What Pet Travel Documents Are Required?
As well as a valid EU Pet Passport and Microchip, when flying to Ireland from the EU/Schengen Area, you must provide proof of Tapeworm Treatment.
When flying from the Rest of the World, you must show proof of Tapeworm Treatment and a blood test showing that the treatment was effective. Your pup will need proof of a valid rabies vaccine, and a valid animal health certificate, which will have a set validity. You must also send details of your plans to arrive with a pet to the Department of Agriculture - email@example.com
When booking connecting flights and code-share flights, you often have to get a confirmation for your pet booking from all airlines involved which is anything but straightforward. We recommend booking directly with the flight operator where possible, and we love those airlines that allow you to add a pet at the time of booking directly in the web browser.
* Paws Friendly Tip - A recommendation from a Paws Friendly reader, is to obtain the Tapeworm Treatment from your IRISH vet BEFORE you travel, and have it administered by a foreign vet prior to your return.
** If your pet has an EU Pet Passport, it is very important to note that only an EU-registered vet can enter anything in the vaccinations part of the passport, or else it becomes invalid. For other vaccines (for example the Tapeworm Treatment) foreign vets can enter the information in the "other" section.
*** Make sure your rabies vaccination is up-to-date before you leave on your trip. If your vaccination expires while away you will have to wait 21 days before your pet is allowed to travel again. We made this mistake with Poppy while doing a long road trip in the United States.