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Canary Islands Pet Passport Regulations

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There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering the Canary Islands as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 9.

1.

Pet Microchip

pet microchip

Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.

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2.

Vaccinations

pet rabies vaccination

If your pet is entering the Canary Islands from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than than 12 months before entry. If your dog, cat or ferret has a current rabies vaccination but no microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted and wait 21 days before travel. Once you have entered the Canary Islands, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.

Dogs must also be vaccinated against distemper.

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3.

Rabies Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

If your pet is entering the Canary Islands from a high-rabies country, your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a rabies titer test must be administered  (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.)  Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your pet can enter the Canary Islands no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering the Canary Islands from a high-rabies country.

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4.

Health Certificate

pet health certificate

The type of health certificate required for your pet depends on whether or not your pet's transport is accompanied OR it involves a purchase, sale or transfer of ownership. Choose from two options below.

Non-Commercial Transport: the owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of your pet AND the transport does not involve purchase, sale or transfer of ownership.
Non-Commercial Transport to the Canary Islands from a country outside of the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering the Canary Islands from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies as well.

A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for the Canary Islands within 10 days of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA and the health certificate must be endorsed by the State USDA office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.

The CFIA must endorse forms issued by Canadian veterinarians.

If traveling to the Canary Islands from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.

This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. (see item 6 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.) The form is good for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.

Your pet must enter the Canary Islands at Gran Canaria International Airport.

Non-Commercial Transport to the Canary Islands from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. A non-commercial EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to the Canary Islands from another EU Member State unless a rabies booster was administered by a veterinarian outside of the EU at any time after your pet received its microchip.

You or your representative must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your pet's transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.

Commercial Transport: the owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of the pet OR the purpose of the transport involves a sale or transfer of ownership OR more than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets are traveling with or without their owner.
Commercial Transport to the Canary Islands from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the commercial EU health certificate for the Canary Islands within 48 hours of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.

If traveling to the Canary Islands from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.

This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. (see step 6 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.) It is valid for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as your pet's rabies vaccination does not expire.

Your pet must enter at Gran Canaria International Airport. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.

All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.

Commercial Transport to the Canary Islands from high-rabies countries outside the EU:

Dogs, cats and ferrets can only enter the Canary Islands from these high-rabies countries. Pets must conform to all rules above and also have a titer test according to step 3 above.

Commercial Transport to the Canary Islands from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

If your pet is traveling to the Canary Islands unaccompanied from another EU country, it must travel from a licensed premises which is registered. Your veterinarian must supply and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry and entered into the TRACES system.

5.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from Canary Islands

If you are traveling with 6 or more dogs, cats or ferrets, in order to transport them non-commercially, they must be 6 months or older and attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event. If this is not the case, your pets must meet the requirements for commercial transport. (see step #4)

6.

Entering the Canary Islands by Air

airplane

Accompanied pets entering the Canary Islands by air from non-EU countries must do so at Gran Canaria Airport.

Pets should enter the Canary Islands directly or transit through another EU Member State. If your pet transits through a high-rabies country, then a Transit Declaration will be required stating that your pet has had no contact with rabies-carrying animals and remained secured within the airplane or airport.

All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to the Canary Islands. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Pets may arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.

7.

Puppies and Kittens

Canary Islands puppy or kitten import

Non-vaccinated puppies, kittens and ferrets are not permitted to enter the Canary Islands from any country or EU Member State. Rabies vaccinations must not be administered prior to 12 weeks of age and there is a 21 day wait for puppies and kittens arriving from EU Member States or rabies-controlled countries. The minimum age for entering the Canary Islands from high-rabies countries is 7 months of age.

8.

Exporting Pets Living in the Canary Islands

export pets from Canary Islands

Effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the Canary Islands should be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving Canary Islands.  If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should do a rabies titer test before you leave the Canary Islands if you intend to return.

9.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals

Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter the Canary Islands. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

10.

CITES

CITES endangered turtle

If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations.

11.

Need More Assistance?

CITES endangered turtle

To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.

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