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Bringing your Pet Cat, Dog or Ferret into Ireland

  • The rules on bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret into Ireland (for example, on holiday or because you are taking up residence here) change depending on which country you are travelling from.  There are different rules if you’re bringing other animals into Ireland.
  • Your pet dog, cat or ferret must be accompanied by original paperwork, not copies.  Your pet dog, cat or ferret must arrive in Ireland within 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. These rules apply no matter which country you are travelling from.  
  • If you are travelling from a non-EU country, you must provide advance notice of your intention to bring your pet into Ireland.  Advance notice must be e-mailed to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie, at least 24 hours in advance of travel. Please complete the advance notice form which can be accessed on https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euhealthcertificatesandadvancenotice/.  Alternatively please provide us with the details required within the form in the main body of your email to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie 

  • You must not leave the airport before compliance checks are carried out.   
  • Service animals must comply with the rules on EU pet travel.  For more information on travelling to Ireland with a service animal, please scroll down below.
  • If you are travelling to Ireland to buy, sell or gift a dog, cat or ferret, if a change of ownership is involved, if the animal is not travelling within five days of your travel, or if you are travelling with more than 5 pets (the exception is if you are travelling for a dog show/competition, and you will need to provide written confirmation), there are different rules.

Your pet cat, dog or ferret may enter Ireland from an EU country or one of the countries/ territories listed above and will not be required to enter quarantine if it has:-

1. been microchipped
The microchip must be inserted before the rabies vaccination, and must be readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785.  If the microchip cannot be read when you enter or return to Ireland, your pet could be put into quarantine or refused entry.  You may carry your own hand held scanner if the microchip is not readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785.

2. a valid rabies vaccination

(i) The vaccination must be given after the microchip is inserted.

(ii) The pet must be at least 12 weeks old before the vaccination is given, and it must be given by your vet.

(iii) You must wait 21 days after the primary vaccination is given, before you can bring the dog, cat or ferret to Ireland.

A rabies vaccination with a 3-year validity period is acceptable for entry into Ireland.   Booster vaccinations (shots) are exempt from the 30-day rule for pets travelling from unlisted countries (see Section 4 below) and the 21-day rule for all other pets, once there has been no break in coverage.  If there has been a break in coverage, the next vaccination will be considered a primary vaccination and the 21-day / 30-day rule will apply.

3. is accompanied by a valid EU pet passport or EU health certificate

Ireland accepts pet passports from all EU countries, and from the following European countries/territories: Andorra; Gibraltar; Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Monaco; Norway; San Marino; Switzerland; Vatican City State.  

A valid passport is a passport issued by an EU country or territory listed above, which certifies that:

  • the rabies treatment is valid, and
  • was administered by a vet in one of these countries.  

Rabies vaccinations administered by a veterinary practitioner not authorised by the authorities of an EU country or territory listed above will make the EU pet passport invalid for travel.

If your pet dog, cat or ferret does not have a pet passport, issued by one of the countries or territories listed above, it may qualify to enter if accompanied by a valid EU health certificate (also known as EU Annex IV Health Certificate). 

An EU health certificate must be:

  • completed by your veterinary practitioner, AND
  • signed and endorsed by an Official (State) Veterinarian of the country of departure, within 10 days of pets arrival into the EU (point b, page 4 of the health certificate refers), AND
  • immediately upon arriving into the EU, signed and endorsed by the EU country which performed the compliance checks.

An Official State Veterinarian is a veterinarian directly employed by the Government in the country of departure.

If the pet is travelling by sea, the validity is extended by the number of days of travel by sea.

The endorsed certificate is valid for travel between EU Member States for up to 4 months, or until the anti-rabies vaccination expires, whichever is the earliest.

4. Dogs must have a tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) treatment if they are coming from countries other than Finland, Malta or the UK.  The treatment must be given by a veterinarian not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day), before the scheduled arrival time of the dog in Ireland.

5. Pets may enter Ireland through any port/airport of entry and will be subject to spot checks
Cats, dogs or ferrets coming from other EU countries/ territories listed above may enter Ireland through any port/airport of entry and may be transported by any airline or ferry company willing to transport such animals.

