Pet Travel Question: Moving Pets to Portugal

Name: Mariette
Number of Pets: Four
Pet Type: Two Dogs and Two Cats
Pet Breed: Registered Labrador (Golden And Black),  Registered Himalayan Persian
From: South Africa
To: Portugal

I have two sons, ages 9 and 15, and there is no way any of us can leave our pets behind. The dogs are two years old and are members of the family. I know we are crazy to relocate with pets, but please help us with all the requirements. 

They are all pedigree pets and registered and vaccinated etc. How are we to go about this? What do you do first? Is there quarantine in Portugal? (Please say no.)

Thanks for helping,

Hi Mariette!

Thanks for coming to us with your question. You have many valid concerns, and we’ll be happy to give you an idea of what it will take to move your pets.

First of all, we certainly don’t consider it “crazy” to relocate your pets! Many people (including everyone here at consider pets to be members of the family, so of course you’d want to bring them with you when you move.

Here are the pet import requirements for Portugal. Luckily there is no quarantine, but there are a few documents and vaccines that you’ll need to attend to in order to enter the country smoothly. Take a look at these, check in with your vet well in advance of the move, and start researching pet-friendly airlines. This can all seem overwhelming, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you’d like some help planning and carrying out your move!

Good luck and keep in touch, Mariette!


PetRelocation Team





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By Paul and Lesley Hartley on June 16, 2018 at 2:52 am

Hi we are planning on moving from cape town south Africa to Portugal in 2019 With our 3 dogs and 3 small parrots. We are trying to find an agent in Portugal that can assist us. All our dogs are micochipped and vaccinated.

By Nicole on March 16, 2018 at 3:19 am

Hi, I am looking into immigrating to Portugal from South Africa and have 2 Jack Russells. I have researched the requirements and steps to follow but can't seem to find any information about the potential costs involved. Leaving my dogs behind is not an option so I need to be sure I can budget for this before hand. Please could you assist.Thanks! Nicole

By Lyn Fraser on April 14, 2017 at 5:56 am

Hi there I have one small dog and three cats, one small, one medium and one large - just need to know more or less how much the relocation from Cape Town to Lisbon, Portugal will cost and what vaccines etc are required - will also check with my vet. Travel time would be June 2017

By on April 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Hi Lyn! Here is a link to the pet import requirements for Portugal: Note that these are geared towards pets coming from the US, so the rules may be slightly different for you. We recommend double checking with the Portugal Ministry of Agriculture to find out more. As for costs, these will depend on several factors, but if you'd like to discuss your options with one of our Specialists, you can contact us here: Hope this helps!

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