ITALY: Same story as Spain... because it was an EU country, nobody cared if we cleared in or not. However, when we flew back to the United States and took Rudy with us, we took all of his records. When we went through US Immigration, they never even looked at Rudy or his paperwork. All they cared about was whether we were carrying any dog food. We had enough for the trip and a few treats. They took everything we had!
For the flight back to Italy, we were concerned the officials in the airport would be more stringent than the port authorities had been. Wrong again! We went to the trouble and expense of having Rudy examined yet again. Then we drove to the state capitol in South Carolina and got a US Dept of Agriculture certificate stating that he was healthy. When we arrived in Italy, we walked straight out of the airport with him. Once again, nobody even looked. Incredible.
GREECE: Before leaving Italy, we read up on the regulations for importing dogs into Greece. They seemed more stringent than the other European countries we’d been to so far. (“Dogs must have had a rabies shot within the last 30 days, but no less than 10 days”, and must have a microchip). We would be arriving at the end of April and Rudy’s last rabies shot had been the previous May. We got him a rabies shot the week before we made the one day passage from Italy to Greece. When we checked in to Customs, we were a bit nervous because Rudy’s shot had only been the week before, not ten days as the regulations stated. So when the Customs agent asked, “Do you have anything to declare,” we held our breath and said, “We have a dog” (which was quite obvious, because he was sitting there beside us). The very officious agent asked, “Is he a good dog?” To which we replied, “He’s a very good dog.” The agent said, “Good,” and stamped our papers. :)
MONTENEGRO: Suzanne stood on the Customs pier with Rudy in plain sight while Ty cleared in. No questions were asked.
CROATIA: Same story as Montenegro. No one seems to care that we have a dog. Luckily, everything’s in order in case they do (paperwork and shots).
TURKEY: We did all the check-in with Rudy at our side and nobody said a word about our having a dog. Too easy!