Travelling with pets on the Amsterdam - Newcastle route
It is possible to travel with pets on the route
When travelling with a vehicle you can bring your pet on board.
You can travel with the pet(s) in your own vehicle, or you may rent a kennel for an extra charge (please contact Customer Service to rent a kennel).
As part of the DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), DFDS provide safe pet transportation.
According to EU regulations following pets are allowed on board
Dogs, cats and ferrets
Birds (except poultry*)
Domestic rabbits and rodents
Reptiles and Amphibia
Invertebrates (except bees, molluscs and crustaceans)
Ornamental tropical fish
*Poultry means birds of the following species: fowl, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, pheasants, partridges and ratites (Ratitae).
Rules and regulations include
- Micro chipping
- Rabies vaccination
- Pet passport
- Tapeworm treatment (dogs only)
You need a veterinary certificate showing your pet has been micro chipped and vaccinated against rabies.
Entry into the UK can be no earlier than 21 days after the first vaccination date.
For dogs, tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet, not less than 24 hours or more than 120 hours before returning to the UK. You'll need a veterinary certificate that's signed, dated and shows the time of treatment.
A pet passport is required to bring your pet back into the UK without being quarantined. You can get a pet passport from your vet, and it will be valid for 21 days after your pet was last vaccinated against rabies.
The pet passport will remain valid as long as your pet is re-vaccinated by the 'valid until' date in section 4 of the passport.
If you are travelling with more than one pet, please be aware that travelling with animals within the EU is limited to five animals per person unless you are taking part in a competition, show, or sporting event.
These animals will require a specific health certificate issued by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency. Full advice and guidance can be found
See more information about rules and regulations when travelling with pets from and to the UK
It is the pet owner/the traveller's responsibility to follow the pet travel rules and regulations applicable to the countries they travel from/to.
To keep your pet(s) safe and happy in your vehicle during the cruise, following is recommended
- Always ensure there is adequate ventilation, but don't leave windows open too far
- Always ensure your pet can move around freely and has plenty of familiar toys
- Always leave food and water, but consider slightly limiting normal portions
- Supply absorbent bedding where possible
How to book a pet (pets) in the online booking
Choose pet(s) and the vehicle type you are traveling with.
Extra small kennels 54cm (H) x 56cm (W) x 60cm (D)
Large kennels 86cm (H) x 94cm (W) x 60cm (D)
Extra large kennels 76cm (H) x 68cm (W) x 101cm (D)
Change your booking?
If you have already booked and want to amend your booking, or have questions, Please contact customer service.