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Taking Your Pet Abroad

If you are taking your dog, cat or ferret out of Ireland to another EU country, or if you are returning to Ireland, you must get an EU pet passport.  In Ireland this is issued by private vets to the pet owner, click here for details.

Entry requirements to other EU destinations and non-EU countries will differ from country to country.  Check with the Embassy of the country you are travelling to for details.

Pets returning to Ireland from holiday must meet the requirements for entering Ireland, click here for details.

Your pet dog, cat or ferret must be accompanied by original paperwork, not copies.  Your pet dog, cat or ferret must arrive at your destination 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.

If you are travelling to sell your pet dog, cat or ferret, for a change of ownership, or if the pet is not travelling within five days of your travel, there are different rules: click here.