Regulations and Assessments
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the APHIS-VS Area Office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.
Ireland - Summary of Requirements
Ireland is a Member State of the European Union. Bilingual health certificates are available for some commodities/species (see below). If the bilingual certificate for that species or commodity is not listed below, please refer to the English version on the link to the European Union. It is the responsibility of the exporter to obtain a bilingual certificate if it is not listed below.
Pet Passports: Dogs, cats, and ferrets returning to Ireland after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU. An EU health certificate is not required, and APHIS should not endorse the Passport. Information about echinococcus treatment may be added to the Passport by an accredited veterinarian. However, if an animal needs a rabies booster while in the United States, this information cannot be entered into the EU Passport by a US accredited veterinarian. A regular EU health certificate must be issued by the accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS.
Dogs exported to Ireland must be treated for echinococcus not more than 120 hours(5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day) prior to scheduled arrival time in Ireland. The treatment may be administered after APHIS endorsement of the export health certificate.
Pet dogs, cats and ferrets may either travel into Ireland on an approved airline (click here for more information on approved airlines) OR the owners must apply to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for a “Prior Approval” by faxing or emailing a copy of the endorsed health certificate to the Department within 10 working days prior to travel (click here for more information about the Prior Approval System).
Last Modified: February 13, 2014