July 1, 2015
This FAQ will be updated shortly when the results of this process are finalised.
If you are planning a longer term stay, you will need to register your ownership of your dog on a database in this country within 3 weeks of arrival. Simply bring your dog and its papers (pet passport/health certificate on which it was imported) along to your local private veterinary practitioner to have it recorded on a registered database.
Owners of dogs found without a chip after April 2016 will have a short amount of time to have the procedure carried out. Those who refuse to microchip their dogs could face a fine of up to £5,000.
The Minister for Agriculture Food & the Marine is responsible for animal welfare and so sees these regulations as an important step forward that will benefit the welfare of dogs.