Pets can enter Greece by airplane in the cabin, as checked baggage or air cargo, by ferry or by car. You need a valid pet passport to enter Greece with a pet. That means that your pet should be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip and have proof of a current anti- rabies vaccination. The anti-rabies vaccination shall be considered as valid 21 days from the date of completion of the vaccination protocol required by the manufacturer for the primary vaccination in the country in which the vaccination is administered. However, the anti-rabies vaccination shall be considered as valid from the date of revaccination (booster) where the vaccine is administered within the period of validity indicated by the manufacturer of a previous vaccination in the country in which the previous vaccination was administered. The vaccination shall be considered as a primary vaccination in the absence of veterinary certification attesting the previous vaccination. Pet friendly accommodations are eligible to check pet passports or/and pet health booklets upon check-in.
Your dog must be on leash in all public places and parks. There are very few dog parks where dogs can be off leash. Failing to have your dog on a leash or pick up after your pet can result in being charged a fine.
Cats and small size dogs that fit a carrier are allowed to a furry cabin. All other dog sizes must be restrained in the deck or in the special kennels provided. There are special pet cabins where all dog sizes are allowed and this is the best solution if you have a medium or large sized dog and a long journey to a Greek island.
Only small sized pets within a carrier are allowed to buses, the metro and trains. Medium and large sized dogs are not allowed to buses, trains and the metro with the exception of guide and service dogs.
Pets are allowed in all outdoor spaces of most cafes and restaurants in Greece. However, they are explicitly not allowed indoors in restaurants due to national laws and some restaurants prohibit pets completely. Before making a reservation always check with the restaurant if your dog is allowed.
Pet taxis are the best way to move around if you have a medium or large sized dog. We recommend petaxi.gr call for bookings at +30 6936779916
Dogs are allowed in every public beach on leash.
There are many licensed veterinarians in every greek city. In case you know beforehand your exact route in Greece, please visit the Hellenic Veterinary Association and ask for vets at your destination. Veterinary costs are low in comparison with the US and other EU states.
There are almost three million stray animals in Greece, most of them are stray cats. The majority of stray dogs is vaccinated and neutered and there is no public health risk associated with stray animals in Greece. However, it is recommended to be careful when moving around with your dog since some stray dogs may try to defend their territory. The vast majority of Greek stray dogs are super friendly. If you find a stray animal that you would wish to adopt and bring back home then contact the local municipality or the local animal welfare association to proceed with the adoption process.
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