MADRID – It is becoming more and more common and every time more Dutch and Belgians want to take their beloved pet on holiday to Spain. That is all possible nowadays, but one has to take into account certain laws and regulations that, despite traveling within the EU, can still be different in Spain. We limit ourselves below to dogs (perros) and cats (gatos) but a fred (huron) should also be allowed to travel to Spain.
According to many, Spain is one moderately dog friendly country, something that is evident from the more than 130,000 abandoned dogs and cats every year, but the Spaniard is also increasingly fond of their pet that is cared for with much love (sometimes too much). This is also evident from the enormous number pet shops and veterinary practices found in Spain.
ATTENTION: Regarding the corona measures taken in the post-corona time in Spain, no mention is made regarding pets. The rules and laws regarding pets described in this article are unchanged.
Accommodations and restaurants
There are more and more holiday homes, guest houses, camping sites (if on a leash) and hotels is allowed to stay with a pet. In most accommodations one has to pay a little extra for a stay with a pet and sometimes there are limitations like the size of a dog and the pounds.
In general one can say that eating with a dog in one restaurant is prohibited but there are restaurant owners who have no problem with that. On a terrace sitting with a dog is usually no problem, but there are exceptions where a dog is not welcome.
Beach and nature
Dogs are not welcome on the beaches in Spain unless it is a special dog beach where more and more of them can be found in Spain. If you are found with a dog on the beach by the police, the Fines rise considerably.
In the mountains and numerous nature parks in Spain your dog is allowed to run around to your heart’s content unless there are explicit prohibition signs that it is not allowed.
Traveling with the dog in it public transport is almost impossible in Spain but it is getting better. In some cities it is allowed to travel on public transport like city buses and the metro but there are also rules attached to it.
This is only allowed at certain (outside peak hours) times of the day and only in the back of the bus or metro wagon. Dogs must be on a leash, have a chip and if necessary one muzzle to wear. In addition, only one dog per passenger is allowed to travel on the bus or metro.
Transporting pets in the train is also limited. Transport in AVE, long distance, Avant, conventional medium distance, Cercanías and Feve trains is limited to small pets such as dogs, cats, ferrets and non-poultry. The pet must meet the hygiene conditions and have the documentation in accordance with applicable legislation. There is only allowed one pet travel and they must sit / lie discreetly with the passenger on the train and not « bother » other passengers.
Bee transportation in the car the dog in the back seat must wear a special dog harness or sit behind a rack in the trunk, whether or not in a transport box or carrier bag. Dogs should not be allowed in the scorching sun in the car be left. The police have the right to act in order not to endanger the health of the dog.
Spanish taxi drivers can refuse dogs in their cab. Obviously, this does not apply to guide dogs.
If one is with it plane traveling must be notified 24 hours in advance that a dog will be taken. Not all airlines allow traveling with pets in the cabin or cargo hold. See the airline websites for more text and explanation.
A dog or cat has one EU animal passport required, available from the vet. This passport contains a description of the animal, the name and address of the owner, the registration number of the chip (standard the ISO microchip 11784/11785 is inserted) and proof of vaccination against rabies. There is also space in the passport for a health certificate and other treatments or vaccinations.
Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against at least 21 days before travel rabies (rabies vaccination). The period of validity depends on the guidelines of the vaccine manufacturer (1-3 years). Note: the chip must be used before vaccination rabies have been brought in (may be the same day).
No mandatory additional treatments are required in Spain. Dogs and cats are required in Spain not quarantined.
Spain is one risk area, a dog or cat can get sick during the holidays as a result of tick or insect bites. There are sufficient preventive measures. Please contact the vet at least 4 weeks before departure.
The temperature in Spain can rise considerably in summer. A dog can therefore quickly overheated touch. So always provide sufficient water and cooling.
The HR dogs or High Risk Dogs have been named “potencialmente peligrosas” (PPP) in Spain and are subject to different rules.
Being for Spain PPP dogs those of the breeds: Pitbull, Dogo Argentino, Rottweiler, American Staffordshire terrier, Fila Brasiliero, Tosa Inu and Akita Inu.
Where in the Netherlands there is talk about exempting dogs with a pedigree, that is not the case in Spain. In the Spanish law State « animals that do not belong to one of the mentioned breeds but do meet all or most of the following characteristics » are also covered by this Act. These features are:
- All dogs with a powerful, robust appearance and highly developed muscles, an athletic build and strength and endurance
- Characteristic temperament and a high market value
- Chest size between 60 and 80 cm, height at the withers between 50 and 70 cm and weight above 20 kg
- Large, rectangular head with broad skull and highly developed cheek and jaw muscles, large and strong jaws and large and powerful mouth
- Broad, muscular and short neck
- Broad and muscular chest, with well-developed ribs and a muscular body
- Parallel, powerful and muscular front legs and very muscular back legs.
It is recommended to contact the embassy if you want to bring one of these dogs.
From December 29, 2014, all puppies and kittens to be taken to Spain have been vaccinated against rabies. Vaccination is only possible from 12 weeks. The legal waiting period after vaccination is 21 days, which means that animals under 15 weeks may no longer be imported.
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