Under the EU pet passport system it is possible to bring accompanied pet dogs and cats into Ireland without the need for quarantine from a range of countries deemed low risk for rabies, provided that the following conditions are met:
-Microchip (make sure it is Euro-standard and have your vet check the scanning)
-Vaccination for rabies (may be done on the same day as micro-chipping)
-Blood test with result greater than 0.5 IU/ml, carried out in a laboratory approved for this purpose (at least six months prior to entry in Ireland)
-Treatment for tick and tapeworm (between 24 and 48 hours before departure)
-Obtain a Veterinary Certificate (passport) issued or endorsed by the competent authority in the country of origin.
The pet must be at least three months old and be accompanied by the owner (or person acting on their behalf) on an approved carrier into Ireland.
If you want to import a dog or cat into Ireland from a country other than one eligible for the EU Pet Passport System, you must have an import license from the Department of Agriculture and Food. The pet will be required to spend six months in the public quarantine in Ireland. There is only one approved public quarantine premises: Lissenhall Quarantine Kennels and Catteries, Lissenhall, Swords, Co Dublin, Tel: +353 1 8900375, Fax: +353 1 8409338. Animals must spend their six-month quarantine here.
The animal must be transported by air to Ireland and land at Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports and be brought on by air to Dublin if necessary. Transport from the airport to the quarantine must be undertaken by the sole authorized carrying agent: Kelly Couriers, 30 Selskar Avenue, Skerries, Co. Dublin. Telephone: +353-1-8490807 Fax: +353-1-8029801.
This arrangement is to be undertaken by the owner.
All costs (quarantine, veterinary fees, transport etc.) must be met by the owner. Arrangements for quarantine and transport must be in place before an import license is granted. The animal may not travel without an import license.
Department of Agriculture and Food
Special Projects Unit,
Floor 4 Centre,
Tel: 1890 504 604; if calling from outside Ireland: +353 1 6072827