TAKING YOUR PETS TO & FROM FRANCE
If your trip wouldn’t be complete without your furry friends then there’s no need to leave them behind – they can come on holiday too when you travel with us on our Dover to Calais route! So whether you’re travelling on a day trip or for a short break, your pets can come along for the adventure!
Pets can travel on our ferries to France and back for just £22/€26 per pet each way, as long as you are travelling by vehicle, with registered Guide and Hearing Dogs travelling free of charge.
We allow dogs, cats or ferrets to travel on our ships as long as they have pet passports and meet all the EU requirements. The latest information on the pet passport scheme can be found on the DEFRA website.
We’ve put together some useful tips on how to make your journey on one of our ferries to France as comfortable and hassle-free as possible, for both you and your pet, so that you all arrive at your destination relaxed and ready to go!
TRAVELLING TO FRANCE AFTER BREXIT WITH YOUR PET
At the moment, travelling to Europe couldn’t be easier for British citizens – all you need is a valid UK passport and you’re good to go. However, travelling to Europe after Brexit is going to get a little bit more complicated from 29th March 2019. But there’s no need to worry, here at P&O Ferries you’re in safe hands! We’ve put together a list of handy travel tips of everything you’ll need to know, so that you can be fully prepared for all your future journeys to Europe and back.
On your return to the UK TAPEWORM RULES APPLY TO PET DOGS ONLY.
Dogs MUST be treated against tapeworm and the treatment administered by a vet and recorded in the EU pet passport or the third country official veterinary certificate, not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival in the UK.
The treatment must have PRAZIQUANTEL or an equivalent as its active ingredient.
Make sure your pet has been microchipped and vaccinated against rabies 21 days before you travel. Some countries also need your dog to have had tapeworm treatment, which is recorded in their pet passport. Check www.gov.uk
All dogs, cats and ferrets must have a pet passport (or third country official veterinary certificate) to enter or re-enter the UK. Your vet can give you a pet passport.
FEED AND WATER
Feed your pet at least a few hours before boarding ̶ do it later and they may get travel sick. Leave some water in the car in a non-spill bowl so they can stay hydrated. Always allow time for your pet to go to the toilet before boarding.
EXERCISE AND PLAY
Give your pet plenty of exercise before they travel - they’re likely to be less restless in the car. It’s also a good idea to leave them some toys to amuse them during the voyage.
COOL AND CALM
Leave your pet’s bedding in the car with them so they feel comfortable. Make sure your car is as cool as possible when you leave them, particular in the summer months.
If your pet isn't used to long car journeys, take them in the car a few times before the crossing, so they get used to it. You could consider a night crossing, when they’re more used to sleeping.
NEW DEDICATED PET AREA AT DOVER PORT!
We know how much you love to look after your furry friends and that's why we're pleased to let you know that our port at Dover now has two dedicated pet areas for your much-loved pets to stretch their paws and enjoy some much needed time in the open-air, before they board one of our ferries to France!
Not only that, but for the Crufts wannabes among your precious pets, there are also a few obstacle tasks to get them energised and exercised within the pet areas, as well as a seating area for you to relax ahead of your journey.
Our staff will be happy to direct you to these dedicated pet areas once you've checked in, just ask them for directions.
- Passengers with pets need to check in at least one hour before departure.
- Sorry - foot passengers can’t travel with pets.
- Animals must remain in the vehicle at all times during the crossing.
- PET TRAVEL ADVICE
NEED A VET?
If your pet is poorly on the way to the ferry, you’ll find the nearest vets to Dover and Calais below.
As your pet stays in your vehicle during the voyage, it’s important to make sure they’re fully fit and well before you board.
White Cliffs Vets
Unit 11, Whitfield Court, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, CT16 3PX
Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 6pm
Thursday open until 7pm
Saturday 8.30am to 12noon
Tel: 01304 41 41 41