Important: Information on this page is subject to frequent change and should be considered a guide only.
For the latest information please refer to www.daera-ni.gov.uk .
Travel between NI and the EU
The EU Pet Travel Scheme PETS allows up to 5 pet dogs, cats and ferrets to travel with their owners between and into EU Member States (including NI) without quarantine, as long as they meet the conditions of the scheme.
UK style EU Pet Passports issued in (Great Britain) GB or NI up until 31 December 2020 are no longer valid.
However, as NI remains part of the EU pet travel scheme, UK travellers can obtain valid EU pet passport in NI. Any pet passports issued in NI prior to January 2021 will need to be updated by your veterinary practice or a new one may be required. A pet passport can be issued to a GB based pet travelling to NI on production of a valid Animal Health Certificate (AHC).
Travel between NI and Great Britain
Until further notice, there will be no routine physical or documentary checks on the non-commercial movement of pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland where Northern Ireland is the final destination.
Please see the government Q&As for Pet Travel. Officials reserve the right to undertake checks in the interim should there be a suspicion of illegal activity or welfare concerns. This applies to all journeys, irrespective of origin or destination.
Travel from NI to GB but NOT returning
If travelling from NI to GB with your pet and not returning to NI, there are no documentary or health preparation requirements. However, there is a legal requirement that dogs are microchipped at 8 weeks old.
Travelling from NI to the Republic of Ireland (ROI)
The EU Pet Travel Regulation continues to apply between NI and the EU member states, meaning that animals travelling to the ROI from NI require a valid Pet passport issued in NI after 1st January 2021 or other EU member state.
If you are looking to obtain a pet passport, please give your practice a call.
Travelling from GB to ROI
The EU Pet Travel Regulation continues to apply between NI and the EU member states, meaning that animals travelling to the ROI from GB require a valid Pet passport issued in NI after 1st January 2021 or other EU member state.
There is also a requirement to treat your pet for tapeworm 1-5 days before travelling from GB to ROI as per the EU PET Scheme.