Before taking your dog to France or your cat to France or any pet you must book your return journey in the UK with a Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) approved carrier on a PETS approved route. Dover to Calais route is an approved route. Eurotunnel and P&O are both approved carriers. You will not be able to take your cat or your dog to France if you are not covered by the Pet Travel Scheme.
The Pet Travel Scheme has been designed to allow animals such as dogs and cats to travel easily between countries and avoid quarantine but also to stop spreading rabies and other diseases. To be part of the scheme and before taking your cat or dog to France will need the following:
This will depend on which carrier you are using
In three steps with Eurotunnel :
1. Declare your pet when you book your Eurotunnel ticket online
2. When you arrive at the terminal go to the pet control building on the French terminal and let them know you are taking a cat or a dog to France with you. (Going through pet control on the UK side is not required. It is only when returning to the UK)
3. Finally just check in with your pet and wait to be called for your departure.
1. There is a dedicated exercise area available for your pet
2. The journey time is only 35 minutes
3. Your pet stays with you the whole time
Other option with P&O
1. Check in at least an hour before boarding the ferry
2. Your pet has to stay in your car the whole time
3. If you are travelling by foot you will have to carry your pet in an RSPCA-approved container and stay on the lower deck for the Journey.
If you are travelling with Eurotunnel
It costs £15 per pet. Just choose your ticket online then add your dog, cat or any other pet that’s part of the authorised list
If you are travelling with P&O
It costs from £15 each way per pet on the dover to Calais route
See below a list of useful tips which will help ease the journey for your favourite friend
The short answer is no so be careful before you book your trip.
Travelling with a dog to France
In France, Dangerous dogs are classified into two different categories. Category 1 type dogs who are not allowed to enter the country and category 2 type dogs who are allowed to travel under strict restrictions which are as follow:
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