Website URL: https://www.brittanyferries.ie/information/travel-checklist

PETS Travel Scheme Compliance Checklist

Making sure your Pet passport is completed correctly

Taking your pet on holiday means that the whole family can enjoy the fun - so don't waste your valuable holiday time with the stress created by making mistakes on your pet passport. We want your holiday to go as smoothly as you do!

Here's some important information so that you can turn up at the port well-prepared and ready to enjoy your trip with your four-legged friend with minimal hassle.

Your pet passport must be completed correctly otherwise your pet will be refused travel.Any alterations to pet passports must be rewritten,, legible, signed and stamped by the vet.

The rules for bringing your dog, cat or ferret into Ireland changed at the end of 2014. If you have an old-style pet passport, this will still be accepted but only if it has been issued before 29 December 2014. All pet passports issued after 29 December 2014 must be the new-style pet passport.

PET PASSPORT issued before 29 Dec 2014

This information applies to pet passports that were issued before the changes to the PETS travel scheme on the 29 Dec 2014.

Section III: Identification of animal

The microchip number

The microchip number of the animal must be identical to the microchip number on the pet passport.

The date of microchipping

The date of microchipping must be shown as being on or before the date of the current, valid vaccination against rabies. It must be written in the date format dd/mm/yy. A tattoo is acceptable if it was given before 3rd July 2011.

Section IV: Vaccination against rabies

All boxes must be completed:

  • Manufacturer, name of vaccine and the batch number. This can be a vaccine sticker 
  • Vaccination date and expiry date 
  • Signature and stamp of authorized vet

The voyage must take place before the 'valid until' date of the current vaccination.

The vaccination must be done after the microchipping and the animal must be a minimum of 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated. The length of the waiting period before movement between any European country is 21 days after the first vaccination date.

A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into Ireland, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination lapses, the 21 day wait will be from the date of the current vaccination. Travel from Ireland is also not permitted until 21 days have elapsed.

Section VII: Echinococcus treatment

This section is only required for dogs that are arriving in Ireland. The treatment must have been carried out 24 to 120 hours before arrival in Ireland.

All boxes must be filled in:

  • Manufacturer and name of product 
  • Date of the treatment in the upper box, in the date format dd/mm/yy
  • Time of the treatment in the lower box 
  • Stamp and signature of the vet

Important information

Standard certification rules apply to completion of the passport:

- No correction fluid
- No alterations without initial and stamp
- Completed in ink

Useful external links

DAFM

Full details and regulations about the transport of dogs & cats back into Ireland on the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).

www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets

PET PASSPORT issued on or after 29 Dec 2014

This information applies to pet passports that were issued after the changes to the PETS travel scheme on the 29 Dec 2014.

Section I: Details of ownership

All of this section must be completed, although telephone number is optional.

Section II: Description of animal

All of this section must be completed.

Section III: Marking of animal

The microchip number

The microchip number of the animal must be identical to the microchip number on the pet passport.

The date of microchipping

The date of microchipping must be shown as being on or before the date of the current, valid vaccination against rabies. It must be written in the date format dd/mm/yy.

Once completed, this page must be completely covered in a laminate.

Section IV: Issuing of passport 

All of this section must be completed and should be stamped and signed by the vet.

Section V: Vaccination against rabies

All boxes must be completed:

  • Manufacturer, name of vaccine and the batch number. This can be a vaccine sticker 
  • Vaccination date, 'valid from' and expiry date must be complete
  • At least the name, address, telephone number and signature of the vet

The voyage must take place before the 'valid until' date of the current vaccination.

The vaccination must be done after the microchipping and the animal must be a minimum of 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated. The length of the waiting period before movement between any European country is 21 days after the first vaccination date.

A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into Ireland, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination lapses, the 21 day wait will be from the date of the current vaccination. Travel from Ireland is also not permitted until 21 days have elapsed.

Section VII: Anti-echinococcus treatment

This section is only required for dogs that are arriving in Ireland. The treatment must have been carried out 24 to 120 hours before arrival in Ireland.

All boxes must be filled in:

  • Manufacturer and name of product 
  • Date of the treatment in the upper box, in the date format dd/mm/yy
  • Time of the treatment in the lower box 
  • Stamp and signature of the vet

Please make sure that you've booked an appointment with a vet within the 'treatment window' of 24 to 120 hours before arrival in Ireland and be aware of weekend opening times and local holidays.