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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 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:

  1. Your pet must have a ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. 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 mandates it.
     
  5. A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should also be included for endorsement (if applicable).
     
  6. A Tapeworm Test is required for dogs between one and five days of entering Ireland.
This completes a pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter Ireland.

Dog Passport 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:

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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treus.lennon
Dash it all, what spiffing news, have passport will travel
Posted on 2014-04-26 11:48:19.0
agnes.byrne.5
Do I need a pet passport to go from Ireland to England
Posted on 2014-06-07 21:27:28.0
judi.andrewtempest
Strictly speaking yes but in reality nobody ever checks!
Posted on 2014-06-08 17:01:28.0
PetTravel
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
jimmel.james.7
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
PetTravel
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
SuperMachoMan
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
PetTravel
Jonathan - the step by step procedure to bring your pet to Ireland is here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Ireland.cfm. 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
jill.c.pollard
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
PetTravel
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: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Ireland.cfm.
Posted on 2014-07-13 10:37:39.0
carla.domoney
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
PetTravel
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
SorrelFl
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
PetTravel
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