Bringing an unaccompanied pet Cat, Dog or Ferret into Ireland
Movement of cats, dogs and ferrets travelling unaccompanied or traded within the EU are subject to the following requirements:-
- They must be accompanied by an EU Health Certificate. Animals’ originating within the EU must also be accompnaied by an EU Pet Passport.
- All documentation must show microchip identification (microchip must be inserted before rabies vaccination is administered and be readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785).
- Subsequent rabies vaccination at least 21 days before entry.
- Rabies Blood Test only if travelling from a high risk country.
- Specific tapeworm treatment for all dogs imported to Ireland (except for those coming from Finland, Malta, the UK or Norway). Tapeworm treatment is not required for cats.
- Each animal must 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/.
- Animals must be 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/.
- Animals must be transported from a registered holding in the Country of origin.
List of EU Member States and other qualifying European countries can be accessed on http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/qualifyingcountriesterritories/listofeumemberstateseuropeancountries/
Additional Requirements / Information
Travel from within the EU and Qualifying European Countries
- Persons must register the premises on which the animals are born and/or reared with Competent Authority. In Ireland this is the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
- The animal must undergo a clinical veterinary examination within 48 hours of departure and have it recorded in its EU Pet Passport by an authorised Veterinary Practitioner.
- Each consignment must accompany by a veterinary health (‘Balai’) certificate issued by Competent Authority within 48 hours of scheduled departure time. In Ireland this is the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (health certificates available from local district veterinary offices).
List of EU Member States and other Qualifying European countries can be accessed on http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/qualifyingcountriesterritories/listofeumemberstateseuropeancountries/
Travel from outside of the EU and Qualifying European Countries
Countries not contained on the list of EU Member States and other Qualifying European countries are deemed Non-EU countries. Animals transported from these countries must be:-
- Transported via a Border Inspection Post (BIP) within the EU, and
- accompanied by an Annex I form, template can be downloaded from: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euhealthcertificates/
There are no approved BIP’s in Ireland for the import of cats, dogs or ferrets therefore no unaccompanied or traded cats, dogs or ferrets can be transported direct into Ireland from a Non-EU Country.
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.
Animals which fail the compliance checks or deemed to be imported/exported in contravention to Pet Passport (No.2) Regulations 2014 , may at the discretion of this Department be:-
Returned to their country/premises of origin, OR
- Placed into quarantine for the appropriate length and have the necessary vaccinations/tests required in order for the pet to become compliant with EU health requirements, OR
- In limited circumstances euthanised.
The measures referred to above shall be applied at the expense of the owner and without the possibility of any financial compensation for the owner and/or the authorised person.
- Animals must be a minimum of 12 weeks old at the date the rabies vaccine was administered. Vaccinations administered before 12 weeks of age will be deemed invalid for travel within the EU.
- Rabies vaccinations must be administered by an authorised qualified Veterinary Practitioner.
- Rabies vaccination must not precede the date the microchip was inserted/read.
- Immunity takes effect not less than 21 days from the completion of the vaccination protocol for the primary vaccination(s), or longer based on the manufacturer’s instructions. . Example: rabies vaccination administered on 01/01/2016 coverage is effective on 22/01/2016
- Booster vaccinations (shots) are exempt from the 21 day validity period once there was no break in coverage.
- If there is a break in coverage then the next vaccination will be considered a primary vaccination.
Rabies Antibody Titration Test (Rabies Blood Test)
A rabies antibody titration test/blood test will only be required if the animals has entered a high risk country and must be carried out in line with EU Requirements.
Detailed requirements on pet travel can be downloaded from: -
under the following headings
- Unaccompanied Exports of dogs, cats or ferrets to other Member States (doc 54Kb)
- Unaccompanied Imports of dogs, cats or ferrets from other Member States (doc 54Kb)
- Unaccompanied Imports of dogs, cats, or ferrets from Non-EU Countries (third countries) (doc 53Kb)
Further enquiries to be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone from within Ireland: Land line (Dublin) 607 2827
Telephone from outside of Ireland: Land line 00 353-1-6072827
Mobile telephone number from within Ireland: 087 417 8986
Mobile telephone number from outside Ireland: 00 353 87 417 8986