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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Hudson Beefs up On Quarantine Law

So Hudson does a little research on this whole quarantine thing.

"I knew you were lying," he growls biting hard on his cigar glaring at the world wide web..


"Those quarantine laws went out years ago."

"I didn't know Hudson. I swear. We've been away a long time. That's what this trip is all about."

"Look here, Dad Beat."

He shows me the site - The Department of Agriculture and Food.

"Okay, okay."

"All I have to do is answer yes to all of the following questions, and they'll let me in."

"Sounds easy. Let's have a look:

To be able to travel into Ireland with your pet you must be in a position to answer 'yes' to all of the following questions:

1. Are you travelling directly from an eligible country?
Click here for a list of the qualifying countries
If you are travelling from a country, which is not eligible for the passport system your pet must undergo six months quarantine in Ireland. You should contact this Department to arrange an import licence.

2. Are you travelling with an approved carrier?
Click here for a list of approved carriers
Click here for information about un-approved carriers

3. Is your pet over three months old?
The system does not apply to pets under the age of three months.

4. Will your pet be accompanied?
The system does not apply to pets travelling unaccompanied. Pets travelling under this system must be accompanied either by the owner or by a person responsible for the pet on behalf of the owner.

5. Has your pet been micro-chipped?
All pets must be identified by means of a micro-chip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The micro-chip should comply with ISO standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785 - if this is not the case you must carry your own scanner.

6. Has your pet, following micro-chipping, been vaccinated against rabies?
Subsequent to micro-chipping, your pet must have been vaccinated against rabies with an inactivated vaccine of at least one antigenic unit per dose (WHO standard) in a manner in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. This vaccination must have been carried out in an eligible country.

7. Has your pet been successfully blood-tested?
Subsequent to the first rabies vaccination (usually about a month later but your veterinarian will advise) your pet must be blood tested to confirm a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml. The test must be carried out in a laboratory approved for this purpose - Click here for a list of approved laboratories. If you keep your rabies vaccinations up to date you will only have to do this blood-test once. However if there is any break in vaccination the test must be repeated. Blood sampling must have been carried out in an eligible country.

8. Have you a passport/certificate completed by a veterinarian certifying to identification (section III), vaccination (section IV) and blood-test (section V)?
If you are travelling from a European Union country, you must have an EU passport for your pet, fully completed, signed and stamped by a registered veterinarian. If you are travelling from an eligible country outside of the European Union you must have the 'Veterinary Certificate for Domestic Dogs, Cats and Ferrets entering the European Community'. This Veterinary Certificate is available from your own Competent Authority or from the European Union website. However if you are travelling from a Non-EU European country/territory it may be possible to use the EU passport instead of the certificate. For details please phone the help-line, details below.

9. Has at least six months expired since a successful blood-test?

10. Has your pet been only in an eligible country during this six months?
Your pet may enter Ireland only when at least six months has expired since a successful blood-test. This provision is to ensure that your pet is not incubating rabies.

If your pet has had a break in its vaccinations and has had to repeat the blood-test, six months must pass from the date of the most recent test before your pet can enter Ireland.

If your pet has spent any time in a country that is ineligible for this system, please consult us (contact details below) about the conditions that will apply.
11. Has your pet been treated for tick and tapeworm between 24 and 48 hours before check-in at ferry terminal or airport?

Between 24 and 48 hours before you check-in for travel you must bring your pet to a registered veterinarian to be treated against tick and tapeworm. This is to prevent a risk of potentially serious disease entering Ireland. The tick treatment must be other than by a collar impregnated with acaricide. The tapeworm (echinococcus multilocularis) treatment must contain praziquantal as an active ingredient.

The veterinarian must complete the relevant sections of the passport/certificate, i.e section VI (tick) and section VII (echinococcus), noting down the time of treatment as well as the date.

If you are able to answer 'yes' to all eleven questions above, your pet may enter Ireland without undergoing quarantine."

"Pour me another port," Hudson growls. "I got lost back there somewhere around eligible country."

"You see Hudson. I was only thinking of you."

"You didn't want to fill out the forms, did you Dad?"


"You didn't."

"I already had the taxes Hudson. It's a lot of paperwork. I'm not good at this sort of thing."

"You don't deserve me. You truly don't."

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