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Pet Birds, Pet Rodents and Lagomorphs (Rabbits)

http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/petbirdsotherpets/

 

Rules for Movement of all Cats, Dogs or Ferrets

Section 1. Standard Requirements/Rules for all Cats, Dogs or Ferrets entering Ireland
Section 2. Country Specific Requirements
Section 3. Travelling with a Mobility Assistance Dog (such as guide dogs)  and Dogs providing Other Assistance/Services
Section 4. Transiting Ireland with Pet Cat, Dog or Ferret
Section 5. Travelling by Private Transport (Airplane/Yacht)

 

Rules for Movement of Unaccompanied and Traded Cats, Dogs or Ferrets into or out of Ireland

Section 6.1 Requirements for Importing/Exporting Unaccompanied and Traded Animals to/from all Countries

Section 6.2 Additional Requirements for EU Member States and other Qualifying European Countriesfor Unaccompanied and Traded Animals

Section 6.3 Additional Requirements for Non-EU Member States for /Unaccompanied and Traded Animals

Section 7. List of Transport Companies/Airlines

 

Quarantine Requirements

Section 8. Quarantine Requirements

Section 9. Animals Failing Compliance Checks

 

Information on Rabies Vaccinations and Blood Tests

Section 10.  Information on Administration of Rabies Vaccinations and Blood Tests

 

Contact Details

Section 11. Contact Details

Section 12. Out of Office/Emergency Contact

 

Rules for Movement of all Cats, Dogs or Ferrets into or out of Ireland Accompanied

Section 1. Standard Requirement/Rules for all Cats, Dogs or Ferrets entering Ireland

The following rules applies to all cats, dogs and ferrets entering Ireland from anywhere in the world.  There are further country specific requirements which must be followed depending on where the animals are travelling from, see Section 2.

  1. The animal must identified by a microchip (a transponder readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785), inserted prior to administration of rabies vaccination.
  2. Animals must be accompanied by either a valid EU Pet Passport  OR an Annex IV veterinary health certificate to certify that:-
    • the animal is currently immunized against rabies, and
    • Dogs brought in from countries other than Finland, Malta, Norway or the  UK are treated against Echinococcus multilocularis (tapeworm) by a veterinarian within a period of not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day) prior to scheduled arrival time Ireland.
  3. Movement the pet animal must take place within five days of the owner.  In addition to fulfilling requirements in Sections 1 and 2 unaccompanied pets must fulfill requirements set out in Section on Rules for Movement of Unaccompanied and Traded Cats, Dogs or Ferrets into or out of Ireland.
  4. Original paperwork must accompany the animal (copies will not be accepted).
  5. All animals which enter a high risk country, whether on holiday from an EU country or elsewhere, must undergo a valid blood antibody titration test and fulfill the required standstill period in line with EU requirements.  This applies to animals travelling from Ireland to high risk countries for holiday or temporary residence.
  6. Maximum number of animals allowed to travel per person is 5.  
    Maximum number of animals allowed to travel per person in the cabin of a plane is 1.

 

Section 2. Country Specific Requirement

EU Members States or Qualifying European Countries

  1. Animals travelling from other EU Member States or Qualifying European Countries can enter Ireland through any port and be transported by any company which is willing to carry the animal, subject to notification rules as outlined in the detailed requirements.
  2. As regards air travel, the Department does not require that pets travelling within/from the EU be carried as manifested freight.

List of EU Member States and other Qualifying European Countries http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/qualifyingcountriesterritories/listofeumemberstateseuropeancountries/ 

All other Countries (Including High and Low Risk)

  1. Animals must travel on an approved airline or with an approved cargo handling company and may enter Ireland via Dublin Airport only. 
  2. Animals are required to be carried as manifested freight in order to facilitate compliance upon arrival (unless already cleared to enter the EU at a point of entry in another Member State).

List of low-risk Non EU Countries:  List of low risk countries can be accessed on http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/qualifyingcountriesterritories/listofeumemberstateseuropeancountries/ 

List High Risk Non EU Countries:  Countries not appearing on the list of low-risk Non EU countries are deemed to be high-risk for the purpose of the EU Travel Scheme. 

