Ask the Experts:  Traveling with pets from the UK to Greece (and back!)

Name: Tamara A.
Moving From: London
Moving To: Athens
Question: Hello, I am not actually moving, but just visiting Greece for about 1 month, and then returning to the UK with my dog. Do I need to complete all the same vaccinations and USDA approvals for this? Or what is it that I must do? Thank you, Tamara A.

Thanks for your question Tamara!  The USDA process is only for the United States -- were you living in the United States, you would need to arrange that paperwork but the UK is different.  However you will need a pet passport from the UK in order to depart and return to the UK while avoiding quarantine.  In other words, you will need to comply with the Pet Travel Scheme.

Regarding the process for import into Greece, you will need to get a health certificate issued by the government vet in the UK.   This will need to be done the week prior to travel.

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By Sue on November 12, 2009 at 10:24 am

Hi We have a small dog that we acquired while living in Greece. We want to move back to the UK, what do we need to do in order to take the dog with us. She has been chipped and all vaccinations up to date apart from having the rabies vaccine that she is goin for very soon. Can she be flown into the UK, directly from Greece,we are British citizens.


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By Pet Relocation on November 13, 2009 at 11:44 am

Hello Sue!  Greece is an approved country under the UK's Pet Travel Scheme, however if you would like to avoid quarantine upon arrival in the UK, you will need to have a blood test done for your new dog as well as wait for 180 days before traveling back to the UK.  Otherwise there is a 6 month quarantine upon arrival in the UK.

For more information on the Pet Travel Scheme, click here.


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