How to Get a Pet Passport from the US to SPAIN

Spain does not have mandatory quarantine for Pets.

To get a Pet Passport to Spain, your pet must have a microchip, Rabies vaccination at least 21 days before arrival, a Health Certificate by an accredited Veterinarian and Endorsement from APHIS within 10 days of entry in Spain. 

This allows your pet to travel up to 4 months from the issue date as long as the rabies vaccine does not expire during your travel.

Pets are defined as: Domestic Dogs, Cats and Ferrets. Other animals are allowed to enter Spain.  This guide covers travel for Dog, Cats and Ferrets from the US to Spain.

Pets are defined as: Domestic Dogs, Cats and Ferrets.

Source: USDA/APHIS and Consejeria De Agricultura, Alimentacion y Medio Ambiente

What Information is in a Pet Passport?

A Pet Passport/EU Pet Passport contains the documents required to travel with your dog.

  1. Ownership: Name, Address, Passport Number, Email, Telephone
  2. Physical Description of Pet: Species, Breed, Date of Birth, Height, Weight, Name,
  3. Veterinarian Information:
    Microchip Data
    Vaccination Records including medication used, lot numbers and date of treatments
    Rabies Vaccination Certificate
    Rabies Antibody Titer Test Results (if you are traveling from outside the EU, from high-risk rabies countries, your dog may need a Rabies Blood Test/Rabies Titer Test).
    Parasite treatment records. Some Countries require.
    Additional vaccination and treatment records
    Veterinarian ID information with signature and official stamp and
    Recent Pet photo 2” x 2”5cm x 5cm

Step 1  SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A USDA ACCREDITED VETERINARIAN.

At the appointment, the Veterinarian will fill out the approved USDA Health Certificate. Find a USDA Accredited Veterinarian in your state at the USDA/APHIS Portal Here. Your Veterinarian will ensure the following requirements are in the Health Certificate:

Note: You may need more than one appointment for your pet such as boosters and 2nd dosage or to wait for a Rabies/Titer test results.

A. Your pet must have a Microchip for Entry to Spain.

  1. All Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets must have a microchip implanted. We recommend your pet have a microchip in the standard ISO compliant (11784 and 11785) microchip format.  Most country inspection services; veterinarians and animal shelters word-wide use the ISO standard.
ISO Standard Microchip?

ISO compliant (11784 and 11785) microchips are 15 digits long.  The pet’s microchip ISO compatibility can be confirmed with the microchip manufacturer. Not an ISO Standard Microchip?

Not an ISO Standard Microchip?

If the pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip:

The pet will need to travel with a microchip reader that can read the microchip OR contact the Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading the pet’s microchip.

OR

If a non-ISO compatible microchip was previously implanted and can still be read, then the Veterinarian can implant an ISO-compatible microchip in addition to the non-ISO one the pet currently has.

2. The number and the date of implantation of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate.

3. When recording the “Date of implantation and/or reading [dd/mm/yyyy]” of the microchip/transponder on the health certificate, IT MUST BE ON OR BEFORE THE DATE OF THE PRIMARY RABIES VACCINATION. If your pet was vaccinated for rabies before the microchip was implanted, you pet must be revaccinated. 

You may also be interested in: Microchips for Pets, Everything You Need to Know for Travel

B. Rabies Vaccination is Mandatory in Spain

  1. 1. Pets must be vaccinated for Rabies More than 21 days before entry to Spain.  This information is included in the pet’s microchip. If your pet was vaccinated for rabies before the microchip was implanted, you pet must be revaccinated.  The Rabies vaccine MUST occur the same day or after the microchip implant.

2. The Rabies vaccination valid for 1, 2, or 3 years are all acceptable. The vaccination must be valid at the time of entry to Spain.

3. Some EU countries have exceptions for pets younger than 15 weeks.  Spain is not one of those countries.  Unvaccinated pets younger than 15 weeks will NOT be allowed entry into Spain.

C. 21 Day Waiting Period

After the primary vaccination, you must wait for 21 days after the Primary Rabies vaccination.

What is a “Primary” Rabies vaccination?

A rabies vaccination is considered a primary vaccination by Spain when:

It is the first vaccination given the same day or after microchip implantation

OR

The previous rabies vaccination was expired when the latest vaccination was given.

If you pet has had previous vaccinations for Rabies that are now expired, another can be administered, and it is considered “primary”, and you must wait the 21 days from this subsequent vaccination.

 D. Tapeworm and Tick treatments are not mandatory for entry to Spain from the US.

Step 2  SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO THE APHIS ENDORSEMENT closest to your state via 1 of 3 Methods: Electronic, In-Person, Mail

A. SUBMIT Electronically: Your Veterinarian will submit the Health Certificate for Endorsement (final approval).

B. Submit In Person By Appointment to the nearest Endorsement Office. IN-PERSON APPOINTMENT HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED AS OF AUGUST 2021.

