Bringing Your Pet Dog, Cat or Ferret into Ireland from Outside the EU From Certain Listed Countries


There is a change in the pet travel rules coming on 16/09/24. If you and your pet are arriving from Belarus or Russia on or after 16/09/24, please disregard the rules on this page and instead follow the rules here: Pet Travel: Other


The pet must arrive in Ireland with their owner. If the owner cannot travel with the pet directly, then someone else (an authorised person) may travel with the pet directly on the owner’s behalf, BUT only if the owner’s own journey is within 5 days of the pet/authorised person’s journey.

If your journey is outside 5 days of the date of your pets travel, this deemed a commercial movement and you need to visit - Commercial Dog, Cat or Ferret Movements – Commercial movements (

All pets must be accompanied by original paperwork, not copies. Your pet must arrive in Ireland with you, or within five days before or after you travel if it is accompanied by a person authorised by you.

Five is the maximum number of animals allowed to travel with you under the pet travel rules. These rules apply no matter which country you are travelling from.

It is up to each individual airline to decide whether to carry the animal in the cabin or as excess baggage – the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine does not decide on this.

Service animals must comply with the rules on EU pet travel. For more information on travelling to Ireland with a service animal, please see - Bringing your pet dog -travelling with guide and assistance dogs  ( 

If you are entering Ireland from a non-EU country Ireland you must give advance notice of your intention to bring your pet into Ireland and arrange in advance to have a compliance check carried out on arrival. You must not leave the airport or port before compliance checks are carried out, unless you are coming from an EU country.

Please read through the information below carefully. If you have any questions on pet travel after reading, please contact

Email address:

  • telephone from within Ireland: 01 607 2827
  • telephone from outside of Ireland: 00353 1 6072827”


Coming From One of The Countries/Territories Listed Below:


1. Been Microchipped

The microchip must be inserted before the rabies vaccination is administered, and must be readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785. If the microchip cannot be read when you enter Ireland, your pet could be put into quarantine under official control or refused entry. You may bring your own microchip scanner, if the microchip is not readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785.

2. A Valid Rabies Vaccination

  1. The vaccination must be given after the microchip is inserted.

  2. The pet must be at least 12 weeks old before the vaccination is given, and it must be given by a vet authorised by the authorities of your country.

  3. You must wait until the appropriate immunity has developed, as stated by the datasheet of the vaccination given, which must be at least 21 days after the primary vaccination is given, before you can bring the dog, cat or ferret to Ireland. If the datasheet of the vaccination used says that immunity is not present until day 30 after vaccination, then you must wait 30 days before travel and your vet should record the same in the health certificate.

A rabies vaccination with a 1 or 3-year validity period is acceptable for entry into Ireland, but please see explanations below re primary vs booster.

Once there has been no break in coverage after a primary rabies vaccination, subsequent vaccinations are considered booster and not primary vaccinations.

If there has been a break in coverage, the next vaccination will be considered a primary vaccination and the appropriate waiting period will apply. This is especially important to travellers from North America. Please see rabies vaccination sections on the following websites...

USDA website

Canada website

In the case of booster vaccinations, the waiting period does not apply.

Please check EU rules on travelling with pets and other animals in the EU - Your Europe ( to see if your dog, cat or ferret requires a rabies antibody test in addition to a rabies vaccine. If so, please read the requirements on  Pet Travel: Other 

All dogs, cats and ferrets entering Ireland must comply with these requirements. There are no exemptions to this rule. If you are travelling from an area which has been declared rabies-free, your dog, cat and ferret still needs to comply with the rabies vaccination requirements.

3. Is Accompanied by a Valid EU Pet Passport or EU Health Certificate.

Ireland accepts pet passports from all EU countries, Northern Ireland and from the following European countries/territories:

Andorra, Gibraltar, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City State

A valid passport is a passport issued by an EU country or a country/ territory listed above, which certifies that the rabies vaccine given is valid.

Vets in countries outside of the EU and the countries/territories listed above may not complete, sign or stamp the section on rabies vaccination in the passport. If they were to do so, this would make the pet passport invalid for travel.

If your pet dog, cat or ferret does not have a pet passport issued by an EU country or the countries/territories listed above, it must be accompanied by an EU Health certificate before entering an EU country, including Ireland.

An EU Health certificate must be:

  • completed by your veterinary practitioner, AND
  • signed and endorsed by an Official (State) Veterinarian of the country of departure, within 10 days of pets arrival into the EU, AND
  • immediately upon arriving into the EU, signed and endorsed by the EU country which performed the compliance checks

An Official State Veterinarian is a veterinarian directly employed by the government in the country of departure.

If the pet is travelling by sea, the validity is extended by the number of days of travel by sea.

The endorsed certificate is valid for travel between EU Member States for up to 4 months, or until the anti-rabies vaccination expires, whichever is the earliest. Please note this is between EU Member States only, and not to travel out of the EU and back in again. If the pet leaves the EU at any stage, then a new health certificate signed by an official vet within the last ten days is required to re-enter the EU, and all the other rules re vaccination and tapeworm etc will apply.

