INTERNATIONAL PET SHIPPING

Pet Transport to Italy from the United States

What you need to know about shipping pets to Italy

The steps below must be followed in detail in order for your pet to enter Italy. We recommend discussing the requirements and options in detail with a pet relocation company.

What’s the process?

The steps below must be followed in detail in order for your pet to enter Italy. We recommend discussing the requirements and options in detail with a pet relocation company.

Health Requirements

Must be completed at least 21 days before departure

1

Microchip

Must be completed 21 days before departure, and must be completed before Rabies Vaccination.

  • Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be identified by microchip.  There are no exceptions to this rule.
  • The microchip should be ISO compliant and 15 digits long.
    • If your pet does not have an ISO complaint chip, your pet will have to travel with a microchip reader attached to the crate. Alternatively, your vet can implant a new ISO complaint chip in addition to the existing non-ISO compatible chip.
    • After implanting the chip, your pet will have to be revaccinated in order for the vaccine to be valid.

2

Vaccinations

Must be completed at least 21 days prior to departure

  • Rabies vaccination must occur on the same day or after microchip implantation. Any rabies vaccine given prior to the microchip implantation is considered invalid and will not be accepted.
    • Rabies vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are permissible for entry to the EU.
    • There is a mandatory 21 day wait period after the primary (or first) vaccination before your pet can enter the EU.  If your pet’s most recent vaccination is a booster shot without a lapse in coverage, a 21-day wait will not be needed. 
  • Other vaccines are not required, but the vaccines below are recommended, particularly if your pet may need to be boarded before or after travel. 
    • Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.
    • Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

Import Health Certificate

Must be completed 2-10 days before departure

3

Health Certificate 

Must be completed 2 – 10 days prior to departure.

  • At this point in your move, one of our pet shipping specialists will pre-complete the correct health certificate and email it to you veterinarian for signature at the physical appointment. We provide all documents and are available to answer any questions and trouble shoot issues that may rise. 
  • The EU has two different health certificate options. The health certificate used will depend on whether the pet is traveling within 5 days before or after the owner or designated person, and whether the pet is changing ownership or intended for sale in the EU.
    • Noncommercial health certificate: For pets traveling within 5 days of owner or designated person. Valid for 10 days after USDA Accredited Veterinarian issues it. 
    • Commercial health certificate: For pets traveling more than 5 days before or after owner or designated person. For pets changing ownership or intended for resale in the EU. Valid for 48 hours after USDA Accredited Veterinarian issues it. 

4

USDA Endorsement

Must be completed 2 – 10 days prior to departure.

  • After your pet has been examined by your veterinarian and the correct health certificate has been completed and signed, the health certificate must be submitted to the USDA office to be endorsed.  FFexpress coordinates this process on your behalf. 
  • If a military veterinarian completes your pet’s health certificate, the USDA endorsement is not needed. A military veterinarian is a Veterinary Corps Officer or civilian GS-0701 series government veterinarian employed by the U.S Army Veterinary Service. 

Banned Breeds

Italy restricts the import of the following breeds: 

  • Rottweiler
  • Doberman Pinscher (Venice only)
  • Emilie Dejardin - Pet Owner

    “Marck was really awesome. He took care care of all the paperwork and kept us updated. Great communication, great service! Our rabbit made it back home safely. Thank you!”

    Emilie Dejardin, Pet Owner

    Mark Romanchock, pet owner in Paris

    “Despite trying to move our Labrador from Houston during a pandemic and then a historic power failure on Houston, FFE came through for us. The team kept us in constant contact and went out of their way to help our veterinarian get set up with the USDA portal. Would highly recommend them for anyone moving pets internationally”

    Mark Romanchock, Pet Owner

    Dominique Wakefield, Pet Owner in Holland

    “Coco made it to Holland. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong but none of it the fault of Feathers and Fur. They were wonderful helping to fix the issues with my vet, FedEx and the USDA while time was ticking. Great communication in a very stressful time. Coco is settled in and happy.”

    Dominique Wakefield, Pet Owner

    We’ll treat your pets as our own

    Every team member at FFexpress is also a pet parent, so we know just how important your fur baby is to you. We only use the best airlines and facilities to ensure your pet is receiving the best care possible.

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