Pet Passport

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EU Pet Passport System

Rabies Protection: EU Pet Passport System – Dogs, Cats, Ferrets

Requirements from 1 January 2012 for travel into Ireland.

The EU Pet Passport system is designed to protect citizens from the threat of rabies and certain other diseases. EU rules apply to the movement of pet dogs, cats and ferrets into EU Member States. These rules cover pet animal identification, rabies vaccination, waiting periods and, where relevant, blood tests and parasite treatment.

The document used to show that all the requirements have been met is the EU Pet Passport.

How to get an EU Pet Passport in Ireland: Every Irish pet brought out of Ireland to another EU Member State or brought back into Ireland must possess a Pet Passport – forms available from your vet or download from

Pet entry requirements into Ireland from other EU Member States and certain other European countries: You must have an EU Pet Passport or Veterinary Certificate certifying microchip identification, a subsequent rabies vaccination at least 21 days before entry into Ireland, and, for dogs, Echinococcus (tapeworm) treatment.

Pet entry requirements into Ireland from the UK: From 1 January 2012 the requirement is that all pets travelling from the UK to Ireland should be microchipped and accompanies by a pet passport. As both Ireland and UK have had no indigenous rabies for many decades compliance checks on pets travelling between the two countries will not be applied so pet owners should experience any change on the ground.

Pet entry requirements into Ireland from all other countries: You must have either an EU Pet Passport (for EU-originating pets) or Veterinary Certificate certifying microchip identification and a rabies vaccination. Depending on the country of origin, a blood test carried out at least 30 days after vaccination may also be required. In these cases a pet may enter Ireland only when at least three months has expired since a successful blood test.

  • The 3 month wait does not apply to re-entry if the blood test was carried out prior to a pet leaving the EU.

  • In all cases Echinococcus (tapeworm) treatment is required for dogs.

  • Pets travelling from non-qualifying (higher risk) countries require an Import Licence plus 6 months in public quarantine.

    Further information available from Dept of Agriculture, Food and Marine

    Telephone (00 353) 01 6072827


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Dogs: Tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet between 24 and 120 hours before arrival in Ireland. An official certificate is required from the country in which the treatment is carried out. This must be signed, dated and include date and time of treatment. The owner should ensurethat their chosen vet stocks the correct certificates.

Cats and Ferrets: Apet passport or third country certificate is required. Tick and tapeworm treatment is no longer needed.


Irish Ferries

Approved Route: Cherbourg (France) to Rosslare

Tel: + 353 53 9133158 or 0818 300 400
+ 353 53 9133544


Brittany Ferries

Approved Route:Roscoff (France) to Cork

Tel: +353 21 427 7801
Fax: +353 21 427 7262


Celtic Link Ferries

Approved Route: Cherbourg (France) to Rosslare

Tel: + 353 (0) 53 916 2688
Fax: + 353


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