Ireland Pet Passport & Import Regulations
For owners of pets entering or returning to Ireland from the United Kingdom (UK): as of October 31, 2019, if there is no ratified deal between the UK and EU and, if the UK defaults as a non-listed (high-rabies) country, then a titer test will be required a minimum of 3 calendar months in advance of travel to any EU-Member State. (see step #3) Your pet will also need an EU health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel (see step #5). Your pet will need to enter the EU at an approved Border Inspection Post.
For owners of pets returning to the UK from the EU, your pet will need either an existing EU pet passport (both for UK and EU citizens) or the EU health certificate issued in the UK used to travel to the EU.
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 11.
The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter Ireland is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:
- You can bring your own microchip scanner.
- You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the EU and inquire as to whether they have scanners that can read your pet's chip.
- If your pet's current microchip can still be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable form of identification as long as it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
If your pet is entering Ireland from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), it will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine.
If your dog, cat or ferret has a current rabies vaccination but no microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted and wait 21 days before travel. Once you have entered Ireland, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.
Rabies Titer Test
If your pet is entering Ireland from a high-rabies country (click here), your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a rabies titer test must be administered (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 no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Ireland from a high-rabies country.
If you do not have 3 calendar months before traveling, your pet will be quarantined for the balance of time required to fulfill the 3 months.
Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only
Before your dog can enter Ireland, it must be treated against certain tapeworms one to five days prior to entering the country unless your pet is entering directly from the UK, Finland, Malta or Norway.
Here is where the rules differ and depend on whether or not your pet's transport is accompanied OR it involves a purchase, sale or transfer of ownership.
The owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of the pet AND the transport does not involve purchase, sale or transfer of ownership. If this is correct, then your pet will travel under non-commercial regulations as follows:u
Non-commercial transport to Ireland from a country outside of the EU:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If traveling to Ireland from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies.
A licensed veterinarian must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for Ireland within 10 days of entry. (Note: new form is required if issued by a licensed veterinarian after August 31, 2016.) If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the non-commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.
If traveling to Ireland from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.
This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. (see item 6 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets). It is valid for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as your pet's rabies vaccination does not expire.
You or your representative must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your pet's transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.
Non-commercial transport to Ireland from inside of the EU:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. A non-commercial EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to Ireland from another EU Member State unless a rabies booster was administered by a veterinarian outside of the EU at any time after your pet received its microchip.
Commercial Transport: the owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of the pet OR the purpose of the transport involves a sale or transfer of ownership OR more than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets are traveling with or without their owner.
Commercial transport to Ireland from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
A licensed veterinarian must complete the English version of the commercial EU health certificate for Ireland within 48 hours of entry. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA or CFIA office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.
If traveling to Ireland from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.
This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. (see step 6 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.) It is valid for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as your pet's rabies vaccination does not expire.
All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
Commercial Transport to Ireland from high-rabies countries outside the EU:
Dogs, cats and ferrets can only enter Ireland from these high-rabies countries. Pets must conform to all rules above and also have a titer test according to step 3 above.
Commercial transport to Ireland from another EU Member State
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. Step 3 does not apply.
Your pet must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing guthority responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must update an EU Pet Passport for your pet and provide 24 hours notice to the local Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine office serving your destination. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade certificate and registered in the TRACES system.
If your pet is entering Ireland from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (London Heathrow or Gatwick Airports). Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. Pets are only permitted to enter Ireland from a high-rabies country if they are accompanied by their owner or a legal representative of the owner.
All dogs, cats and ferrets may enter Ireland commercially from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled countries. Dogs, cats and ferrets may only enter Ireland commercially from these high-rabies countries and must have a titer test according to step #3 above.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
If you are traveling with 6 or more cats, dogs or ferrets, in order to transport them under non-commercial regulations, they must be 6 months or older and attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event. If this is not the case, your pets must meet the requirements for commercial transport. (see step #5)
Entering Ireland by Air
According to commercial airline regulations, pets arriving in Ireland by air must do so as manifest (air) cargo unless they are trained assistance dogs. An agent must be hired to clear your pet when landing at Dublin.
All dogs, cats and ferrets entering or leaving Ireland by air in the cabin must provide advance notice to the Department of Agriculture in Ireland.
Accompanied pets entering by air from inside the EU can enter Ireland at any airport. Accompanied pets from outside the EU must enter Ireland at Dublin unless they meet the requirements of an assistance dog. Pets traveling under commercial regulations (see step #5) must land at London Heathrow, Gatwick or Edinburgh, clear customs, then may proceed to any airport in Ireland.
Pets should enter Ireland directly or transit through another EU Member State. If your pet transits through a high-rabies country, then a Transit Declaration will be required stating that your pet has had no contact with rabies-carrying animals and remained secured within the airplane or airport.
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.
Pets transiting Ireland must comply with requirements as stated in step #5.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter Ireland. Puppies and kittens must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 12 weeks of age. All regulations in steps 1-5 will apply.
The following breeds of dogs or their crosses are not banned but are controlled while in Ireland, namely the American Pit Bull Terrier; English Bull Terrier; Staffordshire Bull Terrier; Bull Mastiff; Doberman Pinscher; German Shepherd (Alsatian); Rhodesian Ridgeback; Rottweiler; Japanese Akita; Japanese Tosa and to every dog of the type commonly known as a Ban Dog (or Bandog).
The owner is responsible for their pet's actions, and are liable for injuries or attacks. In public places, they must be on a strong, short lead. The person holding your pet must be over 16 years old, and your dog must be muzzled. The court, if they deem the dog as dangerous, has the power to have your dog destroyed.
Exporting Pets Living in Ireland
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Ireland for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should do a rabies titer test before you leave Ireland if you intend to return.
Owners must produce a microchip registration certificate from an authorized database. (Animark, Fido, Irish Kennel Club or Microdog ID Ltd).Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.
Pet owners should contact the Regional Veterinary Office at least 2 months in advance of travel to ensure that department officials can endorse documentation for your destination country.
There are no rabies requirements for other species of rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, intervebrates, amphibians and reptiles imported to Ireland from other EU states as well as Andorra, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and San Marino. However, pet rabbits and rodents imported to Ireland from any other non-EU rabies-controlled country will be quarantined for 4 months.
Birds entering Ireland with their owner or owner's representative from other EU Member States or Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State will need an Owner's Declaration and an Advance Notice to Import form sent to the Department of Agriculture.
Birds entering Ireland with their owner or owner's representative from other countries will need to meet the following requirements:
- Application for a Licence to Import Pet Birds, health certificate and Owner's Declaration must accompany your bird.
- Your bird must reside in an OIE member country.
- You are not importing more than 5 birds.
- Your bird must have undergone isolation for 30 days prior to export OR
- Two vaccinations against avian influenza with the H5 vaccine between 60 days and 6 months of import OR
- 10 days of isolation and undergone a test to detect the H5N1antigen or genome OR
- 30 days of quarantine in a registered premesis in the United Kingdom or other EU countries.
- All permits must accompany birds that are covered by CITES.
- Export permits may be required by the wildlife authority in the exporting country.
It must be imported at either Dublin or Shannon Airport.
Invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits entering Ireland from non-EU Member States 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 destination country.
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 (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. .
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