Sailing with a dog to Ireland this season? It could be a headache
, 2022-06-15 23:21:17,
Sailors who want to sail to Ireland with their dog have to land at a designated Travellers’ Port of Entry, all of which are prohibited to yachts
Sailing with a dog to Ireland has become more problematic for sailors, according to the Irish Cruising Club (ICC).
Since Brexit, sailors cruising from Great Britain to Ireland with a pet must fill in a form and send it to the Livetrade desk of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, giving a day’s notice of arrival.
They are then advised to land their yacht at a designated Travellers’ Port Of Entry (TPOE).
These – if you arrive by sea – are the ports of Dublin, Rosslare Europort and Ringaskiddy Port in Cork – all of which are commercial ports and prohibited to yachts.
‘In other words the Livetrade desk is asking people to follow a procedure with which they simply cannot comply,’ explained Norman Kean from the ICC, who is author of the club’s cruising guides to Ireland.
He said cruisers, who for years have brought their pets to Ireland on their boats, are now effectively banned from doing it again, and are ‘understandably upset.’
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