Checks for travelling to Northern Ireland with your dog suspended

The government has indefinitely suspended routine checks for people traveling with dogs to Northern Ireland.

Due to Brexit, new rules for bringing pets out of the UK have been introduced.

However, all grace periods related to the Northern Ireland Protocol are extended indefinitely, including those traveling with their dogs, cats and ferrets.

The Kennel Club has posted an update on their website that there are no controls and a list of important things to keep in mind when planning to travel from the UK with your pet.

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The update said: “We are delighted with the recent announcement that there will be no routine checks at the NI border when traveling from the UK.

“We will continue to urge the UK government to find a permanent, agreed solution that will allow dog owners to travel freely around the UK.

“Given the new rules and the Covid-19 pandemic that are creating a number of new and important considerations for traveling with pets, we have compiled a list of things that dog owners need to consider before leaving the UK.”

You can Check out the list here.

If you are traveling to an EU country or Northern Ireland, the proposed new rules state that your pet will need:

  • a microchip

  • a valid rabies vaccination

  • an animal health certificate, unless you have a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland

  • Tapeworm treatment for dogs if you are traveling direct to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta

  • These requirements also apply to assistance dogs.

However, dog owners based in Northern Ireland can still use an EU pet passport to travel to EU countries with their dog.

Pet passports issued before January 1, 2021 must be updated by a veterinarian participating in the pet passport program.


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Compliance with tapeworm treatment rules is also required.

Although no health preparations or documents are required to enter the UK from Northern Ireland, you will need a pet passport to re-enter Northern Ireland from the UK on October 1, 2021.

Your dog must also meet tapeworm treatment requirements. To ensure this, you will need to see a UK veterinarian for tapeworm treatment between one and five days before your return to Northern Ireland.

If you are traveling to the Republic of Ireland from anywhere in the UK, you will still need a pet passport, vaccines and papers

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