requires money and reservations. There is only one quarantine facility in the Republic, and all cats and dogs imported into the country must be quarantined
there for 6 months. The only exceptions are detailed in the Overview
The one quarantine facility in Ireland sometimes
must be booked in advance. For instance, several years ago, I called in early summer to check on costs and availability of
space. The facility was booked out for dogs until October! The
situation has improved and Lissen Hall tells me that spaces are much more readily
available. Nonetheless, my advice is to plan ahead, and call or write and
make your reservation.
- Costs for room and board for 6 months vary
depending on the size of the animal. Expect to spend €1400 for a cat,
€1700 for a small dog, and €2300 for an extralarge dog. In addition,
there is vet fee averaging €160, the actual amount again varying by the
size of your pet. All these prices include VAT, the Irish sales tax. Here's a big saving: pay Lissen Hall
before the animal arrives and get around a 10% discount. Please note that
Ambit Ireland is in no way connected with Lissen Hall, and these prices are
subject to change without being updated on this site.
Lissen Hall sent me
their 2002 information
sheet, price list and application form.
They are in Word format, about 16K per file, and were scanned by an up-to-date
version Norton Anti-virus which pronounced them virus and trojan-horse free.Price
rises have been moderate since then, so even though these price lists are
out of date, you'll have some idea of the cost.
- I have friends who chose to board their dog
for 6 months (ironically, one month later they moved back to the U.S.). Their
dog emerged healthy and hearty, and they were satisfied with the facility.
This is not intended as an endorsement, but rather as a personal note you
may appreciate if you are facing this choice.
- Here's an endorsement of Lissen Hall sent by
- "Regarding quarantine facilities for my
dog. The latter (especially the materials testifying about the quarantine
conditions) alarmed me substantially and have served as a major deterent to
since my dog's arrival, I have visited Lissen Hall on a regular basis and
have found their staff to be extremely helpful, professional and friendly.
My dog seems to be doing fine, he is active (they regularly walk the dogs
(on the daily basis) and in addition to it, let them run in the enclosed area,
the food provided is of fine standard, the kennels are super clean, the facilties,
in fact, are far cleaner than many good boarding kennels in the USA do offer."
- Here's another:
- "...quarantine for our dog: I find to
be much better than desribed - very nice people and a clean facility for our
dog, and he seems to be happy there - considering the circumstances."
I'm sorry if I gave the impression that Lissen
Hall has anything but the highest standards. The impression I DO want
to give is that it might be booked up. Call and make a reservation!
Of special note: you aren't allowed to pick
your pet up at the airport and drive it to Lissen Hall. Arrangements must
be made in advance to send the animal by bonded carrier to the quarantine
The government's veterinary service issues
a standard letter detailing all quarantine restrictions and regulations.
Below is a copy of this pet import application
IMPORTATION OF DOGS &
CATS ORDERS 1929, 1970
I refer to your enquiry regarding
the importation of a pet dog/cat from into Ireland. An import
licence has to be applied for and granted by the Minister for
Agriculture, Food and Forestry. There are now 2 options available:
A Public Quarantine
Under the Importation of Dogs and Cats Order, 1929 - 1970, all
dogs and cats from places abroad (other than Great Britain, the
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) must undergo a period of
at least six months detention and isolation in approved quarantine
premises on arrival here and be subject to one anti-rabies vaccination
during quarantine. There are no derogation's from the six month
quarantine period for any animal regardless of the conditions
under which the animal has been kept. There is only one approved
public quarantine premises and these are: Lissenhall Quarantine
Kennels and Catteries, Lissenhall, Swords, Co Dublin, Telephone
(353 - 1 - 8401776). Fax: (353 -1 - 8409338). Details of the costs
and other arrangements can be obtained from them.
B Public/Private Quarantine
A modified form of private quarantine is available
in certain cases depending on country of origin. Provided that
the animal(s) has been vaccinated against rabies and has a current
rabies vaccination certificate, a minimum of one months quarantine
in the public quarantine at Lissenhall followed by five months
quarantine at the owners existing permanent residence, (if suitable)
would be considered, providing that, on post import blood testing
in public quarantine, adequate neutralising antibody titres are
Following the completion of the
mandatory minimum quarantine in the public quarantine facility
with the above satisfactory results, the animal would undergo
a period of 5 months private quarantine at the owner's home in
Ireland, subject to the approval of site / location and plans
in advance of importation. Prior to approval, plans for such a
quarantine must be submitted to the Department for examination.
