Bringing Your Dog To Ireland

Bringing your dog/s to Ireland used to be a big hassle. Today this is much easier but there are still a few things to consider.

When we brought Rapsy to Ireland in 2011 he was already microchipped, had a passport and was up to date on his regular vaccinations. But he still needed a certificate of Rabies antibody testing (with a titre of 0.5 IU/ml or above) and, after receiving this certificate, he had to wait 6 months to enter Ireland. Immediately before entering Ireland two more treatments were necessary: an echinococcus and a tick treatment (plus he had to enter Ireland within the following 24 hours).

Since 1st January of 2012 the rules are different. For dogs to enter from a EU and “low risk” country to Ireland they will need:

  • Passport or EU certificate that shows the microchip number.
  • Subsequent rabies vaccination, at least 21 days before entering Ireland.
  • Tapeworm treatment (unless traveling from Finland, Malta, Norway or UK)
  • To come to Ireland within 5 days of the owner.

Maximum number of dogs to travel with one person is five.

For more information go to:

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About Carmen

Once lost, now found. German native, living in the beautiful Sunny South East of Ireland since 2010. Helpmate, homemaker, mom, writer. I'm writing about Ireland (DE & EN) and, using my pen name (Mirjam Fels), about and for Christian women at abletoperform.com
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