Pet Travel on our Ferries 

It's never easy to leave a pet behind when you go on holiday - but travel with us and we'll make sure that you don't have to! Take your furry friend along for the ride and avoid costly kennel fees whilst enjoying an exciting trip abroad.

Important changes from the 29th December:

As of 29 December 2014, there have been changes made to pet travel regulations. Please read this page for guidance on pet travel to the UK.

As part of the DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), we provide simple and safe transportation for your pets onboard all of our ferries. You can enjoy your time on board knowing that we're taking great care of your pet, and on our overnight crossings you can even visit them during the journey by arrangement with the onboard crew.

As part of the DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), we provide simple and safe transportation for your pets onboard all of our ferries. You can enjoy your time on board knowing that we're taking great care of your pet, and on our overnight crossings you can even visit them during the journey by arrangement with the onboard crew.

Rules & Regulations with Pet travel

The pet travel scheme

You are responsible for ensuring your pet meets all the rules for entering the country you are going to or coming from, under the pet travel scheme. Make sure you have had the procedures carried out in the correct order and that your pet’s documentation is correctly completed. If you do not, your pet may not be able to enter the country or may have to be licensed into quarantine on arrival. This will mean delay and will cost you money.

All dogs, cats and ferrets travelling with their owner will still require:

microchipping

microchipping
  • vaccination against rabies
  • a blod test 30 days after vaccination (if travelling to or from an unlisted thrid country)
  • a pet passport (or third country certificate) issued by an authorised vet
  • a waiting period after vaccination and prior to travel:
    • 21 days if travelling from another EU country or a listed third country
    • 3 months (following blood test) for unlisted countires
  • treatment against the EM tapeworm (dogs only)

There are exceptions to some of these preperations in certain circumstances. If you are planning to travel with your pet you must read the detailed guidance at: www.gov.uk/pet-travel-information-for-pet-owners

For dogs, tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet, not less than 24 hours or more than 120 hours before returning to the UK. You'll need a veterinary certificate that's signed, dated and shows the time of treatment.

Your pet must be microchipped before it’s vaccinated against rabies. The vaccination won’t count for travel if your pet isn’t microchipped first.

Check that your vet has recorded the vaccination in your pet’s passport or third country official veterinary certificate. The vaccination record must show:

  • your pet’s date of birth
  • microchip number, date it was put in or read and where it is on your pet’s body
  • vaccination date
  • vaccine product name, eg Nobivac
  • vaccine batch number
  • date the vaccination is valid until

Your pet can be stopped from travelling if the details in their pet passport are in the wrong place.

 

Pet Passport Information

Your dog, cat or ferret must have a pet passport to enter or re-enter the UK or the EU. It must have been issued in the UK or EU. A new style pet passport will be introduced from 29 December 2014. However if you already have a passport for your pet you do not need to get a new one. Existing passports will remain valid, as long as you continue to meet the entry requirements, for the lifetime of the pet (or until all the treatment spaces are filled).

To enter or return to the EU from a listed or an unlisted non-EU country you’ll need:

  • A third country official veterinary certificate
  • Any other supporting documents listed on the third country official veterinary certificate

You must arrive in an EU country within 10 days of the certificate being issued. It is valid for 4 months from the day it was issued.

If you are travelling with more than one pet, please be aware that the movement of animals within the EU is limited to five per person unless you are taking part in a competition, show, or sporting event. These animals will require a specific health certificate issued by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency. Full advice and guidance can be found at  www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad.

You can bring your assistance dog into the UK without quarantine as long as it meets the rules of the EU pet travel scheme .

Declarations - https://www.gov.uk/pet-travel-information-for-pet-owners

Or contact the Pet Travel Scheme helpline for more information: pettravel@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk 

Pet Travel Checklist

To keep your pet safe and happy, remember the following:

  • Always leave enough food and water, but consider limiting this slightly to avoid toilet accidents
  • Always ensure there is adequate ventilation, but don't leave windows open too far
  • Always ensure your pet can move around freely and has plenty of familiar toys etc
  • Supply absorbent bedding where possible.

Take your pet abroad - http://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad


Newcastle-Amsterdam route

Travel with your cat

We are happy to accommodate pets on our Newcastle to Amsterdam and route for a small cost of £19 each way, providing they are suitably secured inside your vehicle. Kennels are also available on the Newcastle-Amsterdam route.

Please ensure any pets are booked in advance at the time of booking. You can visit your pet during the crossing by visiting our guest service centre.


Dover-Calais & Dover-Dunkirk routes

On our Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk routes, booking of pets must be made in advance, and they are subject to the same travel conditions as onboard our Newcastle-Amsterdam route. Pets travelling between Dover and France now have to pay £15 on each departure.

Pets must remain suitably secured inside your vehicle; you can visit your pet in your car during the crossing if accompanied by a crew member.


Newhaven-Dieppe route

Motorists can take their pet with them in the same manner as our other routes by booking online in advance for £18 per crossing per pet. You can visit your pet in your car during the crossing if accompanied by a crew member, but not during the first or final hour of the crossing.

On the Newhaven to Dieppe route, foot passengers may carry a pet in a suitable cage.