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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on 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 the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the 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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Pet Passport Northern Ireland

Dog Passport Northern Ireland

Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Northern Ireland from countries within the European Union* (EU), from rabies free countries or from 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:

  1. Your pet must have a ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included for endorsement.
  6. 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.

Dog Passport Northern Ireland

*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:

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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