Greece pet travel regulations. How to enter Greece with a dog or a cat

If you are planning to visit Greece with your dog (cat or ferret), at first, check the current regulations for the importation of pets. For tourists living in the countries of the European Union and outside of it, these rules will be different.


Pets over 3 months old coming from EU countries must:


• Be identified by a microchip or a tattoo;

• Have a European pet passport with relevant information on vaccination (or re-vaccination) against rabies;

If your pet is less than 3 months old, it may also be allowed to enter Greece under certain conditions:

• If a pet is traveling with its mother, you need to have proof of their relationship or enter information about the date of birth, the number of cubs and some of their characteristics in the mother's pet passport;

• If only a cub is being transported, it must have a microchip (or tattoo), a pet passport and a veterinary certificate confirming that the mother has been vaccinated against rabies.


In addition, the above rules apply to citizens from other countries of the European Economic Area. These include Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the Vatican.

For animals from third countries, entry into Greece is permitted only at those points of entry where there are authorized border inspection posts. A detailed list of posts can be found here: 

https://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/services/services-for-greeks/pets-animals.html


Pets over 3 months old coming from third countries must:


• Be identified by a microchip that complies with ISO 11784 or 11785 standards, or a tattoo. In case the standard of electronic identification is different, the owner of the pet must provide a device for reading the microchip during the inspection;

• Have a valid vaccination (or re-vaccination) against rabies in accordance with WHO standards;

• Get tested for rabies antibody titer, the results of which must be at least 0.5 IU/ml. A veterinary certificate is provided with current information on vaccinations and a certified copy of the serological examination attached to it;

• A certificate of veterinary inspection completed by the veterinary doctor of the country of export according to the provided sample: https://www.mfa.gr/usa/images/stories/washington/veterinary_certificate.pdf


Unvaccinated animals less than 3 months old coming from third countries may be brought into Greece if:


• They are accompanied by their mother and no more than four cubs are carried at any one time. At the same time, the veterinary certificate of the mother must contain information about the date of birth and the characteristics of the cubs;

• If a newborn pet is transported separately from its mother, it must have a microchip (or a tattoo) and a veterinary certificate confirming that the mother has been vaccinated against rabies.

Third countries that are subject to these rules include countries such as Australia, Andorra, Belarus, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Monaco, Russia, UAE, USA, etc. (Full list in the document at the link: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CONSLEG:2003R0998:20120210:EN:PDF)


It is allowed to transport no more than 5 animals at the same time. If you are transporting more than 5 pets, their departure and customs control are carried out in accordance with the rules for the commercial transport of animals.