Are you and your pet travel ready?

By Jayne

Fri 1st Jul 2022

Have you both got your passports ready?

Our dogs are just an extension of our human family aren’t they so taking a holiday without them just seems wrong doesn’t it?

As residents of NI wanting to travel outside the EU, we humans now have to make sure we have 6 months validity beyond expiry date for travelling to EU countries, but did you know you in some cases you also need a pet passport to travel. 

With Brexit and the UK leaving the EU this means now that there are different regulations for travelling with your pet (a pet is classified as a dog, cat or ferret).

Under the terms of the NI Protocol (currently but all could change!) the regulations for travelling to the Republic of Ireland from Northern Ireland remain the same:

  • a microchip

  • a rabies vaccination administered by an authorised vet and must be in date at the time of travel - the animal must be microchipped beforehand and be at least 12 weeks old at the date the vaccine is administered

  • a valid EU issued pet passport or an EU animal health certificate

  • Tapeworm treatment for dogs

  • A check up by your vet

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Read the full regulations here for NI residents on the DAERA website,vaccinated%20for%20the%20first%20time.

The first point of call should always be your own vet.

We have been told generally that you should book an appointment to see your vet 3 days before you travel and then again 3 days after you come back.

If you are living in Northern Ireland and travelling to anywhere else within the EU, as NI remains part of the EU pet travel scheme, NI travellers can obtain a valid EU pet passport in NI.

Staying on the island of Ireland this summer?

Luckily over the years accommodation providers have realised the importance for pet owners to travel with their companion and there are a host of dog friendly sites now. Looking for some inspiration for dog friendly hotels, cottages or apartments? Check out the following links:

Discover Northern Pet Friendly Accommodation

Dog Friendly Cottages NI

Holiday Lettings NI

Lastminute Cottages NI

40 Hotels in Ireland that allow dogs

Dream Ireland Holiday Homes

and and Airbnb both let you filter by dog friendly accommodation.

If you have decided to avoid the long travel queues in airports or a trip in the car and prefer a NI stay cation instead there are some fantastic places to walk with your pal and to get a lovely treat (shush don’t say the word too loudly!) afterwards:

Dog friendly walks and places to stay

Dog friendly cafes

This is one of Robin's (and maggie's!) favourite dog walking places-Cave Hill Country Park ,Belfast

Have an adventurous spirit and what to travel abroad AND look after someone else's pets? check out site

And if you are going somewhere hot make sure to read our last BLOG with tips to keep your canine buddy cool.

Make us jealous and share with us on our Robin Bates Dog Training Facebook page where you are off to this Summer!