These plans must be drawn up to scale and signed by a suitably
qualified person and submitted with an overall site plan, again
Permission to transfer your animal
to a quarantine at the owner's home in Ireland would be subject
to the construction to this Department's specifications, of an
approved facility for the animal in question. The premises and
facility would require pre-use inspection and approval by the
Department's Veterinary Inspectorate. The facility must be escape
proof and constructed so as to prevent access by wildlife and
birds . Inspection by a nominated private veterinary surgeon during
the period of home quarantine in accordance with the conditions
laid down, will also be a mandatory requirement.
Should it be found that the owner
is not complying with the conditions under which the private quarantine
is permitted, the Department reserves the right to have the animal
removed to the public quarantine facility at Lissenhall, Swords,
Co Dublin to complete the remainder of the six months quarantine
period at the owners expense.
For an application under this
special category to be considered, this Department will require
details of proposed site / location for the Private Quarantine
at least 3 months in advance of proposed importation. These will
have to be checked by the Department initially regarding their
suitability. If found suitable then detailed plans for such quarantine
must be submitted for examination as specified.
Transportation from the airport to the Public Quarantine and if
appropriate the Public Quarantine to the Private Quarantine is
to be undertaken by the sole authorised carrying agent, viz: Irish
Rail, (Road Freight Section) 48 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 Telephone;
(353 - 1 - 7034262, 7034307) Fax; (353 - 1 - 7034391). This arrangement
is to be undertaken by the owner.
Therefore to advance your application,
please complete the attached Application for licence (Form PQA)
together with a Form of Declaration and Health (Form PQB) which
has been completed as appropriate by a Magistrate / Notary Public
/ Commissioner for Oaths and a Veterinarian, and return the forms
Import of Dogs Section, (Veterinary
Division), Department of Agriculture & Food, Floor 3 Centre,
Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Other conditions to note:
It is advisable to make quarantine and transport arrangements
at least 3 months before the proposed importation date. Please
note that the import licence cannot be granted until an assurance
in writing is received in this Department from both:
a) the Veterinary Surgeon in Charge of the Public Quarantine premises
and b) Irish Rail
that the necessary arrangements
have been made by the importer,
in the case of Private Quarantine that the site, plans and location
have been approved by this Department.
2. Detailed conditions for Private
Quarantine are available where a request for same is specified
on the accompanying application form.
3. The Department will then issue
4. It is an essential condition
of import that the import licence must accompany the animal in
transit. Accordingly NO arrangements should be made to send the
animal to this country until the import licence has been obtained,
as landing without it is not permitted. The licence must be presented
to the appropriate officer of Customs and Excise at Airport of
5. Animals must be consigned by
air as Manifested Freight for entry at one of the designated airports
Dublin Airport, Cork Airport, Shannon Airport
Note: Animals landed at Cork or Shannon Airports must be transhipped
by air to Dublin.
6. On receipt of the licence the
owner of the animal should notify Irish Rail of the time of arrival
of the animal at Dublin Airport, in order to co-ordinate the arrangements
for the direct transfer of the animal in a nose and paw proof
container by Irish Rail to Lissenhall.
7. In the case of Private Quarantine,
one of the conditions of the release of the animal from Lissenhall
to the approved Private Quarantine Premises will require confirmation
by Irish Rail to this Department that your booking has been accepted.
This booking is to be made by the applicant..
8. The owner shall supply the
Public Quarantine with an address to which communications about
the animal can be directed while it is undergoing detention..
9. The quarantine and vaccination fees are matters for settlement
between the owner of the animal and the veterinary surgeon in
charge of Lissenhall, as are all queries with regard to quarantine
costs, visits and arrangements.
10. The Department of Agriculture
& Food will not be responsible for any expenses incurred in
connection with the landing, transport or detention of the animal
or for any injury to or illness which may befall the animal. The
Dept is also not liable for costs incurred in construction of
11 The Department reserves the
right to extend the period of detention of the animal in quarantine.
An outbreak or suspected outbreak of serious animal disease in
the quarantine premises may also necessitate the prolongation
of the quarantine period.
12. Quarantine accommodation is
reserved solely for animals, the property of persons taking up
permanent residence in this country.
I trust that this clarifies the
situation for you.
July 1997 Form PQC