Detailed Requirements: Detailed requirements on the above can be downloaded from http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/detailedrulesforeupettravel/   

Cats, dogs or ferrets to/from other Member States of the EU
Cats, dogs or ferrets from ‘low-risk’ Non-EU countries
Cats, dogs or ferrets from all other Non-EU Countries (high–risk countries)

 

Section 3. Travelling with a Mobility Assistance Dogs (such as guide dogs) and Dogs providing Other Assistance/Services

Mobility Dogs

Airlines operating within the EU are obliged to accommodate passengers with mobility difficulties by allowing them to bring their mobility assistance dogs free of charge in the cabin of the plane under Regulation 1107/2006 subject to compliance with animal health controls.

This Department would encourage airlines to extend the same assistance to persons travelling with their mobility assistance dogs from non-EU countries provided that EU animal health controls are complied with.  

Other Assistance/Service Dogs

The Department considers that dogs’ providing other types of assistance/services falls into a different category to a mobility assistance dog.  Our policy in this regard is that we consider it a matter for airlines to determine whether or not they will allow other support dogs to accompany travellers in the cabin of the plane provided that the EU animal health controls are complied with.  

Requirements for travelling with Assistance Dogs

  1.  All movement must conform to the standard and country specific requirements as outlined in Sections 1 and 2.
  2.  Persons travelling with mobility dogs or other assistance/service animals must contact the Department at livetrade@agriculture.gov.ie at least 5 working days in advance of travel to ensure compliance checks can be organised.

It is the passenger’s responsibility to organise compliance checks with the Department. 
Failure to organise compliance checks may result in airlines refusing permission to fly.

Detailed Requirements: Detailed requirements on the above can be downloaded from http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/detailedrulesforeupettravel/   

Mobility Assistance Dogs (such as guide dogs)
Dogs providing Other Assistance/Services

 

Section 4. Transiting Ireland with Pet Cat, Dog or Ferret

All pets (cats, dogs and ferrets) entering the EU from a non-EU country must undergo compliance checks on arrival in their first official EU entry point or a Boarder Inspection Point (BIP). 

Ireland is not a BIP therefore the first official EU entry point for animals in transit will be their final destination.

Pets entering the EU from non EU countries with a pet in the cabin of an aircraft may transit via Ireland provided that:-

  • they qualify under the EU Pet Travel scheme to enter the EU. See Sections 1 and 2, and
  • the passenger has proof from the final destinations' Competent Authority that they are aware of the arrival and need for compliance checks. 

Persons wishing to transit Dublin will need to contact the Department at livetrade@agriculture.gov.ie at least 5 working days in advance of travel to ensure transit is approved.

 

Section 5. Travelling by Private Transport (Aircraft/Yacht)

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will facilitate the landing of pets into Ireland from by private transport, where possible.  Cats, dogs and ferrets must conform to the standard and country specific requirements.

Persons wishing to travel with their pets by private transport will need to contact the Department at livetrade@agriculture.gov.ie at least 5 working days in advance of travel.

 

Section 6.  Rules for Movement of Unaccompanied and Traded Cats, Dogs or Ferrets

Section 6.1. Requirements for Importing/Exporting Unaccompanied and Traded Animals to/from all  Countries

  1. All movement must conform to the standard and country specific requirements.
  2. Each animal must have access to food and water for the duration of the journey.  Detailed guidelines on the welfare of these animals during transport are included in a document on the DAFM website at the following link: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/animaltransport/.
  3. Animals must be consigned out of the country by an approved Type 2 transporter only. For list of type 2 transporters se http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/animaltransport/.

List of EU Member States and other qualifying European countries can be accessed on http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/qualifyingcountriesterritories/listofeumemberstateseuropeancountries/

 

Section 6.2.  Additional Requirements for EU Member States and other Qualifying European Countries for Unaccompanied and Traded Animals

  1. Register the premises on which the animals are born and/or reared with Competent Authority.
    In Ireland this is the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
  2. The animal must undergo a clinical veterinary examination within 48 hours of departure and have it recorded in its EU Pet Passport by an authorized Veterinary Practitioner.
  3. Each consignment must accompany by a veterinary health (‘Balai’) certificate issued by Competent Authority within 48 hours of scheduled departure time.  
    In Ireland this is the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (health certificates available from local district veterinary offices).

List of EU Member States and other Qualifying European countries can be accessed on http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/qualifyingcountriesterritories/listofeumemberstateseuropeancountries/

 

Section 6.3. Additional Requirements for Non-EU Member States for Unaccompanied and Traded Animals

Countries not contained on the list of EU Member States and other Qualifying European countries are deemed Non-EU countries.  Animals transported from these countries must be:-

  1. Transported via a Border Inspection Post (BIP) within the EU, and
  2. accompanied by an Annex I form, template can be downloaded from: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euhealthcertificates/

As there is no BIP in Ireland approved for the import of dogs, cats or ferrets, no unaccompanied or traded imports can be transported direct into Ireland from Non-EU Countries.

