Pet Passport Northern Ireland
Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Northern Ireland from countries within the European Union*
rabies free countries or
countries with a low incidence of rabies:
If your pet is entering Northern 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 Northern 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 Northern 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 Northern 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
Northern Ireland for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada. If you are traveling from another country, the
Governmental Authority of your country responsible for the
import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included
- A Tapeworm Test is required for dogs between one and five days of entering Northern Ireland unless your pet is entering directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway..
*Pets entering Northern Ireland from northern Cyprus who did not originate in the UK and meet the requirements of the Pet Scheme are subject to the rules for entering from a country with a high incidence of rabies.
**If your pet was vaccinated prior to the insertion of the microchip and the vaccination had not expired when the chip was inserted, then your veterinarian can re-vaccinate your pet after the chip is inserted and your pet can enter Northern Ireland without the 21 day wait.
Puppies: Unvaccinated puppies under 3 months of age are not permitted to enter Northern Ireland.
When entering Northern 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.
Breed Restrictions: The following breeds are not permitted to enter Northern Ireland: Brazilian Fila, Put Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu, and Fila Braziliero.
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
Northern 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 quarantine and should have a health certificate to enter Northern 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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