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Ireland – Importing a Pet

Ireland allows the import of pets, but there are certain restrictions on which types of pets can be brought into the country.

  • Dogs, cats, and ferrets can be brought into Ireland from EU countries, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and certain non-EU countries with a pet passport.
  • Other pets, such as birds, reptiles, and rodents, have specific requirements that must be met before they can be imported.

Vaccination Requirements

There are vaccination requirements for bringing pets to Ireland. Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies and have a pet passport. The pet passport must show that the pet has received a rabies vaccination at least 21 days before travel.

In addition, dogs must be treated for tapeworm no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before arrival in Ireland. The treatment must be administered by a veterinarian and entered into the pet passport.

Application Procedure

To import a pet to Ireland, you will need to follow certain procedures:

  • Ensure that your pet meets the entry requirements for Ireland, including vaccinations and treatments.
  • Obtain a pet passport from your veterinarian.
  • Check with your airline to ensure that they allow pets to travel and to obtain any necessary paperwork or permits for your pet’s travel.
  • Notify the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) at least 24 hours before arrival in Ireland by completing an online form.

Is a period of quarantine needed to import a pet to Ireland?

There is no quarantine requirement for pets entering Ireland from EU countries, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and certain non-EU countries with a pet passport. However, pets may be subject to examination upon arrival to ensure that they meet the entry requirements.

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International Travel Scheme

Ireland is a member of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). PETS allows pets to travel between certain countries without undergoing quarantine, provided certain requirements are met. To enter Ireland under the PETS scheme, your pet must have a pet passport and meet the vaccination and treatment requirements.


There is no specific license required for pets in Ireland, but dog owners are required to have a dog license. A dog license can be obtained from your local authority.


The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) provides information on the import requirements for pets. Their website is https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/.