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Pet passports

A harmonised EU system of Passports for Pets allows cats, dogs and ferrets to travel between EU Member States. The EU Pet Passport certifies that the pet has been identified by means of a microchip and vaccinated against rabies.


The Department of Agriculture , Environment and Rural Affairs is responsible for the issuing of Pet Passports / Export Health Certificates for certain animals. Enquiries should be directed to the Veterinary Service Animal Health Group,  Tel: 028 9052 4622

For further information please visit – NI Direct – Taking your pets abroad


Every Irish pet that is brought out of Ireland to another EU Member State or re-enters Ireland must have an EU Pet Passport. In Ireland this is issued by private Vets directly to pet owners.  Information on how to apply is available on the website of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine – How to get an EU Pet Passport in Ireland  Alternatively you can email

For further information please visit Citizens Information – Bringing pets to Ireland

Cross border issues

“Movement of pets between NI and the Republic of Ireland  – EU legislation states that pets travelling from one EU member state to another must fulfil the following criteria:-

  • be micro chipped
  • be vaccinated against rabies
  • have a pet passport issued by an authorised vet
  • a waiting period after vaccination and prior to travel of 21 days
  • treatment (for dogs) against the EM tapeworm (although not required for movement between UK and ROI)

Source:  DAERA Veterinary Service Animal Health Group

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Updated:  26 July 2017