Bring a pet
The standard requirements for bringing a pet into Greece (or any other EU-member Country) are a rabies vaccination certificate, a microchip, and a good-health certificate. The good health certificate must be from a vet examination within the last ten days prior to your departure for Greece, and the rabies certificate must be within the last 12 months, but more than 30 days ago.
If your pet is not a cat, a dog 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 (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations.
If you are traveling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, unless you are going to a show or competition, your pets must meet some special requirements, and have endorsement from the government agency that regulates the import and export of animals. If you are entering Greece from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, you will need to enter through an approved Border Inspection Post and give 24 hours notice of arrival.
If the pet weights up to 8 kilos, then they travel in the cabin with the owner, as long as they are in a secure travelling box. If the pet exceeds the 8 kilo weight limit, then it is allowed to be carried in the cargo compartment of the aircraft, following the respective reservation procedure.
Please, check with the airline about their requirements for transporting animals prior to your trip.
Bring a pet from EU-Member Countries into Greece
As a resident of an EU-member country, you can freely travel with your cat, dog or ferret, for non-commercial reasons, if it has a European Pet Passport . This passport ia available from any authorized veterinarian and must contain details of a valid anti-rabies vaccination.
If you have a cat, dog or ferret which is less than 3 months old (and not vaccinated against rabies), please check the National Rules .
For movement of pets (cats, dogs and ferrets), please have a look at each EU-Member’s restrictions :
The EU pet passport is only for dogs, cats and ferrets. If you have other pets, such as rabbits or canaries, you should check relevant National Rules on taking animals in/out of the country.
If you are traveling to Greece from another EU country, with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, you will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system.
Bring a pet from NON-EU-Member Countries into Greece
As a resident of a Non-EU-member country, and wish to bring your pet into Greece, or any other EU-member Country, please have a look at the conditions for non-commercial movement of pets from territories or third countries .
For more information, please check the list of Territories and third Countries :
If you are entering Greece from a NON-EU-Member Country, with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, you will need to enter through an approved Border Inspection Post and give 24 hours notice of arrival.
For more information you can check the follow links :
in order to know if the species you want to travel with, needs a certificate.
This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities.