When travelling with your pet dog, cat or ferret, the rules you must follow depend on the country you are going to or coming from.
Travelling within the EU (or into the EU from another ‘listed’ country)
When travelling to or returning to the UK from another EU or non-EU listed country, your pet needs:
An ‘unlisted’ country is any country not included in the list of EU and non-EU countries. When travelling to or returning to the UK from an unlisted country, your pet needs:
Assistance dogs must meet the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme or may be subject to quarantine on arrival in to NI. They are allowed to travel in the aircraft cabin with their owner on approved routes and carriers registered to carry assistance dogs. They can normally also travel in areas of other forms of transport where other animals aren’t allowed. They can travel on more routes than people with pets. Apart from that, the rules for assistance dogs travelling under the EU pet travel scheme are the same as for other dogs. The Guide Dogs Association website has advice about taking assistance dogs abroad.
Your pet and it's documents will need to be checked when you return to NI. If you don’t have the correct documents or your pet hasn’t been properly prepared it will be licenced into quarantine until it fully meets the entry requirements or sent back to the country it travelled from. You must pay the costs for this.
There are no restrictions on bringing pet rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles to the UK from other EU countries. Pet rabbits and rodents from other countries must spend 4 months in quarantine. They need a rabies import licence and must enter the UK at a Border Inspection Post.
We were too! But here it is simplified.......
But aren't we rabies free? Apparently so but the rules are the rules, we don't make them! :(
What about travelling with a pet from N. Ireland to Republic of Ireland or vice versa?
A passport AND rabies vaccine are supposed to be done as per EU law! BUT there's no border checks between the north and south.
(and we don't have rabies here) so that one's up to you. ;)
If you require any further information please contact:
Trade Section Veterinary Service DARDNI
Upper Newtownards Road
Tel: 028 9052 4622