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A number of non-EU countries have pre-printed EU health certificates.  Please check with your authorities before you begin completing this form.

All EU Health Certificates MUST BE signed and endorsed by an official veterinarian. An official veterinarian means a vet who is a Government employee (for example in APHIS/USDA in the United States of America, or in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Canada).

If the EU health cert is not endorsed by an official vet, your pet will fail the compliance check, and might not be allowed to enter Ireland.

 Annex III Health Certificate (pdf 3,825Kb) 

Compliance checks on pets arriving in Ireland from Non-EU Countries

Pets travelling to Ireland from non-EU countries may only enter Ireland through Dublin airport, Rosslare sea port, Shannon airport, Cork airport or Cork (Ringaskiddy) sea port.

If you are travelling from a non-EU country you must arrange for your pet to be checked on arrival.

Checks on animals will either be carried out at the port/airport of entry, or in the case of pets travelling as cargo to Dublin Airport, the checks will be carried out by Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital or Vets Direct.

You must arrange for your pet to be checked on arrival.  Compliance checks must be booked in advance by notifying the appropriate email address:

Dublin airport                         petmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Shannon airport                     PetsShannon@agriculture.gov.ie  

Cork airport                            corkpetmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Ringaskiddy port, Cork         corkpetmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Rosslare ferry port                rosslare.europort@agriculture.gov.ie

If your pets are travelling as cargo to Dublin airport, the compliance check will be carried out by Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital or Vets Direct.

Contact details:                     E-mail                                 Phone number 

Lissenhall Vet. Hospital       lissenhallvet@eircom.net     ++ 353 1 8900375

Vets Direct                              info@vetsdirect.ie                 ++ 353 87668 6278

A fee for checks will apply, please contact your chosen provider directly.

In Dublin Airport:

Checks on pets presenting between 07.30 to 21.00, Monday to Sunday and travelling in the cabin of an aircraft or as excess baggage will be carried out by Department staff.  Please forward advance notice to petmove@agriculture.gov.ie 

All checks performed between the hours of 07.30 and 21.00 will be performed in the baggage reclaim area.  If you arrive before 07.30 please wait in the baggage hall.

A fee of €50 per pet will apply payable by card only.

You are responsible for ensuring your Veterinary Compliance Check is completed before you leave the baggage reclaim area.

Only in the event of an airport emergency should you leave the baggage reclaim area without undergoing a compliance check.

In Dublin airport, in this rare event, it is your responsibility to immediately contact the Department of Agriculture on the Duty Mobile Phone 00 353 (0) 87 417 8986 or email petmove@agriculture.gov.ie to inform them of the whereabouts of your animal and the circumstances in which you left the airport.

All pet animals entering Ireland from a country other than

  • other EU member states or
  • Andorra; Gibraltar; Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Monaco; Norway; San Marino; Switzerland; Vatican City State

Must arrange a compliance check in advance of arrival into Ireland, by filling out the form below or by emailing details (time and date of arrival, port/airport of arrival, airline/ferry company, number of pets, type of document – EU health certificate or EU pet passport) to

Dublin airport             petmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Shannon airport       PetsShannon@agriculture.gov.ie  

Cork airport               corkpetmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Ringaskiddy port, Cork    corkpetmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Rosslare ferry port           rosslare.europort@agriculture.gov.ie

Guide and assistance dogs travelling in the cabin of the plane must comply with the rules for entering Ireland, which vary depending on which country the dog is coming from. 

Passengers must contact the airline directly regarding travel plans with a guide dog/assistance animal. 

If you are travelling from countries other than

  • EU Member States, Andorra; Gibraltar; Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Monaco; Norway; San Marino; Switzerland; Vatican City State,

OR

  • if your health certificate was not signed and endorsed in an EU Member State,

you MUST NOT leave the arrivals terminal without presenting your pet dog, cat or ferret for a  compliance check.

 Advance Notice (doc 45Kb)