Taking Your Dog to Ireland


When travelling to Ireland it is good to know that Irish Ferries allow dogs to be taken on board.
There are a few rules that apply when taking your pet on board. Full information can be found here, but a few of the most important are outlined below:

Car Passengers

If you are travelling by car dogs must be taken on board the ship in your car and must remain either in your car or in the kennels provided for the duration of the voyage.

  • The kennels can be booked in advance and are free of charge.
  • Pets are not allowed on the passenger decks at any time.
  • Kennels are located on the car deck.

Foot Passengers

If you are a foot passenger then you must make sure that your dog is transported to and from the ferry in a secure, rigid and appropriate pet cage or box.

  • The animal must be able to stand or lie down in comfort.
  • The owner of the animal must be able to carry the cage or box from the terminal to the ship.
  • All animals must travel on the car deck in their cages or boxes.
  • If you turn up at the port without an appropriate pet cage or box you will not be allowed to bring your pet on board. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Pet Passport & Government Regulations

EU pet passport rules apply throughout the European Union. All Dogs, Cats and Ferrets travelling between member states need an official recognised EU Pet Passport with veterinary endorsements certifying compliance with tests, treatments and vaccinations. The endorsements must be dated (including expiry dates), stamped and signed by an authorised Vet. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the entry conditions are met.

When travelling to Ireland the following regulations apply:

  • Microchip - The microchip number on the animal must correspond with the number on the passport presented. The microchip should comply with ISO standards 11784 & 11785. Clearly legible tattoos are also accepted – the tattoo must have been applied before 3rd July 2011.
  • Rabies - All dogs, cats, and ferrets must have a current Rabies vaccination (administered at least 21 days prior to entry into Ireland). The Rabies vaccination must be administered by a registered Veterinary Practitioner and entered into the E.U. Pet Passport (Section IV. Vaccination Against Rabies), signed, dated and stamped.
  • Tapeworm – this treatment is not required for entry into Ireland from Britain, Finland, Norway or Malta or for entry into Britain from Ireland, Finland, Norway or Malta