Tips for Traveling With Dogs or Cats to Italy

If you’re planning to take your pet along with you on a trip to Italy or you’re moving there, there are a few rules that need to be followed. Pets could be kept in quarantine or returned home if they don’t have the proper papers. Certificates must comply with European Union Regulation 998.

These regulations apply only to bringing pets through Customs into Italy. If you’re arriving by air or ship, check for additional rules with your airline or ship company. This information was current as of May 2018, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Italy website; rules and regulations are subject to change. 

The Rules

Each pet you want to take into Italy must have:

  • A European Community veterinary certificate, which must include details about the owner, a description of the pet, and vaccination and identification details
  • A current rabies vaccine; if it is the first vaccination, you cannot take your pet into Italy until 21 days after the vaccination
  • A microchip or tattoo
  • The carrier must be labeled with contact details of the owner
  • The pet must be at least 3 months old
  • Dogs should have a leash and muzzle
  • You must clean up after your dog in public places

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