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

It costs £17 per pet each way to travel on the Hull to Rotterdam 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.

Taking your pets on holiday

Dogs, cats, and other small animals such as 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

All cats and dogs must be put in our air-conditioned on board kennels for the duration of the trip. The kennels are separated and designed so each pet can’t see the others. 

We check the kennels every two hours, but should you wish to visit your pet, you can do so if accompanied by P&O staff. Just ask at the on board reception and someone will be happy to accompany you.


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.




You can only bring your pet with you on our North Sea vessels if you are travelling in a car, caravan, or motorhome. Unfortunately we do not allow foot passengers to bring their pet with them. Passengers with pets also cannot be given Priority Boarding as your car will be parked near the kennels.

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. 

All cats and dogs must be put into our on board kennels. Our staff regularly check pets in their kennels during the crossing.

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.


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 can leave them with enough of their own food and water in our on board kennels to cover the crossing.

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.

Our on board kennels are air-conditioned to make sure that your pet won’t get too hot on the overnight crossing.

They’re 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 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 Hull and Rotterdam 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 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

Dierenkliniek Kralingen 
Oudedijk 197b 
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
Taking your pets on holiday