Pet Travel on our Ferries
Take your furry friend away with you and avoid costly kennel fees whilst enjoying an exciting trip abroad.
As part of the DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), we provide safe transportation for your pets onboard our ferries. You will have the opportunity to visit your pets on longer crossings, as arranged by the onboard staff. Our Newcastle-Amsterdam crossing even boasts
If the pet owner is not travelling with their animal, please provide a signed declaration from the owner. Movement of animals within the EU is limited to 5 per person unless taking part in a competition or event. These animals will require a signed declaration and a specific health certificate issued by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency. Click here for more information.
How to prepare to travel with your pet over Christmas and New Year in all scenarios
We now want to remind pet owners planning a trip to the EU over the Christmas and New Year period that they need to speak to their vets before the end of August 2019 for guidance.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019, pet owners would need to visit their vet four months before travelling. They will need to ensure their pet has a microchip, an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody. The blood test needs to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after its last rabies vaccination (whether that’s a booster or initial vaccination) and a minimum of three calendar months before travel. A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU. Instead, pet owners would need to apply an Animal Health Certificate no more than 10 days before travel.
See the latest advice
to know what you need, including:
- Visiting your vet 4 months before travel
- Microchipping your pet
- Getting a rabies vaccination and blood test 30 days later
- Waiting 3 months after the blood test before travel
Brexit Guidance - Pet Travel
Can I still take my pet on holiday with me?
Yes; it is likely that the current pet passport arrangements for dogs, cats and ferrets would continue under the EU Pet Travel Scheme.
If not, and the UK is excluded from the scheme however, your pet may need different certification or additional checks. For more information, go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, after 31 October 2019 the rules for travelling to EU countries with your pet will change. You should start the process at least 4 months before you travel.
For more information see https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/pet-passport
Veterinary Hospitals Near Our Ports
Useful pet travel websites
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)
76cm (H) x 68cm (W) x 60cm (D)
Extra large kennels
86cm (H) x 94cm (W) x 101cm (D)
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.
Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerlandm, Zeeweg 12, 2051 EC Overveen, Netherlands. Map. Conditions for access.
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.
Keeping Your Pet Happy
- Always ensure there is:
- Adequate ventilation
- Enough food and water
- Space for your pet to move around
- Familiar toys
- Absorbent bedding
Please ensure any pets are booked in advance. Pets must be secured inside your vehicle, with a charge of £30 per dog/cat. Alternatively, there’s our 4-bed, sea view pet friendly cabins available for £30 per dog/cat. It can accommodate up to 2 medium sized dogs. This is bookable online or by calling 0871 522 9955. Foot passengers travelling with dogs must book by calling our customer contact centre.
From 1 March 2019, all pets must be checked-in at the car booth when travelling from Amsterdam (Port of IJmuiden).
Dover-Dunkirk & Calais
On our Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk ferry crossings, pet bookings must be made in advance of travel, and are subject to the same travel conditions as onboard our Newcastle to 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 for the duration of the journey. However, you can visit your pet in your car during the crossing if accompanied by a crew member.
Motorists can take their pet on holiday with them by booking online in advance for £18 per pet, each way. You can visit your pet in your vehicle during the crossing if accompanied by a crew member, but not during the first or final hour of the crossing. Foot passengers may travel with pets but your pets must remain in kennels in the car deck throughout the journey. Passengers are asked to carry pets on board in a suitable travelling case.
Pet Travel Ideas
Why not explore Hoge Veluwe National Park? It’s close to our IJmuiden port and your dog can have the time of their life with sand dunes, forests and more. You can also play fetch with miles of long, sweeping beach on the northern coastline of France. Bremweide, in Antwerp, is a huge green area where dogs can run free and play with each other to their heart’s content. Plus, 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 Sunparks?
Prices are subject to availability. Telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions apply.
We are Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2019 & the World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2011-2018!