All info can be found at this link. including how to fill out the paperwork and directions.
The MAPS are VERY ACCURATE. They are not hard to follow at all (I am very bad with directions and could easily follow this and find the places! Yes, I have been there.)
Parking at the Grici Post Office can be difficult at times. I would suggest finding these places weeks or months ahead of time and then saving it to your GPS so you do not have to worry about getting lost on the day you need paperwork.
This and other useful info can be found at the Base Vet's Website:
Its best to contact the base vet ahead of time to confirm that these laws still apply. The Italian goverment can change this info at any time.
Remember that you must make appointments with the BASE VET and will have to wait for these sometimes more than a month.
If you have a pet, it would be a good idea to print this out and have all your records for your animal in one place so you know where the info is and what needs to be done ahead of time! It is best to keep these with other important information such as birth certificates or military orders so you do not forget where they are and can be easily located.
If you have a dog, it is highly suggested that you have the Leishmaniasis testing done yearly, along with your yearly heartworm test, to find out if your dog has it or not (test is good for 12 months!). This means that if you get sudden orders to leave or your dog has the disease, you will not be caught unaware of what needs to be done and the test is complete.
The official test requires about a 30 day wait for the results, however the base vet can do a simple unofficial test, which is cheaper and the results are immediate. This way you know the status of your dog i.e. if the dog has the disease then you are aware in enough time to know the dog can not be shipped out of Campania but must be shipped out another way.
It is VERY expensive to ship an animal out either by Commercial airlines or Cargo. This can be as much as $1500 per animal or more! AMC flights, while cheaper, easier and the best way to go, may not be available. They may not have a spot for your animal, your orders may get messed up, something could go wrong with various factors.
Therefore it is highly suggested that you begin saving for these expenses as soon as you get here or take in an animal. Begin a savings account just for your pet! This way if something happens and you do have to ship your pet, the money is available to you with out killing you financially. If you dont have to use the money for your pet, you can use it for your family.
Think about it:
$50 dollars a month times 12 months = $600
Multiply that by the average 2 year tour and that is $1200 dollars which will typically cover shipping a small - medium pet.
You can save this easily by choosing not to go out to eat or drink one night a month and instead putting that money aside. If you choose not to save, then you may be choosing between today's gratification or your pet's life.
The more money you save per month the less you have to scramble to come up with when the time comes to ship.
If you can not afford to ship an animal, its best not to get an animal.
If you need help with budgeting or financials, you can see your CFS,Command Financial Specialist, the Fleet and Family Support Center, or the NMCRS. You can also ask a close friend or call Military One Source.
This information is out there in numerous places and easy to get a hold of with a little effort.
It takes time and planning to take your animal with you. This is a fact of life. If you do not want to spend thousands of dollars on an animal or take the time to plan to get an animal home with you. Do not get an animal.
Yes, it takes some work but it is not that difficult unless you fail to plan. Planning ahead, saving money, and researching ahead of time takes care of any excuses one may have for not keeping an animal.