Pet Passport Northern Ireland
REGULATIONS FOR TAKING A PET DOG, CAT OR FERRET TO
NORTHERN IRELAND FROM A
RABIES FREE COUNTRY OR A
COUNTRY WITH A LOW INCIDENCE OF RABIES:
If your pet is entering Northern Ireland from a rabies free or country with a low incidence of rabies after residing there for at least 6 months, they will not be quarantined if they have been microchipped and vaccinated at least 21 days prior to entering Northern Ireland. There is no Blood Titer Test required in this case.
PREPARING YOUR PET
A minimum of 21 days before traveling, have your veterinarian microchip your pet with an ISO (International Standards Organization) compliant pet microchip that meets ISO Standards 11784/11785. This is a 15 digit non-encrypted microchip. If your pet has a non-ISO microchip, then you need to carry your own microchip scanner. If the microchip cannot be read then the pet will not be allowed to enter Northern Ireland.
Tattoos are accepted if they were done prior to July 3, 2011, are
clear and visible, and were given to your pet prior to vaccination. The
date that the tatoo was given must be recorded on the Annex II form as
well as the number and date of vaccination..
Your vet must then vaccinate your pet with an Inactive rabies vaccine after the microchip is installed. If your animal has been vaccinated before it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again.
Note: Your dog or cat must be at least 3 months old before being vaccinated.
Within 10 days of travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Annex II for Northern Ireland for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority of your country should endorse the forms.
Before your dog can enter Northern Ireland, it must be treated against certain tapeworms between one and five days prior to entry using an approved treatment. Any licensed veterinarian can do this. This will complete your cat or dog passport for Northern Ireland.
PETS ENTERING NORTHERN IRELAND FROM ANOTHER UNITED KINGDOM (RABIES FREE) COUNTRY: Under EU rules, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets moving between EU Member states should be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and accompanied by a pet passport. Pets traveling between these countries on the ground should not experience compliance checks.
PETS ENTERING NORTHERN IRELAND FROM A COUNTRY WITH A HIGH INCIDENCE OF RABIES:
Pet cats, dogs and ferrets entering Northern Ireland from a country with a high incidence of rabies can avoid quarantine by having a Blood Titer Test done one month after vaccination and three months in advance of travel.
Pets entering Northern Ireland should be microchipped with the ISO 11784/11785 15 digit pet microchip.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet may be refused entry and the relevant authority in consultation with an authorized veterinarian can decide to return the pet home, or place the pet in quarantine at the expense of the owner or natural person responsible for pet, or as a last resort, without financial compensation, put the pet down where the return trip home or quarantine cannot be arranged.
All other pets (birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits) are not subject to the regulations in respect of the anti-rabies vaccination but may have to meet other requirements as to a limit on the number of animals and a certificate to accompany them in respect of other diseases. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
All countries have a unique veterinary certificates. This form differs from the International Veterinary Certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) This is an important part of your cat or dog passport.
Find Veterinary Certificates for countries worldwide.
Northern Ireland does require an ISO pet microchip. Ask your vet to test that the microchip works before and after it has been fitted and each time your animal visits the vet.
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