Pet Travel to France - Portsmouth to Le Havre

Pet travel

Take your pet with you on a DFDS Seaways Ferry to France.

Now you don't have to leave your pet behind! Bring them onboard (in your vehicle) and you can have peace of mind that we will get your beloved pet to your chosen destination, safe and sound.

DFDS Seaways is authorised by DEFRA to transport pet dogs, cats and ferrets to & from the United Kingdom in accordance with the Pet Travel Scheme. This allows you to travel onboard DFDS Seaways' fleet with your pets, given you have the mandatory paperwork.

All the information you will need can be found on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website.

When taking your pet onboard one of our ferry crossings to France, simply keep your pet in your vehicle for the duration of the crossing. What's more, booking your pet onto a ferry crossing is easy, simply make your reservation online when making your booking.

Any footpassengers wishing to travel on the ferry to France with their pet should book via our call centre. Pets are taken care of by our friendly staff from check-in to arrival.

Checklist

Non-British citizens travelling to the United Kingdom with a pet and British citizens returning home with their pet can only do so if they abide by the procedure that is defined by DEFRA.

It is your responsibility as pet owners to comply with all regulations within the Passport Scheme. If any paperwork is incomplete or out of date then your animal will not be able to travel. These are legal requirements, and apply however you take your pet abroad.

  • Microchips - Your pet needs to be microchipped so that it can be correctly identified. The microchip number should be entered on vaccination records and pet passport documentation.
  • Vaccination - After the microchip has been fitted, your pet must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before you intend to bring your pet back to the UK.
  • Documentation - You should get an EU pet passport. A pet passport is issued by an Official Veterinarian (OV). If your veterinary practice does not have a resident OV, your vet will tell you where the nearest one works. Before you take your pet abroad, make sure that the vet has completed sections I-IV of the pet passport, and section V if it has needed a blood test.
  • Tapeworm treatment (dogs only) - Dogs must be treated for tapeworms not less than 24 hours but no more than 5 days before arrival in the UK.

If you require any further information please contact DEFRA on 0044 (0)870 41 1710 or visit the DEFRA website.

Please note; It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents in your possession are vaild. If not this could result in the refusal to embark your pet. If you have any queries regarding this requirement, please don't hesitate to contact our Specialist Service Centre on 01245 454860.

DFDS Seaways cannot be held responsible for an error made by you or your veterinary surgeon that leads to a refusal to embark your pet. We require that you inform us of your intention to embark a pet when you make your reservation, and check in with the animal at least 90 minutes before time of sailing. Otherwise, for operational reasons, we could deem it necessary to refuse the embarkation of your pet.