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Tips when travelling with your pet in Greece

Greece ● 13 August 2017
 

Many travellers choose to come to Greece every year with their four-legged friends. The beautiful landscape and the safety of nature in Greece can offer you relaxing moments with your pet, walking by the sea, swimming or hiking on a mountain. In Greece, there are some practices and regulations that you need to know if you are planning to spend there your vacations with your pet.

The Greek pet regulations apply to dogs, cats and ferrets. Birds are not permitted to enter Greece, especially if they are exotic birds, such as parrots. If you travel from an EU country, you can travel with your pet under the only condition that it has a European pet passport, authorised by a veterinarian. The animal should also have an electronic microchip with the same code as in the passport. If you travel from a non-EU country, things are more complicated. You should check the requirements about the vaccination, the certificate of good health and the documents needed. The Greek embassy in your country is pertinent to inform you about the procedure you should follow.


The Greek airlines have specific rules when flying with your dog or cat. The transportation of pets in the cabin of the aeroplane is allowed only if you carry them in a case. You can travel with one pet or with more than one pet if they are familiar to each other. The maximum permitted weight for the pet and the case is 8 kg. If your pet’s weight is more than 8 kg, it can be carried in the cargo department of the aircraft. When travelling with your pet by boat, the rules are not as strict as in the airlines. You can stay with your dog on the decks, which are open spaces, upon your responsibility and only if the dog is on a leash. 

You can find many pet-friendly hotels in Greece, but it is better to ask the hotel or hostel you have booked if they accept pets because in Greece, not all hotels are pet-friendly. Some boutique hotels in Greece do not allow cats or dogs, and some others accept only small animals. On the beaches of Greece, dogs are allowed, but it is wise not disturb other people on the beach.

Regarding the vet care, there are private vets and clinics in the large cities and the touristic islands of Greece, but in the villages and on the small islands, you can’t be sure that you will find a vet. If your pet takes drug prescription, it is better to take these drugs from home and have them with you.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Chalkidiki, Greece Thalassokipos
Thalassokipos
Vourvourou, 63088 Chalkidiki, Greece

Built amphitheatrically on a hill, Thalassokipos hotel offers accommodation with a spectacular panoramic view to the isles of Vourvourou with Mount Athos dominating in the background. Vourvourou village is at 8 km. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 98 km and the lively center of cosmopolitan Thessaloniki is 110 km away.

Hotel in Nafplio, Greece Deves Hotel
Deves Hotel
50, Argous Str., 21100 Nafplio, Greece

Deves Hotel is situated within a 15-minute walk from the historic center of the picturesque town of Nafplio and a 10-minute walk from the bus station (KTEL). The nearest beach can be found within 20 minutes on foot.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Argo Hotel
Argo Hotel
25, Victor Hugo Str., 10437 Athens, Greece

Argo Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 3- minute walk from Metaxourgeio Metro Station and an 8- minute walk from Omonoia Square. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is a 35- minute drive.


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