Read our step-by-step guide to travelling with Brittany Ferries with your pet.
What must be checked by pet owners and vets to ensure compliance before travel.
Does your pet have the correct post-Brexit documentation for travel to the EU? To travel to France and Spain from Ireland you will need either EU issued pet passport, an EU pet passport issued in Northern Ireland or EU Animal Health Certificate.
Has your pet been microchipped and is the microchip number correctly entered on the travel document?
Was your pet vaccinated against rabies after the microchip was implanted and do the dates shown on the travel document demonstrate this?
Is your pet travelling with the owner detailed on its documentation or is the named owner travelling within 5 days of the animal?
Have you found a vet in France or Spain able to treat your dog for tapeworm? The tapeworm treatment has to be done more than 24 but less than 120 hours before scheduled arrival time in Ireland.
Has the tapeworm treatment been recorded as required on your pets travel document?
Do you have a muzzle and have you familiarised your dog with it?
Does your animal have water, absorbent bedding and adequate ventilation in your car for the crossings?
Arrival at the port
You should ensure that your pet is exercised & toileted before you board.
Due to our new health and safety measures, passengers must check-in at least 90 minutes before departure.
When you check in we will place a ‘pet sticker’ on your car windscreen, this must stay in place until you have left the port of arrival.
Your pet and its passport documents will be checked on arrival in the UK and before embarkation in France & Spain.
DURING YOUR SAILING
The procedures will differ depending on the vessel. We have kennels available on Pont-Aven and Cap Finistère and pet friendly cabins on Connemara and Cap Finistère, where your pet can stay with you during the crossing.
On Pont-Aven, except for dogs staying in kennels and Armorique your pet will remain in your vehicle. You will need to ensure that there is sufficient space, food and water and familiar toys or blankets for your pet during the journey. You should also leave the windows or roof open sufficiently to give them adequate ventilation.
You will be given instructions on the procedure for the transfer of your pet from the car to the kennel or pet-friendly cabin by the crew on embarkation. With the exception of assistance dogs, pets are only permitted in the areas designated for pets on board the ship. These will be signposted on board.
Visiting your dog in kennels
If your dog is travelling in a kennel, you will be given a key and can visit and exercise the animal at any time during the crossing in the designated areas on board. Your dog must be muzzled and on a lead at ALL times when out of the kennel.
If your dog is staying in your vehicle we will arrange visits during the crossing - this will be weather permitting and times are at the discretion of the crew on the day. Please report to the Information Desk on board for details of times and arrangements.
On all of our ships, a muzzle must be worn by your dog at all times during the short transfer between your vehicle and your pet's accommodation and also at any time whilst out in exercise areas.
We kindly ask you to provide your own muzzle and recommend that you familiarise your dog with it before travelling. We reserve the right to refuse carriage if your dog is not muzzled. Your dog must also be kept on a lead at all times and under their owner's complete control.
You may find this video from the Blue Cross helpful about muzzle training.
Muzzle training your dog
Consider the length of the journey and how this may affect your animal. The animal must be fit to travel and we recommend that you consult your vet before the journey. Brittany Ferries cannot accept liability for any adverse reaction that your pet has to the journey or facilities provided.
Pet travel is very popular and space is limited and subject to availability. Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
If any element of the pet's documentation or microchip procedures should fail, we will only carry the animal if quarantine arrangements have been made, at the owner's expense. for arrival in Ireland.
Passengers should be prepared for an inspection by DAFM upon entry into Ireland, 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 DAFM 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're unable to accept bookings:
On the day of departure
For unaccompanied pets
For those travelling by foot, bicycle or motorcycle