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 Dept Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible for the issuing of Pet Passports / Export Health Certificates for certain animals. Enquiries should be directed to the Veterinary Service Trade Section, telephone: 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 or telephone: 00353 1 60728271

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

Cross border issues

“Movement of pets between NI and the Republic of Ireland  – In certain circumstances, there are exceptions to the list of preparations required for pet travel. Under the existing EU legislation, pets moving between NI and the Republic of Ireland must meet the conditions relating to microchipping, vaccination against rabies (with the subsequent 21 day waiting period) and the pet passport.”  Source: DARD – Guidance on the new rules on Pet Travel (page4)

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