Traveling with pets in Greece
All the owners of the pets understand eachothers about wishing to share all nice moments with them, including vacation and travelling.
Before you start your holiday to Greece with dog or cat or some else pet, it is necessary to prepare.
First of all your pet needs to be vaccinated, chipped. Of course, it is necessary to have a health card and passport that will require seals that prove that vaccination and chipping have been done.
If you are travelling from country that is not member of European Union, you need confirmation from vet at least 10 days before holiday that pet is in good health, and vaccine against rabies should not be older than a year and should not be fresher than a month. Certificates for these two items have never been asked at the border.
There is a lot of speculation about the titer test and whether it is necessary or not. By law it is necessary, and in practice it is not. We can not tell you that you do not do a titer test, because there is always a risk that they will ask for it on the border, but our experience about crossing the border is such that they have never been asked. However, for security it is better to have all papers required by law.
Although you probably already know, the results of the titar test are waiting a few months, so you need to take your pet for analysis at a time.
It is interested that in Greece, they include cats, dogs and polecat as pets, but not birds, so they are not allowed to enter Greece.
Greek airlines and ferry companies have special rules regarding the travel of pets to Greece.
In airplane it is allowed to be in a passenger cabin if they are less than 8kg, and if they are more than 8kg then they can be in cargo part of airplane.
As far as the Greek ferry is concerned, small pets can be on deck, provided they are on the leash. And larger pets are placed in houses in a separate part of the ferry. In practice, large dogs can also be taken on deck if they are on the leash and with the responsible owner.
Before you go to the destination check if there is a vet ambulance, because some smaller places don’t have it. If your pet is under therapy, traveling to the island or a small ferry, it is best to bring all the necessary medicines with you. For emergencies in the absence of a vet, you can also contact the local pharmacies who have been trained in emergency cases in Greece for animals and humans.
In our offer you can find many hotels and apartments that are pet friendly. There are more than five hundred. Just check filter on the left side (pet friendly) and as a result you will se only those hotels.
Pet friendly accommodation you can look here.
Before you make a reservation of accommodation it is better to check once again with the owner if and in which case they accept pets because it happens that because of bad experience or unresponsible owners they change their policy. It is important to find out whether there are some restrictions regarding pets’ pounds, because in some hotels only smaller pets are accepted or dogs are accepted, but not cats and vice versa. Some owners do not allow the pet to sleep on the bed, so it is necessary to bring a bed with you. Therefore, before booking, it is necessary to inquire in detail about all the conditions of stay of the pet in the accommodation.
You came on a holiday with your pet and for sure you would like to take it with you to the beach or to swimming.
Generally there is no rule that says that it is forbbiden for dogs to go to the beach in Greece. But, it is important that your dog do not disturb other people on the beach. This means that it does not bark, do not pee in the sand and it’s not without leash. This applies especially to large dogs. As far as swimming is concerned, the rule is that it is not allowed on popular and well-organized beaches. Often we can see dogs on such beaches, but if any of the other visitors report to the police you can have problems. There are two ways to protect yourself from potential inconveniences. One is that when you arrive at a popular beach, you ask at the beach bar whether it is allowed your dog to stay on the beach and swim, and secondly, an even better solution is to go to less visited and less popular beaches in Greece. On those beaches you can leave your dog free to enjoy sand, running and swimming.
As the owner of the dog, you are responsible for his well-being, so you need to take care of their health and conditions during the holidays.
It is necessary to avoid overwhelmed exposure to the sun. The white-haired dogs are particularly sensitive to sun. It would be ideal that the dogs are always in the shade, and fresh water is available all the time.
Some dogs tend to eat sand either directly or if they play with a toy in the sand so that should be taken care of.
The dog should also not be allowed to drink sea water.
Not all dogs are swimming, so if they don’t want, don’t push them to the water and force them to swim.
After swimming in the sea, it is recommended that the dog is washed with fresh water.
And now a few words for those who do not like animals, especially not on the beach.
Dogs never urinate in water (as opposite to many people) so there is no fear of spreading the infection.
Dogs have the right to swim in the sea and enjoy it the same as humans.
Dogs are no more dirty than humans, but if you are afraid of staying on the beach or in the sea for some reason, or you are afraid of yours or your child’s safety, before contacting the police, it is better to talk to the owner to find common and good solution.
See here on which beaches in Tasos we recommend going to with a dog.