Ireland Pet Passport & Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 11.
Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can either bring your own microchip scanner or, if your pet's non-ISO compliant microchip can still be read, then your veterinarian can implant an ISO-compliant microchip in addition to the one your pet currently has. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate.
A tattoo is an acceptable form of identification as long as it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet's current rabies vaccination was administered after the tattoo was applied
If your pet is entering Ireland from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), it will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine.
If your dog, cat or ferret has a current rabies vaccination but no microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted and wait 21 days before travel. Once you have 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 are met.
Rabies Titer Test
If your pet is entering Ireland from a high-rabies country (click here), your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a rabies 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 Ireland no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Ireland from a high-rabies country.
If you do not have 3 calendar months before traveling, your pet will be quarantined for the balance of time required to fulfill the 3 months.
Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only
Before your dog can enter Ireland, it must be treated against certain tapeworms one to five days prior to entering the country unless your pet is entering directly from the UK, Finland, Malta or Norway.
Here is where the rules differ and depend on whether or not you or a legal representative of yours is traveling within 5 days of your pet's transport.
The owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of the pet. If this is correct, then your pet will travel under non-commercial regulations as follows:
Traveling to Ireland from a country outside of the EU:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If traveling to Ireland from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies.
A licensed veterinarian must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for Ireland within 10 days of entry. (Note: new form is required if issued by a licensed veterinarian after August 31, 2016.) If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the non-commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 5 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.)
- You or your representative must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your pet's transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.
Traveling to Ireland from inside of the EU:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
- Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. A non-commercial EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to Ireland from another EU Member State unless a rabies booster was administered by a veterinarian outside of the EU at any time after your pet received its microchip.
The owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of the pet OR the purpose of the transport involves a sale or transfer of ownership. If either of these is correct, then your pet will travel under commercial regulations as follows:
Traveling to Ireland from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the English version of the commercial EU health certificate for Ireland within 48 hours of entry. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA or CFIA office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)
Traveling to Ireland from another EU Member State
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
-Your pet must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing guthority responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must update an EU Pet Passport for your pet and provide 24 hours notice to the local Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine office serving your destination. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade certificate and registered in the TRACES system.
- If your pet is entering Ireland from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (London Heathrow or Gatwick Airports). Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. Pets are only permitted to enter Ireland from a high-rabies country if they are accompanied by their owner or a legal representative of the owner.
- All dogs, cats and ferrets may enter Ireland commercially from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled countries. Dogs, cats and ferrets may only enter Ireland commercially from these high-rabies countries and must have a titer test according to step #3 above.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
If you are traveling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, unless you are going to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (commercial EU health certificate instead of non-commercial EU health certificate), and have endorsement from the government agency that regulates the import and export of animals. If you are traveling to Ireland from another EU country, you will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system. If you are entering Ireland from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, you will need to enter through an approved Border Inspection Post and give 24 hours notice of arrival.
Entering Ireland by Air
Pets arriving in Ireland from non-EU countries must do so as manifest (air) cargo on an approved airline unless they are medically certified service animals or documented emotional support animals and your airline has a program that supports the transport of these animals in the cabin. Pets from other EU countries can arrive in the cabin if their airline permits it.
Accompanied pets entering by air from outside the UK must do so on an approved airline at Border Inspection Posts of London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Manchester or Dublin. Pets traveling unaccompanied must enter clear at London Heathrow, Gatwick or Edinburgh.
Pets should enter Ireland directly or transit through another EU Member State. If your pet transits through a high-rabies country, then a Transit Declaration will be required stating that your pet has had no contact with rabies-carrying animals and remained secured within the airplane or airport.
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.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter Ireland. Puppies and kittens must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 12 weeks of age. All regulations in steps 1-5 will apply.
The following breeds of dogs or their crosses are not banned but are controlled while in Ireland, namely the American Pit Bull Terrier; English Bull Terrier; Staffordshire Bull Terrier; Bull Mastiff; Doberman Pinscher; German Shepherd (Alsatian); Rhodesian Ridgeback; Rottweiler; Japanese Akita; Japanese Tosa and to every dog of the type commonly known as a Ban Dog (or Bandog).
The owner is responsible for their pet's actions, and are liable for injuries or attacks. In public places, they must be on a strong, short lead. The person holding your pet must be over 16 years old, and your dog must be muzzled. The court, if they deem the dog as dangerous, has the power to have your dog destroyed.
Exporting Pets Living in Ireland
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Ireland for another EU Member State 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, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave Ireland if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.
All cats, dogs and ferrets leaving Ireland for any country must be microchipped and proof must be shown that the owner information is recorded in one of the following databases: Animark, Fido, Irish Kennel Club or Microdog ID Ltd.
There are no rabies requirements for other species of rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, intervebrates, amphibians and reptiles imported to Ireland from other EU states as well as Andorra, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and San Marino. However, pet rabbits and rodents imported to Ireland from any other non-EU rabies-controlled country will be quarantined for 4 months.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits 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 destination country.
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 (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. .
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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