Getting Dog Into Ireland - Irish Ferries
New to the forum so please excuse any faux pas :).
My mom and I are hoping to move to Ireland for a year on June 1. I have a small yorkie who I do not wish to send via air cargo. I can fly into Paris with the appropriate EU Pet Scheme documents.
I've been advised that he can travel within the EU on those documents for up to four months (longer than we can, if our retirement visas aren't approved!)
Our plan is to then take the Irish Ferry from Cherbourg to Rosslare. Has anyone done this with an American pet?
Would love any experience/input!
Karen - i was in touch with someone some time ago about taking their dog by sea. They sailed from the US. Check out their story and info on this page.
There is another person a couple of months away from moving who is also taking their dog by sea. Flying to the UK and then sailing from their to Dublin. Let me see if I can get some info from him.
That's great, Liam, thank you so much!
My wife and I are bringing our dog and 2 cats on our move to Dublin from Salt Lake City in April. We'll fly into Manchester then drive to Holyhead and take Irish Ferries to Dublin. Their pet rules are similar to most airlines and state that the pet(s) must have valid EU Pet Passports and must either stay in your vehicle or in a kennel they provide (for free) for the entire voyage. See detailed info here.
Our pets likely won't have pet passports a day after arriving in the UK, but I plan on using my third country pet certificate to take them on board the ferry. I'll contact Irish Ferries to verify this is okay and get back to you when I get a reply.
I also looked into using PO Ferries from Liverpool to Dublin, but the trip was too long at 8 hours.
I contacted Irish Ferries regarding bringing pets on the boat with a third country certificate and they replied that only EU Pet Passports were accepted. They also told me that it is not Irish Ferries who oversee the requirement, and referred me to the Department of Agriculture, which states that third country certificates are accepted here. I've emailed firstname.lastname@example.org to verify either way and will post back here when I get a response.
I never use Irish ferries and use Stena Line. you will find that they do not require pet passports for sailings on the Irish sea.
From France/mainland Europe an EU pet Passport or similar paperwork is required
Good to hear from you Tony. When you travel between Ireland and the UK on stena, where does your dog stay? Can they come up to the deck/cabin areas? I remember years ago taking the ferry from Rosslare to Swansea (I think that was the route anyway), and my uncle left his dog in the car for the trip.
Hi, Nick, I'd love to hear back from you about how your pet transport situation panned out. I face the same issues - transporting from US to Ireland. So thinking about travel via France and/or UK.
Any other info from anyone else also more than welcome. Thanks!