Traveling with pets on Cross Channel ferries

Many people do not like the thought of leaving their pet behind when they go on holiday or are traveling and you should not have to. A pet is often like a member of the family and it makes people feel very sad when they have to put them in a kennel or leave them with a friend. It can be pricey putting a dog or cat in a kennel so it’s worth looking at different options.

Many people are delighted at the thought of taking their pet with them when they travel and a pet passport can allow you to do so. There are of course conditions on being able to do so and you must pay close attention. A scheme called the PET scheme now allows people to be able to bypass leaving their pet, such as their dog, cat or ferret, in quarantine for a long period of time when you return to the United Kingdom. Guide dogs and working dogs are also included in the PET scheme for added ease of travel for people with any disabilities.

The PET scheme has been designed in order to help prevent the spread of rabies and other applicable diseases which could be very harmful. The United Kingdom has luckily been free of rabies for a long time however there is still a risk to mammals in other countries. Animals which arrive in the United Kingdom that are a recognised risk will have to spend around six months in quarantine unless they are luckily enough to meet all the conditions which are stated in the PETS scheme.

There are many conditions in place in the EU to prevent the spread of rabies therefore it is important that you take the appropriate steps in order to protect your pets. These guideline are from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the pet must be micro chipped, they have to be vaccinated against rabies and must be done 21 days before travelling to another EU country and it is important that the pet has not been to a non-approved country six months before they are due to enter the UK.

If you have a cat or a dog then your pet will have to be blood tested and they must have their results approved by the European Union approved laboratory. You must also make sure that you allow six months before you travel to gain the results. Once you have completed these stages you must then organise a pet passport which can be done through your vet, you must then ensure your pet is treated for tapeworm and also ticks.

This treatment must take place no less than 24 hours and no more than 48 hours before you go to check in with the PET-approved carrier that will be there on the journey back to the United Kingdom. Finally make sure that your pet will be traveling on a PET-approved route whether that is by sea, rail or even air.

For more information please visit:
Traveling with pets – Norfolkline Ferries
Taking your pets – P&O Ferries

PETA