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Moving pets to Spain

Moving pets to spain is governed by EU legislation under regulation EC/998/2003 which sets animal health rules for the movement of pets for non commercial purposes.

Provided the animal has a passport and has gained prior authorisation, dogs, ferrets and cats under the age of 3 months are allowed to travel without vaccination. The Spanish authorities should be provided with the following:

• Date of birth and name of pet
• Microchip number
• Passport number
• a Fax number for sending authorisation

The owners of potentially dangerous animals should register them and meet legal requirements at the town hall and regional governments where they intend to take up residence.

These dogs are considered potentially dangerous under spanish law:

• Pit Bull Terrier
• Staffordshire Terrier
• American Staffordshire Terrier
• Rottweiler
• Dogo Argentino (Argentinian Mastiff)
• Fila Brasileiro
• Tosa Inu
• Akita Inu

Further information can be obtained from the Spanish authorities:


Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación
Subdirección General de Sanidad Animal
C/ Alfonso XII no 62 - 1apl
28071 Madrid
Tel. 0034 91 347 8295 or 0034 91 347 5866
Fax: 0034 91 347 8299 or 0034 91 347 8327
Email: [email protected]


Spanish Embassy

Consejería de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación
Spanish Embassy
39 Chesham Place
London SW1X 8SB
Tel. +44 (0) 207 235 5005
Fax. +44 (0) 207 259 6897
email: [email protected]

Moving pets to UK

The UK uses the "PETS" Pet Travel Scheme that allows pets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine provided they meet with the rules. Further information regarding the "PETS" and quarantine can be found at Take pets abroad

PETS helpline

Telephone: +44 (0)870 241 1710 (Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5pm UK time)
Fax: +44 (0) 1245 458749
Email: [email protected]
(please enclose your postal address and a day time telephone number)

Quarantine Section

State Veterinary Service
Government Offices
Beeches Road
Telephone: +44 (0) 1245 358383
Fax: +44 (0) 1245 458749