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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from where the product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).

Animal Products

Live Animals

Ireland - Summary of Requirements for Animals

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 dogs, cats, and ferrets must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785 or the appropriate microchip reader must be provided along with the pet. Microchip implantation must occur PRIOR to rabies vaccination. Any rabies vaccination that occurs prior to microchip implantation is not considered valid regardless of whether the animal was up-to-date on its previous rabies vaccines. In this case, the animal must be revaccinated. 21 days must have elapsed after the first (primary) vaccination after implantation of the microchip before the animal is eligible to enter the European Union. A rabies vaccination is considered primary if either: (1) an animal was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination but vaccination occurred prior to microchip implantation, (2) vaccination was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination, or (3) the animal was vaccinated for the first time.

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.

NOTE:  Effective December 29, 2014, the EU will require new health certificates for export of dogs, cats and ferrets (see below).  The previous version of the health certificates should be used through 12/28/14.

  • Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Health Certificate (Non-commercial movement of five or less animals) – NEW certificate as of 12/29/2014
  • Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Health Certificate (Movement of commercial or more than 5 non-commercial animals) – NEW certificate as of 12/29/2014


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).

Additional information about exporting pet dogs, cats and ferrets to Ireland.
Additional information about importing pet rodents, rabbits and pet birds to Ireland.


Canine semen

Canine semen - Health certificate (certificate issued by Irish authorities after receipt of import license application.) Apply for import license at: pets@agriculture.gov.ie

Additional Information