Passports and Pet Travel

To travel within the EU (and sometimes further afield) dogs and cats require a passport completed by a Qualified Veterinarian, and an up – to – date rabies vaccination. The Rabies vaccination must be given at least 21 days before travel. Vaccinations are current for one to three years – depending on what vaccination is used. A microchip is required for us to process either a rabies vaccination or a passport.

When you arrive in the clinic for your rabies vaccination and passport application you will be asked to fill in a form detailing your address (in Ireland) and personal details, along with the details of your pet – such as name, date of birth and breed. If you don’t know these exactly one of our team can help.

Travel with most carriers – either by air or by boat – requires a health check within 48 hours of travel. You can schedule an appointment by ringing the clinic.

Travel back to Ireland from another EU country requires tapeworm treatment administered by a vet within 48 hours of return. This is something that needs to be organised on your journey back home.

If you will be travelling outside of the EU with your pet we strongly advise you engage a pet travel consultant to arrange the process. We will not be able to provide advice for these destinations, but we are very happy to perform all tests and examinations as requested by you and the travel consultant.

dog aboard a boat ready to set sail

EU Checklist:

  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Microchip
  • Health Check
  • Tapeworm Treatment