New rules will apply 1st January 2012 regarding pet passports:
Dogs, Cats and Ferrets:
The UK does not permit the import of dogs, cats and ferrets that have not been vaccinated against rabies.
You the pet owner are resonsible for ensuring your pet meets all the rules for entering the UK under the pet travel scheme. Make sure you have had the procedures carried out in the correct order and your pets documentation is correctly completed. If you do not your pet may not be able to enter the country or may have to be licensed into quarantine on arrival. This means delays and will cost you money.
Under the EU pet movement system, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets moving between EU member states must the same animal health rules. From 1 January 2012 the requirement is that all pets travelling from Ireland to England should be microchipped, Vaccinated against rabies (21 days prior to your journey)and accompanied by a pet passport.
As both the Republic of Ireland and the UK have had no indigenous rabies for many decades, compliance checks on pets travelling between the two countries will not be applied. Pet owners travelling with their pets should therefore not experience any change on the ground from the 1st January.
Dangereous dogs in Great Britain:
In the UK it is illegal to possess certain types of dogs. If you bring one of these dogs into great britain, you could be prosecuted and the dog seized and destroyed. If in doubt dont travel with it.
Pets entering Ireland from any other UE state will require:
1) Passport / certificate showing identification
2) Rabies vaccination at least 21 days before entry.
3) Tapeworm treatment on all dogs certified in the pets passport by a veterinary surgeon, between 1 – 5days prior to entry.(this is not required from dogs coming directly from the UK)
There is a list of high risk and low risk non EU countries, which have a further list of requirements, please check out www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets for further information.