It is up to the airline to decide whether to carry the animal in the cabin or as excess baggage – the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine does not decide on this.

Spot checks are carried out on animals entering Ireland from EU countries and the countries/ territories listed above. These checks are carried out at the port/airport of entry and are free of charge.  

6. Advance notice of your intention to bring a pet into Ireland must be e-mailed to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie at least 24 hours in advance of travel. Please complete the advance notice form which can be accessed on https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euhealthcertificatesandadvancenotice/.  Alternatively please provide us with the details required within the form in the main body of your email to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie 

If you do not follow these rules, or your pet fails the compliance checks, it may be refused entry into Ireland, or may be placed into quarantine for the necessary tests or vaccinations. In very limited circumstances, the pet may be euthanised.  These measures will be implemented at the owner’s expense. 

 

Ascension Island; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Australia; Barbados; Bahrain; Belarus; Bermuda; Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (the BES Islands); Bosnia and Herzegovina; British Virgin Islands; Canada; Cayman Islands; Chile; Curaçao; Fiji; Falkland Islands; French Polynesia; Hong Kong; Jamaica; Japan; Malaysia; Mauritius; Mayotte; Mexico; Montserrat; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Russia; Saint Helena; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Sint Maarten; Saint Pierre and Miquelon; Singapore; Taiwan; Trinidad and Tobago; United Arab Emirates; United States of America (including American Samoa; Guam; Northern Mariana Islands; Puerto Rico; US Virgin Islands); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Vanuatu; Wallis and Futuna.

Your pet cat, dog or ferret may enter Ireland from one of the countries/territories listed above (under Section 3) and will not be required to enter quarantine if it has:-

1. been microchipped
The microchip must be inserted before the rabies vaccination, and must be readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785.  If the microchip cannot be read when you enter or return to Ireland, your pet could be put into quarantine or refused entry.  You may carry your own hand-held scanner if the microchip is not readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785.

2. a valid rabies vaccination 
(i) The vaccination must be given after the microchip is inserted.

(ii) The pet must be at least 12 weeks old before the vaccination is given, and it must be given by a vet authorised by the authorities of your country.

(iii) You must wait 21 days after the primary vaccination is given, before you can bring the dog, cat or ferret to Ireland.

A rabies vaccination with a 3-year validity period is acceptable for entry into Ireland.   Booster vaccinations (shots) are exempt from the 30-day rule for pets travelling from unlisted countries (see Section 4 below) and the 21-day rule for all other pets, once there has been no break in coverage.  If there has been a break in coverage, the next vaccination will be considered a primary vaccination and the 21-day / 30-day rule will apply.

3. is accompanied by a valid EU pet passport or EU health certificate
Ireland accepts pet passports from all EU countries, and from the following European countries/territories: Andorra; Gibraltar; Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Monaco; Norway; San Marino; Switzerland; Vatican City State.

A valid passport is a passport issued by an EU country or territory listed above, which certifies that:

  • the rabies treatment is valid, and
  • was administered by a vet in one of these countries.  

Rabies vaccinations administered by a veterinary practitioner not authorised by the authorities of an EU country or territory listed above will make the EU pet passport invalid for travel.

If your pet dog, cat or ferret does not have a pet passport, issued by one of these countries or territories listed above (under point 3), it must be accompanied by an EU health certificate (also known as EU Annex IV Health Certificate), before entering an EU country, including Ireland.


An EU health certificate must be:

  • completed by your veterinary practitioner, AND
  • signed and endorsed by an Official (State) Veterinarian of the country of departure, within 10 days of pets arrival into the EU (point b, page 4 of the health certificate refers), AND
  • immediately upon arriving into the EU, signed and endorsed by the EU country which performed the compliance checks. 

An Official State Veterinarian is a veterinarian directly employed by the Government in the country of departure.

If the pet is travelling by sea, the validity is extended by the number of days of travel by sea.

The endorsed certificate is valid for travel between EU Member States for up to 4 months, or until the anti-rabies vaccination expires, whichever is the earliest. 

