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Import of Birds

IMPORT INTO IRELAND OF PET BIRDS

Pet Birds are birds:

  • Of any species except fowl, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, partridges and ratites  reared or kept in captivity for breeding, the production of meat or eggs for consumption, or for re-stocking supplies of game),
  • Which are not being traded commercially,
  • Which travel with the owner or with a person representing the owner.

Imports of pet birds into Ireland will therefore only occur when a person is relocating to Ireland or holidaying here.

Requirements for importing pet birds from EU Member States

Persons bringing their pet birds to Ireland from another EU country on change of residence or on holiday may bring pet birds provided the following conditions are met:

  • The birds are accompanied en route by the owner or a person acting on behalf of the owner,
  • An Owner Declaration for Pet birds must accompany the bird/s en route,
  • A Form of Advance Notice of Import (link to forms) must be sent to the Animal Health and Welfare Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, at least 24 hrs in advance of arrival of consignment in Ireland.

Enquiries to telephone 00353 1 6072274

Requirements for importing pet birds from a country which is not a member country of the European Union.

Persons bringing their pet birds to Ireland (on change of residence or on holiday only) from a non-EU country (other than Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State) may import not more than 5 birds  provided the birds are:

  • Accompanied en route by the owner or a person acting on behalf of the owner.
  • Individually identified.
  • Accompanied by a veterinary health certificate signed by an official veterinarian to confirm compliance with the pre-export requirements as set out in Commission Decision 2007/25/EC as amended (model certificate included at Annex 11).
  • Accompanied by a declaration signed by the owner/person representing the owner in the form contained at Annex 111 to in Commission Decision 2007/25/EC as amended.
  • Imported either through Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport

Persons wishing to import pet birds from Non-EU countries are asked to apply on the attached form (links to forms) to Animal Health and Welfare Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 for an import permit so as to facilitate the necessary documentary and identity checks upon import.  Application should be made in sufficient time to enable the pre-export requirements to be completed.

Enquiries to telephone 00353 1 6072274.

IMPORT OF PIGEONS

Breeding Pigeons
Import of breeding pigeons from EU Member States is by way of General Authorisation (i.e. no licence required). However there are certain conditions attached. Importers must give the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food advance notification of the intended import. The birds must be accompanied by the appropriate health certificate in accordance with Council Directive 2009/158/EC and a veterinary certificate stating that the birds have been vaccinated against Paramyxovirus 1.

Import of breeding pigeons from non-EU Member States is only permitted from those regions/countries listed in Commission Regulation 798/2008 as amended by Commission Regulation 215/2010. The birds must be accompanied by an import licence issued by the Department and the appropriate health certificate, in accordance with Commission Regulation 798/2008 as amended by Commission Regulation 215/2010. The birds must be inspected at a Border Inspection Post approved for the import of live animals. There are no such facilities in Ireland (See BIPS above).

Racing Pigeons
Import of racing pigeons from EU Member States is by way of General Authorisation. Importers must give the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food advance notification of the intended import. The birds must be accompanied by an owner's declaration and a veterinary certificate stating that the birds have been vaccinated against Paramyxovirus 1.

Import of racing pigeons from non-EU Member States is only permitted from those regions/countries listed in Commission Regulation 798/2008 as amended by Commission Regulation 215/2010. The birds must be accompanied by an import licence issued by the Department and the appropriate health certificate in accordance with Commission Regulation 318/2007 as amended by Commission Regulation 239/2010. The birds must undergo a specified quarantine period and upon first entry to the EU the birds must be checked at an EU Border Inspection Post approved for the inspection of live animals. There are no BIP or quarantine facilities in Ireland so this will have to be undertaken in another Member State (See BIPS above).

Pigeons imported from Northern Ireland for race release will require an import licence issued by this Department. Pigeons exported from Ireland to another EU Member State for race release will require an export licence issues by this Department.

All enquiries in relation to such imports should be directed to Live Trade Section, Animal Health Division, Floor 3 Centre, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Tel: 01 6072862.