Many dogs and cats travel to Portugal every year as the human members of the family relocate. Portugal is part of the EU so has very similar regulations for importing and exporting pets as France or Spain.

Dogs and cat travelling need to have an EU pet passport (usually done by your own local vet). The following steps needs to be followed, but more details can be found here.

Step 1: Your dog or cat needs a microchip.

Step 2: They then need a rabies vaccination and must be at least 3 months old before they have this. Some rabies vaccines in the UK last for 3 years and others will last for 3 years but need a top up after one year, so you need to know when the vaccine expires.

Step 3: Your vet issues you with a pet passport and 21 days after the initial vaccination, your pet can travel to Europe and back again.

Step 4: If your pet is travelling by plane, then the airlines demand that they are checked within 5 days of the flight to ensure that they are fit and healthy.

We have ample experience in flying dogs and cats to Portugal. PetAir can organise everything to help you plan all the steps for your pet’s journey.

Our main aim to get pets to their destination safely and comfortably, while taking care of the owner’s stresses and needs also. So, if you’re planning to take your dog to Portugal, give us a call and have a chat with one of our friendly staff members today!

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