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. (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 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..
This will complete your cat or dog passport for Northern Ireland.
Due to regulations of commercial airlines approved to fly animals to
the UK, pets must arrive as manifest cargo unless they are medically
certified service animals or documented emotional support animals and
the airline has a program that supports the transport of these animals
in the cabin.
*After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter Northern Ireland whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time and you continue to meet the other entry requirements.
Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies and kittens 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. Pets entering Northern Ireland directly must do so under an Import License and will be subject to quarantine if not all requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme have not been met. Pets can also transit through London or Dublin under a Northern Ireland Import License.
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.
If your dog or cat is entering Northern 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
Ferrets entering Northern Ireland must do so after clearing in London.
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.
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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