4. Dogs must have a tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) treatment if they are coming from countries other than Finland, Malta or the UK.  The treatment must be given by a veterinarian not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day), before the scheduled arrival time of the dog in Ireland.

5. Pets must enter Ireland through Dublin Airport only and must undergo compliance checks on arrival
Pets travelling to Ireland from non – EU countries must enter through Dublin Airport and must undergo a compliance check on arrival. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that your animal undergoes the compliance check. 

You must organise compliance checks for your pet landing in Ireland in advance of your arrival at Dublin Airport.

There is a fee for compliance checks on pets. There is no charge for compliance checks on guide dogs.

Compliance checks may be performed at Dublin Airport or at the quarantine facility (Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital). 

Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital is located approximately 10km from Dublin airport.  Pets will be securely transported to Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital; owners are not allowed to travel in the vehicle with the animal.  Owners must make their own arrangements to travel to Lissenhall, at their own expense, in order to collect their animals.

Pets transiting through other EU Member States may have the compliance check carried out at first point of entry into the EU OR in Ireland.  If the compliance check was performed in another EU Member State, you should, on arrival into Ireland, produce proof of this.

If you do not follow these rules, or your pet fails the compliance checks, it may be refused entry into Ireland, or may be placed into quarantine for the necessary tests or vaccinations. In very limited circumstances, the pet may be euthanised.  These measures will be implemented at the owner’s expense. 

Pets travelling in the cabin of an aircraft or as excess baggage

You must not leave the baggage reclaim area without presenting your pet for a compliance check.  Compliance checks will be performed at Dublin Airport or at the quarantine facility (Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital).

To organise this check, contact a Department of Agriculture officer by:

pressing the button marked Duty Supervisor on the courtesy telephone outside the Department of Agriculture offices in the baggage reclaim hall, opposite

  • carousel No. 6 in Terminal 1,  or
  • carousel No. 2 in Terminal 2.

Mobile telephone number: + 353 (0) 87 417 8986

You are responsible for ensuring the compliance check is organised before you leave the baggage reclaim area.

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

Terms and conditions on advance notice can be accessed on  https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euhealthcertificatesandadvancenotice/

6. Advance notice of your intention to bring a pet into Ireland must be e-mailed to

petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie at least 24 hours in advance of travel. Please complete the advance notice form which can be accessed on https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euhealthcertificatesandadvancenotice/.  Alternatively please provide us with the details required within the form in the main body of your email to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie 

If you do not follow these rules, or your pet fails the compliance checks, it may be refused entry into Ireland, or may be placed into quarantine for the necessary tests or vaccinations. In very limited circumstances, the pet may be euthanised.  These measures will be implemented at the owner’s expense. 

Your pet cat, dog or ferret may enter Ireland from any country or territory not listed in Sections 2 or 3, and will not be required to enter quarantine, if it has:-

1. been microchipped 
The microchip must be inserted before the rabies vaccination, and must be readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785.  If the microchip cannot be read when you enter or return to Ireland, your pet could be put into quarantine or refused entry.  You may carry your own hand-held scanner if the microchip is not readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785.

2. a valid rabies vaccination and successful rabies serological test (blood test)

Rabies vaccination

(i) The vaccination must be given after the microchip is inserted.

(ii) The pet must be at least 12 weeks old before the vaccination is given, and it must be given by a vet authorised by the government authorities of your country.

A rabies vaccination with a 3-year validity period is acceptable for entry into Ireland.   Booster vaccinations (shots) are exempt from the 30-day rule for pets travelling from unlisted countries and the 21-day rule for all other pets (see Sections 2 and 3 above), once there has been no break in coverage.  If there has been a break in coverage, the next vaccination will be considered a primary vaccination and the 21-day / 30-day rule will apply.

Rabies serological test (blood test)

(i) You must wait at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination has been given before the blood test is carried out.        Otherwise your pet will fail the compliance check.

(ii) Your vet must send the blood sample to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory.  The laboratory may be located either in an EU Member State or another country.  A list of approved laboratories can be accessed on https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/pet-movement/approved-labs_en.

