Useful information if you're travelling with animals
When travelling in Italy, your pet must undergo a series of health and identification measures that can depend on your country of origin. In any case, your animal friend must:
- be identified with a clearly readable tattoo or with an electronic identification system (microchips or transponders)
- be in possession of a passport issued by relevant authorities or by qualified veterinarian.
Minimum requirements for passports: animals must have a clearly readable tattoo or a microchip implant, a valid rabies vaccination (the vaccine must be registered at CE) performed more than 20 days beforehand on animals that are at least three months old. The passport must have all personal details of the animal, the microchip or tattoo number and a list of all the vaccines done, especially the rabies vaccine. The passport and other certifications might take a while to be issued so it is advisable that you collect all the useful information well in advance. It is prohibited to bring into Italy dogs and cats that are younger than three months of age and that not have been treated against rabies, regardless of whether you are coming from an EU or from another country. Cats and dogs that are travelling inside the national territory do not need a rabies vaccine although some airline and shipping companies might require it.
Besides respecting the entry formalities, please also remember:
- restrictions and different types of animal transportation can vary according to the airline or shipping company you are travelling with;
- it is your duty to keep your dog on a leash and muzzled in public places (muzzles are not compulsory but your dog should have one on just in case);
- not all accommodation facilities accept animals;
- not all commercial businesses allow entry to animals