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Notice Regarding New EU Regulations in Relation to Pet Travel Within the EU

Monday December 19, 2011

The DSPCA can confirm that in relation to the strategic animal health policy programme the following rules,(a full copy of which can be found by clicking onto) will apply regarding the movement of pets from the Republic of Ireland to Great Britain. This will be effective from 1st January, 2012. 

In essence it will mean:

According to DEFRA in the UK, as of from 1st January 2012 the following will apply:

  •  Under the EU Pet Movement System, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets moving between EU member states, must meet the same animal health rules.

  • From 1st January, 2012, all pets travelling from the Republic of Ireland to the UK should be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and hold a pet passport.

  • As both Ireland and the UK have experienced no indigenous rabies for decades, compliance checks on pets travelling between the two countries will not be applied. Therefore, pet owners travelling with their pets should not experience any change on the ground from 1st January 2012.

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