The importation of pets into Ireland has always been strictly controlled to ensure that diseases such as rabies are not introduced.
Animals Travelling into Ireland from the EU.
Under the EU pet passport system it is possible to bring accompanied pets into Ireland without the need for quarantine from a range of EU countries deemed low risk for rabies provided that certain conditions are met.
Pet animals may travel directly into Ireland under the Pet Passport scheme provided they meet the following conditions (In this order);
• The pet is travelling from an eligible EU country.
A full list of eligible countries is available from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
• The pet is travelling on an approved carrier on an approved route with its owner or with a person acting on behalf of the owner. Unaccompanied pets cannot travel to Ireland under the EU Pet Passport system.
A full list of Approved Carriers and Approved Routes is available from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Click here for information on UnApproved Carriers.
• The pet is identified by an implanted microchip.
Please click here for information on Microchipping. The micro-chip should comply with ISO standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785 - if this is not the case you must carry your own scanner.
• The pet has been successfully blood-tested for rabies at least six months before entry to Ireland.
Your pet must have been vaccinated against rabies with an inactivated vaccine of at least one antigenic unit per dose (WHO standard) in a manner in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. This vaccination must have been carried out in an eligible country.
Afterthe first rabies vaccination (usually about a month later but your veterinarian will advise) your pet must be blood tested to confirm a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml.
The test must be carried out in a laboratory approved for this purpose - Click here for a list of approved laboratories.
If you keep your rabies vaccinations up to date you will only have to do this blood-test once. However if there is any break in vaccination the test must be repeated. Blood sampling must have been carried out in an eligible country.
• The pet has been treated for tick and tapeworm. The pet must be treated between 24 and 48 hours before travel. Details of the treatment must be recorded on the passport by a registered veterinarian.
How to apply?
If you are travelling from a European Union country, your pet must be accompanied by a fully completed EU Pet Passport which has been signed and stamped by a registered veterinarian. For further information contact your local veterinary practice.
Animals travelling between the UK and Ireland
If you are travelling with pets between the UK (This includes the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) and Ireland they are not subject to quarantine or passport requirements. There is a common travel zone between the UK and Ireland; therefore animals can travel freely within that zone provided they do not travel outside it.Pets from qualifying non-EU countries
Animals Traveling to Ireland from Outside the EU
Pets travelling from countries outside the European Union which are also deemed low risk are permitted to enter Ireland without quarantine as long as they meet the following conditions (In this order);
• Be micro-chipped
• Be vaccinated from rabies
• Be blood tested at least six months before entry into Ireland
• Be treated for ticks and tapeworm between 24 and 48 hours before travel
• Have a veterinary certificate issued or endorsed by the competent authority in the country of origin
• Be accompanied by the owner or a person acting on their behalf on an approved carrier into Ireland
More information on qualifying non-EU countries is available from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Tips for successful travel
- Make sure your vet checks that the micro-chip can be successfully scanned following implantation.
- Make sure that all entries by your vet in the passport/certificate are legible and are properly signed, dated and stamped, and, in the case of tick/tapeworm treatment, that a time of treatment is entered. This document will be checked by transport company personnel, and any entry that is not clear may lead to delay or to a refusal to allow your pet entry into Ireland.
- Talk to your ferry company or airline about their requirements.
Pets which do not possess an EU Pet Passport that are travelling from qualifying countries
Pets travelling from within the European Union that do not meet the conditions of the Pet Passport scheme must have an import licence to travel to Ireland. Upon arrival animals will be required to spend either six months in public quarantine or be put in approved public quarantine for one month and then approved private quarantine for a further five months if they meet certain conditions. More information is available from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Pets from non-qualifying countries
Pets travelling from non-qualifying countries must be accompanied by an import licence. This licence is issued by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The pet will also be required to spend six months in public quarantine in Ireland and there is only one approved public quarantine premises;
Lissenhall Quarantines Kennels and Catteries
Tel: +353 1 890 0375
Fax: +353 1 840 9338.
Details of costs and other arrangements can be obtained directly from Lissenhall.
Transport from the airport to the quarantine must be undertaken by the only authorised carrying agent;
30 Selskar Avenue
Tel: +353 1 8490807
The pet owner is responsible for all costs of transporting and quarantining and it is important to remember that all arrangements must be in place before an import licence is granted. Further information is available from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Further information relating to the importation of pets into Ireland including lists of qualifying countries is available from The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets
Exotic Disease & Pet Welfare Advice
Pet owners considering taking a pet animal abroad are strongly advised to consult their veterinary surgeon before travelling. This is because their pets may have special welfare needs when travelling abroad and, depending on which countries are being visited, their pet can be at risk of contracting certain diseases which are not normally present in Ireland.
Examples of these diseases include heartworm, tapeworm, leishmaniasis, piroplasmosis, ehrlichiosis and dirofilariasis. Some of these are transferred by the bite of ticks. Your pet is unlikely to have natural immunity to such diseases and may therefore be more likely to succumb to them. All of these can have severe consequences in your animal; some can also cause disease in humans. If you wish to know more about these diseases and preventative treatment, where possible, please consult your vet.
Depending on where you are going, your vet may be able to advise you on preventative treatments, on any other precautions you need to take and how to look for signs of ill health in your pet.
If your animal should become ill after it returns from its holidays, please contact your veterinary surgeon and immediately inform him/her what countries you have visited.