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Bringing your pets into Ireland

The rules on bringing your pets into Ireland (for example, on holiday or because you are taking up residence here) change depending type of animals and the country you are travelling from.

Bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret into Ireland

The rules on bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret into Ireland (for example, on holiday or because you are taking up residence here) change depending on which country you are travelling from.

Your pet dog, cat or ferret must be accompanied by original paperwork, not copies.  Your pet dog, cat or ferret microchipped first, then rabies vaccinated and must arrive in Ireland five days before or after you travel (but it can be accompanied by someone else).  Five is the maximum number of animals allowed to travel with you. These rules apply no matter which country you are travelling from.  There are different rules if you’re bringing other animals into Ireland.

If you are bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret into Ireland from another EU country, or one of the following qualifying European countries  Andorra; Gibraltar; Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Monaco; Norway; San Marino; Switzerland; Vatican City State go to Travelling with your pet Cats, Dogs and Ferrets.    

If you are bringing your pet cat, dog or ferret into Ireland from the following list of qualifying (low risk) countries/territories Ascension Island; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Australia; Barbados; Bahrain; Belarus; Bermuda; Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (the BES Islands); Bosnia and Herzegovina; British Virgin Islands; Canada; Cayman Islands; Chile; Curaçao; Fiji; Falkland Islands; French Polynesia; Hong Kong; Jamaica; Japan; Malaysia; Mauritius; Mayotte; Mexico; Montserrat; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Russia; Saint Helena; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Sint Maarten; Saint Pierre and Miquelon; Singapore; Taiwan; Trinidad and Tobago; United Arab Emirates; United States of America (including American Samoa; Guam; Northern Mariana Islands; Puerto Rico; US Virgin Islands); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Vanuatu; Wallis and Futuna go to Travelling with your pet Cats, Dogs and Ferrets.      

If you are bringing your pet cat, dog or ferret into Ireland from any country not listed above, go to Travelling with your pet Cats, Dogs and Ferrets.

If you are travelling to Ireland to sell your pet cat, dog or ferret, if there is a change of ownership involved, if you are travelling with more than 5 pets or if the pet is not travelling within five days of your travel, there are different rules.  Go to Bringing an unaccompanied pet Cat, Dog or Ferret into Ireland

Bringing your pet Bird, Lagomorph (Rabbit), Rodent and Other Animals into Ireland

Your pet must be accompanied by original paperwork, not copies.  Your pet must arrive in Ireland five days before or after you travel (but it can be accompanied by someone else).  Five is the maximum number of animals allowed to travel with you.  These rules apply no matter which country you are travelling from, please see Bringing your pet Bird, Lagomorph (Rabbit), Rodent and Other Animals into Ireland If you are travelling to Ireland to sell your pet, for a change of ownership, or if the pet is not travelling within five days of your travel, there are different rules.      

Contact Details

E-mail: livetrade@agriculture.gov.ie