Bringing Pets to Greece
Bringing Pets to Greece
Pet animals (dogs, cats, ferrets) must be identified by the electronic identification system (microchip) according to ISO standard 11784 or 11785.Be vaccinated against rabies.Be accompanied by a health certificate for non-commercial movement of pets Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003 endorsed by a USDA state veterinarian. For detailed info please contact the Greek Embassy in U.S. at
Check with the airline about their requirements for transporting animals.
Health clearance will be given at the port of entry. Parrots may not be imported, unless they are coming from a country free from psittacosis, in which case no more than two may be imported and must have the same health certification as for dogs and cats. Greece has few boarding kennels available. Those available are not of Western standards, and bookings must be made in advance.
Shipping pets from Greece
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has regulations on the importation of dogs and cats into the United States.In general, they require that dogs be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry, except for puppies younger than 3 months and dogs originated or located for 6 months in areas considered to be free of rabies. A dog with an unexpired health certificate meets these requirements. We strongly suggest you visit the CDC web site at:
or call them at 1-800-232-4636, for more information on their regulations.There is no vaccination regulation for cats. The CDC does not require general certificates of health for pets for entry into the United States. However, health certificates may be required for entry into some states, or may be required by airlines for pets. You should check with officials in your state of destination and with your airline prior to your travel date.
You may be asked, at the port of exit, to present a veterinary health certificate, issued by the Greek Ministry of Agriculture, Veterinary Services of the respective region.
In Athens, the appropriate Veterinary authority is located at:
31 Fidipidou Street, 11527 AthensTel: 213-1617317,
Shipment of pets to countries other than the United States must be in keeping with the import regulations of that country. Many nations require quarantine of the animal for as long as six months. This can be expensive for the owner and traumatic for the animal. Great care must be taken to ensure that all import regulations are adhered to.