Moving Your Pet to Ireland

If you and your family are relocating to the Emerald Isle, preparing in advance can make the process that much easier. What does it take to organize pet transport to Ireland? There are several steps, beginning with an implanted microchip and rabies vaccination and certification. Experts also recommend the full range of vaccinations.

Bringing dogs to Ireland also requires a handful of actions in the days leading up to your pet's departure. Each dog entering the country needs to receive tapeworm treatment within five days of travel and have an EU health certificate issued from an accredited vet within 10 days of arrival.

Like many other European countries, bringing pets to Ireland also requires a handful of USDA endorsements as well as an international health certificate. Once you have all your paperwork in order, including the necessary forms for customs, make sure you keep the original documentation with your pet throughout the travel process.

To ensure a smooth, stress-free transition when bringing a dog to Ireland, turn to your PetRelocation Specialists, who can streamline the process.


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Regulations for Importing Pets to Ireland

Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.

Microchip

Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. Ireland currently accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.

Rabies Vaccination and Certificate

All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet. The rabies vaccine must be at least 21 days old at the time of the final health exam.

Further details regarding the rabies vaccine:

  • Pets may travel with a current one year vaccine (also known as a “primary” vaccine).
  • Pets may travel with a 3 year vaccine that was administered less than a year ago (otherwise it may be considered a booster).

If you have questions about this, please ask your PetRelocation Specialist about possible exceptions.

Additional Vaccines

Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.

Tapeworm Treatment (Dogs Only)

Each dog must receive a tapeworm treatment (Drontal recommended) between 24-120 hours prior to arrival. The treatment given, manufacturer name, date and time must be listed on the EU Health Certificate with your vet's signature.

EU Health Certificate

This will be provided by your PetRelocation Specialist. This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited veterinarian and must be signed in a different color than that of the certificate's printing (usually blue ink). This certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the date of the checks at the EU point of entry.

For the purpose of further movements within the EU, this certificate will be valid for a total of four months from the date of issue or until the date of expiration of the rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier.

USDA Endorsements

The following must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to find out more about the best way to manage this.

  • Microchip Implantation Record
  • Rabies Certificate
  • EU Vet Health Certificate

International Health Certificate

Your vet should have these in stock. It’s a good idea to call ahead and ask. This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet within 10 days of departure.

The EU Five Day Rule

Pet owners must fly within five days of their pet in order for the move to be considered “non-commercial.” If you are unable to meet this Five Day Rule, the move can still be carried out but it will be considered a commercial move, which increases costs and changes the EU import requirements and timeline.

Please check with your PetRelocation Specialist if you have questions about the EU Five Day Rule and how to best manage your pet’s relocation.

Additional Details

All original documentation must travel with the pets.

In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following documents supplied prior to the animal’s arrival:

  • Copy of pet owner's passport
  • A signed letter of transfer from your company on letterhead
  • A copy of your plane/e-ticket/boarding pass showing your arrival within five days of your pet
  • If this is a military move: move orders, APO address, rank and office

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