Northern Ireland Pet Passport Regulations
If your pet is entering Northern Ireland from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it will need a rabies vaccination after a 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 need to be revaccinated after a chip is implanted. Once you have entered Northern 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.
Dogs must also be vaccinated against canine distemper.
Blood Titer Test
If your pet is entering Northern Ireland from a high-rabies country, 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 Northern Ireland no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Northern 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 Northern Ireland, it must be treated against certain tapeworms between one and five days prior to entering the country unless your pet is entering directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.
Are you traveling with your pet?
If you or your representative are traveling to Northern Ireland on the same flight or at least within 5 days of your pet's transport it will be considered non-commercial and the following regulations will apply:
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the English version of the Annex IV form for Northern Ireland within 10 days 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 Annex IV form must be endorsed by the local USDA or CFIA office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)
- If you are entering Northern Ireland from another EU country, then have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet.
- You or your representative must declare that the transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.
- If you are entering Northern Ireland directly from a non-EU country, you must enter through London Heathrow or Gatwick on an approved airline.
Is your pet traveling alone?
- If you or your representative are not traveling to Northern Ireland on the same flight or within 5 days of your pet's transport, it is considered a commercial transport and the following regulations apply:
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the English version of the Annex I form for Northern 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 Annex I form must be endorsed by the local USDA or CFIA office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)
- If your pet is entering Northern Ireland from another EU country, your pet must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your country responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade certificate and registered in the TRACES system.
- If your pet is entering Northern Ireland from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU, it must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at London Heathrow or Gatwick. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. Pets are not permitted to enter Northern Ireland commercially from a high-rabies country without their owner or representative.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
If you are traveling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, unless you are going to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed in Step 5 (Annex I instead of Annex IV form), and have endorsement from the government agency in your country that regulates the import and export of animals. If you are traveling to Northern Ireland from another EU country, you will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system. If you are entering Northern Ireland from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, your pet will need to enter Northern Ireland through an approved Border Inspection Post at London Heathrow or Gatwick and give 24 hours notice of arrival.
Entering Northern Ireland by Air
Pet owners accompanying their pets can bring their animals from abroad as manifest cargo through London to Northern Ireland. Animals using this service must meet all the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme detailed above. Within the British Isles pets can be carried on any route subject to the transport company's agreement and conditions of carriage.
Pets traveling unaccompanied from outside the EU must custom clear at Edinburgh, London Heathrow or Gatwick Airports.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry in London. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under 12 weeks of age are not permitted to enter Northern 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 are not permitted to enter Northern Ireland: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. If you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
Exporting Pets Living in Northern Ireland
Effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Northern Ireland must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. Have your veterinarian issue an EU pet passport if you intend to return to the EU.
If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a high-rabies country, your veterinarian should administer a Blood Titer Test before you leave Northern Ireland if you intend to return to the EU.
There are no rabies requirements for other species of rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, intervebrates, amphibians and reptiles imported to Northern Ireland from other EU Member States as well as Andorra, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and San Marino. However, pet rabbits and rodents imported to Northern Ireland from any other non-EU rabies-controlled country will be quarantined for 4 months.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits 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 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 (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. .
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