We would all love to take our pet on holiday, but it’s not always possible. Budget airlines generally don’t take any pets on-board and the airlines that do allow pets to travel, will require you to check them into the cargo hold, which can be expensive as well as distressing to your pet.
That’s where a ferry holiday with DFDS comes in, their pet travel scheme on their Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry route allows you to take your pet on-board. You can leave your pet in your car or caravan overnight as the ferry cruises to Amsterdam, whilst you relax and get some sleep in your en suite cabin.
If your taking your dog with you on holiday, they can also stay in your car, but also have the option of using the on-board kennels that provide a relaxing and stress free way to transport your dog overseas. They will provide maximum comfort to ensure that your dogs travel is as stress free as possible. You can bring your dogs favourite toys, food and blanket.
Dogs, cats and ferrets are welcome to travel under the Defra PETS Pet Travel Scheme. You will need to sort this out before you travel and can take a few months to get sorted if you have not started the application process yet. Before traveling you should check with DFDS if their any further requirements for travel of your pet.
Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, gerbils and chinchillas can currently allowed to move between EU countries (including the UK) and into the EU from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican with no requirements with regard to rabies.
When leaving your pet in the car you should make sure they will be comfortable for the whole journey. They should have access to enough ventilation, food and water to see them through the whole journey.