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Northern Ireland Pet Passport & Regulations

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1.

Pet Microchip

pet microchipTo enter Northern Ireland, your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner

2.

Vaccinations  

pet rabies vaccination 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.

3.

Blood Titer Test

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.

4.

Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only

tapeworm treatment for dogs 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.

5.

Health Certificate

Here is where the rules differ and depend on whether or not you or a legal representative of yours is traveling within 5 days of your pet's transport.

The owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of your pet. If this is correct, then the following rules apply:
pet health certificate Traveling to Northern Ireland from a country outside of the EU:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. f traveling to Northern Ireland from a high-rabies country, step 3 will apply.

- A licensed veterinarian must complete 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 (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 5 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.)

Traveling to Northern Ireland from another EU Member State:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. An Annex IV form is not required for pets traveling with an EU Pet Passport to Northern Ireland.

No matter what country you are entering Northern Ireland from, 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.

The owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of your pet OR your pet will be re-homed or ownership of your pet will change. If either of these is correct, then the following rules apply:
Traveling to Northern 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 the bi-lingual version of the Annex I form 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 (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)

- Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airport in London Heathrow or Gatwick. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.

Pets are only permitted to enter Northern Ireland from a high-rabies country if they are traveling with or within 5 days of their owner or owner's representative.

Traveling to Northern Ireland from another EU Member State:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- If your pet is traveling to Northern Ireland alone from another EU country, it must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.

6.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from Germany

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 above (Annex I instead of Annex IV form), and have endorsement from the government agency 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 England from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, you will need to enter through an approved Border Inspection Post and give 24 hours notice of arrival.

7.

Entering Northern Ireland by Air

airplanePet 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.

8.

Puppies and Kittens

Importing a puppy or kitten to Northern IrelandUnvaccinated 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.

9.

Banned Breeds

Dogs Banned in Northern IrelandThe 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.

10.

Exporting Pets Living in Northern Ireland

Export pets from Northern Ireland 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.

Export certificates are required for exporting dogs and cats to the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Argentina, Ascension Island, Australia, the Bahamas, Bahrian, Bangladesh (GB only), Bermuda, Bolivia, Boznia Herzogovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus (northern), Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Falkan Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Gambia (dogs only), Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Hawaii, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia (peninsula), Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Soloman Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga (dogs only), Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks & Caicos, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzebekistan (dogs only), Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallace and Futuna Islands, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

11.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animalsThere 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.

12.

CITIES

CITIES endangered turtle 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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Need More Assistance?

Have a question?To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.

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