​​​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 pet-friendly cabins.

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 here​ 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

Pet Travel Checklist

Pets must:

  • ​​​Hold a valid European Pet passpo​​rt or a Third country certificate delivered and properly filled in by an official vet as a travel document. (Third country certificate holders must travel with the necessary supporting documents). Visit www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/pet-passport for more information.
pet passport
  • Be microchipped. Chip number and implantation date must be recorded on travel documentation by a vet. Microchipping must happen before or on the same day as the first rabies vaccination. Please make sure to travel with your pets previous passport if your pet holds a new one and the microchipping date in the new passport is reported as being a reading date. The order of preparation might not be valid if no booster vaccination follows the reading date.
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  • Be vaccinated against rabies with a signed and dated veterinary certificate. Your pet cannot enter the UK until 21 days after the first vaccination (vaccination date = day 0). Subsequent entries to the UK do not require a waiting period if all rabies vaccinations are up to date and recorded. If the booster vaccination has not been administered by the ‘valid until’ date, a new waiting period of 21 days will be necessary.
Pets rabies vaccine
  • Blood tests are no longer required if you are entering the UK from ​​EU and listed Non-EU countries. If travelling from an unlisted country, a blood test must be performed a month after the rabies vaccination. Visit www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/pet-passport for more information.​
pets blood test
  • For dogs only: A tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours before entering to the UK. The treatment date and time must be reported on the passport. Please note that the product’s name must be recorded on the travel document and must contain prazicantel to comply with the Pet travel scheme.​
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Veterinary Hospitals Near Our Ports



Burnham House Veterinary Surgery

33-35 Castle Street,

CT16 1PT Dover

Tel: 01304 206989; Fax 01304 225622

Email: Office@burnhamhousevets.com

Web: www.burnhamhousevets.com


Clinique Vétérinaire Dr Wuillot,

Dr Lavielle & Dr Mottoul,

139 Boulevard Curie,

62100 Calais

Tel: +33 (0) 321 82 15 11

Web: www.centre-veterinaire-curie.fr


127 Rue du Canton du Caillouti

59279 Loon-Plage


Tel +33 (0) 328 21 31 51​


Avenue Veterinary Practice


Meeching Rd


East Sussex,

BN9 9QX 

Tel: +44 (0) 1273 515509

Web: www.avenuevetpractice.co.uk


Clinique Vétérinaire

Dieppe R vertus.



Tel : +33 (0) 2 35 84 27 35 

Web: www.veterinaire-neuville-dieppe.fr 

​​​Newcastle (North Shields)

Ayres Terrace

North Shields

Tyne & Wear

NE29 0HL

Tel : +44 (0)191 258 6886​

Web: www.ayresveterinaryhospital.co.uk ​

​​Amsterdam (IJmuiden)

Veltmeijer en Kruithof

Kennemerlaan 57

1972 EH


Tel +31 (0) 25 55 16 211 ​

Web: www.dedierenartskennemerlaan.nl​​


Kennel Dimensions

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.

Kennel dimensions​

Extra small kennels​

​54cm (H) x 56cm (W) x 60cm (D)

​Large kennels

​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. ​

Newhaven-Dieppe Route

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​?


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