I have two Rhodesian Ridgebacks back at home in the States that we seriously considered bringing to Madrid. In the end it wasn’t the right move for us, so instead they stay with my parents in San Diego (quite happily). Despite the unfulfilled trip, plenty of research was done prior to our move on what steps needed to be taken to ensure their [non-quarantined] entry. In addition to our research, I have learned a bit of information from those in IE who did follow through in bringing pets (well dogs in our case) into Madrid.
Luckily the process is not difficult. With the correct paperwork and shots, you will most likely not run into any issues bringing your pets into Spain. And then once here, you’ll quickly find that there is a dog culture here, so they’re be quite accepted. I think the only point of difficulty I ran across was dogs, cats or ferrets under 3 months of age are under no circumstances allowed in.
There are many sources online that can assist you in the step-by-step process. There are even companies out there who for a [hefty] fee will do all the work for you – door to door service. But, in my opinion, this is not necessary as the process is simple enough. There are a few steps of logistics you’ll have to get through as you prepare your pet, the most important of them being the certificate from its Veterinarian which will include the following:
- Identification of person responsible for the animal(s)
- Description of origin of the animals(s)
- Microchip or tattoo number, location and date of insertion.
- Rabies vaccine information
For simplified information, broken down specifically for those from the USA/Canada and EU, check out SpainExpat. For those from the EU and Norway, you are lucky enough to fall under the blue Pet Pass rule (requiring a blue pet passport documentation) which eased restrictions since 2004. Here is another site that you may find useful. This blue document contains the same information as mentioned in the bullets above and is accepted in all EU nations.
As for flying your pets in, I would suggest you check the rules of your individual airline, as each has varied costs, rules and restrictions.
For information on pet passports, updated rules, pet friendly hotels…etc. see Pet Travel.com