If you are planning on taking your dog from the UK to France in a motorhome, there are two main options:
Whichever option you choose, be sure to let the company know that you will be bringing your pet with you. It is best to do this well in advance to ensure for a smooth journey.
When traveling across/under the channel, dogs generally must stay in your motorhome or in a pet travel carrier.
If taking the Eurotunnel, it costs an extra £19 per pet, with most ferries also charging a similar price.
All pets travelling abroad must be microchipped for identification purposes. A tag on the collar with your phone number isn’t enough!
Your pet will need to be microchipped before any rabies vaccination so that your vet can record your pet’s unique microchip number on their animal health certificate.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must be up to date on their rabies vaccinations.
In order to travel from the UK to France, you must be able to prove that your pet has had their rabies vaccination within the past year, but at least 21 days before your arrival in France.
In order to take a pet outside of the UK, you will require an animal health certificate. You do not require an animal health certificate if your pet has an up to date EU pet passport issued in Northern Ireland or an EU country.
You must take your pet to your vet to get an animal health certificate no more than 10 days before you travel.
The certificate must be signed by an official veterinarian (OV), so it’s good to check that your vet can issue animal health certificates. If they cannot, ask them to help you find an OV.
When you visit your vet, you’ll need to take the following:
Your pet’s animal health certificate will be valid after the date of issue for:
Your pet will need a new animal health certificate every time you leave the UK.
If you are planning on returning to the UK after traveling to France, dogs will need a tapeworm treatment.
All dogs must be wormed by a vet, with this recorded on their animal health certificate or pet passport. This needs to be done between 5 days (120 hours) and 24 hours before returning to the UK, based on your arrival time in the UK.
If you fail to have your dog treated within this time scale, then he or she may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months.