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IRELAND: 00 353 (0)53 9162688
FRANCE: 00 33 (0)233 43 23 87
CELTIC LINK FERRIES ARE DELIGHTED TO BE THE ONLY FERRY COMPANY SAILING BETWEEN IRELAND AND FRANCE THAT DO NOT CHARGE FOR PETS
PET TRAVEL IS FREE!
Celtic Link Ferries recommend the below vet in Wexford in order to obtain any pet passport requirements:
The Veterinary Centre, Distillery Road, Co. Wexford.
Phone: 00 353 (53) 9145755
Celtic Link Ferries recommend the below vet in Cherbourg in order to obtain the pet passport requirements as outlined below:
Address: 13, rue Paul Doumer
Open: 14:00- 18:00 Monday to Friday
Rabies control – Entry of pet cats & dogs into Ireland by ferry from 1 January 2012.
From 1 January 2012, all pets entering Ireland from another EU Member State (eg. France) must be:
- Identified by micro-chip (as currently). However a clearly readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011 is also acceptable.
- Subsequently vaccinated against rabies, at least 21 days before entry into Ireland
- In the case of dogs, treated against the tapeworm echinococcus multilocularis within a period not more than 120 hours and no less than 24 hours before the time of scheduled arrival in Ireland. (i.e. between 5 days and 1 day prior to entry.)
Veterinary certification of the above is to be contained in the EU Pet Passport or the Third Country Health Certificate (as currently).
The pet checking has therefore been significantly simplified, with either two or three items to be checked:
Most pets will be identified by micro-chip, and this check remains the same as the current system i.e. scan the pet for the micro-chip number and verify that it matches the number in the passport. However clearly readable tattoos applied before 3 July 2011 are also permitted. The date of application of a tattoo will be in the passport.
As currently, the date of the primary rabies vaccination must not precede the date of identification. This primary vaccination (i.e. first vaccination following identification) must have been administered at least 21 days before arrival in Ireland.
The 21 day period does not apply to revaccinations/booster vaccinations, provided there has been no break in vaccination history. If there has been a break in vaccination, the booster vaccination is considered the primary vaccination and a period of 21 days must have passed since its administration.
Whether the most recent rabies vaccination has been a primary or booster vaccine, it must still be within its ‘valid until’ date as indicated in the passport.
Echinococcus (tapeworm) treatment
This treatment now applies only to dogs – date and time of treatment is certified in the passport, as currently. Dogs must be treated not more than 120 hours (5 days) and not less than 24 hours (1 day) prior to scheduled arrival time in Ireland.
The simpler requirements allow a more straightforward approach to non compliant pets to be adopted.
If a pet is not identified, or if the identification cannot be read, the pet cannot be accepted for travel. Owners will have to have the pet identified/re-identified, vaccinated and wait 21 days.
If a pet has not been vaccinated, or if 21 days have not elapsed since the primary vaccination, the pet cannot be accepted for travel. Owners will have to have the pet vaccinated where relevant and await the expiry of the 21 day period.
Tapeworm treatment for dogs
(a) In practical terms, given check-in and sailing times, treatment administered on the day of travel, even close to check-in time, does not present a problem and does not prevent travel. While in some cases a full 24 hours will not have expired before arrival, specific advice can be given to these travellers (we will supply leaflets for this purpose) to ensure that the treatment is effective.
(b) Dog presented with no tapeworm treatment Untreated dogs cannot be accepted for travel. If there is time for travellers to visit a vet before boarding then travel is permitted – see (a) above.
Celtic Link Regulations
Celtic Link Ferries (IRL) Ltd has absolute discretion to accept or refuse any passenger, their vehicle, their pets or their luggage on board.
- We will not accept bookings
- On the day of departure
- For pets not holding a valid Pet Passport
- For pets other than Cats, Dogs and Ferrets
- For unaccompanied pets
- For those travelling by foot including coach passengers (with the exception of officially registered guide dogs)
- For those travelling by motorcycle or bicycle.
If a return booking is made Ireland to France, a return booking must be made for the pet. If a pet is not returning it will be necessary to provide evidence of this or the pet and passenger may be refused travel.
Passengers travelling with pets must check in at least 2 hours before the scheduled departure time, otherwise travel will be refused.
Access to pets on board is at the discretion of the crew. Arrangements to visit a pet can be made at the reception desk on deck 5. Visits are dependant on the availability of a crew member to escort the passenger and on weather conditions.
If a dog is required to be muzzled by Irish / French legislation and is not muzzled, the dog and its owner will be refused travel.
While travelling with a pet with Celtic Link Ferries you have a choice of leaving your pet in two places while the ship sales:
- Your own vehicle
- Allocated kennels on board.
Pets are not allowed into any of the living quarters on the vessel i.e. reception, cabins etc. at any time.
Procedure to obtain a kennel on board for your pet
- Drive your vehicle to the deck in which you are directed;
- Leave your pet in your vehicle and go to the reception stating that you have a pet and that you need a kennel. Kennels are located in two places:
a. Car deck (on deck 5);
b. On deck 4;
3. A steward will take you to the kennel.
In the interest of equity to all those on board, people that have pets on board are only allowed to visit their animals at pre-assigned times. These times can found on board at reception. At these times you will have the time to cater to your pets needs i.e. to be walked etc.
If you wish to leave your pet in the vehicle, simply leave the pet there while sailing. Simply request to visit your pet in your vehicle at reception and you will be entitled to visit your pet at the allocated times.