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Pet Travel

Cats, Dogs or Ferrets into or out of Ireland:

Pet Cats, dogs or ferrets accompanied by their owner - Non-commercial movement

Cats, dogs or ferrets to/from other Member states of the EU.

Persons travelling on holiday or to permanently locate their residence (or other non-commercial movement where there is no sale or change of ownership involved)  to/ from Ireland  to/from another  EU Member States may bring their  pet cat, dog, or ferret with them  provided the following conditions are met:

  • The pet must be identified by a microchip* (a transponder readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785);
  • The animal must be accompanied  by an EU Pet Passport* in respect of the animal  which demonstrates that the  animal is currently immunized against rabies  and in cases where a dog is being brought in from countries other than Finland, Malta or the  UK, that it has been treated against Echinococcus multilocularis (tapeworm) not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day) prior to scheduled arrival time in Ireland;
  • In cases where the number of animals being moved exceeds 5, a veterinary health certificate to demonstrate that the animals have been clinically examined within 48 hours of departure is also required unless the owner can show proof that the animals are being brought to compete in a sporting event or other competition.

Cats, dogs or ferrets from other Member States of the EU may enter Ireland through any port/airport of entry and may be transported by any airline or ferry company operating within the State that is willing to transport such animals. The Operator of such airline/ ferry company is legally obliged under the Pet Passport (No2) Regulations 2014 to notify the arrival of the animals to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine by email at least 24 hours in advance to petmove@agriculture.gov.ie

 As regards air travel, the Department does not require that pets from the EU be carried as manifested freight and it is therefore a matter for the airlines to decide whether to carry the animal in the cabin or as excess baggage. The following airlines/ferry companies have indicated that they will carry pets to/from Ireland within the EU. http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/registeredtransportersforcarryingpetsintoirelandfromtheeu/

*available from Private veterinary practitioners

Cats, dogs or ferrets from ‘low-risk’ Non-EU countries.

Persons travelling on holiday or to permanently locate their residence (or other non-commercial movement where there is no sale or change of ownership involved)  to Ireland  from  a ‘low- risk’ non-EU country  (see list in Annex 11 to Commission Implementing Regulation 577/2013 )  may bring their  pet cat, dog, or ferret with them  provided the following conditions are met:

  • Pets from Non-EU low-risk countries may enter Ireland via Dublin Airport only.
  • The pet must be identified by a microchip (a transponder readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785);
  • The animal must be accompanied  by a veterinary health certificate in the form of Annex IV to Commission Implementing Decision 577/2013 to certify that the  animal is currently immunized against rabies  and dogs must be treated against against  Echinococcus multilocularis (tapeworm) not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day) prior to scheduled arrival time in Ireland;
  • Evidence that the movement is for non-commercial purposes must be presented to the approved airline in advance (air ticket reservation etc).  

Cats, dogs or ferrets from the listed low risk countries may enter Ireland only through Dublin airport (unless already cleared to enter the EU at a point of entry in another  Member State) and must be transported by an approved airline which will carry out checks for compliance upon arrival.  The Operator of such airline/ cargo company is legally obliged under the Pet Passport (No2) Regulations 2014 to notify the arrival of the animals to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine by email at least 24 hours in advance to petmove@agriculture.gov.ie Pets from these low risk countries must be carried as manifested freight.

Cats, dogs or ferrets from  all other Non-EU countries (high –risk countries) 

Persons travelling on holiday or to permanently locate their residence (or other non-commercial movement where there is no sale or change of ownership involved)  to Ireland  from  non-EU countries  other than those catergorised as ‘low-risk’ may bring their  pet cat, dog or ferret with them  provided the following conditions are met:

  • Pets from Non-EU countries may enter Ireland via Dublin Airport only.
  • The pet must be identified by a microchip (a transponder readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785);
  • The animal must be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate in the form of Annex IV to Commission Implementing Decision 577/2013 to certify that the  animal is currently immunized against rabies  and dogs must be treated against  Echinococcus multilocularis (tapeworm) not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day) prior to scheduled arrival time in Ireland; (link to Certificate);
  • The animal must also have undergone a blood test at least 30 days after rabies vaccination 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; 
  • Evidence that the movement is for non-commercial purposes must be presented to the approved airline in advance (air ticket reservation etc). 

Cats, dogs or ferrets from these countries may enter Ireland only through Dublin airport (unless already cleared to enter the EU at a point of entry in another  Member State) and must be transported by an approved airline which will carry out checks for compliance upon arrival. The Operator of such airline/ cargo company is legally obliged under the Pet Passport (No2) Regulations 2014 to notify the arrival of the animals to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine by email at least 24 hours in advance to petmove@agriculture.gov.ie Pets from these countries must be carried as manifested freight.

Pets found to be not compliant with the Regulation will be returned to place of origin at the owners expense.  All telephone enquiries to 353-1-6072827.  Note that animals purchased for personal use from another EU Member State is deemed to be a commercial transaction and falls within the rules of commercial movement.

