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Greece Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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There will be no quarantine for your pet as long as the following regulations are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 11.

1.

Pet Microchip

pet microchip

The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter Greece is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.

If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, then you can either bring your own microchip scanner or your veterinarian can give your pet a compliant chip. If your pet has 2 microchips, the number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).

A tattoo is an acceptable form of identification as long as it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.

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2.

Rabies Vaccination

pet rabies vaccination

If your pet is entering Greece from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), it will need proof of a current rabies vaccination that was administered after the microchip was implanted.

If this is your pet's first vaccination after microchipping, it will need to wait for 21 days before traveling. There is no waiting period after boosters as long as:

  • the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
  • the previous vaccination had not expired when the booster was given.

Greece does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as a booster unless specified by the manufacturer. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.

Once your pet has entered Greece, 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.

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3.

Rabies Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

If your pet is entering Greece from a high-rabies country (click here), your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a rabies titer test (FAVN) 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 are within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Greece no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Greece from a high-rabies country (click here).

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4.

Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only

tapeworm treatment

A tapeworm treatment is not required when entering Greece from any country.

5.

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 the pet AND the transport does not involve purchase, sale or transfer of ownership.
Non-Commercial Transport to Greece from a country outside of the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Greece 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 Greece 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 Greece 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.

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.

Non-Commercial Transport to Greece 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 Greece 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.

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 animals are traveling with or without their owner.
Commercial Transport to Greece from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. Step 3 does not apply.

A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the the bi-lingual version of the commercial EU health certificate for Greece 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 Greece 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. 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 through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airport in Athens and Thessaloniki. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. 

All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.

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

Dogs, cats and ferrets can only enter Greece 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 Greece from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

Your pet must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of animals.

Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet.

Your pet's veterinarian must issue an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.

Your pet's transport must be entered into the TRACES system.

6.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from Greece

If you are traveling with 6 or more cats, dogs or ferrets, in order to transport them under non-commercial regulations, 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 #5)

7.

Entering Greece by Air

airplane

Accompanied pets entering the Greek mainland by air from non-EU countries must do so at Border Inspection Posts at international airports in Athens and Thessaloniki. Accompanied pets flying to the Greek islands may enter at the following airports: Rhodes, Kos, Kalimnos, Mitilini, Mirina (Limnos), Chios, Ermoupolis (Syros), Crete (Iraklio and Chania) and Corfu.

Pets should enter Greece 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 Greece. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Pets can enter Greece in the cabin, as checked baggage or air cargo.

8.

Puppies and Kittens

Greece puppy or kitten import

Unvaccinated puppies, kittens and ferrets are not permitted to enter Greece 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 rabies-free countries or rabies-controlled countries. The minimum age for entering Greece from high-rabies countries is 7 months of age.

Unvaccinated puppies, kittens and ferrets unlder 3 months may be exported from Greece with a declaration stating that, from birth until the time of the non-commercial movement the pet animals have had no contact with wild animals of species susceptible to rabies or they are accompanied by their mother, on whom they still depend, and from the identification document accompanying their mother it can be established that, before their birth, the mother was fully vaccinated for rabies.

9.

Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Greece

Greece does not publish a list of banned dog breeds.

10.

Exporting Pets Living in Greece

export pets from Greece

All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Greece must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. If you are planning to return to Greece from a high-rabies country, your veterinarian should do a rabies titer test at least 3 months before you leave Greece if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.

Dogs, cats and ferrets leaving for a country which only requires a rabies vaccination Should be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies no sooner than the destination country requires, dewormed and have a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian in Greece within 10 days of departure.

11.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals

Owners traveling with amphibians, ornamental fish, spiders and other invertebrates (except bees and crustaceans) from other EU Member states or rabies-controlled countries are not subject to health restrictions and not required to be accompanied by veterinary certificates. Rodents, rabbits and reptiles entering Greece from another EU Member State or rabies-controlled country must be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate. Birds must have 30 days of quarantine in their originating country under official supervisioin and a 10 day isolation period and laboratory testing for avian influenza with negative results. They must be accompanied with a health certificate reflecting the results of the test.

12.

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.

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