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Taking Your Pets

Ireland - Taking Your Pets

Ireland is now a member of the Pet Travel Scheme which allows pet cats and dogs from any of the countries covered by the scheme to enter Ireland without quarantine provided they meet specified anti-rabies, blood sampling and anti-worm/anti-tick hygiene requirements. The pet must be micro-chipped, vaccinated against rabies and blood tested, and can be brought into Ireland only after six months have elapsed after a satisfactory blood test.

Full details of the requirements are available on the Department of Agriculture website.

Other types of animals, and dogs and cats from countries not covered by the Scheme, have to be put into quarantine when entering Ireland. However, pets which have been brought into the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme can enter Ireland without the need for quarantine.

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