First, animals must be micro chipped with a chip compliant with ISO 1784 norm or Annex A to ISO 11785 norm. If the chip is not compliant with any of these norms, the animal owner or carer must be prepared to read the microchip number at all times, i.e. have a reader.
Next, it must be vaccinated against rabies. After at least 1 month following the rabies vaccination, a vet qualified to take blood samples must take a blood sample form the animal and send it for a vaccine effectiveness test to an EU-approved laboratory. The animal can enter the Republic of Ireland no sooner than after 6 months since the receipt of a positive result of the aforementioned test (i.e. at least 0.5 IU/ml of antibody titer). Also, the animal must remain in the member state for the whole 6-month period.
Additionally, having received the result, the owner must visit a vet qualified do issue animal passports in order to obtain a passport with the necessary information (animal's ID, vaccination against rabies, vaccine effectiveness result).
What's more, 24-48 hours prior to departure, the animal must be dewormed and given anti-tick preventive measures. These steps must also be documented in the passport by a vet.
The animal can enter the Republic of Ireland only via an accepted route, using services of an approved carrier (a list of routes and carriers approved by the Irish authorities can be found on
CAUTION! For an animal to be let into the territory of Irish Republic, the order of the abovementioned steps must be followed.
If the animal is first vaccinated against rabies and only then chipped, the vaccination must be repeated after micro chipping procedure, but no sooner that 21 days after the last vaccination (for health reasons).