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This survey is part of research by Bristol University to find out where UK dog owners take their dogs on holiday abroad. The survey is for UK-based owners of dogs with pet passports, and takes between 5 and 15 minutes to complete. All information given will be kept confidential, used for scientific research purposes only, and not released to any third party.
P&O Ferries accept the carriage of pet animals, from £15 each way for any travelling onboard.
Dover - Calais
If you are taking your pet(s) on the Dover-Calais route you will need to check-in at least one hour before departure and the animals must remain inside the vehicle at all times during the crossing. Foot passengers cannot travel with pets.
Hull - Rotterdam/Zeebrugge
For the Hull-Rotterdam/Zeebrugge routes you will need to check-in at least ninety minutes before departure and the animals remain inside air-conditioned kennels on the vehicle decks during the duration of the crossing. Coach passengers are unable to carry pets, with the exception of registered guide and hearing dogs.
Liverpool - Dublin, Cairnryan/Troon - Larne
If you are travelling with a pet this must be declared at the time of booking and in advance of travel. Arrangements for pets on board and check-in times vary by route and will be advised at the time of booking. Pets (excluding guide dogs) will not be allowed in the passenger areas of the ship. It is your responsibility to provide all necessary documents and make all arrangements, including where necessary quarantine, to satisfy all legal requirements. Failure to do so will prevent your pet from being permitted to travel. Passengers travelling by coach on any of the P&O Ferries routes and foot passengers using our Irish Sea services will not be permitted to travel with pets. Unaccompanied pets will not be accepted on any of our services. In some cases the carriage of animals will require the payment of freight tariffs. Access to your pet during the crossing is at the discretion of the ships' officers.
We make a charge of £15 each way for each pet travelling onboard Dover to Calais, and £17 for each pet travelling onboard our Hull - Rotterdam/Zeebrugge route, with the exception of registered guide and hearing dogs, which are carried free of charge. For customers travelling on our Irish routes there is no charge for pets.
Please note that animals cannot travel unaccompanied.
PETS passport scheme
For those wishing their dog, cat or ferret to travel under the PETS passport scheme, the most up to date information can be obtained from the Defra website, as well as quarantine requirements for pets that do not qualify under the scheme. Please note, cats and dogs must be vaccinated against rabies. The length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date.
EU legislation now allows rabbits and rodents such as guinea pigs and mice to travel too – and you won’t need a pet passport to transport them!
On the Hull-Rotterdam/Zeebrugge route (both foot passenger and motorist bookings) and the Dover-Calais route foot passenger bookings cannot be made online so please call us to make your booking.
Information correct as of 14.02.12. Always check the Defra website for the most up to date information as P&O Ferries cannot be held responsible for incorrect information on this page.