How do we move dogs to Spain?


How do we move dogs to Spain? What should we prepare for, as we plan to relocate in June 2025?


These are the answers of some Facebook group members:

”I hired Misty Collins at Pawpaws Express to handle the paperwork for my dogs. It gives me peace of mind that everything will be done correctly”

”You need an animal health certificate from your Vet, this lasts for 3 months, once you get to Spain you an apply for a pet passport”

”We’ve just arrived in Spain with our two dogs. Vet administers Rabies vaccine then issues pet passport 10 days b4 leaving UK. We booked a pet friendly cabin on Ferry from Plymouth to Santander, worked brilliantly”

”If timings allow, bring the dogs in an earlier trip and get them a Spanish passport. Cost about €30. Our el pero ( for a while) had both UK and Spanish passports- sadly the subsequent visit wasn’t within the 12 month rabies window, so vaccine certificate expired, so had to go back to the UK vets certificate at a lot more than €30”


In conclusion, according to Spainguru Facebook group members, to relocate dogs to Spain, follow these key steps: Hire a professional for paperwork. Get an animal health certificate and a rabies vaccine from your vet, and then apply for a pet passport.

Consider pet-friendly ferry travel. For a longer-term stay, think about obtaining a Spanish passport for your dogs once in Spain to simplify future travel. These steps will help ensure a smooth transition for your furry friends.