Taking your pet on holiday abroad ?

There have been some recent updates in December 2014, to the pet passport scheme, specifically travel to the UK. Some countries may have further requirements. Remember if you are planning a return journey there are a few extra points to remember. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


TRAVELLING TO THE UK ONLY  [PRIVATE OWNERS travelling with 5 or less animals]

Dog must be micro-chipped at or before Rabies vaccination

Dog must have a Rabies vaccination administered no earlier than 12 weeks of age

Passport to be filled out by issuing veterinary surgeon

Can only travel 21 days after Rabies vaccination

Full cost €85.00 per animal for 3 items above when purchased together

COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT TO UK (Includes welfare org’s re homing, any exchange of ownership or private owners with more than 5 animals)

Type 2 Transport authorisation required – from Dept. of Agriculture

Clinical Exam and passport certified by owners Vet 24 hours before travel (Fee €25.00)

Balai health cert required* – issued by Dept. of Ag. Within 24 hours of travel

*Many not be required when travelling to certain sporting events e.g. greyhound race, proof will be required

*O'Keeffe Mooney & Ryan are authorized by the Department of agriculture to complete Balai certs part 1


Private transport to Continental EU

As UK private above

PLUS Tapeworm treatment given BY VET & certified on passport 5 to 1 days pre travel.

(We highly recommend a tick treatment is also given, although this is not mandatory)

REMEMBER; Further requirements for RETURN journeys


NB The above is a summary of the main points. Owners must not rely solely on this information when making travel arrangements. The regulations are subject to changes from time to time and are published by the Department of Agriculture http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/ . Failure to adhere to the regulations may result in seizure and quarantine of your pet at your expense.  

Non listed countries require a rabies serology test 30 days post vaccination. Travel is only permitted 3 months after a successful titre reading at the blood test.


Above summary compiled on July 2015. 

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