Taking Pets to Greece
The pristine blue-green waters and sandy, white shores of Greece attract droves of tourists while many others come to immerse themselves in thousands of years of history and artifacts. With many pet owners wishing to share all nice life moments with their furry friends, including vacation and travelling, the famous tropical Greek life now beckons to an increasing number of four-pawed members and their families.
Greece is a country where it’s not uncommon to see pets in pubs, food stores, or on the train. During your travels around, you may see a number of stray cats due to their long standing in Greek mythology. While Greek law states that dogs are allowed in every outdoor public space as long as they are on a leash and under owner control, it is customary to ask if pets are accepted in outdoor and indoor cafes and restaurants. Generally, dogs are only allowed on public transport if they are small and carried in a carrier bag, so for travelling across most Greek cities with a larger dog, private transport would be best. Dogs are allowed on all beaches in Greece but remember to take care of their paws on the hot sands especially in the very hot summers.
- Microchipping your pet with an ISO-compliant microchip prior to travel is mandatory.
- Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies after microchipping.
- A rabies titer test is to be administered 30 days after the rabies vaccination if travelling from a high-risk country and your pet can enter Greece no sooner than 3 months after blood was drawn.
- The non-commercial EU health certificate for Greece should be completed by a licensed vet in your country within 5 days of travel and should be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.
- Pets enter mainland Greece at international airports in Athens and Thessaloniki while pets flying to the Greek islands may enter at the airports at Rhodes, Kos, Kalimnos, Mitilini, Mirina (Limnos), Chios, Ermoupolis (Syros), Crete (Iraklio and Chania) and Corfu.
- Non-vaccinated puppies & kittens are not allowed to enter Greece, and the minimum age for entering Greece from high-rabies countries is 7 months of age.
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