.S. Army Veterinary Service working at military treatment facilities. It does not apply to Army Veterinary Service non-appropriated fund or Department of Defense civilian contract veterinarians.

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The EU health certificate is valid for travel within the EU for up to 4 months from the date it is issued by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian as long as the rabies vaccine documented on it does not expire.

After entering the EU, dogs subsequently traveling to Ireland, Finland, Malta, or Norway will need to be treated for tapeworms by an EU veterinarian within 1-5 days before entering those countries. The EU veterinarian will add the tapeworm treatment information to the EU health certificate issued in the United States. It is your responsibility to ensure your pet meets the import requirements of each country you visit.


If the pet has a valid EU Pet Passport,it may not need an export health certificate.

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  • If the pet’s current rabies vaccination was given in the United States, the pet cannot use the EU Pet Passport and must obtain an export health certificate.
  • A USDA Accredited Veterinarian may enter tapeworm treatment information into a pet dog’s EU Pet Passport but should not enter rabies vaccination information into any EU Pet Passport.
Pet Rabbits
  • The pet rabbit must travel accompanied by its owner or the owner’s representative.
  • The pet rabbit must have been examined and the health certificate issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian within 5 days of leaving the United States.
  • Only one pet rabbit may be listed on each health certificate.
  • USDA endorsement (counter-sign and emboss/stamp) of the health certificate is required after it has been issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian.

International Health Certificate

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Pet Reptiles
  • The pet reptile must travel accompanied by its owner or the owner’s representative.
  • The pet reptile must have been examined and the health certificate issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian within 5 days of leaving the United States.
  • Only one pet reptile may be listed on each health certificate.
  • USDA endorsement (counter-sign and emboss/stamp) of the health certificate is required after it has been issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian.

International Health Certificate

Pet Birds

Please make sure you read all requirements for taking pet birds to the European Union (EU).

The following applies to pet birds traveling to the EU in a group of five or less.

  • Identification of the pet birds
    • Pet birds must have an identification number such as a clip, leg band, microchip (transponder), or tag; or
    • If the pet birds will be moved to an approved quarantine establishment (Option 3 below), a description of the birds is sufficient. In this case however, the pet birds must be sealed by APHIS in their container, and the seal number recorded on the health certificate.
  • The 4 options for preparation of pet birds for export to the EU are listed below. Select the applicable option to obtain a relevant health certificate.
  • For all 4 options, pet birds must be examined, and an EU health certificate issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian within48 hoursof travel or the last working day prior to the date of departure to the EU. After your USDA Accredited Veterinarian issues the certificate, it must be endorsed by the USDA APHIS.
  • Note: If the pet birds will eventually return to the United States, some requirements for the return may need to be met before export to the EU.
    • Click here to view the requirements for pet birds returning to the United States.
OPTION 1: The pet bird was isolated under official supervision for at least 30 days prior to the date of departure with no contact with any other birds.

The pet bird was isolated from other birds under the USDA Accredited Veterinarian’s supervision for at least 30 days prior to leaving the United States.

Veterinary Health Certificate for Pet Birds Option 1 -CLICK HERE

OPTION 2:The pet bird was isolated for at least 14 days prior to the date of departure and tested for Avian Influenza at least 7 days after start of isolation.

The pet bird was isolated from other birds for at least 14 days prior to leaving the United States AND tested for Avian Influenza H5 and H7 antigens or genomes with a virus isolation or RT-PCR test. Regardless of test type used, both a cloacal swab and an oropharyngeal swab must be taken by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian at least 7 days after the 14-day isolation starts. Testing must occur at aNational Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) approvedlaboratory for Avian Influenza.

NOTE: the day isolation begins is considered DAY 0.

Veterinary Health Certificate for Pet Birds Option 2 -CLICK HERE

OPTION 3: The owner made arrangements for a 30-day post-introduction quarantine in an approved quarantine facility in the EU.

To use OPTION 3, the owner must:

  • Make arrangements in advance for the pet bird to be quarantined for at least 30 days at an approved quarantine establishment upon arrival in the EU;
  • Provide documentary evidence that such arrangements have been made.

Veterinary Health Certificate for Pet Birds Option 3 -CLICK HERE

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OPTION 4: The owner has been granted a derogation from the government of the destination country in the EU.

To use OPTION 4, the owner must:

  • Request and be granted permission to deviate from the standard requirements described by the options above;
    • Note: This permission comes from the government of the destination country, NOT the USDA.
  • Provide documentary evidence that this permission/derogation has been granted.

Veterinary Health Certificate for Pet Birds Option 4 -CLICK HERE

Do you plan to bring your birds back to the U.S. after your visit to the EU?

View requirements for pet birds returning to the U.S.

Other Pets

For pet travel requirements not listed, APHIS has not been officially informed by the foreign country about the requirements for your pet’s travel. We recommended that you contact a government official of the country you are traveling to for more information.

Country of destination contact information:

Considerations for Airline Travel

Airlines and shipping lines have their own policies and requirements for transporting pets. Check with your airline or shipping representative to determine what requirements they may have.

Additional information for pet owners, airlines, and others about APHIS endorsement of international health certificates.

IMPORTANT

Carefully read ALL of the requirements related to your pet on this page.

♦ This page provides the most recent entry requirements and can change without notice.

♦ It is the responsibility of the veterinarian to make sure the pet has met all the health requirements of the destination country before issuing a health certificate.♦ Failure to meet the requirements may result in problems gaining certificate endorsement or difficulties upon arrival in the destination country.

♦ Health certificates must be legible, accurate, and complete.

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Helpful References for Pet Travel

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FAQs

USDA APHIS | Pet Travel from the U.S. to Spain? ›

The pet reptile must travel accompanied by its owner or the owner's representative. The pet reptile must have been examined and the health certificate issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian within 5 days of leaving the United States. Only one pet reptile may be listed on each health certificate.

Can I take my dog to Spain from the US? ›

In order to enter Spain, your pet must be at least 12 weeks and 21 days old, will need to have a microchip or other approved type of identification on their bodies, a current rabies vaccine, a health inspection certified by an official veterinarian in your home country (with Spanish translation) and certified copies of ...

Do dogs need to quarantine in Spain? ›

Spain Pet Passport & Import Regulations

There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Spain as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support dogs and cats.

Can I take my dog to Spain by plane? ›

You can take your pet with you so long as you meet all the legal requirements and have the necessary documentation. Veterinary passport for travel with dogs and cats as pets. You do not need a special veterinary ID to travel within Spain; you just have to have the animal's official health card with you.

How do I bring my dog from the US to Europe? ›

To travel internationally with your dog, you'll need to get an international standard microchip (HomeAgain is a common brand) and make sure your dog is up-to-date on his or her vaccines (especially the rabies shot, of which the most recent shot must be given at least 21 days and no more than 12 months before your trip) ...

How do I bring my dog to Spain? ›

Entry requirements for dogs into Spain

You must carry a valid EU pet passport. Your dog must have a microchip (or have a clearly legible tattoo from before 3rd July 2011). Your dog has to be at least 12 weeks old when it receives its first rabies vaccination, which must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

Can I take my dog to Spain by car? ›

You can take a dog to Spain with a car, or by flying. Flying can often be more complicated because airlines have strict rules and regulations in place for those traveling with dogs.

Is Spain a dog friendly country? ›

Spain is a perfect destination for travelling with your dog. The pet-friendly trend is constantly growing, which means that dogs travelling with their families are welcome, making for a great experience for all concerned.

What vaccinations do dogs need in Spain? ›

Here is the basic schedule for dog vaccinations in Spain:
  • At 6 weeks: Primary vaccination or first vaccine.
  • At 8 weeks: Multivalent vaccine.
  • At 12 weeks: Multivalent vaccine booster.
  • At 16 weeks:Rabies.
  • Annually: Booster for the multivalent and rabies vaccines.

Are dogs allowed on beaches in Spain? ›

The question of whether dogs are allowed on Spanish beaches is a common one, but in short, no, they're not, is the general answer. Spain is changing, and more municipalities are attemping to create dog friendly beaches, but in general dogs are not allowed onto beaches.

Which airline takes dogs to Spain? ›

Air Europa (Spain)

When flying in the cabin, the maximum weight of a pet must not exceed 8kg, but combined wth their carrier they can weight 10kg. Only dogs and cats are permitted on long-haul flights and pets must be at least 3 months old on medium- and long-haul flights.

Which airline is the most pet-friendly? ›

Alaska Airlines leads the pack to edge out Hawaiian and American Airlines, which tied for second place. Frontier and Southwest are solid options for your pets, with more pet-friendly policies than Spirit, JetBlue and Delta. United is the least pet-friendly airline according to our analysis.

How much does it cost for a dog to fly on an airplane? ›

For U.S. domestic flights, the price can be several hundred dollars each way (from $200 to $400 on average for a 75-pound dog). Layovers and plane changes can trigger additional fees. It's important to check with your carrier on prices for specific flights.

Can my dog fly With Me internationally? ›

Can my dog fly on a plane internationally? Yes, of course you can fly with your dog. When flying abroad, your dog can fly in cabin or in the cargo hold. Cabin is reserved for small dogs that can fit in a travel carrier under the seat.

Can dogs fly in cabin internationally? ›

Your pet can travel on the plane with you (either in-cabin, as accompanied baggage, or as cargo). Your pet will be charged accordingly. Some airlines no longer offer this option and some countries do not allow pets to enter the country in-cabin. You can book your pet on a separate flight.

Can I take my dog on a plane to Europe? ›

In general, the European flag-carrier airlines are most likely to allow your pet to fly in the cabin with you to Europe. Based on discussions with other travellers flying from the USA to Europe with their dog, the most commonly recommended airlines are Air France, KLM and Lufthansa.

Are there fleas in Spain? ›

The warm climate in southern Spain means that fleas are an active threat all year round. epidemics amongst humans, but are also responsible for many animal ailments if preventative measures are not taken.

Do you need a license for a dog in Spain? ›

Any person owning a potentially dangerous dog (perros potencialmente peligrosos) in Spain must have an appropriate licence (by law of article 3 of the Royal Decree 287/2002, of 22 of March 2002) and the dog must be registered with the municipality.

How long is pet passport valid for? ›

A pet passport is valid for life as long as your pets rabies vaccination is in date.

Which airline takes dogs to Spain? ›

Air Europa (Spain)

When flying in the cabin, the maximum weight of a pet must not exceed 8kg, but combined wth their carrier they can weight 10kg. Only dogs and cats are permitted on long-haul flights and pets must be at least 3 months old on medium- and long-haul flights.

Is Spain a dog friendly country? ›

Spain is a perfect destination for travelling with your dog. The pet-friendly trend is constantly growing, which means that dogs travelling with their families are welcome, making for a great experience for all concerned.

Do you need a dog license in Spain? ›

Any person owning a potentially dangerous dog (perros potencialmente peligrosos) in Spain must have an appropriate licence (by law of article 3 of the Royal Decree 287/2002, of 22 of March 2002) and the dog must be registered with the municipality.

Can I take my dog on holiday to Europe? ›

The only new requirement for travel to the EU is the use of a certificate, rather than a pet passport: Ensure their dog, cat or ferret is microchipped. Ensure that their dog, cat or ferret is vaccinated against rabies – pets must be at least 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated.

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