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A number of non-EU countries have pre-printed EU health certificates.  Please check with your authorities before you begin completing this form.

All EU Health Certificates MUST BE signed and endorsed by an official veterinarian. An official veterinarian means a vet who is a Government employee (for example in APHIS/USDA in the United States of America, or in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Canada).

If the EU health cert is not endorsed by an official vet, your pet will fail the compliance check, and might not be allowed to enter Ireland.

 EU Annex III Health Certificate (pdf 3,668Kb) 

Compliance checks on pets arriving in Ireland from Non-EU Countries

Pets travelling to Ireland from non-EU countries may only enter Ireland through Dublin airport, Rosslare sea port, Shannon airport, Cork airport or Cork (Ringaskiddy) sea port.

Pets from non-EU countries generally travel:

  • in the cargo hold of an aircraft as manifested freight (with an airway bill number), these pets will processed either by Department of Agriculture staff at the point of entry or through Customs, and checks will be performed at the point of entry for those animals arriving outside of Dublin, or by Lissenhall Vets or Vets Direct for those pets arriving into Dublin. certain rules and conditions apply OR  
  • in the cargo hold of an aircraft as excess baggage, these pets will generally be processed in the baggage reclaim area of the airport or in the port of entry, certain rules and conditions apply OR

    Pets travelling to Ireland from non-EU countries may only enter Ireland through Dublin airport, Rosslare sea port, Shannon airport, Cork airport or Cork (Ringaskiddy) sea port.

Pets from non-EU countries generally travel:

  • in the cargo hold of an aircraft as manifested freight (with an airway bill number), these pets will processed either by Department of Agriculture staff at the point of entry or through Customs, and checks will be performed at the point of entry for those animals arriving outside of Dublin, or by Lissenhall Vets or Vets Direct for those pets arriving into Dublin. certain rules and conditions apply OR  
  • in the cargo hold of an aircraft as excess baggage, these pets will generally be processed in the baggage reclaim area of the airport or in the port of entry, certain rules and conditions apply OR

You must arrange for your pet to be checked on arrival.  Checks will be carried out by Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital or Vets Direct.

Contact details:                     E-mail                                 Phone number 

Lissenhall Vet. Hospital       lissenhallvet@eircom.net         ++ 353 1 8900375

Vets Direct                              info@vetsdirect.ie                 ++ 353 87668 6278

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

Compliance checks on pets travelling in the cargo hold of an aircraft arriving anywhere other than Dublin airport as manifested freight (with an airway bill number)

You must arrange for your pet to be checked on arrival.  Compliance checks must be booked in advance by notifying the appropriate email address

Shannon airport                       PetsShannon@agriculture.gov.ie  

Cork airport                               corkpetmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Ringaskiddy port, Cork           corkpetmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Rosslare ferry port                   rosslare.europort@agriculture.gov.ie

Compliance checks on pets travelling in the cabin of an aircraft and excess baggage arriving into Dublin airport

Checks on pets presenting between 7am and 9pm and travelling in the cabin of an aircraft and excess baggage will be carried out by Department staff.  Please forward advance notice to petmove@agriculture.gov.ie
A fee of €50 per pet will apply.
All checks performed between the hours of 7am and 9pm will be performed in the baggage reclaim area.

Compliance checks on pets travelling in the cabin of an aircraft and excess baggage arriving into Dublin airport

You must arrange for your pet to be checked on arrival.  Compliance checks must be booked in advance by notifying the appropriate email address

Shannon airport                       PetsShannon@agriculture.gov.ie  

Cork airport                               corkpetmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Ringaskiddy port, Cork           corkpetmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Rosslare ferry port                   rosslare.europort@agriculture.gov.ie

You are responsible for ensuring your Veterinary Compliance Check is completed before you leave the baggage reclaim area or in the case of late night arrivals, before you leave the airport.

Only in the event of an airport emergency should you leave the baggage reclaim area without undergoing a compliance check.

In this rare event, it is your responsibility to immediately contact the Department of Agriculture on the Duty Mobile Phone 00 353 (0) 87 417 8986 or email bips [dot] dubairport [at] agriculture [dot] gov [dot] ie to inform them of the whereabouts of your animal and the circumstances in which you left the airport.”

All pet animals entering Ireland from a country other than

  • other EU member states or
  • Andorra; Gibraltar; Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Monaco; Norway; San Marino; Switzerland; Vatican City State

Must arrange a compliance check in advance of arrival into Ireland, by filling out the form below or by emailing details (time and date of arrival, port/airport of arrival, airline/ferry company, number of pets, type of document – EU health certificate or EU pet passport) to

Dublin airport             petmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Shannon airport       PetsShannon@agriculture.gov.ie  

Cork airport               corkpetmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Ringaskiddy port, Cork    corkpetmove@agriculture.gov.ie

Rosslare ferry port           rosslare.europort@agriculture.gov.ie

Guide and assistance dogs travelling in the cabin of the plane must comply with the rules for entering Ireland, which vary depending on which country the dog is coming from. 

Passengers must contact the airline directly regarding travel plans with a guide dog/assistance animal. 

If you are travelling from countries other than

  • EU Member States, Andorra; Gibraltar; Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Monaco; Norway; San Marino; Switzerland; Vatican City State,

OR

  • if your health certificate was not signed and endorsed in an EU Member State,

you MUST NOT leave the arrivals terminal without presenting your pet dog, cat or ferret for a  compliance check.

 Advance Notice (doc 43Kb)