In order to be able to spend relaxing holidays with your dog in South Tyrol, you have to consider a few things.
- Entry requirements:
A properly completed EU passport for your dog has to be carried along, this you get at your veterinarian. The vaccination against rabies has to be listed in the EU passport - it has to be made at least 21 days before coming to South Tyrol and it must not date back more than one year before your holiday. Moreover your four-legged friend needs a microchip so that he can be identified.
Dogs, which were marked before the 3rd of July 2011 for the first time, may have a clearly readable tattoo. Puppies younger than three months must not entry Italy. This applies to the entry from EU states and non EU states. As well as in the rest of Italy, also in South Tyrol the dog owner is liable for any damages caused by his/her dog. An corresponding insurance is not obligatory, but it is is highly recommended.
- Regulations on site:
Since 2009 there is the mandatory use of dog leashes in Italy (also outside the villages, the leash must not be longer than 1.5 metres) and an extended muzzling order. Of course this doesn't mean that your four-legged friend permanently has to wear a muzzle, but you have to carry one along (e.g. for public transport).
When transporting your dog in the car it must be secured in such a manner that it never can obstruct or injure the driver. If there is more than one dog in the car, they have to be kept in a cage or separated from the front area of the car by a specific net. And last but not least: removing the excrements of your dog is obligatory and carefully controlled!