Refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine can enter Northern Ireland with their pets without having to meet all pet travel rules, Environment Minister Edwin Poots has announced.
"The Ukrainian people are facing a horrendous situation with many forced to flee their homes and seek safety elsewhere. We have witnessed them carrying their treasured possessions, including their cherished pets, as they flee the war and their homes," said Minister Poots.
"It is a traumatic experience without the added bureaucracy of travel documents and proof of vaccination for your cat or dog, so I am pleased to announce that they can enter Northern Ireland using an emergency licence.
"We have strong biosecurity measures in place to protect the public and other animals from diseases which can be brought to Northern Ireland by animals from overseas. To protect these measures alternative arrangements have been put in place.
"This will include meeting the costs of quarantine for pets and the necessary health treatments such as tapeworm or rabies vaccinations to ensure we protect our long held rabies-free status and ensure pets are returned to their owners as quickly as possible."