Moving to Portugal with your pet

Portugal with pets
Updated 2023-11-01 10:52

If you are relocating to Portugal and you want to bring your pet with you, there are a few steps that must be followed. There are different steps for pets coming from inside or outside the EU, but generally, if your pet is vaccinated, including a vaccine for rabies and microchipped, then the process should be straightforward.

Moving to Portugal with a pet from an EU Country

If you are moving to Portugal from within an EU country, the process is simple, as the EU has a standardized system for relocating dogs, cats, and ferrets. If you are relocating a different type of pet, then additional restrictions may apply - check with your local Portuguese embassy for more information. Generally, only a current rabies vaccination is required to move from within the EU, and your pet should also be microchipped. Microchipping allows veterinarians and customs authorities to easily access your pet's details and medical records.

Moving to Portugal with a pet from a non-EU country

If you are moving from a non-EU country, pets will also be required to be microchipped and to have current rabies vaccinations. Additional requirements also exist, depending on whether or not your home country has a high risk of rabies. It is best to consult the Portuguese embassy or consulate in your home country for the most up-to-date information. Usually, a certificate from a veterinarian, including health history and vaccination records, will also be required.


In general, pets coming from other European countries are not quarantined. However, different conditions may apply to pets coming from other countries. You are advised to inquire with the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in your home country beforehand.

Air travel

If you are relocating your pet to Portugal via air travel, there are many companies who can arrange this process for you. Select the company carefully and read reviews to ensure they have a positive record of safety and customer service. No matter what company you select, you will need a crate that meets your airline's requirements. It is a good idea to purchase your crate well in advance so your pet has time to get used to it and to make sure you find the right size crate for your pet. Putting a toy or blanket that smells like home can make it easier for your pet to cope with the trip.


The climate can be very hot in Portugal, especially in the summer, so never leave pets in a car or closed space and take the time to acclimatize them to their new home. Ensure they have plentiful access to fresh water and shade.

Useful links:

European Commission- Movement of Pets

Directorate-General for Food and Veterinary (DGAV)

DGAV Guidelines for Pets

Pet Passport - Portuguese requirements

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