Taking Your Pets to Spain-When emigrating, one of the major considerations is what to do with your pets. Most people want to take their pets with them and moving to Spain should not present you with too many problems. To take your pet to Spain, you do not any special type of permit other than an animal export certificate. This document will be issued to you after a successful medical examination by a veterinary surgeon based in the United Kingdom. The certificate must be prepared and presented to you no more than 15 days prior to your entry in to Spain. An application for a certificate and valuable information with regard to other regulations may be obtained from the Department of the Environment. The main points for you to watch our for as follows;
You must travel to Spain with your pet, or if your are going to use a professional firm to transport your animal, you must meet it at the point of entry in to Spain.
If your pet is a cat or a dog, it must be a minimum of three months old before entry in to Spain can be granted.. You may import a maximum of three cats or dogs at anyone time.
Your animal must have been vaccinated against rabies and you must be able to produce a certificate to prove this.
Many people have taken their pets to Spain and there are seldom any problems providing of course you have followed the correct procedure and you hold all the necessary documentation. Sometimes for what ever reason, moving to Spain does not work out and a return to England involving a Pet has to be planned in advance as you will find that bringing your Animal back to the United Kingdom will not be so easy. The importation of pets in to the United Kingdom is controlled by the Importation of Dogs, Cats and other Mammals Order 1974., the United Kingdom has strict laws and strict punishments to help prevent rabies from entering the country, animals may have to be placed in quarantine for a period of time. However, it is possible to bring your animal back in to the United Kingdom without them having to placed in quarantine under a Department of the Environment scheme called “The Pet Travel Scheme” If your animal qualifies to return to England under this scheme, it will not have to be quarantined.
The rules which are outlined on the same web site are as follows
The animal must have an up to date rabies vaccination and a certificate proving that the vaccination has been successful. A period of 6 months must have elapsed from the date of certification before the animal become eligible for travel under this scheme.
Your pet must be treated against ticks and tapeworms not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before it is checked in with an approved transport company for it’s journey into the UK.
The animal must return to the United Kingdom on an approved route
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