Writing from the veterinary perspective but hopefully can help you out! Every time you import
or export a pet from any country they need a health
check by an authorised and approved veterinarian, and many countries have a quarantine period.
For example to import
a dog or cat to NZ there is a ten day quarantine, plus you need an export veterinary certificate, a veterinary inspection
on arrival plus many forms to fill out. Check out these links for details.
In terms of EU countries it really depends on the country and can change year to year. Italy
does require proof of rabies vaccination and sometimes you even need to do blood testing to prove the vaccine has worked, you may find this has to be repeated before leaving and entering each country, along with all those other inspections previously mentioned. I believe that a certified Italian veterinarian can issue an EU passport for your pets
though, which might make life easier when cruising through the med.
I am guessing it is doable but would mean your furry friends are at the vet a lot and potentially getting many blood tests etc, plus they will be spending a few weeks quarantine each year.
Good luck! And let us know how you go with them.
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