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* and not more than 12
months prior to entry. 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 inserted.
- 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. 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.
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. The airports approved to importing animals 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.
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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