Website URL: http://www.brittanyferries.ie/information/pets-travel-scheme

PETS Travel Scheme

Taking your pets to France by ferry

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, we make it easy for you to take your dog or cat on holiday to France.

Brittany Ferries are approved carriers for cats and dogs travelling under the rules of the scheme (we do not take ferrets on our Irish route). All you need to be on your way together is a valid EU pet passport which is available from any registered vet.

Dogs must travel in kennels on our Cork-Roscoff route aboard Pont-Aven due to the length of the crossing. Cats are allowed to stay in your vehicle for the duration of the crossing.

More information about the Pet Passport can be found on the website for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The carriage of pets is subject to availability and is very popular. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.  We will not accept bookings for animals at the port on the day of departure.

Holiday bookings with pets

If you are in the process of booking a ferry-inclusive holiday with us, please ensure you have chosen accommodation that accepts pets or your booking may be refused.

Benefits of taking your pet on holiday

  • Avoid the worry associated with leaving your pet behind
  • Avoid the stress of kennel accommodation on your pet
  • Save on kennel costs
  • Enrich your holiday activities
  • Quite simply because you will enjoy it and make some great memories!

PETS Travel Scheme summary

What you need (From 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 also compulsory.

What you need (From France)

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 also compulsory.

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

For further details please see the PETS Travel Scheme compliance checklist.

It is not possible to book animals that are not covered by the Pets Travel Scheme online. In order to do so, please call us on 021 4277 801.

Kennels

The 42 small and 24 large kennels are located on deck 10 and are accessible at all times via a swipe card which is issued on board. There is an open-air, exercise area, just below the kennels on deck 9. Access to this area is via a set of stairs leading down from the kennels. Please note that this is the only area in which you may exercise your dog, with all other interior and exterior areas out of bounds. Remember that muzzles must be worn at all times.

Feeding and water bowls are provided, and there is a water tap nearby. Bedding is not supplied, so please bring your own.

Small kennels

As a guide the following breeds would be considered suitable for small kennels:

Basset Hound, Beagle, Poodle, King Charles Spaniel, Terrier and Jack Russell.

Large kennels

As a guide the following breeds would be considered suitable for large kennels:

German Shepherd, Labrador, Dalmatian, Boxer, Pointer and Setter.

Please ensure that your dog(s) will have suitable space within the kennel dimensions described above. Please also ensure that you reserve the correct size of kennel for your dog (see above definitions). If you reserve a kennel size that is unsuitable for the size of your dog, carriage may not be guaranteed.

Kennel dimensions
Dimension Small kennelLarge kennel
Height540 mm /
21½ inches
1000 mm /
39½ inches
Width545 mm /
21½ inches
1000 mm /
39½ inches
Depth800 mm /
31½ inches
900 mm /
35½ inches

Guide to travelling with your pet (Cork-Roscoff)

Prices for taking your pet between France and Ireland

RoutePer pet
Ireland - France€44
France - Ireland€55

Essential checklist

  • Has your pet been micro-chipped and is the microchip number correctly entered in the passport?
  • Was your pet vaccinated after the microchip was implanted?
  • Have you found a vet in France able to treat your dog for tapeworm?
  • Has the tapeworm treatment been done more than 24 but less than 120 hours before scheduled arrival time in Ireland?
  • Has the vet validated the entry for tapeworm treatment which must include the date and time of administration in the passport with an official veterinary stamp and signature.
  • Does the tapeworm treatment record include the name of the product used?
  • Do you have a muzzle and have you familiarised your pet with it?
  • Does your animal have water, absorbent bedding and adequate ventilation in your car for the crossing?
  • Do you have sufficient poo bags?

Watch our video about travelling with your pet

Vets near our port in Roscoff

These are some vets that are qualified to treat your pet before returning to Ireland under the PETS Travels Scheme in St Pol de Leon near Roscoff. A list of more vets throughout France is available on our UK site.

  • Mr J M Feydi, Avenue des  Carmes, 29250.
    Tel: 02 98 69 07 48
    Fax: 02 98 69 11 54
  • Cabinet Vétérinaire de Kerzourat, 11, place de l'évêché, 29250.
    Tel: 02 98 29 14 24