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My Ireland

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    See what Ireland has in store for you

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    Bringing your pet to Ireland

    The importation of pets into Ireland is strictly controlled to ensure diseases such as rabies are kept off of the island

    Purr-fect for pets

    Bringing your pet on holiday with you is fun – they’re part of the family after all. Selected hotels, guest houses and B&Bs happily accommodate pets: the five-star Hayfield Manor in Cork even has matching dog kennels (marked Lord and Lady). B&B Ireland has over 150 members who accept pets into their homes and many self-catering properties are now pet-friendly.

    For the enthusiastic dog owner, the possibilities for walks are endless on the island – although remember to keep your dog on a leash at all times as sheep can pop up out of the most unlikely places! During the summer months, country fairs and festivals hold all sorts of dog shows, cat shows and pet races; so if you’re particularly proud of your pooch why not see if they can bring home the gold?

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    Murlough Bay

    County Antrim

    For the enthusiastic dog owner, the possibilities for walks are endless on the island

    Bringing pets into the Republic of Ireland

    Entry requirements from bringing your pet to Ireland will depend on what country your pet is originally from and where it is coming from.

    For example, if you're coming from the EU and want to bring your furry friend with you to Ireland, you’re going to need an EU Pet Passport. This document proves your pet has been microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.

    Since Brexit, you can no longer use a pet passport issued in Great Britain to travel to Ireland or Northern Ireland. You can still use a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland. However, from 1 January 2021, you'll need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) to bring your pet from Great Britain to Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. You’ll need to allow plenty of time to arrange the relevant vaccinations and requirements with your vet before you travel – and don’t forget your pet will need a new AHC for each trip. Find out more at Gov.uk: Taking your pet abroad and Gov.ie: Brexit – Movement of Pets.

    Only airlines registered with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine can transport pets. Each ferry operator has differing rules on travelling with animals but pets must travel with their owners or with a person acting on behalf of the owner while on a ferry.

    If you want to bring your pet to the Republic of Ireland from a country outside the EU or Great Britain you must first check whether your country is a qualifying low risk country or a non-qualifying high risk one.

    Dogwalking at Portumna Castle, County Galway

    A pet from a qualifying low-risk country outside the EU must:

    • Be microchipped (this must be done before anything else)
    • Be subsequently vaccinated for rabies
    • Have a veterinary certificate issued or endorsed by the competent authority in the country of origin
    • Dogs must be treated for tapeworm between 24 and 120 hours before travel and the time and date of treatment must be entered on the passport

    A pet coming from a non-qualifying high-risk country must do all of the above and also have a blood test after the rabies vaccination at least three months before entry. The animal must be transported by air to Ireland on an approved airline or owners can apply to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine life for a prior approval. Entry by airline is into Dublin airport only where your pet will be inspected in the quarantine facility.

    Castlewellan Forest Park, County Down

    Bringing pets into Northern Ireland

    Dogs, cats and ferrets from certain countries or territories can enter Northern Ireland without quarantine provided they meet certain rules.

    Since Brexit, you can no longer use a pet passport issued in Great Britain to travel to Northern Ireland. You can still use a pet passport issued in an EU country including the Republic of Ireland. However, from 1 January 2021, you'll need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) to bring your pet from Great Britain to Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. You’ll need to allow plenty of time to arrange the relevant vaccinations and requirements with your vet before you travel – and don’t forget your pet will need a new AHC for each trip. Find out more at Gov.uk: Taking your pet abroad and Gov.ie: Brexit – Movement of Pets. For the latest information on pet travel to Northern Ireland see here.

    Pets entering Northern Ireland from non-qualifying (unlisted) countries must spend six months in quarantine on arrival. For more information visit the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website.

    Crossing the border with pets

    Pets travelling from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland or vice versa should be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and meet any additional requirements. They must also be accompanied by a either a valid Animal Health Certificate (Great Britain residents) or an EU pet passport.