The Pet Passport scheme enables you to avoid putting your cat or dog into quarantine when you travel to certain countries . To qualify for exemption from quarantine, you must meet various conditions relating to your pet's health.
The conditions are set out in brief below. We strongly recommend visiting the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website ( www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets ) for the latest and full information well in advance of your travel date.
Pet Travel and EU Pet Passport
From the 1st January 2012 there will be harmonised conditions for pet dogs, cats and ferrets that travel throughout the entire EU, including Ireland. Pets entering Ireland from the EU will require:
Passport/certificate showing identification
Subsequent rabies vaccination at least 21 days before entry
Specific tapeworm treatment of all pet dogs
Pets travelling from other qualifying (low risk) countries can also travel into Ireland on the same conditions as set out above.
Pets travelling from other non-qualifying (high risk) countries can also travel into Ireland without quarantine provided the pet has a passport/certificate showing identification and a subsequent rabies vaccination. At least 30 days after rabies vaccination a pet must be blood tested to confirm a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml. A pet may enter Ireland only when at least three months has expired since a successful blood-test.
To get a 'passport' your pet must:
Travelling to Britain from Ireland with Pets
Effective from 1st January 2021, the United Kingdom is deemed a Part 2 listed third country under the EU Pet Passport Scheme. We advise you to contact the Department of Agriculture for the most up to date information concerning the movement of pets to the UK from Ireland, or bringing pets back home from the UK.