(iii) The result of the blood test must show that the vaccination was successful (a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml).

(iv) The animal must wait three months from the date a satisfactory result has been recorded, before it can travel to the EU, including Ireland. 

The 3-month wait period does not apply if:

  • the blood test was performed by a vet in an EU Member State or in Andorra, Gibraltar, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City State.
  • the satisfactory result is entered into the passport or EU health cert (see below) and
  • there was no break in rabies vaccinations after the blood test was carried out.

Your vet should give you the official test results and also enter the date the blood sample was taken into the EU health certificate and/or passport.  The blood test will continue to be valid as long as your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date.

The blood test results are valid for the life time of the pet unless there is a break in the rabies vaccinations.  If the booster vaccination is administered late, even if it’s just one day, the whole process will have to be repeated.

3. is accompanied by a valid EU pet passport, or EU health certificate
Ireland accepts pet passports from all EU countries, and from the following European countries/territories: Andorra; Gibraltar; Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Monaco; Norway; San Marino; Switzerland; Vatican City State.

A valid passport is a passport issued by an EU country or territory listed above, which certifies that:

  • the rabies treatment is valid, and
  • was administered by a vet in one of these countries.  

Rabies vaccinations administered by a veterinary practitioner not authorised by the authorities of an EU country or territory listed above will make the EU pet passport invalid for travel.

If your pet dog, cat or ferret does not have a pet passport, issued by one of the countries or territories listed above (point 3), it must be accompanied by a EU health certificate (also known as EU Annex IV Health Certificate), before entering an EU country, including Ireland.

An EU health certificate must be:

  • completed by your veterinary practitioner, AND
  • signed and endorsed by an Official (State) Veterinarian of the country of departure, within 10 days of pets arrival into the EU (point b, page 4 of the health certificate refers), AND
  • immediately upon arriving into the EU, signed and endorsed by the EU country which performed the compliance checks.

An Official State Veterinarian is a veterinarian directly employed by the Government in the country of departure.

If the pet is travelling by sea, the validity is extended by the number of days of travel by sea.

The endorsed certificate is valid for travel between EU Member States for up to 4 months, or until the anti-rabies vaccination expires, whichever is the earliest.  

4. Dogs must have a tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) treatment if they are coming from countries other than Finland, Malta or the UK.  The treatment must be given by a veterinarian not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day), before the scheduled arrival time of the dog in Ireland.

5. Pets must enter Ireland through Dublin Airport only and must undergo compliance checks on arrival.
Pets travelling to Ireland from non – EU countries must enter through Dublin Airport and must undergo a compliance check on arrival. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that your animal undergoes the compliance check. 

You must organise compliance checks for your pet landing in Ireland in advance of your arrival at Dublin Airport.

There is a fee for compliance checks on pets. There is no fee for compliance checks on guide dogs.

Compliance checks may be performed at Dublin Airport or at the quarantine facility (Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital). 

Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital is located approximately 10km from Dublin airport.  Pets will be securely transported to Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital; owners are not allowed to travel in the vehicle with the animal.  Owners must make their own arrangements to travel to Lissenhall, at their own expense, in order to collect their animals.

Pets transiting through other EU Member States may have the compliance check carried out at first point of entry into the EU OR in Ireland.  If the compliance check was performed in another EU Member State, you should, on arrival into Ireland, produce proof of this.

If you do not follow these rules, or your pet fails the compliance checks, it may be refused entry into Ireland, or may be placed into quarantine for the necessary tests or vaccinations. In very limited circumstances, the pet may be euthanised.  These measures will be implemented at the owner’s expense.

Pets travelling in the cabin of an aircraft or as excess baggage

You must not leave the baggage reclaim area without presenting your pet for a compliance check.  Compliance checks will be performed at Dublin Airport or at the quarantine facility (Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital). 

To organise this check, contact a Department of Agriculture officer by:

pressing the button marked Duty Supervisor on the courtesy telephone outside the Department of Agriculture offices in the baggage reclaim hall, opposite

  • carousel No. 6 in Terminal 1,  or
  • carousel No. 2 in Terminal 2.

