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.
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
Dogs, cats and ferrets which meet PETS criteria are not subject to quarantine when moving between the UK and other EU countries. Pets must:
- be microchipped
- have had a rabies vaccination
- hold a pet passport
- have had tapeworm treatment (dogs only)
You'll need a veterinary certificate showing your pet has been microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Entry into the UK can be no earlier than 21 days after the first vaccination date.
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.
A pet passport is required to bring your pet back into the UK without being quarantined. You can get one from your vet, and it will be valid for 21 days after your pet was last vaccinated against rabies. The pet passport will remain valid as long as your pet is re-vaccinated by the 'valid until' date in section 4 of the passport.
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.
Why not print out our handy pet travel checklist to keep track of your preparations for taking your pet abroad?
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.
Newcastle-Amsterdam & Harwich-Esbjerg routes
We are happy to accommodate pets on our Newcastle to Amsterdam and Harwich to Esbjerg routes 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 and Harwich-Esbjerg routes. Pets travelling from Dover can do so free of charge, but there is a charge of £30 for pets travelling from Dunkirk or Calais back to Dover.
Portsmouth-Le Havre & Newhaven-Dieppe routes
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, however on the Portsmouth to Le Havre route, only cats can be carried on by foot passengers.