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The introduction of the European Pet Passport allows cats and dogs from the UK to travel and reside in Spain without quarantine.

As with everything, conditions apply as entry of pets into another country are strict. You must ensure that all the necessary requirements are met to avoid your pet being put into quarantine.

Discuss your plans with your vet at the earliest date possible as you need to allow at least seven months before your departure date. If you are planning to take your pet on public transport, remember to check which services will take them as only certain carriers are included in the scheme

A government-authorised vet will be able to advise you on what is needed, but here is a Check List to obtaining a passport.

  • An ISO specification Microchip needs to be fitted for identification purposes.
  • Your pet will need to be vaccinated against rabies with up-to-date booster vaccinations as recommended.
  • 30 days after the rabies vaccination, a blood test will be carried to check the antibodies are present. If not, the vaccination will need to be repeated and re-tested.
  • Your pet must also be treated against ticks and tapeworm. All this will be noted on the passport.

For more extensive information and facts, visit the DEFRA website (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).