Travelling with a Pet

How to Add a Pet to Your Ferry Booking

Most ferry operators allow you to take your pet with you. Some ferry routes are restricted to a limited number of kennels - please check below before you book your ticket.

To add a pet to your booking you must either:

Call us on +44 0844 571 5148 (calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge) Monday - Friday 09.00 - 17.30 or email us with your ticket number and requirements.

We will add your pet(s) to your booking and re email your ticket showing the extra charge. EU legislation allows rabbits and rodents such as guinea pigs and mice to travel without the need for a pet passport.

Travelling With A Pet Abroad

Below is information on the basic requirements and current prices for each ferry operator that will allow pets onboard.

For full information for those wishing to take their pets abroad under the Pets Passport Scheme further information can be obtained from the DEFRA website.

Please Note: Check-in time for passengers travelling with animals is between 1 hour & 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure time, times vary with each operator.

Basic Requirements When Taking Your Pet Abroad

1. You should have your pet microchipped before any of the other procedures below. A Micro chip must be fitted to ensure correct identification of your pet.

2. Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. The length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination.

3. You must apply for your EU Pet Passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country or territory you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate, (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland who also issue pet passports).

4. Your dog must be treated for tapeworms before entering the UK. The treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta).

Top Tips - Did You Know

Dogs, Cats & Ferrets can only come into the UK via certain routes

All ferry companies available on this website are approved to carry pets. PLEASE NOTE: You may not bring a pet into the UK from a private boat or plane.

Travelling between UK & Republic of Ireland

There are no requirements for pets travelling directly between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.