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If you would like to travel with your pet from Dublin Airport to the rest of the world, then you have come to the right place. Here is some useful information that you will need to consider before you jump on that flight.


Pet documentation needed

When it comes to travel you will need to make sure that your pet has the following documentation to ensure a hassle free trip. All airlines expect similar documentation.

  • Up to date vaccination records
  • A pet passport
  • Microchip (Some airlines don’t ask for this, but it is better to have in case your pet gets lost.)
  • A health certificate from a veterinarian. 


Call the airline beforehand

Contacting the airline beforehand is imperative. This will ensure that your pet has a booked spot. Airlines become fully booked very quickly, so calling in advance is a good idea to avoid disappointment. It’s also important to note that some airlines only allow guide dogs on board, and others have different rules and regulations with regards to pet travel. Calling beforehand ensures that you follow all the correct procedures for your pet.


Follow these guidelines for a great flight


For your pet to have a safe and stress free flight, you will need to make sure of the following:


  • Your pets crate needs to be big enough so that they can lie down and move around freely. 


  • The crate also needs to be well ventilated, secure and leak-proof
  • You will need to see if your pet is allowed to travel in the cabin with you or in the cargo hold. Smaller teacup size pets are sometimes allowed to travel in the cabin with their owners, whereas bigger pets will have to travel in the cargo hold.


  • Where your pet travels will depend on their weight, size and whether or not they are  special assist animals, such as guide dogs. 


  • Traveling can be stressful for your pet, so always make sure that they are comfortable. Have a favourite toy or blanket handy for them to travel with. You can also ask your vet if there is anything you can give your dog to keep them calm during the flight. 


Remember if you have any queries always contact the airline ahead of time. They will gladly assist you with any questions, to ensure that you and your pet have a safe and stress free flight. 



Traveling into Ireland with your pet isn’t too complicated luckily. The rules change depending on your needs. For example, if you are just going on holiday with your pet, or if you are choosing to move to Ireland, the regulations might differ slightly. Depending on which country you are coming from and what type of pet you have will also affect which rules you need to abide by.


Regulations regarding pet travel into Ireland.

All pets will need to have original paperwork with them. Copies will not be accepted. You will have to arrive with your pet in Ireland. Someone else can also accompany your pet. You can also arrive 5 days before your pet arrives, or 5 days after. You will only be allowed to bring a maximum of 5 pets into Ireland. 

These rules need to be abided by no matter which country you are coming from. 


Pet travel out of Ireland

If you want to go on holiday or relocate out of Ireland then you will need to do the following:

  • Contact the country you are visiting to find out what requirements you will need to meet.
  • Contact the Regional Veteneray Office, at least 2 months before you travel for the right vaccines, and health checks. Documentation will need to be certified by Department officials.
  • Advance planning is imperative. Always allow for enough time before you travel, so that the right tests can be done in advance.
  • Make sure that your pet qualifies to return to Ireland. 


Always contact your Regional Veterinary Office at least 2 months prior to travel to ensure that all the requirements have been met. This will ensure that the Department will give you all the required documentation needed for pet travel



Because of Brexit some rules and regulations will change with regards to pet travel between Ireland and the UK. For more information please click here.

Traveling with your pet in and out of Ireland isn’t hard, but for a smooth trip always prepare long in advance, to avoid disappointment. 

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