In Spain, as in the other EU member states, the legislation that applies to the movement of pets since 2003 is contained in Regulation EC/998/2003 which sets animal health rules for the movement of pets for non-commercial purposes.

Non-vaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets aged under 3 months are allowed to travel, subject to prior authorisations, provided that they are accompanied by a passport.

In order to request this authorisation, you should contact the Spanish authorities and provide them with the following information:

–  Name and date of birth of the animal.

–  Microchip number.

–  Passport number.

–  Fax number for purposes of sending authorisation.

Potentially dangerous animals

In Spain, the following breeds are classified as potentially dangerous under national legislation:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Terrier
  • Amercian Staffordshire Terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Tosa Inu
  • AkitaInu

The owners of such animals should contact the Town Halls and Regional Governments where they intend to take up residence in order to register them and meet legal requirements.


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