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Italy – Importing a Pet

If you’re planning to move to Italy and want to bring your furry friend along, there are certain rules and regulations you need to be aware of. In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about importing your pet into Italy.

Importing pets to Italy

Italy allows the import of pets, including cats and dogs. However, there are certain restrictions and regulations you need to follow.

Restrictions on types of pets

Italy has no restrictions on the types of pets that can be imported into the country. However, there are some breeds of dogs that are considered dangerous and are subject to additional regulations.

Vaccination requirements

All pets must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days prior to entry into Italy. The vaccination must be done in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the pet must be at least 12 weeks old at the time of vaccination. Proof of vaccination must be presented upon arrival in Italy.


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In addition to the rabies vaccine, dogs must also be vaccinated against leptospirosis, distemper, hepatitis, and parvovirus.

Cats must be vaccinated against feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia.

Application procedure

If you’re planning to import your pet to Italy, you must obtain a pet passport or a health certificate issued by an official veterinarian. The pet passport must contain details of the pet’s vaccinations and health status.

For pets coming from countries outside of the European Union, you’ll need to complete an EU veterinary certificate, which must be signed and stamped by an authorized veterinarian in the country of origin.

You’ll also need to complete an import declaration and pay the relevant fees upon arrival in Italy.

Quarantine period

There is no mandatory quarantine period for pets entering Italy from other EU countries, as long as the pet has an up-to-date pet passport or health certificate.

Pets coming from non-EU countries may be subject to a quarantine period of up to 120 days, depending on their country of origin and health status.

International travel scheme for pets

Italy is part of the European Union Pet Travel Scheme, which allows pets to travel freely within the EU without the need for quarantine, as long as they have an up-to-date pet passport or health certificate.

Pet license

There is no requirement for pets to have a license in Italy. However, dogs must be microchipped and the microchip number must be listed in the pet passport or health certificate.

Government website

The Italian Ministry of Health provides information on importing pets into Italy on their website: http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/temi/p2_6.jsp?id=2137&area=animali&menu=vuoto

Importing your pet into Italy is relatively straightforward, as long as you follow the rules and regulations. Make sure to check the vaccination requirements, obtain a pet passport or health certificate, and complete the necessary paperwork before traveling to Italy.


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