Pet Passport Ireland
Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Ireland from countries within the European Union
rabies free countries or
countries with a low incidence of rabies:
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:
- Your pet must have a ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit
If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you
can bring your own
- 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 has been
vaccinated before it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be
vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted.
- For dogs, cats and ferrets entering Ireland from a
country with a high incidence of rabies,
a Blood Titer Test administered no sooner than one month after
rabies vaccination. (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 90 days after the date the blood was
drawn and avoid quarantine. The titer test results
must be endorsed by the Govermental Authority from your country.
This step is not required unless entering Ireland from
a high rabies country.
- Within 10 days of travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must complete the bi-lingual
Annex II for
Ireland for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling
from the United States or Canada. If you are traveling from
another country, endorsement is not required unless your country
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test
results should also be included
for endorsement (if applicable).
- A Tapeworm Test is required for dogs between one and five days of entering Ireland.
*After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter Ireland whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time and you continue to meet the other entry requirements.
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:
- Your pet has had no contact with pigs within 60 days of export.
- Your pet has not been residing in an area where any case of Nipah disease has been confirmed in the 60 days previous to export.
- Your pet has a negative result on a blood test taken within 10 days of export and analyzed by a laboratory approved for testing Nipah viruses
When entering Ireland for commercial purposes such as breeding or sale, pets require additional forms and different rules apply.
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.
Breed Restrictions: The following breeds are not permitted to enter Ireland: Akita, Bull Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Japanese Tosa Inu and Mastiff.
Puppies: 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.
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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