Birds Europe


The rules on bringing your pet bird, reptile, amphibian, rabbit or rodent into Ireland change depending on the species and the country you are travelling from.

The following rules apply no matter which country you are travelling from.

Your pet must:

  • be accompanied by original paperwork, not copies
  • arrive in Ireland with you, or within five days before or after you travel (provided it is accompanied by someone else)

You can bring a maximum of five pets into Ireland per person under pet travel rules.

If you are travelling to Ireland to sell your pet, for any change of ownership including rehoming through a charity or gifting, or if the pet is not travelling within five days of your travel, there are different rules. Please contact for further information if required.


A pet bird is a companion bird that travels with the owner (or with a person representing the owner as long as it is within 5 days of the owner), and the movement does not involve any change of ownership, including rehoming or gifting.

Rules for the entry of pet birds into Ireland do not apply to the following bird species. There are other rules that must be followed to bring a bird of these species into Ireland:

  • chickens
  • turkeys
  • guinea fowl
  • ducks
  • geese
  • quails
  • pigeons
  • partridges
  • ratites

Please contact for information about moving with these types of birds.

or see Live Animal Imports: Poultry if coming from outside the EU.


Pet birds into Ireland from another EU/EEA country or Northern Ireland

You may bring your pet bird to Ireland from another EU country or from Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City State if:

You must check with the National Parks and Wildlife Service ( if a CITES licence is required to import your bird into Ireland.