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Vaccinations you and your pet

(The following information is from Spain’s Foreign Ministry, the UK Embassy in Spain and the European Union)

There are no requirements for any vaccinations before travelling to Spain, although the Foreign Ministry does recommend that you keep your tetanus shots up to date if you will be staying in a rural area.

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The regulations on pets, if you live in the EU, are in line with all member states of the European Union that all cats, dogs and ferrets must travel with an EU pet passport containing confirmation of vaccine against rabies. You should contact a vet in your home country to obtain the pet passport. If it is the first vaccination the animal must wait 21 days before being transported into Spain.

You should note regulations in your home country for your return home. Until the end of 2011, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the UK required proof that the rabies vaccination has been effective. Treatment for ticks and tapeworm is required for entry into Ireland, Malta and the UK until the end of 2011. Finland and Sweden require a tapeworm treatment.

Animals must also be fitted with an electronic microchip and must travel in an appropriate pet carrier. Pets must travel with their owners.
The number of pets which may be brought into Spain without being considered a commercial enterprise is five for cats, dogs, ferrets and birds.
Threatened species may not be brought into the country.

Dog muzzles are obligatory for breeds of dog considered as potentially dangerous in some parts of Spain. Potentially dangerous species are: Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Tosa Inu, Akitalnu.
Most restaurants will not admit pets, and not all hotels are pet friendly.