In the event that animals are found to be non compliant with the Regulation they may be:-

  1. denied travel and returned to place of origin at the owners’ expense, or
  2. seized and detained for appropriate length of time deemed necessary, at the expense of the owner, and
  3. have the necessary vaccinations/tests required in order for the pet to become compliant, at the expense of the owner.

It is an offence under the Pet Passport (No.2) Regulations 2014 to import or export or to attempt to import or export a dog, cat or ferret in contravention of the Regulations.

Detailed Requirements: Detailed requirements on the above can be downloaded from http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/detailedrulesforeupettravel/   

Unaccompanied Imports of dogs, cats or ferrets from other Member States
Unaccompanied Exports of dogs, cats or ferrets to other Member States
Unaccompanied Imports of dogs, cats or ferrets from Non-EU countries (third countries)

 

Section 7. List of Transport Companies/Airlines

The following airlines/ferry companies have indicated that they will carry pets to/from Ireland within the EU. http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/registeredtransportersforcarryingpetsintoirelandfromtheeu/

The following airlines/ferry companies have applied and are approved to carry pets to/from Ireland outside the EU. http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/approvedpetcarriersroutes/

 

Section 8. Quarantine Requirements

Animals which are fully complainant will not be required to enter quarantine.  Compliance checks will be performed on arrival before the animals are released to the owner.  Compliance checks are normally completed within 3 hours of landing, but may take longer.

 

Section 9. Animals Failing Compliance Checks

It is an offence under the Pet Passport (No.2) Regulations 2014 to import or export or to attempt to import or export a dog, cat or ferret in contravention of the Regulations.

Animals which fail the compliance checks or deemed to be imported/exported in contravention to Pet Passport (No.2) Regulations 2014 , may at the discretion of this Department be:-

  • returned to their country/premises of origin, at the expense of the owner, OR
  • placed into quarantine for the appropriate length and have the necessary vaccinations/tests required in order for               the pet to become compliant with EU health requirements, at the expense of the owner.

 

Section 10. Information on Administration of Rabies Vaccinations and Blood Tests

Rabies Vaccinations

  1. Animals must be a minimum of 12 weeks old at the date the rabies vaccine was administered.  Vaccinations administered before 12 weeks of age will be deemed invalid.
  2. Rabies vaccinations must be administered by an authorised qualified Veterinary Practitioner.
  3. Rabies vaccination must not proceed the date the microchip was inserted/read.
  4. Immunity takes effect not less than 21 days from the completion of the vaccination protocol for the primary vaccination(s), or longer based on the manufacturer’s instructions. . Example: rabies vaccination administered on 01/01/2016 coverage is effective on 22/01/2016 
  5. Booster vaccinations (shots) are exempt from the 21 day validity period once there was no break in coverage.
  6. If there is a break in coverage then the next vaccination will be considered a primary vaccination.

Rabies Antibody Titration Test (Rabies Blood Test)

A rabies antibody titration test/blood test will only be required if the animals has entered a high risk country and must be carried out in line with EU Requirements. 

  1. Tests can only be performed when at least 30 days has passed after the animal received a valid rabies vaccination e.g. rabies vaccination administered on 01/01/2016 test cannot be performed until 31/01/2016.
  2. Tests must be performed in an EU Approved lab.
  3. Animals subject to tests administered outside of the EU must wait an additional 3 calendar months after the successful result before they can enter the EU.
  4. Animals vaccinated, blood tested and given an EU Pet Passport in the EU before travelling will not have to wait the 3 calendar months.
  5. The blood test/results will continue to be valid as long as the animals’ rabies vaccinations are kept up to date.  If there is a break in coverage (of even one day) the testing process must be restarted.

 

Section 11. Contact Details

Further enquiries to be e-mailed to :              livetrade@agriculture.gov.ie
Telephone from within Ireland:                      Land line (Dublin) 607 2827
Telephone from outside of Ireland:                Land line 00 353-1-6072827

 

Section 12. Out of Office/Emergency Contact

Mobile telephone number from within Ireland:          087 417 8986
Mobile telephone number from outside Ireland:        00 353 87 417 8986