Mobile telephone number: + 353 (0) 87 417 8986

You are responsible for ensuring the compliance check is organised before you leave the baggage reclaim area.

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

Terms and conditions on advance notice can be accessed on https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euhealthcertificatesandadvancenotice/

6. Advance notice of your intention to bring a pet into Ireland must be e-mailed to

petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie at least 24 hours in advance of travel. Please complete the advance notice form which can be accessed on https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euhealthcertificatesandadvancenotice/.  Alternatively please provide us with the details required within the form in the main body of your email to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie 

If you do not follow these rules, or the pet fails the compliance checks, it may be refused entry into Ireland, or may be placed into quarantine for the necessary tests or vaccinations. In very limited circumstances, the pet may be euthanised.  These measures will be implemented at the owner’s expense. 

Airlines operating within the EU are obliged to allow disabled passengers and those with reduced mobility to bring their recognised assistance dogs in the cabin of the plane. 

All dogs traveling in a cabin of an aircraft, must be fully compliant with the rules for entering Ireland as set out in Section 2, 3 or 4 above, depending on where they are travelling from.

Disabled passengers and those with reduced mobility may enter Ireland at any airport with their assistance dog.  Otherwise, all companion animals entering Ireland from outside the EU must enter Ireland through Dublin Airport. 

It is a matter for airlines whether or not they will allow animals providing other types of assistance/services, such as emotional support, to accompany travelers in the cabin of the plane.

If you are travelling from a non-EU country, you MUST provide advance notice of your intention to bring your service dog into Ireland, at least 24 hours before your departure time. 

Advance notice must be e-mailed to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie at least 24 hours in advance of travel. Please complete the advance notice form which can be accessed on https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euhealthcertificatesandadvancenotice/.  Alternatively please provide us with the details required within the form in the main body of your email to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie 

All dogs traveling in a cabin of an aircraft, including guide/assistance dogs, must not leave the baggage reclaim area without being presented for a compliance check.  Compliance checks will be performed at Dublin Airport or at the quarantine facility (Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital).

There is no fee for compliance checks on guide dogs.

To organise this check, contact a Department of Agriculture officer by:

pressing the button marked Duty Supervisor on the courtesy telephone outside the Department of Agriculture offices in the baggage reclaim hall, opposite

  • carousel No. 6 in Terminal 1,  or
  • carousel No. 2 in Terminal 2.

Mobile telephone number: + 353 (0) 87 417 8986

You are responsible for ensuring the compliance check is organised before you leave the baggage reclaim area.

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

Terms and conditions on advance notice can be accessed on  https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euhealthcertificatesandadvancenotice/

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

 If you are transiting Ireland from a non-EU country on the way to an EU country, you cannot arrange compliance checks to be carried out in Ireland.  The checks must be carried out in the EU country that is your destination.

You may transit Ireland with your pet if:-

  • the animal complies with the EU rules for pet travel,

            and

  • You have told the authorities your final destination, that you are transiting Ireland with your pet and will need compliance checks on arrival.

Pets not compliant with EU rules on pet travel must NOT disembark the aircraft in Ireland.  

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine may facilitate the landing of pets into Ireland by private transport, where possible.  Cats, dogs and ferrets must comply with the rules for pet travel as outlined in sections 2, 3 and 4 above where applicable.

If you are travelling from a non – EU country, you must provide advance notice of your intention to bring your pet to Ireland.

Advance notice of your intention to bring a pet into Ireland must be e-mailed to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie at least 24 hours in advance of travel. Please complete the advance notice form which can be accessed on https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euhealthcertificatesandadvancenotice/.  Alternatively please provide us with the details required within the form in the main body of your email to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie 

E-mail address:                                                                     livetrade@agriculture.gov.ie

Telephone from within Ireland:                                             Land Line (Dublin) 607 2827

Telephone from outside of Ireland:                                       Land Line 00 353- 1- 6072827

 

Contact details for Dublin Airport

Mobile telephone number from within Ireland:                            087 417 8986

Mobile telephone number from outside Ireland:                          00 353 87 417 8986