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Travelling with your pet

Travelling with your pet

Take your furry friend away with you and avoid costly kennel fees whilst enjoying an exciting trip abroad with DFDS.

Travelling with your pet with DFDS

As part of the DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), we provide safe transportation for your pets onboard our ferries. You will have the opportunity to visit your pets on longer crossings, as arranged by the onboard staff. Our Newcastle-Amsterdam and Copenhagen-Oslo crossings even boast pet-friendly cabins.


At DFDS, everything happens as usual, whatever the outcome of Brexit. We have therefore created a "Brexit Guarantee" so that you can rest assured that your ferry crossing is maintained and that you can book your upcoming trips with confidence.

For any questions about Brexit, we invite you to read our FAQ.

Pets travelling without their owner

If the pet owner is not travelling with their animal, please provide a signed declaration from the owner. Movement of animals within the EU is limited to 5 per person unless taking part in a competition or event. These animals will require a signed declaration and a specific health certificate issued by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency. Click here for more information

Pet Travel Checklist

Pets must

  • Hold a valid European Pet passport or a Third country certificate delivered and properly filled in by an official vet as a travel document. (Third country certificate holders must travel with the necessary supporting documents). Visit for more information.
  • Be microchipped. Chip number and implantation date must be recorded on travel documentation by a vet. Microchipping must happen before or on the same day as the first rabies vaccination. Please make sure to travel with your pets previous passport if your pet holds a new one and the microchipping date in the new passport is reported as being a reading date. The order of preparation might not be valid if no booster vaccination follows the reading date.
  • Be vaccinated against rabies with a signed and dated veterinary certificate. Your pet cannot enter the UK until 21 days after the first vaccination (vaccination date = day 0). Subsequent entries to the UK do not require a waiting period if all rabies vaccinations are up to date and recorded. If the booster vaccination has not been administered by the ‘valid until’ date, a new waiting period of 21 days will be necessary.
  • Blood tests are no longer required if you are entering the UK from EU and listed Non-EU countries. If travelling from an unlisted country, a blood test must be performed a month after the rabies vaccination. Visit for more information.
  • For dogs only: A tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours before entering to the UK. The treatment date and time must be reported on the passport. Please note that the product’s name must be recorded on the travel document and must contain prazicantel to comply with the Pet travel scheme.
Veterinary Hospitals Near Our Ports
  • Dover

Burnham House Veterinary Surgery

33-35 Castle Street,

CT16 1PT Dover

Tel: 01304 206989; Fax 01304 225622



  • Calais

Clinique Vétérinaire Dr Wuillot,

Dr Lavielle & Dr Mottoul,

139 Boulevard Curie,

62100 Calais

Tel: +33 (0) 321 82 15 11


  • Dunkirk

127 Rue du Canton du Caillouti

59279 Loon-Plage


Tel +33 (0) 328 21 31 51

  • Newhaven

Avenue Veterinary Practice


Meeching Rd


East Sussex,


Tel: +44 (0) 1273 515509

  • Dieppe

Clinique Vétérinaire

Dieppe R vertus.



Tel : +33 (0) 2 35 84 27 35


  • Newcastle (North Shields)

Ayres Terrace

North Shields

Tyne & Wear

NE29 0HL

Tel : +44 (0)191 258 6886


  • Amsterdam (IJmuiden)

Veltmeijer en Kruithof

Kennemerlaan 57

1972 EH


Tel +31 (0) 25 55 16 211

Kennel Dimensions

Please ensure your pet will have suitable space within the kennel dimensions described below, the correct size kennel will need to be selected at the time of booking.

Extra small kennels

54cm (H) x 56cm (W) x 60cm (D)

Large kennels

86cm (H) x 94cm (W) x 60cm (D)

Extra large kennels

76cm (H) x 68cm (W) x 101cm (D)

Parks near our ports

Should you or your pets wish to stretch your legs once you’ve finished your ferry crossings, or before you board, below is a list of dog-friendly parks or green areas near our ports.


Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerlandm, Zeeweg 12, 2051 EC Overveen, Netherlands. Map Conditions for access


Parc St Pierre, Boulevard Jacquard, 62100, Calais, France. Map


Plage de Petit-Fort-Philipe, Digue de Mer, 59820 Gravelines, France. Map


Forêt d’Arques-la-Bataille 76880 Arques-la-Bataille, France. Map

Keeping Your Pet Happy

Always ensure there is:

  • Adequate ventilation
  • Enough food and water
  • Space for your pet to move around
  • Familiar toys
  • Absorbent bedding
Amsterdam - Newcastle

Please ensure any pets are booked in advance. It’s only £19 each way, with kennels available for £6 each way. Pets in kennels must be secured inside your vehicle. Alternatively, there are our 4-bed, sea view pet friendly cabins available for £25 per dog. Each can accommodate up to 2 medium sized dogs. These cabins are bookable online or by calling 0871 522 9955. Foot passengers travelling with dogs must book by calling our customer contact centre.

When travelling from Holland please go to the terminal building before proceeding to the vehicle check-in so the pet microchip details can be validated.

Dunkirk & Calais-Dover

On our Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk ferry crossings, pet bookings must be made in advance of travel, and are subject to the same travel conditions as onboard our Newcastle to Amsterdam route. For pets travelling on our Dover to France routes there is a charge of £15 per pet each way. Pets must remain suitably secured inside your vehicle for the duration of the journey. However, you can visit your pet in your car during the crossing if accompanied by a crew member.


Motorists can take their pet on holiday with them by booking online in advance for £18 per pet, each way. You can visit your pet in your vehicle during the crossing if accompanied by a crew member, but not during the first or final hour of the crossing. Foot passengers may travel with pets but your pets must remain in kennels in the car deck throughout the journey. Passengers are asked to carry pets on board in a suitable travelling case.

Pet travel ideas

Why not explore Hoge Veluwe National Park? It’s close to our IJmuiden port and your dog can have the time of their life with sand dunes, forests and more. You can also play fetch with miles of long, sweeping beach on the northern coastline of France. Bremweide, in Antwerp, is a huge green area where dogs can run free and play with each other to their heart’s content. Plus, self-catering is easier than booking a hotel with your pet, so why not book a NOVASOL holiday home or a stay at Center Parcs or Sunparks?