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Pet Travel and EU Pet Passport

Please note: The information provided below is a limited selection of the information available relating to this topic. You can find more information, publications and forms relating to this area on the main Department website here.  

Since 1st January 2012 there have been harmonised conditions for pet dogs, cats and ferrets that travel throughout the entire EU, including Ireland. Pets entering Ireland from the EU will require:

Pets travelling from other qualifying (low risk) countries can also travel into Ireland on the same conditions as set out above. Details of qualifying countries can be found on our main website here.

Pets travelling from other non-qualifying (high 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 a pet must be blood tested to confirm a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml.  A pet may enter Ireland only when at least three months has expired since a successful blood-test.  Further details are available on our main website here.

The document used to show that all of the requirements of the system have been met is the EU Pet Passport or for pet animals originating outside of the EU an EU template Veterinary Certificate.

How to get an EU Pet Passport in Ireland

Every Irish pet brought out of Ireland to another EU Member State or brought back into Ireland must be covered by an EU Pet Passport. This is issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine through your veterinary practitioner. The application form can be found on the main department webpage here.

 The application form has five sections:

  1. Owner's Details
  2. Description of Pet
  3. Identification of Pet
  4. Veterinary Practitioner Details
  5. Declaration by Veterinary Practitioner

Sections 1. to 4. are completed by the pet owner. Section 5 must be signed and dated by your Veterinary Practitioner following their confirmation of the identification of the pet.

If you wish to have your pet's photograph on its passport (this is optional), you should bring a photograph with you to your vet to attach to the application form. The photograph should be no bigger than 6 cm wide and 4 cm long, should be feature the pet only and show its colour and markings clearly. 

Your pet's passport, with the first 3 sections completed, will be sent out directly to your vet. When your vet receives it, he/she can then enter the details of the rabies vaccination (and the blood test result if relevant).  

Please note that once issued, a pet passport will not be re-issued for minor corrections or amendments.

Pet entry requirements into Ireland from other EU Member States and certain other European countries(Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Croatia, TheVatican, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Andorra, San Marino)

You must have an EU Pet Passport or Veterinary Certificate certifying microchip identification (or identification by a clearly readable tattoo which was applied before 3 July 2011), a subsequent rabies vaccination at least 21 days before entry into Ireland, and, in the case of dogs, Echinococcus (tapeworm) treatment.

For full details click here.

Pet entry requirements into Ireland from all other countries:

You must have either an EU Pet Passport (for EU-originating pets) or Veterinary Certificate certifying microchip identification (or identification by a clearly readable tattoo which was applied before 3 July 2011) and a subsequent rabies vaccination.

Depending on the country of origin, a blood test, carried out at least 30 days after vaccination, may also be required.  In these cases a pet may enter Ireland only when at least three months has expired since a successful blood-test. 

The 3 month wait does not apply to re-entry if the blood test was carried out prior to a pet leaving the EU.

In all cases Echinococcus (tapeworm) treatment is required for dogs.

For full details click here.

 

Further information on all aspects of pet travel, documents and forms are available on our main website here by contacting the department on +353-1-6072827 or by emailing pets@agriculture.gov.ie