Ireland is a Member State of the European Union. Bilingual health certificates are available for some commodities/species.

It is the responsibility of the exporter to obtain a bilingual certificate.

National Legislation is present in Ireland as regards the importation of pets so as to keep the country rabies free. A new system is in place within the EU called the Pet Passport System which allows pets to be brought directly into Ireland from low-risk rabies countries. Certain conditions apply. Pets traveling from outside the qualifying EU countries will be subject to six months quarantine.

Pets will need to have a veterinary certificate to enter the European Community. All animals relocating to Ireland must be sent on an approved carrier and route into Ireland. Animals flying directly into Dublin (USA to Dublin - the only approved airport for entry into Ireland) are exposed to a minimum of three days quarantine until all paperwork is verified and all vet checks completed.

To travel to Ireland from approved countries under the Pet Passport system you must follow these regulations:

Your pet must be accompanied

Your pet must be traveling from and eligible country under the scheme

Your pet must be traveling on an approved carrier, for a list click here

Your pet must be be over three months old

Your pet must be micro-chipped and have been vaccinated against rabies after being micro-chipped

Your pet must have been successfully blood-tested

Your pet must have had a successful bloodtest at least 6 months ago and only have entered other eligible countries since then

Your pet must be treated for tick and tapeworm 24 to 48 hours before check-in at ferry

General Information

Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world. It lies to the north-west of continental Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets. To the east of Ireland, separated by the Irish Sea, is the island of Great Britain.

The name Ireland derives from the name of the Celtic goddess Ériu (in modern Irish, Éire) with the addition of the Germanic word land.Overall, Ireland has a mild but changeable oceanic climate with few extremes.

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