​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.​​
  • For dogs, ensure tapeworm treatment has been administered by a vet, no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours before returning to the UK. Please provide a signed and dated veterinary certificate.


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 Sunparks?


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 available on the Newcastle-Amsterdam route for an extra £6 each way.

We also offer pet-friendly cabins. These 4-bed, sea view cabins can accommodate up to 2 medium sized dogs. These cabins are bookable via our contact centre and the cost to have your pet in the cabin is £25 per dog. You can book this cabin online or call 0871 522 9955 to book.

Please ensure any pets are booked in advance at the time of booking.

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.

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. Foot passengers may travel with pets  but they must remain in kennels in the car deck throughout the journey. Passengers are asked to carry pets on board in a suitable travelling case​

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:

  • 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.​

Pet owners or an authorised person who is travelling with more than 5 pet dogs, cats or ferrets to attend a competition, show, sporting event or training, and who wishes to travel under the rules of the Pet Travel Scheme must complete a declaration. Click here for more information​​

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 our ports

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 (IJmuiden)
Veltmeijer en Kruithof
Kennemerlaan 57
1972 EH
Tel +31 (0) 25 55 16 211 


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.​​

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.

Kennel dimensions​
​Extra small kennels ​54cm (H) x 56cm (W) x 60cm (D)
​Large kennels ​86cm (H) x 94cm (W) x 60cm (D)
Extra large kennels ​76cm (H) x 68cm (W) x 101cm (D)

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