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Bringing Pets to Greece
 
Marchl 2016

 

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 http://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/services/services-for-non-greeks/pets-animals.html
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: http://www.cdc.gov/animalimportation/BringingAnimalToUs.html 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 Athens
Tel: 213-1617317, e-mail: agrotiki1@patt.gov.gr
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.

Bringing Pets to Greece

Pet animals (dogs, cats) 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.

Be accompanied by a written declaration stating that the pets are not subject to be sold or transferred to another owner and will remain under the owner’s responsibility as per Article 25(3) at the Regulation (EU) No 576/2013.

For detailed info please contact the Greek Embassy in U.S. at http://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/services/services-for-non-greeks/pets-animals.html. You may also wish to contact the Ministry of Agriculture’s website  

http://www.minagric.gr/index.php/en/citizen-menu/pets-menu

Check with the airline about their requirements for transporting animals.

Pet birds must be accompanied by the Veterinary Certificate to EU of as per Decision (2007/25/EC) completed and stamped by the competent authorities of USA.

Have undergone in isolation for 30 days prior to export at the place of departure, or have been in isolation for at least 10 days prior to export and have undergone a test to detect the avian influenza H5N1 antigen.

Be accompanied by a declaration stating that the birds are not intended to be sold or transferred to another owner, and will remain under the responsibility of the owner.

Be accompanied by a CITES certificate if required (please contact to the competent authorities of USA). For detailed info please contact your closest Greek Consulate in U.S.

Shipping pets from Greece

CATS

A general certificate of health is not required by CDC for entry of pet cats into the United States, although some airlines or states may require them. However, pet cats are subject to inspection at ports of entry and if a cat appears to be ill, further examination by a licensed veterinarian at the owner's expense might be required at the port of entry. Even though cats are not required to have proof of rabies vaccination for importation into the United States, some states require vaccination of cats for rabies, so it is a good idea to check with state and local health authorities at your final destination https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-and-animal-product-import-information/import-live-animals/ct_us+state_and_territory_animal_import_regulations

DOGS

CDC regulations require that dogs imported into the United States are healthy and are vaccinated against rabies before arrival into the United States. These requirements apply equally to all dogs, including puppies and service animals. Dogs that have never been vaccinated against rabies must be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to arrival. Adult dogs older than 15 months of age that have previously received a rabies vaccination given no earlier than 3 months of age and that has since expired may be imported immediately following booster vaccination, without the need to wait for 30 days. Puppies must not be vaccinated against rabies before 3 months of age, so the youngest that a puppy can be imported into the United States is 4 months of age.

For detailed info please visit the CDC web site at: http://www.cdc.gov/animalimportation/BringingAnimalToUs.html

You may also visit the USDA at : https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-and-animal-product-import-information

BIRDS

To import a pet bird of non-U.S. origin, meaning a bird imported for personal pleasure of the individual owner and not for the resale, the owner must fulfill the following requirements:

Obtain a USDA Import Permit

Provide a current health certificate issued by a full-time salaried veterinarian employed for the agency responsible for animal health of the national government in the exporting country of origin.

Quarantine the bird for 30 days, at the owner's expense, in a USDA animal import center (listed on the APHIS website). Please check APHIS web site: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/importexport/animal-import-and-export/travel-with-a-pet

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.