Importing Pet Birds

The following is information with regards to the Importing of Pet Birds and Other Pets as per the Department of Agriculture, Marine website.

  • Source: www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/petbirdsotherpets/
  • Date: August 2016

Import into Ireland of Pet Birds

Pet Birds are birds:

  • of any species except fowl, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, partridges and ratites  reared or kept in captivity for breeding, the production of meat or eggs for consumption, or for re-stocking supplies of game),
  • which are not being traded commercially,
  • which travel with the owner or with a person representing the owner.

Imports of pet birds into Ireland will therefore only occur when a person is relocating to Ireland or holidaying here. 

Requirements for importing pet birds from EU Member States

Persons bringing their pet birds to Ireland from another EU country on change of residence or on holiday may bring pet birds provided the following conditions are met:

The birds are accompanied en route by the owner or a person acting on behalf of the owner,
An Owner Declaration for Pet birds must accompany the bird/s en route,
A Form of Advance Notice of Import (link to forms):  must be sent to the Animal Health and Welfare Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, at least 24 hrs in advance of arrival of consignment in Ireland.

Enquiries to telephone 01 6072274

Requirements for importing pet birds from a country which is not a member country of the European Union.

Persons bringing their pet birds to Ireland (on change of residence or on holiday only) from a non-EU country (other than Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State) may import not more than 5 birds provided the birds are:

  • Accompanied en route by the owner or a person acting on behalf of the owner.
  • Individually identified.
  • Accompanied by a veterinary health certificate signed by an official veterinarian to confirm compliance with the pre-export requirements as set out in Commission Decision 2007/25/EC as amended (model certificate included at Annex 11).
  • Accompanied by a declaration signed by the owner/person representing the owner in the form contained at Annex 111 to in Commission Decision 2007/25/EC as amended.
  • Imported either through Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport

Persons wishing to import pet birds from Non-EU countries are asked to apply on the attached form (links to forms) to Animal Health and Welfare Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 for an import permit so as to facilitate the necessary documentary and identity checks upon import.  Application should be made in sufficient time to enable the pre-export requirements to be completed.

Enquiries to telephone 01 6072274.

Other Pets

Import into Ireland of other pets (Rodents and Rabbits)

Requirements for importing pet rodents and Lagomorphs (rabbits) from EU Member States

Persons coming to Ireland from another EU Member State may import to Ireland their pet rodents or rabbitsprovided the following conditions are met:

The pets are accompanied en route by the owner or a person acting on behalf of the owner,
A Form of Advance Notice of Import (link to forms) must be sent to the Animal Health and Welfare Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, at least 24 hrs in advance of arrival of consignment in Ireland.

Enquiries to telephone 00353 1 6072061

Requirements for importing pet rodents and rabbits from a country which is not a member state of the European Union.

Persons may bring their pet rodents and rabbits to Ireland from certain non-EU countries provided they are accompanied by a Licence issued by the Animal Health and Welfare Division of the Department. The licence will set out the requirements for import which include a veterinary health certificate, and the animals must be transported in a container which must comply with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations and must be secured with a seal or lock.

Persons wishing to import such pets from Non-EU countries are asked to apply on the attached form (Links to forms) to Animal Health and Welfare Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 for an import permit.  An advance notice of import is also required (Link to forms).  Application should be made in sufficient time to enable the pre-export requirements to be completed.

In respect of any non-domestic rodent or rabbit kept as a pet but which may be listed on the CITES list of endangered species, It is the responsibility of the pet owner to check with the Parks and Wildlife section of the Department of the Environment as to whether a CITES licence is required to import such an animal.

Enquiries to telephone 01 6072061.

Disclaimer from Cara Vets: 

The above information is as per the Department of Agriculture, Marine website. Please note that this information can change from time to time, so to ensure the most up to date information, please visit the following link for more information on Pet Passports for Pet Birds and Other Pets:

  • www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/petbirdsotherpets/

Please note these links can also change from time to time, so if the above link does not work, simply visit www.agriculture.gov.ie and search for the term 'Pet Passport'. 

If you need any assistance with your Pet Passport, please contact us and ask for our Practice Manager, Vickie Fenlon.