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Relocating to Italy with Your Pet in 2024: Regulations and Tips for a Smooth Transition

Posted on April 15th, 2024

by Adriana ruiz

Before You Leave: Compliance with Regulations

1. Microchip Identification Before relocating, ensure your pet has a microchip that complies with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO Standard 11785. If your pet’s microchip does not meet these standards, you may need to bring a compatible reader, contact the EU Port of Entry for assistance, or have a compliant microchip implanted by your veterinarian.

2. Rabies Vaccination Pets must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before departure. Keep in mind that pets younger than 12 weeks old, or between 12 and 16 weeks old who have not waited 21 days after vaccination, are not permitted to travel.

3. Pet Passport or Health Certificate For pets coming from the EU, a European pet passport detailing the pet’s vaccination record, owner’s contact information, and a description of the pet is required. For those coming from non-EU countries, a health certificate from a veterinarian is necessary.

4. Number of Pets Generally, you cannot bring more than five pets. However, exceptions are made for competitions, exhibitions, or sporting events.

Steps to Follow Once You Arrive in Italy

1. Register Your Pet Upon arrival, register your pet with the local ‘Anagrafe degli Animali d’Affezione’. This is mandatory for dogs and recommended for cats in case they get lost.

2. Follow Local Pet Laws Familiarize yourself with local pet laws, such as leash requirements for dogs in public areas and vaccination recommendations beyond rabies.

3. Settle In Find a local veterinarian to continue your pet’s healthcare and update any necessary documentation. Also, explore pet-friendly areas and accommodations to make your pet feel at home.

4. Enjoy Italy with Your Pet Italy is known for being pet-friendly, so take advantage of the many parks, pet shops, and services available for your furry friend.

By following these guidelines and preparing in advance, you and your pet can look forward to a new life in Italy with minimal stress. Welcome to la dolce vita!


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