PETS Travel Scheme

If you love your holidays but always feel sad at the prospect of leaving behind your four-legged friend, then Brittany Ferries have the answer.

With the PETS Travel Scheme and as approved carriers for cats, dogs and ferrets under the scheme, taking your pet to France or Spain couldn't be easier.

Take your pet to France for just 50€

For just 50€ your cat or dog can travel on any of our routes to France and Spain. Sail to France on Pont-Aven and your dog will travel in kennels whilst if you sail on Connemara to France or Spain, you can take your pet with you in a pet-friendly cabin.

Information & advice on taking your pet by ferry

PETS travel scheme basics

What you need (ex Ireland)

An EU pet passport or third country certificate showing that the pet has been micro chipped and vaccinated against rabies. N.B. Your pet may not leave or re-enter Ireland until 21 calendar days have elapsed from the date of the rabies vaccination. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date. A muzzle is compulsory.

What you need (ex France or Spain)

Dogs - A pet passport or third country certificate showing the dog has been treated against tapeworm not less than 24 hours, and not more than 120 hours before arrival in Ireland.  Tick treatment is not required. A muzzle is compulsory.

Cats - A pet passport or third country certificate is required. Tick and tapeworm treatment is no longer needed.

It is not possible to book animals that are not covered by the Pets Travel Scheme online. To make bookings of this type, please call us on 021 4277 801.

Your journey and time onboard

Discover more about the journey itself including the check-in procedure and you and your pet's time on board.

Checking-in and The journey

Returning to Ireland

Find out what you need to do before returning to Ireland and get contact details for vets near our ports in France and Spain.

Deciding when best to travel

The safety and wellbeing of your pet is the most important thing to consider when travelling. Choose a sailing time which is best suited to your pet's needs. For example, some dogs are more prone to heatstroke than others and so it is best to avoid travelling on hot days. The best time of day would therefore be overnight or first thing in the morning when the temperature is cooler.

Dogs which are more susceptible to overheating tend to be very old or young, have thick, heavy coats or have very short flat faces - such as pugs and bulldogs. Dogs with certain medical conditions or on some types of medication are also more at risk.

We strongly recommend you visit your vet before travelling to get a pet health check to ensure your pet is fit to travel - especially if your dog is one which is more prone to heatstroke.