4. Has Been Administered Tapeworm Treatment for Dogs

If your dog is entering Ireland from any country apart from Finland, Malta, Norway or Northern Ireland, a vet must treat your dog for tapeworm (specifically Echinococcus multilocularis) and record the treatment in the pet passport or EU health certificate before each time you intend to travel to Ireland.

The treatment must contain praziquantel and must be administered by a veterinarian no less than 24 hours (1 day) and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before the scheduled arrival time of the dog in Ireland. Your dog may be refused entry into Ireland or quarantined under official control if it has not been correctly treated against Echinococcus multlocularis before entry into Ireland.

5. Pet Dogs, Cats and Ferrets from the Above Countries May Only Enter Ireland Through Cork Airport, Dublin Airport, Dublin Port, Shannon Airport, The Port of Cork at Ringaskiddy or Rosslare Europort and Must Undergo Compliance Checks on Arrival.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your animal undergoes the compliance check.

Only in the event of an airport/port emergency should you leave the baggage reclaim area or point of entry without undergoing a compliance check. If this was to happen, you must contact DAFM immediately to explain why you left and re-arrange the compliance check.

If arriving into Dublin Port or Rosslare Port from Great Britain, please note special arrangements in the port may apply. Please follow the instructions given to you at the time.

  • There is a fee for compliance checks on pets entering Ireland from most countries outside the EU. There is no charge for compliance checks on pets entering from Great Britain. There is no charge for compliance checks on guide dogs and assistance dogs. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are dogs trained by an organisation accepted by or affiliated to Assistance Dogs Internationalor the International Guide Dog Federation. These dogs must travel with an identification card or a letter provided by the accredited or affiliated organisation in order to avail of a free compliance check.

 Compliance checks are usually performed at the port or airport of arrival.

If you are arriving into Dublin Airport only, and your pets are travelling cargo or outside of DAFM staffs working hours in Dublin Airport (7.00am, - 9pm), the compliance check will be carried out by either:

Lissenhall Kennels  +353 1 8401776 

Vets Direct + 353 87668 6278 6278 (pets travelling cargo only)

A fee for checks will apply, please contact your chosen provider directly for details.

Please note: Checks carried out by Lissenhall may be carried out in Lissenhall Kennels or in the airport. Please contact Lissenhall for details on where the pet will be checked. Lissenhall Kennels is located approximately 10km from Dublin airport. If the compliance check is to be completed at Lissenhall, pets will be securely transported to Lissenhall Kennels; owners are not allowed to travel in the vehicle with the animal. Owners must make their own arrangements to travel to Lissenhall, at their own expense, in order to collect their animals.

The office hours in Shannon Airport are 08.00 – 16.00 Mon – Friday, arrivals outside of these hours are dependent on availability, you must contact DAFM Staff in Shannon Airport in advance to confirm the arrival can be facilitated.

6. You Must Provide Advance Notice and Organise Compliance Checks for Your Pet in Advance of Your Arrival into Ireland.

 Please click here to fill in this form Advance notice 

  • Pets transiting through other EU Member States may have the compliance check carried out at the first point of entry into the EU OR in Ireland. If the compliance check was performed in another EU Member State, you should produce proof of this on arrival into Ireland.

If you originally came from outside the EU and a compliance check was not carried out in another EU Member State, then you must have a compliance check on arrival into Ireland.

Pets Failing Compliance Checks

If you do not follow these rules, or your pet fails the compliance checks, it may be refused entry into Ireland, or may be placed into quarantine under official control for the necessary tests or vaccinations. In very limited circumstances, the pet may be euthanised. These measures will be implemented at the owner’s expense.

Contact Details at Points of Entry

Dublin Airport: If you need to contact a Department of Agriculture officer on arrival in Dublin Airport, you may do so by pressing the button marked Duty Supervisor on the courtesy telephone outside the Department of Agriculture offices in the baggage reclaim hall, opposite

  • carousel No. 6 in Terminal 1, or
  • carousel No. 2 in Terminal 2

Telephone number: + 353 (0)1 6157680.

Shannon Airport: on arrival you should pass through passport control and present your animal to the Department of Agriculture in the Arrivals Hall. You must not leave the baggage reclaim hall without undergoing the compliance check. If the inspector is delayed please take a seat and await their arrival.

Officers will be available from 08.00 to 16.00. If you arrive earlier than 08.00, please wait in the baggage hall.

If you need to contact us or cancel the inspection please call the Portal Inspector on Duty on +35361500940 or by emailing

If you need to contact DAFM staff in Shannon Airport or cancel the inspection please call the Portal Inspector on Duty on +35361500940 or by emailing .

If any of the following situations apply to you:

  • you are buying a dog, cat or ferret abroad and having it shipped to Ireland unaccompanied, that is, you are not going to collect it and travel home with it, or
  • your pet is in another country and you want to have it shipped to Ireland unaccompanied, that is, you are not going to collect it and travel home with it
  • you are travelling to Ireland to buy, sell or gift a dog, cat or ferret, or if any change of ownership is involved after arrival, including delivery of a purchased or rehomed animal
  • if you are travelling with more than 5 pets (the exception is if you are travelling for a dog show/competition, and you will need to provide written confirmation

your pet may not enter Ireland under pet travel rules. These pets must follow a different set of rules. Please see section on Bringing an Unaccompanied Pet Cat, Dog or Ferret into Ireland.