The import of pets into Ireland is strictly controlled to prevent the spread of diseases such as rabies.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food regulates the movement of live animals to and from Ireland.
All pets entering Ireland must be accompanied by an owner and be over three months of age.
Ireland uses the EU harmonised "Passport for Pets" scheme which enables domestic animals (cats, dogs and ferrets) to travel between EU member states and some qualifying countries. For animals other than cats, dogs and ferrets travelling to Ireland, contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
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