PLAN YOUR TRIP
Travelling between the UK, Channel Islands and France is really easy with us, and we’re dedicated to ensuring you and your pet have a comfortable journey. On this page you’ll find everything you need to know about travelling with your pet.
Our definition of a pet is a domestic animal such as cat or a dog. We classify livestock animals as those commonly kept for production or leisure activities in a farming or stable environment, and these would need to be booked on as freight. If you’re not sure how to book your pet or animal, call our contact centre on 0345 609 1024, and they’ll be happy to help.
All you have to do is let us know that you are planning to take a pet, when you make your booking. When booking online you'll be able to select from the following options – travelling on foot with a pet, travelling by car with a pet, or travelling to France with a pet.
If you are booking through an agent or tour operator, make sure they include the correct pet details in your booking.
We don’t allow pets into the passenger lounges, except for recognised assistance dogs. So, if you’re travelling on foot your pet will need to be a carrier which meets RSPCA requirements for pet animals, which will be kept in a dedicated pet area on the car deck.
If you’re travelling by car with your pet they can stay in the car for the sea journey, but make sure you leave windows slightly open for fresh air, and also some water. We ask all travellers not to set their car alarms, so as not to upset any pets travelling.
Visits to the car deck during the journey are normally permitted, but you’ll need to be accompanied by a member of the ship’s crew, and it is dependent on weather conditions. For more information please ask a member of staff onboard.
Pets are charged £10 each way if travelling with a passenger on foot. There is no charge for pets travelling inside a vehicle.
We allow pets that comply with the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), on our services to and from France. For the latest information on the scheme, visit the Guide to taking your pet abroad from GOV.UK.
Pets travelling in a vehicle are charged at £25 for a return journey from the UK or Channel Islands to St Malo, and vice versa. This service is only available when travelling in a vehicle. Pets travelling with foot passengers are not permitted.
Preparing for travelling with a pet after 31 October 2019
After 31 October 2019, you'll still be able to travel with your pet to and from Europe regardless of whether a deal is reached between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
However, in the event of a "no deal" situation, the below steps should be taken to ensure your pet can travel after 31 October 2019.
Dogs, cats and ferrets must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies, and then have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the vaccination. The blood sample must be sent to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory. You'll need to talk to your vet for more information about rabies boosters and vaccinations.
The blood test must show that the rabies vaccination has been successful, and you will then need to wait until it's been 3 months since the date the successful blood test was taken before travelling. Finally, no more than 10 days before travelling, you must take your pet to an official veterinarian to receive a health certificate. This certificate is only required on the first trip to an EU country, provided that you keep up with vaccinations, boosters and expiry dates.
For more information relating to travelling with a pet, repeat EU trips, and returning to the UK after 31 October 2019, click here for the relevant page on the government website.
If you are planning to transport a horse for leisure purposes you can book here. Or visit our Freight website to find out everything you’ll need to know about horse movements for commercial purposes.
Transporting horses between the UK and Channel Islands requires a customs declaration stating the horse’s name and the studbook passport number of the animal travelling, regardless of whether the visit is for leisure or commercial purposes.
If you’re transporting horses between the UK and France a valid health certificate will be required 24 hours prior to sailing.
Horses can be transported via our high-speed or conventional ferry services (but remember high-speed vehicle limits are 7.5m in length, 3.1m high and 7 tonnes in weight).
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