Under the EU pet movement system, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets moving between EU Member States must meet the same animal health rules. All pets travelling between the UK and the Republic of Ireland and between the UK and Continential Europe must be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies 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 these two regions will not be applied. Pet owners travelling with their pets between the UK and the Republic of Ireland should therefore not experience any change on the ground.
For more information, visit the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website at www.defra.gov.uk.