Pet Travel on our Ferries
It's never easy to leave a pet behind when you go on holiday - but travel with DFDS 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 and your pet can enjoy your time onboard, and on our overnight crossings you can even visit them during the journey by arrangement with the onboard crew.
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.
PET TRAVEL IDEAS
Once you’ve crossed to the continent, your pet’s holiday can begin, why not try any of these suggestions?
- Explore Hoge Veluwe National Park, close to our IJmuiden port, with your dog and watch as they have the time of their life exploring sand dunes, forests and more.
- Play fetch with miles of long, sweeping beach on the northern coastline of France in Nord-Pas-De-Calais
- Bremweide, in Antwerp, is a huge green area where dogs can run free and play with each other to their heart’s content.
- Self-catering is easier than booking a hotel with your pet, so why not book a
NOVASOL holiday home or a stay at
Center Parcs or
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 for an extra £6 each way. We also welcome foot passengers travelling with dogs who must be booked in to our onboard kennels**.
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. When travelling from Amsterdam (IJmuiden) please go to the terminal building before proceeding to the vehicle check-in so the pet microchip details can be validated.
**Reservations for foot passengers travelling with dogs are only available by calling our
customer contact centre.
Kennel costs an extra £6.
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. For Pets travelling on our Dover to France routes there is a charge of £15 per pet each way. 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.
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.
Rules & Regulations of pet travel
Dogs, cats and ferrets which meet PETS criteria are not subject to quarantine when moving between the UK and other EU countries. Pets must:
have had a rabies vaccination
hold a pet passport
have had tapeworm treatment (dogs only)
In the event of the pet owner not travelling with their animal a signed declaration must be provided, this is to permit another passenger to take responsibility of the pet when travelling on our services.
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.
Travel with your dog
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 here
Veterinary Hospitals near our ports
White Cliff Vets Unit 11,
White Cliffs Business Park Whitfield,
Tel: +44 (0) 1304 41 41 41
Clinique Vétérinaire Dr Wuillot,
Dr Lavielle & Dr Mottoul,
139 Boulevard Curie,
Tel: +33 (0) 321 82 15 11
Clarys Angelique Vétérinaires Practiciens
Rue Canton Cailoutis
Tel +33 (0) 328 21 31 51
Avenue Veterinary Practice
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 515509
Dieppe R vertus.
SAINT AUBIN SUR SCIE
Tel : +33 (0) 2 35 84 27 35
Useful pet travel websites
Parks near our ports
Should you or your pets wish to stretch your legs once you’ve finished your ferry crossings, or before you board, below is a list of dog-friendly parks or green areas near our ports.
Parc St Pierre, Boulevard Jacquard, 62100, Calais, France. Map.
Plage de Petit-Fort-Philipe, Digue de Mer, 59820 Gravelines, France. Map.
Forêt d’Arques-la-Bataille 76880 Arques-la-Bataille, France. Map.
Kennel Dimensions Newcastle-Amsterdam route
Please ensure your pet will have suitable space within the kennel dimensions described below, the correct size kennel will need to be selected at the time of booking.
Extra small kennels
||54cm (H) x 56cm (W) x 60cm (D)
||86cm (H) x 94cm (W) x 60cm (D)
Extra large kennels
||76cm (H) x 68cm (W) x 101cm (D)
Prices are subject to availability. Credit card & telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions apply.
It’s always a proud moment when you’re recognised for your good work, we’re honoured to have been named as Europe's and the World’s Leading Ferry Operator in the 2015 World Travel Awards. We've won these awards for 5 years running.