UK ferry companies pet policies
Pets Travel Scheme
EU Pet Passport rules apply throughout the European Union including journeys to Ireland. Pets must have a valid pet passport showing that the pet has been microchipped and vaccinated against rabies and must be stamped and signed by an authorised vet. Any pet after receiving a rabies vaccination cannot leave or re-enter the UK until 21 calendar days have elapsed. EU Pet Passports can be picked up from any authorised veterinary. EU Pet Passports are not required on domestic ferry routes. www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/overview
Brittany Ferries – Brittany Ferries are approved carriers of cats, dogs and ferrets. Taking a pet to France costs from £16.50 in the comfort of a car and from £69 return when taking a pet to Spain. Brittany Ferries also provides kennels and pet-friendly cabins on many of their ferries. Muzzles are compulsory at all times for dogs when they are outside the owners’ vehicle, kennel or pet-friendly cabin during transfer but otherwise must remain in the chosen location for the duration of the journey. It is possible to exercise pets in the designated areas. See www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/information/PETS-travel-scheme for further information.
Caledonian MacBrayne (Cal Mac) – Pets are welcome onboard free of charge. On most ships, pets are allowed access to all outside passenger areas. On their larger ships, there are internal pet areas with seating and passengers with their pets must remain in these areas. If customers are travelling with a vehicle it is recommended they leave their pets in the car for the duration of the journey. See www.calmac.co.uk/media/1002/Pet-Policy/pdf/Pet_Policy_leaflet_2012.pdf for further information.
Condor Ferries – Condor Ferries charges £10 per pet when travelling from the UK to the Channel Islands. Pets must be kept in the vehicle at all times. Foot passengers taking their pets must have their own RSPCA approved carrier, which will be left in a designated area on the car deck for the duration of the journey and costs £10 each way. See www.condorferries.co.uk/plan-your-trip/taking-pets.aspx for further information.
DFDS Seaways – Passengers can take a pet on the Newcastle-Amsterdam route for £19 each way providing they are suitably secured in a vehicle. Kennels are also available. Taking a pet on the Dover-Calais and Dover-Dunkirk routes cost £15 each way and pets must remain in the vehicle at all times. See www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/good-to-know/pet-travel for further information.
Irish Ferries – Dogs and cats can travel free of charge in both vehicles and kennels although kennels must be booked in advance. Pets must stay in either for the duration of the journey. See www.irishferries.com/uk-en/faq/pets-irelandbritain-routes for further information.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company – Passengers taking pets to the Isle of Man can take them for free when kept in a vehicle for the duration of the journey. Dogs and cats can travel with passengers who wish to use the pet facilities available onboard including pet-friendly cabins for a charge of £10. See www.steam-packet.com/faqs#pets for further information.
Isles of Scilly Steamship Group – Dogs are welcomed on-board for a fee of £7.50 each way, they must be kept on a lead at all times and out of the café areas and lower saloon. See www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/plan-your-trip/pets for further information.
NorthLink Ferries – Pets travel free of charge on NorthLink Ferries when they are kept in vehicles while small kennels cost £7.35 and large kennels cost £9.80. It is recommended travellers place their pets in the kennels provided and these must be booked in advance. See www.northlinkferries.co.uk/on-board/travelling-with-pets for further information.
P&O Ferries – Taking a pet to France on the Dover-Calais route costs £15 per pet each way and pets must stay in the vehicle at all times. Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge costs £17 each way with all cats and dogs staying in air-conditioned on-board kennels during the trip. On P&O Ferries’ Irish Sea routes pets travel free of charge but must be kept in the vehicle while for the duration of the journey. See www.poferries.com for further information.
Red Funnel – Taking a pet on Red Funnel is free of charge. Travellers can either leave their pet in their vehicle for the duration of the journey or can accompany their pet in a suitable carrier or restrained in the appropriate manner to the designated pet areas on the A and B decks. See www.redfunnel.co.uk/ferry-travel/passenger-vehicle-ferry-service/luggage-pets-and-bicycles for further information.
Stena Line North Sea – Cats and dogs can travel in a vehicle or kennel on North Sea Routes. It is recommended they are placed in a kennel and the cost is £14 for them to be placed in a vehicle or car. All Stena Line kennels on the North Sea are fitted with a Kennel Cam that is linked to the relevant cabin so travellers can keep an eye on their pet during the crossing. See www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry-to-holland/plan-your-trip/travelling-with-a-pet.
Stena Line Irish Sea – Cats and dogs can travel in a vehicle free of charge on the Irish Sea while it costs an additional £15 to place pets in a kennel. Please note pet passports are not required on domestic routes. See www.stenaline.co.uk/FAQs/travelling-with-pets/can-i-take-my-pet-to-ireland-or-britain-with-me.
Wightlink – Taking a pet on Wightlink is free of charge. Travellers can either leave their pet in their vehicle for the duration of the journey or accompany their pet in a suitable carrier or restrained in the appropriate manner to the designated pet-friendly lounge area on the outside deck. See www.wightlink.co.uk/information/faq for further information.
N.B. Passengers travelling with pets can visit their pets below deck when accompanied by staff during the journey as well as exercise them in designated areas at the discretion of the ship’s crew.