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The EU ‘pet passport scheme’, was established to allow pets travel between European countries much more easily. These passports are only accepted in EU member countries.

For you to transport your pet ‘into’ or ‘out of’ Ireland, they must have the following:

  • A registered microchip
  • An up-to-date rabies vaccination (at least 21 days before date of travel), and they must be more than 3 months old
  • A passport – we apply for this on your behalf
  • Appropriate anti-parasite treatments administered and recorded by a vet.
  • Dogs travelling to Ireland from mainland EU will need to be seen by a vet 1-5 days prior to re-entry to get a tapeworm treatment, and this will need to be recorded on their passport. This is to prevent entry of a specific tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) into Ireland that is widespread in certain parts of Europe and, whilst harmless to dogs, can infect humans causing serious illness and even death. Ireland is free of this disease, and we want to keep it that way.
  • It is also strongly recommended that your pet be treated for ticks at the same time as the tapeworm treatment.
  • There is a requirement for tapeworm treatment for dogs travelling between Ireland and the UK due to Brexit, and your pet does still need a Pet Passport to go to/from the UK.

EU Pet Passport Scheme

Failure to comply with the scheme can lead to an unwanted stay in quarantine for your pet either before or after your travel.
If you are planning on leaving Europe and taking your pet with you, you need to check the rules and regulations of that particular country prior to your visit. The importing country sets its own rules of entry. The Department of Agriculture can offer full details. A blood test may be required.

Below are links to the relevant governmental website sections of each country listed:

For more information on your pet’s EU passport, or for travel outside the EU, please contact us at 061 415 104 (Clare Street) or 061 472 161 (Shannon).

Rules for particular breeds:

Certain breeds of dog, classed as dangerous dogs, may be forbidden entry to certain countries. Specific cat breeds such as Bengal cats require further documentation and a pedigree certificate.

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