TRAVELLING WITH A PET
No need to leave your furry friends behind – they can come on holiday too when you travel with P&O Ferries.
It costs £22 per pet each way to travel on the Hull to Rotterdam route, with registered Guide and Hearing Dogs travelling free of charge.
When travelling on our Hull to Rotterdam route you have the option to book a kennel for your pet or, if travelling with a dog, you can choose to travel in one of our Dog Friendly cabins.
Please ensure your pet’s documentation is compliant before travelling with us, as you could be refused travel at the port if documentation is not compliant.
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.
You can also download the latest government advice leaflet here.
Please note: We do not transport any UK banned breeds of dogs on our vessels.
Now that the UK has left the EU pet travel has changed. You will no longer be able to travel with a GB-issued EU pet passport, so you will need an EU Animal Health Certificate (AHC). Or if travelling from the EU an EU Pet Passport issued by another EU country or Northern Ireland.
The below rule check list can be used to help you plan ahead. We also recommend that you speak to your vet and keep up to date with DEFRA guidelines on the gov.uk website.
In order to travel your pet must have:
an animal health certificate (AHC), or a valid EU pet passport that’s accepted in the country you’re travelling to. You will need a new Animal Health Certificate every time you travel to an EU country.
You must get an animal health certificate in the 10 days before you enter the EU as long as your pet either:
- has an up-to-date rabies vaccination already.
- only needs booster doses to keep the vaccination up to date.
If your pet needs a rabies vaccination, you must wait 21 days after the vaccination date before you get an animal health certificate. Day 1 is the day after vaccination.
We advise you tell your vet you need an AHC when you take your pet to get vaccinated. This gives your vet time to prepare it.
Your pet’s animal health certificate is only valid for one single trip and will be valid after the date of issue for:
- 10 days for entry into the EU or Northern Ireland
- 4 months for onward travel within the EU
- 4 months for re-entry to Great Britain
Find out more on how to apply for an AHC and what information should be recorded by your vet by visiting the gov.uk website.
a microchip - You must get your pet microchipped before, or at the same time as, their rabies vaccination. If you do not, they’ll need to be vaccinated again.
a valid rabies vaccination - You must get your dog, cat or ferret vaccinated against rabies before it can travel to the EU or Northern Ireland. Your vet needs proof that your pet is at least 12 weeks old before vaccinating them. You must wait 21 days to travel after your pet is vaccinated. Day 1 is the day after the rabies vaccination.
tapeworm treatment for dogs - A vet must treat your dog for tapeworm and record it in either an animal health certificate or a valid EU pet passport for entry into Great Britain.
The treatment must have been given no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before your arrival into England; before your arrival into Hull; the ship is scheduled to arrive at 07:15hrs, so we recommend you visit the vet at least one day before you travel. To check what treatment information your vet must record on your ACH or EU pet passport please visit the government website.
We encourage customers to send copies of the relevant pages of their AHC or EU Pet Passport to us at least 1 day ahead of travel, so that our pet travel experts can check over your pet’s travel documentation.
This will ensure we are able to advise you of any discrepancies that may prevent you from travelling ahead of your travel date, so you have plenty of time to correct any discrepancies.
For travel from Europoort-Hull, please forward copies of your pet travel document to:
For travel from Hull-Europoort, please forward copies of your pet travel document to:
Please mention your booking reference in the e-mail subject field
Dogs, cats or ferrets are allowed on our ships, as long as they meet all the EU entry requirements and have a valid AHC or EU Pet Passport as stated above.
Please note: We do not transport any UK banned breeds of dogs on our vessels.
When travelling with a pet to Holland there are two options available for you to choose from: kennels or our dog friendly cabins (dogs only). Unfortunately pets cannot remain in your vehicle when sailing from Hull to Rotterdam.
There are six dog friendly cabins on each vessel available for use by either foot passengers or vehicle passengers, and these are booked on a first come first served basis. If a dog friendly cabin is unavailable, then your pet must be booked in to one of our kennels.
Any other pets (dogs / cats) must go in the kennels located on Deck 7 for the duration of the crossing. Once the vessel is ready for sea, the passenger(s) cannot visit the animal until Deck 7 is opened up on arrival in port the following morning. Kennel sizes can be viewed below.
Our staff regularly check on pets in their kennels throughout the entire overnight crossing.
Passengers travelling with pets need to check-in at least 90 minutes before departure, where you will be asked to fill in a pet manifest before boarding the ship.
We are unable to offer Priority Boarding to passengers with pets, as your car will be parked near the kennels.
We do not allow people travelling on coaches to bring their pets, with the exception of registered Guide and Hearing Dogs.
We provide pet kennels in three different sizes for your furry friends big and small. Please note that the dimensions may change slightly depending on the ship you are travelling on.
Small kennels are for small pets that weigh a maximum of 20kg.
Large kennels are for medium sized pets that weigh a maximum of 35kg.
Extra-large kennels are for large pets with a maximum weight of 45kg.
Before you sail
Things to bring for the journey to help your pet have a comfortable sailing.
Water container, please ensure the container is spill-proof and contains enough fresh water for the journey.
Absorbent pads or bedding for your car, the kennel or your pet-friendly cabin.
Pet waste sacks.
Favourite toys to help them settle.
Please 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.
Give your pet plenty of exercise before they travel – that way, they’re likely to be less restless on the car journey.
Always allow time for your pet to go to the toilet before boarding.
During the sailing
Our on board kennels are air-conditioned to make sure that your pet won’t get too hot on the overnight crossing.
Your pet is more likely to sleep comfortably if they have familiar bedding with them, so it’s a good idea to consider leaving some in their kennel so they can feel as at home as possible.
If your pet is staying in one of our kennels please leave them with enough of their own food and water to cover the crossing.
We know how much your furry friends matter to you, which is why we're pleased to let you know that our Hull Ferry Terminal now has a dedicated pet area for your much-loved pets to stretch their paws and enjoy some playtime in the open-air! The area includes 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.
Unfortunately, we do not have a pet area at our Europoort terminal, therefore please ensure when travelling from Europoort that you exercise you dog prior to arriving at the terminal where possible.
If your pet is poorly on the way to the ferry, you’ll find the nearest vet information for Hull and Rotterdam ports below.
As your pet will stay in our on board kennels during the voyage, it’s important to make sure they’re fit and well before boarding the ship.
Kingston Vets Clinic & Veterinary Hospital
1-2 Park Street Anlaby Road, Hull, HU3 2JF1
Monday to Friday: 9am - 11am and 2pm - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 12noon
Tel: 01482 223688
3061 AD Rotterdam
Mon Weds & Fri: 8:30 to 20:00 pm
Tues & Thurs: 8:30 to 17:00 pm
Tel: +31 (0)10-4526695