If you are planning on an extended stay in Tenerife or perhaps moving out there to live and wonder whether you can take your family pet by airplane then the answer is “Yes”. Tenerife is a territory of Spain and therefore complies with current EU rules.
It is important that you start planning well in advance, as there are various regulations that need to be complied with. The rules differ depending on the type of pet and whether you are travelling to Tenerife from a country within or outside the EU.
If you are flying to Tenerife from an EU member state with a dog, cat, or ferret, your pet must:
If you are flying to Tenerife South Airport from a country outside the EU, your pet must be:
Depending on which country you are flying from, your pet may need to have undergone a rabies serological test at an authorised laboratory. Please enquire with your airline to find out whether this is needed.
Your pet will need the following documentation:
In Tenerife, as in the rest of the EU, transport companies will be able to read your pet’s microchip as long as it complies with ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) standards. You will need to make sure that your pet’s microchip complies with the above.
Your animal’s Pet Passport will make specific reference to the different treatments it has been administered to enable it to travel. You need to ensure that your vet enters the number of the microchip on the Pet Passport.
You also need to check that your vet has filled in all of the relevant parts of your pet’s passport including the following:
Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before it travels to Tenerife or any other EU country. Your pet will not be protected against rabies until after the 21st day of vaccination.
It is important that your pet is microchipped BEFORE they get the rabies vaccination. This is so your pet’s microchip number can be included in the rabies vaccination documentation.
If you have any questions contact DEFRA (Department of Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs).
At the present time no domestic flights from the UK to Tenerife allow pet dogs or cats into the cabin of the aircraft. If your airline does carry animals they will go in the hold of the aircraft so it is important that you make preparations for their travel.
There are certain airlines in the EU such as Iberia, KLM, Air France and Alitalia which allow you to travel with your pet in the aircraft cabin as long as they meet the airline’s requirements. You will need to check with your airline as to their specific conditions and have the correct documentation along with their recommended animal carrier/kennel specifications.
As there is restricted space in the aircraft cabin for pets your airline will usually require a minimum of 48 hours notice to pre-book your pet’s reservation. It is advisable to make your pet’s reservation as soon as possible after making your booking to ensure it can travel with you in the cabin.
Make sure you take adequate pet insurance before you travel to cover any vets bills whilst you are on the island. It can work out very expensive if you don’t have adequate insurance.
You will need to check with your airline before travelling if your guide dog or assistance dog. Most airlines allow you to travel with your guide dog or assistance dog in the cabin. Each airline has specific requirements to allow a guide/assistance dog in the cabin. Below is a list of some of the requirements of the different airlines:
As with any pet travelling in the EU, they must be registered and will need to have the correct documentation as detailed above to gain entry.
Your guide or assistance dog will normally be able to travel free of charge. Check with your airline’s customer care department for more information and on their specific requirements.
For more information, please see our page Flying with a Guide Dog or Assistance Dog.