To travel from GB to NI your pet needs:-
a valid EU pet passport, or EU animal health certificate confirming microchip and vaccinations (valid for 10 days from issue to entry of an EU Member State (including NI) and for 4 months onward travel within the EU)
a rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is microchipped first or the vaccination will not count) - the dog must be at least 12 weeks old before vaccination and the vaccination must be in date at the time of travel.
you must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before travelling
tapeworm treatment (dogs only) administered between 1 and 5 days before entering NI
entry to NI must be through a Travellers Point of Entry, Travellers Point of Entry (TPE) at Belfast Port; Larne Port, Belfast International, Belfast City or City of Derry Airports..
To Travel from GB to ROI your pet needs:-
The change in rules will mainly affect pet travel from GB to Ireland,including pets returning to Ireland from GB, even if the pet was born and is resident in Ireland and has an EU pet passport. Each pet currently travelling from GB to Ireland:
1.must be microchipped before the rabies vaccination is administered (Pets may be tattooed instead of microchipped, only if tattoo applied before 3rd July 2011);
2. must be vaccinated against rabies by a vet;
From 1 st January, 2021, in addition to the above requirements, each pet travelling, or returning, from GB to Ireland:
1.may only enter Ireland through certain Travellers’ Points of Entry: Dublin Airport, Rosslare Port, Port of Cork at Ringaskiddy, Shannon Airport and Cork Airport, and Dublin Port.
2. must travel with either a health certificate issued by a UK official vet or an EU pet passport. EU pet passports issued by Northern Ireland will remain valid. An EU pet passport that was issued in GB will not be valid for travel to the EU,even if it was issued before January 2021. Pet owners are advised to retain any GB-issued EU pet passport,
as it may contain important information about vaccinations, treatments, etc. This passport and animal health certificate should
accompany the pet during travel from GB to Ireland.
3. dogs travelling from, or returning from, GB to Ireland will require treatment against Echinococcus multilocularis (tapeworm) by a veterinarian 24 to 120 hours (1 to 5 days) before arrival in Ireland. If travelling with a passport issued in Ireland, this treatment may be entered into the pet passport by a UK vet.If the pet does not have an EU pet passport, the pet must be accompanied into Ireland by a health certificate issued by the UK authorities.
A health certificate is required before each entry into the EU. Pet owners should contact the UK authorities for information on how to apply for this health certificate. Pet Travel from Ireland to GB
The UK Government has indicated that rules for entry into GB with a pet dog, cat or ferret will not change after 1st January 2021. However, it is advised that anyone planning a visit to GB with their pet should consult the UK guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
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