​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.

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.​

Newcastle-Amsterdam route

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. 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.

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.​​​

Rules & Regulations with 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:
  • be microchipped
  • 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.

Pet Passport

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 DFDS Terminals

White Cliff Vets Unit 11, 
Whitifield Court,
White Cliffs Business Park Whitfield,
CT16 3PX
Tel: +44 (0) 1304 41 41 41 
Clinique Vétérinaire Dr Wuillot,
Dr Lavielle & Dr Mottoul,
139 Boulevard Curie,
62100 Calais
Tel: +33 (0) 321 82 15 11
Clarys Angelique Vétérinaires Practiciens
Rue Canton Cailoutis
59279 Loon-Plage
Tel +33 (0) 328 21 31 51
Avenue Veterinary Practice
Meeching Rd
East Sussex,
BN9 9QX 
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 515509
Clinique Vétérinaire
Dieppe R vertus.
Tel : +33 (0) 2 35 84 27 35 
Newcastle (North Shields)
Ayres Terrace
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 0HL
Tel : +44 (0)191 258 6886
Amsterdam (Ijumuiden)
Veltmeijer en Kruithof
Kennemerlaan 57
1972 EH
Tel +31 (0) 25 55 16 211 

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It’s always a proud moment when you’re recognised for your good work, we’re honoured to have been named as ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ in the 2014 World Travel Awards. We've won this award for 4 years running.