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Moving Your Pet Dogs and Cats

Information on travelling with, or moving, your pet to Portugal from another European country, the UK or further afield...

  • The European Pet Passport (EU Pet Passport) allows for qualifying domestic animals (dogs, cats and ferrets) to freely cross borders in Europe
  • The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) provides for qualifying domestic pets to travel to and from the UK without undergoing quarantine

Note: Ferrets may not be kept as domestic pets in Portugal. Portugal banned the importation of domestic ferrets to avoid cross breeding with indigenous ferrets in the wild. However this ruling essentially contradicts EU rules. A person wishing to take a ferret to Portugal should consult the Portuguese authorities for the latest information (see below).

Pet travel laws can be affected by exceptional outbreaks of diseases. Recent examples are Avian Influenza (the H5N1 strain of bird flu), Swine Flu (the H1N1 strain), Foot and Mouth disease and the Bluetongue outbreak.

The Portuguese Veterinary Director General (Direcção-Geral de Veterinária, DGV) publishes a guide about the non-commercial movement of pet dogs and cats to Portugal. The guide covers animals entering Portugal from EU and non-EU member countries.

  • Direcção-Geral de Veterinária, DGV
    At: Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas Artes 2, 1249-105 Lisbon
    Tel: 213 239 500
    Fax: 213 239 679
  • The specified entry points must be used when bringing animals into Portugal. For an up-to-date list of ports and airports: Click here (PDF)
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