Pet Passport Ireland
Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Ireland from countries within the European Union
rabies free countries or
New pet import regulations for the
EU in effect on December 29, 2014.
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 will need an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit
implanted by your veterinarian.
If your pet has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can
bring your own
- If your pet is entering Ireland from a rabies-free or
country, it will need a 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 was not vaccinated after it was fitted with a
microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip
- If your pet is entering Ireland from a
your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that
order). After waiting 30 days, a Blood 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 the Netherlands no sooner than 90 days after the date the blood was
drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering the Netherlands from
a high rabies country.
- Within 10 days of travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must complete
an Annex I, Annex IV or
Annex II for
Ireland for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling
from the United States or Canada. If you are entering Ireland
from another EU country, then have your veterinarian update an
EU Blue Pet Passport for your pet.
- A Tapeworm Test is required for dogs between one and five days of
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results
should also be included for
endorsement (if applicable).
- Unaccompanied pets traveling as manifest cargo will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel.
**Once your pet has 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 listed above are met.
Effective December 29, 2014: If your pet is entering Ireland unaccompanied by air from an EU country or rabies-controlled country, and you are unable to travel on the same flight as your pet, you will need to sign a declaration confirming that you do not intend to sell or transfer ownership of your pet. If your pet originates from outside of the EU, you must show evidence of your travel within 5 days of your pet´s movement.
Effective December 29, 2014: If you are not traveling within 5 days before or after your pet or if you are intending to sell, re-home or change ownership of your dog, cat or ferret, then your pet's transport will be considered a commercial transport, and it will need to meet the following requirements:
- Your pet must originate from another EU or rabies-controlled country.
- All requirements listed above must be met. (Annex I form instead of Annex II form)
- Your pet must be accompanied by an Intra Trade Certificate.
- If your pet is entering Ireland from another rabies-controlled country, it must enter through a Border Inspection Post approved to clear live animals, and notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
- If your pet is entering Ireland from another EU country, 24 hours notice must be given to the local Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency office serving the destination
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. Your pet must arrive on an airline approved to fly to Dublin.
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:
- Your pet has had no contact with pigs within 60 days of export.
- Your pet has not been residing in an area where any case of Nipah disease has been confirmed in the 60 days previous to export.
- Your pet has a negative result on a blood test taken within 10 days of export and analyzed by a laboratory approved for testing Nipah viruses
Traveling with more than 5 pets: effective December 29, 2014, if you are traveling with more than 5 pets over 6 months of age, unless you are traveling to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex II form), travel from a registered premesis, use a licensed transporter, register the transport on the TRACES system, and also enter Ireland through a Border Inspection Post (if you are traveling from outside of the EU).
Breed Restrictions: The following breeds are not
permitted to enter Ireland: Akita, Bull Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Japanese Tosa Inu and Mastiff.
Puppies: Rabies vaccinations cannot be administered prior to 12 weeks of age. 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.
Exporting Pets from Ireland: effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Ireland 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 and returning to Ireland, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country.
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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