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Pet Passport Ireland

Dog Passport Ireland

Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Ireland from countries within the European Union (EU), from rabies free countries or from rabies-controlled countries: New pet import regulations for the EU in effect on December 29, 2014.

If your pet is entering Ireland from another EU country, a rabies free or a country with a low incidence of rabies after residing there for at least 6 months, they will not be quarantined if the following steps are completed in this order:

  1. Your pet will need an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip implanted by your veterinarian. If your pet has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
  2. If your pet is entering Ireland from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it will need a rabies vaccination no sooner than 21 days** prior to entry and not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine. If your dog, cat or ferret was not vaccinated after it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted.
  3. If your pet is entering Ireland from a high-rabies country, your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a Blood Titer Test must be administered  (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.) Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your pet can enter the Netherlands no sooner than 90  days after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering the Netherlands from a high rabies country.
  4. Within 10 days of travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must complete an Annex I, Annex IV or Annex II for Ireland for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are entering Ireland from another EU country, then have your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your pet.
  5. A Tapeworm Test is required for dogs between one and five days of entering Ireland.
  6. A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should also be included for endorsement (if applicable).
  7. Unaccompanied pets traveling as manifest cargo will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel.
This completes a pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter Ireland.

Dog Passport Ireland

**Once your pet has entered Ireland, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements listed above are met.

Effective December 29, 2014: If your pet is entering Ireland unaccompanied by air from an EU country or rabies-controlled country, and you are unable to travel on the same flight as your pet, you will need to sign a declaration confirming that you do not intend to sell or transfer ownership of your pet. If your pet originates from outside of the EU, you must show evidence of your travel within 5 days of your pet´s movement.

Effective December 29, 2014: If you are not traveling within 5 days before or after your pet or if you are intending to sell, re-home or change ownership of your dog, cat or ferret, then your pet's transport will be considered a commercial transport, and it will need to meet the following requirements:

If arriving by air, pets will travel as manifest cargo on approved airlines. The airports approved to importing animals is into Ireland is Dublin. To fly directly to Dublin with your pet and not transit through Heathrow or Gatwick, prior approval must be obtained at least 10 days prior to entry. Arrangements must be made by you to transfer your pet to an approved veterinary hospital for clearance inspection. Your pet must arrive on an airline approved to fly to Dublin.

If your dog or cat is entering Ireland from the Malaysian Peninsula, it may not enter the country unless it is accompanied with a certificate issued by the Malaysian Department of Veterinary Services which confirms the following:

Traveling with more than 5 pets: effective December 29, 2014, if you are traveling with more than 5 pets over 6 months of age, unless you are traveling to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex II form), travel from a registered premesis, use a licensed transporter, register the transport on the TRACES system, and also enter Ireland through a Border Inspection Post (if you are traveling from outside of the EU).

Breed Restrictions:  The following breeds are not permitted to enter Ireland: Akita, Bull Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Japanese Tosa Inu and Mastiff.

Puppies: Rabies vaccinations cannot be administered prior to 12 weeks of age. Up to four (4) unvaccinated puppies under 3 months of age can enter Ireland with their mother who has met the requirements for entering Ireland. Puppies entering the country without the mother must do so from another EU country and, they must be microchipped and accompanied with a veterinary certificate stating that their mother's vaccination had not expired and they had not been exposed to wild or rabies infected animals. They also must have a blue pet passport issued in the EU.

Exporting Pets from Ireland: effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Ireland must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies and returning to Ireland, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country.

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.

Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Ireland. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements such as an Import License and quarantine and should have a health certificate to enter Ireland. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Search their database. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.

Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.

