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Attention: 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 for your destination country.


1. Microchip:  Each Pet shall be identified by means of a microchip.  No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. Spain currently accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.

2. Rabies Vaccination and Certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet. The Rabies vaccine must be at least 21 days old at the time of the final health exam.

3. It is suggested that all animals have full vaccinations, as well:

Dogs:  Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordatella.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.

4. EU Health Certificate: This will be provided by your PetRelocation Specialist. This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited Veterinarian and must be signed in a different color than that of the certificate's printing (usually blue ink).  This certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the date of the checks at the EU point of entry.  For the purpose of further movements within the EU, this certificate will be valid for a total of 4 months from the date of issue or until the date of expiration of the rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier.

5. USDA Endorsements for the below referenced forms:

  • Microchip Implantation Record
  • Rabies Certificate
  • Vet Letter
  • EU Vet Health Certificate

These must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about best way of handling this.

6. International Health Certificate: Your vet should have these in stock. It’s a good idea to call ahead and ask.  This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet within 10 days of departure. Depending on the logistics of your particular pet relocation and the specific health certificate being used (APHIS Form 7001) an additional USDA Endorsement maybe required on this health certificate. Speak to your PetRelocation Specialist regarding the USDA portion of this process.

7. All original documentation listed above must travel with the pets.

8. In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following documents supplied prior to the pet’s arrival:

  • Copy of pet owner's passport
  • Power of Attorney form (provided by your PetRelocation Specialist)


Local Pet Resources

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A.A.H.Veterinary Services Calle Pleyades 1: Aravaca, Madrid, Spain Phone:  +34 91 357 4496 aahvet@terra.es http://www.aahvet.com

Leon Veterinary Clinic: Antequera Calle Merecillas 33 Antequera Malag PH:  34 952 84 56 97


Groomers and Pet Supplies

Healthy Pets Spain: (Burns Pet Foods & Essentials) 03729 Lliber (Alicante) PH:  65 733 496 / 690 071 333

The Dog House International Kennels and Cattery: Camino De La Sabatera 5, Teulada , 03725  Moraira (Alicante) Tel: 965741302

Absolute Pet Supplies: Carrer Teuladi 13 , 03530  La Nucia (Alicante) Tel: 966 876 063


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Languages   Castilian (also called and more internationally known as Spanish)

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