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Imports and Exports

IMPORT OF PIGEONS

Breeding Pigeons
Import of breeding pigeons from EU Member States is by way of General Authorisation (i.e. no licence required). However there are certain conditions attached. Importers must give the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food advance notification of the intended import. The birds must be accompanied by the appropriate health certificate in accordance with Council Directive 2009/158/EC and a veterinary certificate stating that the birds have been vaccinated against Paramyxovirus 1.

Import of breeding pigeons from non-EU Member States is only permitted from those regions/countries listed in Commission Regulation 798/2008 as amended by Commission Regulation 215/2010. The birds must be accompanied by an import licence issued by the Department and the appropriate health certificate, in accordance with Commission Regulation 798/2008 as amended by Commission Regulation 215/2010. The birds must be inspected at a Border Inspection Post approved for the import of live animals. There are no such facilities in Ireland (See BIPS above).

Racing Pigeons 
Import of racing pigeons from EU Member States is by way of General Authorisation. Importers must give the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food advance notification of the intended import. The birds must be accompanied by an owner's declaration and a veterinary certificate stating that the birds have been vaccinated against Paramyxovirus 1.

Import of racing pigeons from non-EU Member States is only permitted from those regions/countries listed in Commission Regulation 798/2008 as amended by Commission Regulation 215/2010. The birds must be accompanied by an import licence issued by the Department and the appropriate health certificate in accordance with Commission Regulation 318/2007 as amended by Commission Regulation 239/2010. The birds must undergo a specified quarantine period and upon first entry to the EU the birds must be checked at an EU Border Inspection Post approved for the inspection of live animals. There are no BIP or quarantine facilities in Ireland so this will have to be undertaken in another Member State (See BIPS above).

Pigeons imported from Northern Ireland for race release will require an import licence issued by this Department. Pigeons exported from Ireland to another EU Member State for race release will require an export licence issues by this Department.