EU Pet Passport
It is now easier than ever to travel with your pet, however it does require a bit of forward planning. All dogs travelling to another EU country require a pet passport by law, even animals travelling to the UK require a passport now
How to get a passport
- Your pet must be microchipped to provide formal and permanent identification
- A passport book will be filled up that is specific to your pet. If you want to have a photo on the passport you need to bring a clear 6x4 photo that only shows one animal.
- Vaccination against rabies is required and this needs to be done at least 21 days before intended date of travel
- Your pet requires a health check 48 hours before travelling so they are certified well enough to travel.
- Before re-entry into Ireland dogs must also be treated for the tapeworm echinococcus. Echinococcus (tapeworm) treatment applies only to dogs - dogs must be treated not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day) prior to scheduled arrival time in Ireland.
Echinococcus treatment details in the passport/certificate must include name, date, and time of treatment. Details must be endorsed by a veterinarian by signature and stamp.
Note - while treatment against ticks is no longer a compulsory requirement, travellers are advised, on animal and human health grounds, to avail of tick treatment for their dogs when getting the tapeworm treatment.