  1. Find the nearest office at USDA/APHIS Endorsement Office locator. Once the Health Certificate is endorsed by USDA/APHIS, you must enter the APHIS-assigned Certificate Number in the “Animal Health Certificate Number” section of the Declaration.

2. Five or less pets traveling to Spain within 5 days of the owner or designated person, use the “Non-Commercial” Health Certificate.  You can download the APHIS Health Certificate HERE.

C. Regular/Expedited Mail

  1. Find the nearest office at USDA/APHIS Endorsement Office locator.

2. Include a POSTAGE-PAID, RETURN ENVELOPE. The USDA will not pay for your postage. Send it by FedEX, USPS, DHL UPS or other “overnight” delivery method to expedite. Most Offices process and return within 3 business days after they receive your documents.


3. Include Health Certificate, Import Permit, Pet Export Checklist, Vaccination Checklist And Other Test Results Required and Payment. Do not pay in Cash.

4. Once the Health Certificate is endorsed by USDA/APHIS, you must enter the APHIS-assigned Certificate Number in the “Animal Health Certificate Number” section of the Declaration. 

5. Five or less pets traveling to Spain within 5 days of the owner or designated person, use the “Non-Commercial” Health Certificate.  You can download the APHIS Health Certificate HERE.

6. The completed health certificate must be endorsed (counter-signed and embossed/stamped) by USDA/APHIS within 10 days of arriving in the EU. 

D. The final page of the EU Health Certificate contains a Declaration.  Complete and sign before the pet travels to Spain.  The Declaration must accompany the pet and health certificate to Spain.

E. The Health Certificate is valid for 30 days after the USDA Accredited Veterinarian completes and signs it.

A military veterinarian is defined here.

A “Military Veterinarian” is defined as a Veterinary Corps Officer, or civilian GS-0701 series government veterinarian employed by the U.S. Army Veterinary Service working at military treatment facilities.  It does not apply to Army Veterinary Service non-appropriated fund or Department of Defense civilian contract veterinarians.

APHIS endorsement is not required if the health certificate is issued by a military veterinarian, but the military veterinarian must issue it within 10 days of arrival in the EU.

Are 6 or more pets traveling for events?

For 6 or more privately owned pets that are more than 6 months old and traveling in a group to the EU to participate in competitions, exhibitions, sporting events, or in training for events, within 5 days of the owner or designated person use the “non-commercial” health certificate.

F. Your pet’s Health Certificate allows you to travel up to 4 months from the date it is issued by the USDA/APHIS Accredited Veterinarian as long as the rabies vaccine documented on it does not expire.

Timeframe:  How long will it take to receive my USDA Health Certificate Endorsement? 

Health Certificates submitted in VEHCS or as a hard copy document may take upwards of 3 business days after receipt for endorsement.  Source: USDA APHIS.

Cost:  The fee will be $121-$173usd for the 1st Pet on the Certificate. Each additional pet on the same Certificate will cost $7-$14usd.

The final page of the EU Health Certificate contains a Declaration of Non-Commercial transport. Complete and sign before the pet travels to Spain. The Declaration must accompany the pet and health certificate to Spain.


FAQ:
1. Can I bring food or feed to Spain for my pet?

Yes.  From the US or Canada you may only bring or send personal, medically necessary consignments of food under 4.4lbs/2kg per person. See Also, Can I Bring Pet Food on an Plane?

2. What happens if I travel with my pet and do not meet Spain’s requirements?

Failure to comply could lead to the immobilization of your pet in a quarantine facility or its return to the country of origin.

3. Is tattoo identification allowed for pet entry to Spain?

Yes, but only if the tattoo was done before the 3rd of July of 2011 and it must be clearly legible.

4. Am I required (as the owner or person responsible for the animal) to accompany my pet during the travel?

In principle, all animals should be accompanied by their owner. For justified and documented reasons, the transport of animals in a different mode of transportation from their owners is permitted as long as it is no longer than 5 days away from the owner.

5. Are there Dog Breeds Banned from Entry to Spain?

Spain does not ban any breed of Dog; however,  some breeds be registered within 3 months of entry and must be muzzled:Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire, Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino,Fila Brasiliero, Tosa Inu, Akita Inu.

Are 6 or more pets traveling for events?

For 6 or more privately owned pets that are more than 6 months old and traveling in a group to the EU to participate in competitions, exhibitions, sporting events, or in training for events, within 5 days of the owner or designated person use the “non-commercial” health certificate.

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