Traveling with Pets to Spain

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Traveling with Pets to Spain

Traveling with Pets to Spain

Spain is a member of the European Union, which means that animals can be imported under its regulations. It's crucial to be mindful of this fact when planning a trip and familiarize yourself with the relevant regulations to avoid any possible issues at the border control point.

Preparing for the trip

In order to import animals to Spain, you must present certain documents along with your pet. If you are not transporting the animal for training or participation in a sporting event, you are allowed to bring up to five (upon obtaining permission from the airline).

Microchipping. Microchipping is mandatory for domestic pets, according to the requirements of all European nations. Pets born before 2011 can be identified by a clearly visible tattoo, but a microchip must be implanted under the skin of more recent pets. The electronic microchip functions as a pet passport, containing essential data about the animal, including their owners' information.
Vaccination. In accordance with the rules regarding the import of animals to Spain, rabies vaccination is obligatory. This shot has to be administered after the microchip implant date. In addition, pets must undergo a quarantine period of 21 days. The vaccine provided must be approved by the European Union and the dates of comprehensive vaccination must be listed along with rabies vaccination, which are obligatory for all animals—irrespective of them being intended for export or not.
Тест на антитела.
Rabies Antibody Test. There's a test specifically designed to evaluate the animal's immune response to the rabies virus. The Rabies Antibody Titration Test can only be administered by authorized laboratories such as «NoviStem» laboratory. «NoviStem» has cooperative clinics in various major cities across Russia, where pet owners can take their animal's blood samples for testing. Upon receipt, the samples are forwarded to the «NoviStem» laboratory for further analysis
Обработка от глистов.
De-worming. Regular de-worming for parasites is essential. The dates of these preventive measures must be indicated in your pet's passport, with a time window of at least five days before the intended departure date.
Ветеринарное свидетельство №1.
Veterinary certificate, Form 1 The Veterinary Certificate Form 1 can be issued by any state veterinary clinic. The validity period for this certificate is 5 days, requiring its conversion to International Veterinary Certificate Form 5a within this timeframe. In case of air, the certificate can be exchanged at any airport. The document serves as a temporary equivalent of the EU Pet Passport and permits the import of animals into the European Union and travel between their member nations for a period of four months.
Паспорт международного образца.
European Pet Passport. This document serves as the primary source of information about your pet, including their physical characteristics and full vaccination history. A Pet Passport does not eliminate the requirement to obtain a Veterinary Certificate, as both documents are essential for legal travel with your pet. A European Pet Passport can be obtained from veterinary clinics in Spain or any other member state of the EU.

Customs and Flights

If your pet is entering Spain via air transportation, you will require to undergo a veterinary inspection at your departure airport. Inspectors will carefully examine your animal and assess their overall health. In order to clear customs, you must present all of the documents mentioned earlier.

Requirements for bringing domestic animals to Spain via air travel are primarily determined by the airline company. As an example, Iberia, the leading national airline, establishes the following requirements for shipping domestic pets:

  • The animal must be at least 15 weeks old.
  • The overall weight of the animal, plus its kennel, must not exceed 12 kg.
  • A passenger can either fly with a child or a pet kennel, but not both at the same time.
  • Passengers traveling with animals should choose a window seat, but cannot sit in the emergency exit rows.
  • The overall weight, along with the kennel, of a flying animal should not exceed 75 kg, according to the airline's regulations.
  • Two animals can be transported in one kennel if their behavior is not aggressive and the space is sufficient for comfort.
  • Inform the airline upon purchasing tickets if you wish to take pets onboard the aircraft. If the number of animals exceeds the limit or the configuration of the airplane does not allow for animal transportation, the airline may deny the privilege.
  • Pay the fees after obtaining confirmation through the airline's designated online services.

If you plan to import animals into Spain, keep in mind that many European budget airlines don't allow pets on board.


How do I select a checkpoint for entering Spain by car to ensure compliance with regulations about the importation of animals into the country?
From the list of all border checkpoints available, select the one that includes phytosanitary and veterinary controls to ensure seamless passage with your pet.
Can I bring two cats in separate kennels in the cabin as hand luggage?
Each individual airline has its own policies regarding animal transportation. However, if there's enough space and the animals don't exhibit aggressive behavior, both cats can be shipped in a single kennel on most flights.
Are service dogs allowed in the plane's cabin?
According to the regulations for bringing animals into Spain, service dogs that assist visually- and hearing-impaired passengers can travel in the passenger plane's cabin, provided there has been a presentation of a certificate confirming the animal's appropriate training.