Take your pet with you on a DFDS Ferry to France.
Animals travelling from Dover to Calais or Dunkirk must be pre-booked and declared at check in. There is no charge for animals travelling in this direction. All pets must be microchipped, vaccinated against Rabies and have a Pet Passport with them.
- Please note, animals must stay in your vehicle for the duration of the crossing.
Pets travelling from Calais and Dunkirk to Dover are subject to full DEFRA checks (required for animals entering the UK) as outlined in the Pet Passport Scheme. There is a charge of £30.00 / €36.00 for animals travelling in this direction. A DFDS Seaways representative will carry out all checks on your pet.
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 If any paperwork is incomplete or out of date then your animal will not be able to travel.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.