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Pet Travel

Pet Travel

Import into Ireland of dogs, cats and ferrets

The EU Pet Passport system is designed to protect citizens from the threat of rabies and certain other diseases. EU rules apply to the movement of pet dogs, cats and ferrets into EU Member States. Pets entering Ireland from the EU require:

Ped dogs, cats and ferrets entering Ireland from the EU require:

  • Passport/certificate showing identification
  • Subsequent rabies vaccination with first vaccination at least 21 days before entry
  • Specific tapeworm treatment of all pet dogs

(For full details click here)

 

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from other qualifying (lower risk) countries can also travel into Ireland on the same conditions as set out above. (For full details click here)

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from non-qualifying (higher risk) countries can also travel into Ireland without quarantine provided the pet has a passport/certificate showing identification and a subsequent rabies vaccination. At least 30 days after rabies vaccination the pet must be blood tested to confirm a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml.  The pet may enter Ireland only when at least three months has expired since a successful blood-test.  (For full details click here)

There are specific requirements for commercial movements i.e. sale or change of ownership. For full details click here:

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.

Other Pets

Import into Ireland of other pets (Rodents and  Rabbits)

Requirements for importing pet rodents and Lagomorphs [rabbits] from EU Member States

Persons coming to Ireland from another EU Member State may import to Ireland their pet rodents or rabbits provided the following conditions are met:

  • The pets are accompanied en route by the owner or a person acting on behalf of the owner,
  • 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 6072061

Requirements for importing pet rodents and rabbits from a country which is not a member state of the European Union.

Persons may bring their pet rodents and rabbits to Ireland from certain non-EU countries provided they are accompanied by a Licence issued by the Animal Health and Welfare Division of the Department. The licence will set out the requirements for import which include a veterinary health certificate, and the animals must be transported in a container which must comply with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations and must be secured with a seal or lock.

Persons wishing to import such pets 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.  An advance notice of import is also required (Link to forms).  Application should be made in sufficient time to enable the pre-export requirements to be completed.

In respect of any non-domestic rodent or rabbit kept as a pet but which may be listed on the CITES list of endangered species, It is the responsibility of the pet owner to check with the Parks and Wildlife section of the Department of the Environment as to whether a CITES licence is required to import such an animal.

Enquiries to telephone 00353 1 6072061.

 

Travelling with a recognised Assistance Dog

EU Regulation 1107/2006 places obligations on air carriers to transport  recognised assistance dogs in the cabin of the aircraft, subject to national regulations.

 A recognised assistance dog means guide or other assistance dogs which are specifically trained to assist a wide range of disabled persons with everyday tasks.

Guide dogs must be trained by an organisation that is accepted by and affiliated to the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) and Assistance dogs must be trained by an organisation affiliated with Assistance Dogs International (ADI).  All recognised assistance dogs must have an assistance dog identification card provided by the qualifying organisation.

If you wish to travel into/via Ireland with a recognised assistance dog you must contact the Animal Health Section of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) by phone at +353-1-6072827 or by e-mail to pets@agriculture.gov.ie well in advance of travel to request DAFM to remove the ‘manifested freight rule’ (i.e. carriage as cargo) for the purposes of the pet travel system. However ultimately a decision on where within an aircraft any individual dog will be carried is a matter for the airline.