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Posted on 2014-04-26 11:48:19.0
Do I need a pet passport to go from Ireland to England
Posted on 2014-06-07 21:27:28.0
Strictly speaking yes but in reality nobody ever checks!
Posted on 2014-06-08 17:01:28.0
Technically, you should have your pet microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days prior to entering England. You should also travel with an updated EU passport.
Posted on 2014-06-09 03:14:23.0
I'm collecting a puppy from Ireland to bring to england what do I need to do
Posted on 2014-06-22 14:20:27.0
Technically, your puppy should be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days prior to traveling. However, compliance checks between the two countries may not be applied for ground transportation or a ferry. At a minimum, an EU passport is required. Check with your airline if you are flying.
Posted on 2014-06-25 03:54:10.0
What is the step by step procedure to bring my puppy from the USA to The Republic Of Ireland please?
Posted on 2014-06-26 09:29:03.0
Jonathan - the step by step procedure to bring your pet to Ireland is here: The US is considered a rabies-controlled country, so no Blood Titer Test is required, however, your pup must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies and wait 21 days before entering Ireland. You can fly directly into Dublin on several approved airlines (Aer Lingus, Emirates, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines) but your pet will need to travel as manifest cargo, so you should contact their cargo departments for costs.
Posted on 2014-06-29 18:07:41.0
Hi:) I am looking to move my 3 cats from South Africa back home to Ireland with me , can you please advise me on my first step ? Thanks for your time x
Posted on 2014-07-08 00:16:31.0
Jill - because SA is considered to be a high-rabies country, the process is as follows: first microchip, then vaccinate for rabies (in that order but same vet visit is OK), then wait 30 days, then have your vet do a Blood Titer Test. Assuming acceptable results, your cats can enter Ireland 90 days after the date the blood was drawn for the titer test. They will also need an Annex II form for Ireland completed by your vet within 10 days of travel. You can find details and links to step by step instructions and forms required here if you need them:
Posted on 2014-07-13 10:37:39.0
Hi can we take out two year old German shepherd to Germany for a week and back with all shots done and a passport, would there be any issues because of his breed?
Posted on 2014-07-21 18:31:38.0
Carta - according to customs regulations, dangerous dogs accompanying individuals who are not staying in the Federal Republic of Germany for longer than four weeks (particularly intended for tourists) are exempt from the ban.
Posted on 2014-07-28 01:30:15.0
Hello, what would need to happen for me to bring my cat from the USA into Ireland? Or do I need to first go to mainland europe, and wait 3 months there before going to Ireland? He is 20 years old, so i need to make it not too stressful on him
Posted on 2014-08-13 17:51:07.0
Sorrel - the UK considers the USA to be a rabies-controlled country, so you only need to microchip, then vaccinate your cat and wait at least 21 days before entering Ireland. You will need an accredited veterinarian to complete the Annex II form for Ireland and have it endorsed by the USDA within 10 days of entry. You can fly directly to Dublin on an approved airline. (Lufthansa, Aerlingus, Emirates or Turkish Airlines). Your cat must arrive as manifest cargo, so you will want to contact the cargo department of these airlines. The only way around the cargo requirement would be to fly to France or the Netherlands with your kitty in the cabin and take a pet friendly ferry to England, then a train. You can also hire a service to drive you through the Chunnel on Le Shuttle.
Posted on 2014-08-16 20:35:12.0
I am moving to Ireland from Wales in a few weeks by plane, I have a cat and was wondering if it will be put into quarantine or is there any way I can avoid this if that's the case as I don't have the money to pay for quarantine charges
Posted on 2014-11-26 14:19:33.0
Paul - get your pet microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order, but same vet visit is fine). Your pet can enter Ireland 21 days after the vaccination date without quarantine. Get an EU pet passport and have your vet record the microchip and vaccination details and you are good to go.
Posted on 2014-12-01 02:32:34.0
We will be moving from the U.S. A in April. We have a french bulldog.If I use an approved airline such as Lufthsana, but they are using United which is not approved,what do I do?
Posted on 2014-12-06 19:36:11.0
You will need to contact Lufthansa Cargo and tell them that you need to transport your pet to Dublin as unaccompanied manifest cargo. Be sure and provide proof that you are traveling if your trip occurs after December 29, 2014 as the rules for non-commercial pet transport are changing.
Posted on 2014-12-07 03:33:00.0