The first point to note is that dogs, cats and ferrets all require a valid EU pet passport to travel in Europe. This passport allows your pet to travel freely, without quarantine, if they meet all the conditions outlined below.
Why Do I Need a Pet Passport?
Ireland is part of the EU, and all EU members must comply with pet passport laws. The rules also cover travel from a non-EU country to an EU country.
Basically, this means that if you are travelling to Ireland with your pet from an EU country or Britain, you need an EU Pet Passport. If you are travelling from Ireland or Northern Ireland to an EU country, you also need an EU Pet Passport.
If your holiday destination is outside Europe, it is important to check the regulations required for your pet to enter that country. But remember that a valid EU Pet Passport will be required to return home.
What do I Need for a Pet Passport?
These passports are issued through your vet, so you can book an appointment with us to arrange this. But please note the following conditions which must be met:
- your pet must first be microchipped. If not already microchipped, we provide this service at the clinic, but you will need proof of ID to be registered as its owner.
- Your pet must then be vaccinated against rabies by the vet who must verify the identity of the pet by scanning the microchip;
- You must wait at least 21 days after the rabies vaccination before your pet can re-enter Ireland so allow time for this before making travel arrangements
Which Pets Need a Passport?
Dogs, cats and ferrets all require a pet passport. If you are travelling with more than 5 of these pets, you must provide proof:
- that they are 6 months or older and;
- attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event
If you don’t meet these requirements, your animals must travel under commercial regulations.
Returning to Ireland
As Tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis isn’t present in Ireland, you must visit a vet 1 to 5 days before returning. The vet needs to carry out worming treatment and this must be recorded by the vet on your pet’s passport.
Brexit and Pet Passports
There have been some changes in regulations due to Brexit, which came into effect on 1st January 2021. So, now you must visit a vet 1 to 5 days before returning from GB to Ireland & Northern Ireland. The vet needs to carry out worming treatment against a tapeworm Echinococcus Multilocularis, which is not present in Ireland. This must be recorded by the vet on your pet’s EU passport.
For details or to get your Pet Passport, just call us on (074) 937 4127 or click here to make an appointment.