Travelling with a recognised Assistance Dog

These rules apply similarly to those travelling with the aid of assistance dogs and in cases where the dogs are accompanying a person from outside the EU, it is advised that the Animal Health Section of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is contacted by phone at +353-1-6072827 or by e-mail to pets@agriculture.gov.ie in advance of travel. The decision on where within an aircraft any individual dog will be carried will ultimately rest with the airline.  

 

Rules on Commercial Movement (i.e Sale or Change of Ownership)of all dogs, cats and ferrets

Exports of dogs, cats or ferrets to other Member States

 Persons wishing to trade dogs, cats or ferrets to other EU Member States must:

  1. Register the premises on which the animals are born and/or reared ( from which they are being exported) with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Registration of Dog Premises - Application Form (doc 109Kb) pet animals of these species may only be traded from registered premises.
  2. Ensure that each animal (including each pup/kitten) is
  • identified by a microchip (a transponder readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785) and is
  • accompanied by an EU Pet Passport* showing a record of –
    • Microchip identification of the animal, including date of insertion (which must precede date of vaccination);
    • Proof of immunization against rabies. Animals must be a minimum of 12 weeks old before a rabies vaccine can be administered. The immunity takes effect 21 days after vaccination, so in fact pups must be a minimum of 15 weeks of age before they are eligible to travel between Member States of the EU;
    • That the animal underwent a clinical veterinary examination within 48 hours of departure, to confirm that the animal shows no signs of diseases and is fit to be transported for the intended journey.
    • Details of veterinary treatments (anti-echinococcus treatment, other anti-parasite treatments and   other vaccinations) administered as required.

 

  1. Ensure that each consignment is accompanied by a veterinary health (‘Balai’) certificate issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine within 48 hours of scheduled departure time.  (health certificates available from local offices of DAFM see list and contact details).

 

  1. Ensure that animals have access to food and water for the duration of the journey Detailed guidelines on the welfare of these animals during transport are included in a document on the DAFM website at the following link: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/animaltransport/.

 

  1. Ensure that animals are consigned out of the country by an approved Type 2 transporter only. For list of type 2 transporters se http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/animaltransport/.

Dogs/cats moving in trade to other EU Member States may leave Ireland through any of the ferry ports.  In the event that such animals are  found to be not compliant with the Regulation  they will be denied travel and will be returned to place of origin at the owners expense. It is an offence under the Pet Passport (No.2 ) Regulations 2014 to import or export or to attempt to import or export a dog, cat or ferret in contravention of the Regulations.

* Private veterinary practitioners are authorised by the Minister to issue pet passports in Ireland.

Imports of dogs, cats or ferrets from other Member States

 Persons wishing to trade dogs, cats or ferrets (including persons wishing to purchase a dog/cat or ferret for their own use) from other EU Member States must:

  1. Ensure that the premises on which the animals are being exported from are registered with the competent authority in the Member State.   Pet animals of these species may only be traded from registered premises.
  2. Ensure that each animal (including each pup/kitten) is
  • identified by a microchip (a transponder readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785) and is
  •  accompanied by an EU Pet Passport showing a record of  –
      • Microchip identification of the animal, including date of insertion (which must precede date of vaccination);
      • Proof of immunization against rabies. Animals must be a minimum of 12 weeks old before a rabies vaccine can be administered. The immunity takes effect 21 days after vaccination, so in fact pups must be a minimum of 15 weeks of age before they are eligible to travel between Member States of the EU;
      • That the animal underwent a clinical veterinary examination within 48 hours of departure, to confirm  that the animal shows no signs of diseases and is fit to be transported for the intended journey;
  1. Ensure that each consignment/animal  is accompanied by a veterinary health (‘Balai’) certificate issued by the competent authority in the Member State within 48 hours of scheduled departure time. 
  1. In the event that dogs are being brought in from countries other than Finland, Malta or the  UK, that it has been treated against Echinococcus multilocularis (tapeworm) not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day) prior to scheduled arrival time in Ireland;

Dogs/cats or ferrets moving in trade from other EU Member States may enter Ireland through any of the ferry ports or airports.  In the event that Pets found to be not compliant with the Regulation, they will be returned to place of origin at the owners expense or may be seized. It is an offence under the Pet Passport (No.2 ) Regulations 2014 to import or export or to attempt to import or export a dog, cat or ferret in contravention of the Regulations.

 

Imports of dogs, cats or ferrets from Non-EU countries (third countries)  

Dogs, cats or ferrets (including dog/cat or ferret purchased for personal use) from third countries may only enter Ireland if these have been cleared via a  Border Inspection Post (BIP) in the EU and must be accompanied at the BIP by:

  • A veterinary health certificate (Annex 1 of Commission Decision 2013/519/EU)  to show identification in the form of a microchip and current rabies immunization as well as it has been treated against Echinococcus (tapeworm) not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day) prior to scheduled arrival time in Ireland;

 

As there is no BIP in Ireland approved for the import of dogs, cats or ferrets, no commercial imports direct to Ireland from third countries can take place.

Further Information by phone at  01 6072827