Benefits of taking your pet on holiday
- Avoid the worry associated with leaving your pet behind
- Avoid the stress of kennel accommodation on your pet
- Save on kennel costs
- Enrich your holiday activities
- Quite simply because you will enjoy it and make some great memories!
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- Disabled friendly holidays
- Pet friendly holidays
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- Car & motorcycle tours
- Golf holidays & breaks
- Holiday information
Brittany Ferries will do the utmost to ensure that checks are done appropriately at our ports, however, if you experience a problem with your documentation upon entry into the UK or Ireland, then any related costs for either the quarantine of or re-export of your pet will be entirely your own responsibility.
Full Details of the PETS Travel Scheme
All Brittany Ferries routes are approved by DEFRA for participation in the PETS scheme. This applies only to cats, dogs and ferrets returning from qualifying countries into the UK. Before commencing travel it is the owner's responsibility to supply the following:
A valid DEFRA approved pet passport or third country certificate showing that their pet has been micro-chipped and vaccinated against rabies. N.B. Your pet may not leave or re-enter the UK until 21 days after vaccination against rabies.
The rules for bringing a pet dog, cat or ferret into the UK changed on the 1st Jan 2012. The most up to date information with regard to these changes can be found on the DEFRA website.
Dogs - Tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet between 24 and 120 hours before arrival in the UK. The passport must be signed, dated, stamped and include the date and time of treatment as well as the manufacturer and the name of the product used. If the pet passport does not comply with this, we regret that we will not be able to carry the animal under the Pet Travel Scheme.
Cats & Ferrets - A pet passport or third country certificate is required. Tick and tapeworm treatment is no longer needed.
When planning your return journey on any of our routes, please give careful consideration to the timing of the tapeworm treatment for dogs. Distressing difficulties can arise if things go wrong and return travel is jeopardised.
For further information, call DEFRA Helpline on 0870 241 1710 or consult your vet.
Cross-Channel and Crossings to Spain
The animal's owner/escort will be solely responsible for the behaviour and welfare of their pet(s) at the port and on board, and for compliance with the PETS travel Scheme's provisions. They are also responsible for ensuring that the animal is sufficiently fit and healthy to withstand the intended journey. You are recommended to seek the advice of your own vet about health and travel concerns. At all times it is the owner/escort's responsibility to comply with the DEFRA regulations governing pets travel. Brittany Ferries cannot be held responsible if the animal is refused travel due to incorrect documentation.
Animals will only be permitted to travel in the owner/escort's vehicle (N.B. See below for exceptions). There should be sufficient space for the animal to move freely, and you should make the animal as comfortable as possible, using absorbent bedding, equipment and toys which the animal is familiar with. The garages may be warm when parking but once the ship is at sea, the temperatures are carefully regulated and the garages inspected at regular intervals. Before leaving your vehicle you must ensure that the animal(s) will have enough ventilation. This will normally mean that one or more windows will need to be left partly open, but it is important also to ensure that the animal(s) cannot escape. Please make sure that all doors are locked. You should also take with you any valuables that you may be carrying, as the Company cannot accept responsibility in the event of loss, theft or damage caused by pets or otherwise.
When the Pont-Aven and Bretagne are operating on the Portsmouth/Plymouth to Santander route, dogs must occupy the kennel provided. Whilst any other domestic pet must remain in the owners/escorts vehicle throughout the journey. Access to the kennel and/ or garage area will be provided for owners/ escorts during the voyage at the discretion of the crew and will be dependent on sailing conditions.
When Cap Finistère is operating on the Portsmouth to Santander/Bilbao route, dogs must either occupy the kennel provided, or one of the pet friendly cabins (located on deck 9), these cabins may be booked online or through our reservations service, for further information please call: 0871 244 0744. Pets cannot remain in the owner's vehicle on the car decks.
All dogs on every route must be muzzled when undergoing checks at our ports. If occupying a kennel, dogs must also be muzzled for the short transfer between your vehicle and the kennel, on embarkation and disembarkation. These transfers will take place via a lift with a crew member, other pets and owners. You must provide your own muzzle and remain responsible for your pet's behaviour at all times. We appreciate many will not be used to wearing a muzzle and suggest you familiarise your pet with it in advance.
Pet carrying vehicles will be issued with a identification sticker on arrival at the port. It is an offence to remove this sticker before leaving the port of destination. Failure to comply with this regulation could result in the animal being placed in short term quarantine.
For reasons of hygiene and the comfort of other passengers, animals must remain either in your vehicle, or in the kennel provided (dogs only). Animals will not be permitted in the passenger areas of the ship (except assistance dogs).
At the discretion of the crew and conditions permitting, owners/escorts may visit their animal on the car deck at pre-arranged times during the course of the voyage. Please report to the Information Desk on board at the beginning of the voyage for details of visit times.
The carriage of pets is subject to availability and is very popular. We recommend booking early to aviod disappointment. We will not accept bookings for animals at the port on the day of departure. All animals are carried entirely at the discretion of the Company, who reserve the right to refuse travel at any time.
If any element of the PETS certification or microchip procedures should fail, we will only carry the animal if quarantine arrangements have been made for arrival in the UK. Any such arrangements and subsequent costs will be the full responsibility of the pet owner/escort.
In order to minimise failures upon return, it is part of the Company's procedures, wherever practical, that microchips are scanned and checked prior to departure from the UK.
Passengers should be prepared for an inspection by DEFRA upon entry into the UK, to ensure that all procedures have been properly followed and that documentation is in order. A failure at this stage could result in the pet being either re-exported or placed in quarantine (at the owner's expense).
Owners/ escorts are solely responsible for being aware of, and complying with, regulations in their country of destination. They should also be aware that some countries have prohibitions and special regulations regarding certain breeds of dogs, and that they may be refused entry or transit. Please contact the appropriate authorities (eg the Embassy) of the countries you are travelling to and through, or DEFRA for further information. Brittany Ferries will not accept any responsibility if your pet is refused entry to the country of destination, or any country in transit.
We will not accept bookings:
- On the day of departure
- for unaccompanied pets
- for those travelling by foot, bicycle or motorcycle
- For rabbits
Brittany Ferries has absolute discretion to accept or refuse any passenger, their vehicle, their pets or their luggage on board. The following administration fees will be made per pet: £16.50 ex UK to France; £24.75 ex France to UK; £29.50 ex UK to Spain; £39.50 ex Spain. An administration fee of €44 ex Ireland to France and €55 ex France to Ireland will be made per animal on Cork to Roscoff Sailings.
For further information and/ or to make a reservation please call our Reservations Team on 0871 244 0744 (UK) or 021 4277 801 (Ireland).
These details are in accordance with the latest information available
Full details and regulations about the transport of dogs & cats back into the UK on the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) without putting them into quarentine.
Provide helpful advice from applying for a PETS passport to tips on travelling with your pet(s), as well as offering appointment booking services for Vets in France & Spain.