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Traveling to Ireland with your pet

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Planning a trip to Ireland with your pet? Here is an overview of steps to fill in so that it can accompany you.

If you wish to travel to Ireland with your pet, you are advised to inquire in advance on conditions to be filled in so that it can accompany you. Indeed, local authorities have a strict control on pet entry in the country in order to prevent risks of contagious diseases. Take the time to seek all related information on the Irish Department of Agriculture and with your carrier. 

You may also inquire on the Ireland Forum

Proceedings

EU countries

First of all, you are required to obtain a passport for your pet. Following amendments made to existing regulations regarding pets’ imports in January 2012, all pets must bear a passport certifying that they have been vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before the scheduled travel date and that they are wearing an identification microchip. Dogs must also receive treatment against worms not more than 120 hours before the scheduled time of departure. You are also advised to give your pet treatment against fleas, ticks and other parasites.

Non-EU countries

If your pet comes from a non-European Union country, you will have to check with Irish authorities if the country is considered to be a low-risk country. In this case, your pet will have to be vaccinated against rabies, wear an identification microchip and be in possession of a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian. Tapeworm treatment is also mandatory.

But if you are coming from a high-risk country, your pet will also have to undergo a blood test after receiving the rabies vaccination at least three months before the scheduled date of travel.

 Good to know:

The tapeworm treatment date should also be included in your pet's passport.

Warning:

If your pet does not meet the entry criteria, local authorities may either decide to repatriate it to its home country or to quarantine it during a maximum of 4 months period at your expenses.

Other animals

Other animals such as birds, rodents and rabbits are also allowed to enter Ireland as pets. However, you must accompany them. You are required to obtain an importation of birds, rabbits and domestic rodents notice form beforehand from the Department of Agriculture in Ireland at least 24 hours before your scheduled time of departure. Bird owners should also duly fill and sign an owner's declaration and have their pet's veterinarian health certificate at hand while entering Ireland.

Transport

You are advised to inquire about your pet's travel conditions, whether you are moving to Ireland by boat or by plane. Animals coming from EU countries are also allowed to travel by ferry if they meet the required criteria and if they are accompanied by their owner. If you are traveling by plane, it is best to choose a licensed and recognized company.

Make sure to be in possession of all required documents on your arrival in Ireland: passport, health card, import permits for birds, rodents and rabbits. Entry might be denied to your pet in the absence of any of these documents.

 Useful links:

Irish Department of Agriculture - Pet travel www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets
Irish Department of Agriculture - Entry requirements www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/entryrequirementsforpetsfromtheeu

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