Subject: Pet moving my dogs to Greece from India
Question: I have 3 dogs, all adults, fully vaccinated against rabies & distemper and they yearly have their 7 in1 boosters. They are going to be chipped soon too. I am moving to Greece and would like to know exactly what paperwork I need for them, and if they need to be quarantined in Bombay or Athens. Thank you so much.
Answer: Hello Alecz!
Here is what you need to be able to get your dogs into Greece, in order:
1) Microchip, then
2) Rabies vaccination - then wait for 30 days, then
3) Blood sample taken by an official veterinarian at least 30 days after the vaccination and 3 months before traveling.
4) Blood test result from an EU-approved laboratory showing that the rabies antibody titre was equal to or more than 0.5IU/ml (Onderstepoort in Pretoria has been approved). See http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm
5) The test results need to be accompanied by a health certificate issued by an official veterinarian certifying compliance with the above requirements and counter signed by the vet.
Your dogs need to be identified by an electronic identification system (transponder), or by a clearly readable tattoo. The tattoo, as a means of identification will only be accepted during an eight-year transitional period. The microchip must be of ISO Standard 11784 or ISO Standard 11785.
If you follow these steps, your dogs will not have to have any quarantine time, just the 3 month wait in India for the blood test results.
For more information please check out our site's Greece Pet Import Rules & Requirements.
We could absolutely help you out with this. Our PetRelocation.com EU Specialist, Matt Johnson, would be happy to give you more information, answer any other questions you may have, or provide you a price quote for our services. His email address is mathews [at] petrelocation [dot] com. Hope this helps and good luck with your move!