Pets and Animals in Greece

An overview of the rules of pet ownership in Greece, as well as what measures are required when bringing pets into the country, and how to best protect animals from any local dangers...

The following are considered as pets in Greece:
Dogs, Cats, Ferrets, Birds, Ornamental tropical fishes, Some amphibians, reptiles, spiders, other invertebrates, rodents and domestic rabbits
Mistreating or abandoning an animal is forbidden by law and the punishments are severe. There are many stray dogs and cats in Greece.

Pet laws

Dogs must be identified by microchip as soon as possible after the birth, and before travelling. There is no dog tax. Pets should be vaccinated against the following infectious diseases:
Dogs: canine distemper, canine parvovirus, canine leptospirosis, canine hepatitis
Cats: infectious feline leucopenia, feline immunodeficiency virus
Veterinarians provide information on the necessary vaccinations and their due dates.
Pet animals are sold by pet shops, breeders and kennels. Dogs must be registered and electronically identified by microchip. The vet takes care of this.
Pet owners must carry a valid EU Pet Passport for each pet when travelling with their animals to and in Greece.

Dogs are usually allowed on the public beaches; when this is not the case, a sign indicates the prohibition. Most private/serviced beaches do not allow dogs.
Dogs are allowed in some hotels.

There are many dog and cat "hotels" (kennels and catteries), where pets can be left while an owner is away.

Public transport of Pets

  • Train: Pets can be taken on trains if they can fit in a bag or cage and are placed at the owner's feet.
  • Bus: Pets are allowed on public transport in Athens if they are in a special carrying case measuring no more than 70 X 40 X 50cm
  • Ferry: Pets travel free of charge but are not allowed in cabins or indoor public areas. Pet owners must carry valid health papers for their animal (EU Pet Passport)