Legislation

Greece

Article 16 of Law 3868 (Government Gazette A 129/2010)

As amended by section 32 of Law 4238 (Government Gazette A 38/2014)
Welfare settings

Paragraph 7

  1. Every blind or handicapped person is entitled to be assisted by a dog during his or her visit to public facilities and services, his or her access to and residence in public places or public places and the use of public transport.
  2. Every blind or handicapped person is entitled to be assisted by a dog during his visit to private facilities and services, taking into account the restrictions set out in Ministry of Health Decision No. 1 / CG / No. 94643 and Social Solidarity (Government Gazette 1384 B / 3.8.2007), which supplements and amends sanitary provision A1b / 8577/1983 (Government Gazette 526B / 24.9.1983).
  3. The above provisions take precedence over any provision of the Animal Welfare Regulation. Access to the facilities and services referred to in points (a) and (b) of this paragraph shall also apply to dogs in the training process, such as helpline dogs - blind guide dogs or helpline dogs for handiccaped persons
  4. A helper dog is defined as a trained blind guide dog and a disabled helper dog. (e) By a joint decision of the Minister of Health and Social Solidarity and the Minister of the Interior, Decentralization and e-Government or any other Minister, the specific conditions for the training and certification of assistance dogs shall be laid down.

Article 33 of Law 4238 (Government Gazette A 38/2014)

Animal exploitation in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programs

  1. In the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programs of physical, mental and mental health problems at the level of CPH provision, pet and pets as well as assistance dogs may be utilized.

Article 46 of Law 4235 (Government Gazette A 32/2014)

Amendments

  1. a. The second subparagraph of Article 10 (2) of Law 4039/2012 is replaced by the following: “Assistance dogs, if fitted with a control strap, may be carried in modes of transport, without a crate and without a muzzle, regardless of their size".

Bulletin

Clarifications on access to and residence of blind guide dogs, or persons with disabilities and treatment dogs in public and private spaces and facilities

According to a Ministry of Health circular, the assisted dog (trained or trained blind guide dog or disabled helper dog) has access, right of residence, access to both public and private facilities, as well as public assembly areas, to public transport. and in the food and beverage business rooms. Also that the help dog, if fitted with a control strap, can be transported in transport without a crate and without a muzzle regardless of its size.

General findings

  • Helper dogs are defined as (trained or trained) blind guide dogs and helper dogs for people with other disabilities.
  • Helping dogs are certified by the body that trained them. Their trainers (for certified dogs), trainers or volunteers assisting with their training (for trained dogs) are required to bring with them a certificate of certification as well as their health booklet, which they will have to provide upon request.
  • Any person with blindness or other disability is entitled to be assisted or treated by a dog while visiting public and private facilities and services, accessing and staying in public or public places and in the use of public transport, without the helper dog is wearing a muzzle or is in a transport box.
  • Dog-assisted entry, as well as dog-treat entry, is also allowed in the business rooms of food and beverage companies. The helper dog handler should take every measure to avoid annoying customers and have the documents certifying the animal's health, adequacy of training and handling rights (health booklet, certification card).
  • Corresponding certificates, documents and other documents are also required for EU citizens to carry. and third countries who handle dog-help and treatment while in Greece. These documents must come from an official body or service of their country of origin. It is noted that the said forms will be translated into English. In case of long stay in our country (work reasons, permanent residence, etc.), these certificates must be translated into Greek by the official authorities of the country abroad (embassies, etc.).
  • Help and treatment dog handlers must ensure that the environment is kept clean.
  • Blind guide dogs, assisted dogs with other disabilities, as well as treatment animals, are eligible for access to and stay in public or private spaces.
European Union

EU Regulation no. 1177/2010

of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 on passenger rights in maritime and inland waterway transport and amending Regulation (EC) No. 2006/2004

According to Article 11 Assistance Conditions Paragraph 5: Where a person with a disability or a person with reduced mobility is accompanied by a recognized escort dog, that dog shall travel to the same place as that person, provided that the carrier, the travel agent or the tour operator has been informed in accordance with applicable national rules on the transport of recognized escort dogs on board passenger ships, provided such rules are in place.

It is noted that the transport of recognized companion dogs on board is subject to national regulations. Commission Regulation (EC) No. Regulation (EC) No 1107/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the rights of persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility when traveling by air.

Official Journal No. L 204, 26/07/2006

Article 7 Right to assistance at airports:

  1. Where a person with a disability or reduced mobility arrives at an airport for air travel, the airport manager shall be responsible for providing the assistance set out in Annex I so that the person concerned can fly on the flight for which he / she is booking, provided that the particular carrier, at least 48 hours prior to the published departure time has been notified to the relevant carrier, its agent or traveling agent flight. This notification shall also cover the return flight if the departure and return flights have been agreed with the same carrier.
  2. Accompanying dog assistance shall be provided, where necessary, provided that it has been notified to the carrier, its agent or travel agent at least 48 hours prior to the published departure time of the flight, and in accordance with the applicable national provisions on dog transport. on board aircraft, if any.
  3. Unless notified in accordance with paragraph 1, the managing body shall make every reasonable effort to provide the assistance set out in Annex I so that the person concerned can fly on the flight for which he / she is booking.
  4. The provisions of paragraph 1 shall apply where:
    • the person present at the check-in:
      • the predetermined time stated (even by electronic means) by the carrier, agent, or travel agent,
      • if the time is not specified, not later than one hour before the published time of departure, or
    • arrives within the limits of the airport designated in accordance with Article 5:
      • the predetermined time stated (even by electronic means) by the carrier, agent, or travel agent,
      • if the time is not specified, at the latest two hours before the published departure time.
  5. Where a person with a disability or reduced mobility passes through an airport to which this Regulation applies, or is transferred by the carrier or travel agent from the flight for which he or she is booked on another flight, the airport management body shall be responsible for ensuring that assistance set out in Annex I so that the person concerned can fly on the flight for which he / she is booking.
  6. When arriving by air with a disability or reduced mobility at an airport to which this Regulation applies, the airport managing body shall be responsible for ensuring the assistance set out in Annex I so that the person concerned can reach his or her departure point. airport as referred to in Article 5.
  7. The assistance provided shall, as far as possible, serve the specific needs of the individual passenger.