Italy pet entry regulations state there is no quarantine, helping to make Italy very pet-friendly. Dogs are welcome at many hotels (a couple of exceptions are the non-pet-friendly Hotel de Russie in Rome and Grand Quisisana on Capri) and even some restaurants. For pet-friendly hotels, we personally like the Cavalieri in Rome, J.K. Place and Four Seasons in Florence, Il San Pietro in Positano, Casa Morgano on Capri, Villa d’Este in Lake Como and the Bulgari Hotel and Hotel Principe Di Savoia in Milan. And despite Italy’s economic woes, the boot-shaped country remains a wonderful place to visit due to its rich history and culture, fashion, incredible food and wine and warm people. Buon viaggio!
MOVING CATS AND DOGS FROM THE UNITED STATES TO ITALY
EU Regulation 998\2003\EC regulating the animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals (cats and dogs) in the European Union Member States is effective as of October 2, 2004.
According to the EU regulation, to introduce animals in Italy from third countries, among which the United States, it is mandatory to obtain a European Community veterinary certificate (see attached form) for each pet that will be introduced in the Member States. The new format of the certificate has been approved by the Commission Decision 2004/203/EC on February 18, 2004 and all subsequent amendments
Therefore, cats and dogs can travel from the United States to Italy as long as they have the following:
A valid Veterinary Certificate (stating owners details, a description of the animal, details of identification and vaccinations)
A valid rabies vaccine for dogs. If the rabies vaccination was the animal’s first vaccine then it must wait for 21 days before entering the country. There is no time delay with booster injections; providing there is proof that the booster was administered before the last vaccine had expired.
A tattoo or a microchip (compatible with standards ISO-11784)
The cage or carrier must be labeled with the owner’s name, and their (or a nominated person’s) address and contact numbers in Italy.
Once in Italy, an Italian vet can issue an EU Pet Passport allowing travel within Europe. (please see below)
An animal must be over three months old to enter Italian territory.
To introduce pet animals in Italy from third countries, it is not necessary to subject the animals to tick or echinococcus treatments.
TRAVELLING WITH GUIDE DOGS TO ITALY
Guide dogs for the blind entering Italy must adhere to the same requirements as other domestic pets. Once in Italy the service dog has unhindered access to all public buildings, shops and may travel unrestricted on all public transportation.
All dogs travelling on public transport in Italy must be muzzled, on a leash and have their own ticket.
PET CARRIERS FOR TRAVEL TO ITALY
All cats and dogs traveling to Italy must travel in an approved pet carrier/container. The carrier must be big enough for the animal to stand, sit and turn around in during the journey. The container must allow adequate ventilation. If the journey is longer than a few hours, food and drink may need to be supplied. Several train companies, sea ferries and airlines carry caged animals across borders (normally a pet travelling by air will be in the hold). Passengers traveling with pets should be aware of the many travel restrictions imposed by American carriers. The restrictions vary considerably from one carrier to another. Therefore, we urge you to contact airlines early and familiarize yourself with their specific requirements well in advance of anticipated travel.
WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN PET PASSPORT?
The European Pet Passport allows for cats and dogs to freely cross borders in Europe. It is a booklet, identical for all European countries, which contains obligatory information concerning an individual animal:
proof of valid vaccine against the rabies virus.
The Pet Passport is valid for the duration of the pet’s life. Each passport is numbered for identification purposes.
HOW TO OBTAIN THE EU PET PASSPORT
Only a licensed vet may issue the passport, and vaccinations should be kept current by the vet. Before issuing it, the vet will confirm that the animal:
Is identified by a micro chip in the neck or tattoo in the ear
Has a valid rabies vaccines.
Has had a blood test to confirm the vaccine is in the system
For more information on EU pet passport, a model of the pet passport and questions and answers please consult the following websites:
WHAT ABOUT OTHER PETS?
Passengers may enter Italy with up to a maximum of five pets as long as they are included in the following list:
Birds (small birds with the exception of parrots, see below), dogs, cats, fish (small), common frogs, common reptiles, rodents (except rabbits and hares), common lizards and green lizards, and small turtles.
Passengers may also enter Italy accompanied by a maximum of 2 parrots for the larger species or up to a maximum of 4 parrots for the smaller species as long as they are accompanied by a certificate of origin and health attesting that there were no cases of psittacosis in the last 12 months within a radius of 15 miles from the place of origin.
For additional information regarding EU regulation 998\2003\EC and travel requirements for other pets, including International health certificates for the export of animals from the United States, please refer to the APHIS website at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/
Source: U.S. Embassy