No need to leave your furry friends behind – they can come on holiday too when you travel with P&O Ferries.

It costs £15 per pet each way to travel on the Dover to Calais route, with registered Guide and Hearing Dogs travelling free of charge.

Below we’ve put together a few tips on how to make the journey as hassle-free and comfortable as possible for you and your pet.

Travelling with your pet

Dogs, cats or ferrets are allowed on our ships with pet passports, as long as they meet all the EU requirements.

The latest information on the pet passport scheme can be found on the DEFRA website

As all pets must stay inside the vehicle during the trip, we’ve put together a few tips on how to make the journey as comfortable and hassle-free as possible for both you and your pet. 


From 1 January 2021 you will not be able to use the existing pet passport scheme when travelling to Europe or Northern Ireland with your pet. Instead you’ll need to follow a different process in advance of travel. For more information on the new animal health certificate (AHC) process and guidance about pet travel to Europe and Northern Ireland from 1st January 2021, visit the site or our dedicated Brexit pet page.

We’ve also 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.


When entering the UK tapeworm rules apply to pet dogs, find out more on the Gov site.

Dogs MUST' be treated against tapeworm with the treatment being administered by a vet. This treatment needs to be recorded in their EU pet passport or the third country official veterinary certificate no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (1-5 days) prior to your scheduled arrival in the UK.

The treatment must have PRAZIQUANTEL or an equivalent as its active ingredient.



You should 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.

Visit the Gov UK site for more information.

All dogs, cats, and other small animals such as ferrets must have a pet passport (or third country official veterinary certificate) to re-enter the UK.

You can acquire a pet passport from your vet. 

Make sure to feed your pet at least a few hours before boarding the ship – if you do it later then they may get travel sick.

You should also leave some water in the car in a non-spill bowl for them, so that they can stay hydrated.

Always allow time for your pet to go to the toilet before boarding.

Give your pet plenty of exercise before they travel – that way, they’re likely to be less restless on the car journey.

It’s also a good idea to give them some toys to amuse them during the voyage.

Leave your pet’s bedding in the car with them so they feel cosy and at home – we wouldn’t want them to get nervous or scared!

Make sure your car is as cool as possible when you leave them, particularly in the summer months, and always leave a window or two cracked open for them.

If your pet isn’t used to going on long journeys, taking them in the car a few times before the crossing is a good way to get them comfortable with travelling. This will make the journey enjoyable for all your passengers, not just your pet!

We know how much your furry friends matter to you, which is why we're pleased to let you know that both our Dover and Calais Ferry Terminals now have two dedicated pet areas for your much-loved pets to stretch their paws and enjoy some playtime in the open-air!

Not only that, for the Crufts wannabes among your beloved companions, we also have a few obstacle tasks within the exercise areas to get them energised and exercised, as well as a seating area for you to relax.

Our staff will be happy to direct you to these dedicated pet areas once you've checked in, just ask them for directions.


If your pet is poorly on the way to the ferry, you’ll find the nearest vet information for Dover and Calais ports below.

As your pet stays in your vehicle during the voyage, it’s important to make sure they’re fully fit and well before boarding the ship.

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

Clinique Vétérinaire
Dr Wuillot, Dr Lavielle & Dr Mottoul, 139 Boulevard Curie, 62100 Calais
Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 8pm
Saturday: 8.30am - 12noon and 2pm - 8pm
Tel: +33 (0)321 821 511 

Travelling with your pet