Getting your Pet Passport at Ark Vets Galway

Pet Travel is becoming more common every year with people going abroad or travelling home for holidays.

If you want to bring your pet with you when travelling abroad, the pet must be microchipped and have a pet passport and dogs and cats must be vaccinated for rabies at any of our clinics in St Mary’s Rd., Knocknacarra and Oranmore. The pet can travel 3 weeks after vaccination.

We will do the microchip, give the rabies vaccination and issue the pet passport. The pet must be examined by a vet between 1 and 5 days before coming back to Ireland and must be treated for worms, fleas and ticks.

When travelling from Ireland to another country, you need to check the individual country requirements. To protect your pet, we would advise that your animal is given a health examination by 1 of our vets and protected against worms fleas and ticks before travelling. We will also scan the microchip to make sure it works.

The following is an excerpt from the Dept of Agriculture page.

Pet Travel

Cats, Dogs or Ferrets into or out of Ireland:

Pet Cats, dogs or ferrets accompanied by their owner – Non-commercial movement

Cats, dogs or ferrets to/from other Member states of the EU.

Persons travelling on holiday or to permanently locate their residence (or other non-commercial movement where there is no sale or change of ownership involved)  to/ from Ireland  to/from another  EU Member States may bring their  pet cat, dog, or ferret with them  provided the following conditions are met:

  • The pet must be identified by a microchip* (a transponder readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785);
  • The animal must be accompanied  by an EU Pet Passport* in respect of the animal  which demonstrates that the  animal is currently immunized against rabies  and in cases where a dog is being brought in from countries other than Finland, Malta or the  UK, that it has been treated against Echinococcus multilocularis (tapeworm) not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day) prior to scheduled arrival time in Ireland;
  • In cases where the number of animals being moved exceeds 5, a veterinary health certificate to demonstrate that the animals have been clinically examined within 48 hours of departure is also required unless the owner can show proof that the animals are being brought to compete in a sporting event or other competition.

Cats, dogs or ferrets from other Member States of the EU may enter Ireland through any port/airport of entry and may be transported by any airline or ferry company operating within the State that is willing to transport such animals. The Operator of such airline/ ferry company is legally obliged under the Pet Passport (No2) Regulations 2014 to notify the arrival of the animals to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine by email at least 24 hours in advance to

 As regards air travel, the Department does not require that pets from the EU be carried as manifested freight and it is therefore a matter for the airlines to decide whether to carry the animal in the cabin or as excess baggage. The following airlines/ferry companies have indicated that they will carry pets to/from Ireland within the EU.

More information is available on the Dept. of Agriculture website.

For travel outside the EU, it is best to contact the embassy or enquire on-line. Some countries have quite rigorous requirements and it is best to know in time what is involved. 

For animals other than cats and dogs refer to the previous point. 

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