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DOG: UK ferry to France/Spain; rabies check

Old Sep 3rd 2012, 8:34 am
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Default Re: DOG: UK ferry to France/Spain; rabies check

Originally Posted by Domino View Post
surely they are checking the chip when checking the passport ??
the chip no is on the passport otherwise it could be any dog, not the one issued with the passport !!
No, they simply offer to check the chip is in working order to avoid possible difficulties on the return trip.
They don't normally check it against the actual number in the passport on departure from Portsmouth.
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Default Re: DOG: UK ferry to France/Spain; rabies check

Originally Posted by Dick Dasterdly View Post
No, they simply offer to check the chip is in working order to avoid possible difficulties on the return trip.
They don't normally check it against the actual number in the passport on departure from Portsmouth.
sri Dick, was thinking of the trip out not the return - can't think why.
if you are having the dog checked over by a vet before leaving mainland wouldnt/couldnt he do a check at that time.

the thought of all the paperwork if the chip stops working for any reason is horrendous
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Old Sep 3rd 2012, 10:11 am
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Default Re: DOG: UK ferry to France/Spain; rabies check

Originally Posted by Domino View Post
sri Dick, was thinking of the trip out not the return - can't think why.
if you are having the dog checked over by a vet before leaving mainland wouldnt/couldnt he do a check at that time.

the thought of all the paperwork if the chip stops working for any reason is horrendous
True, I do normally get it checked when I'm in the vets, especially on the Spanish end when getting treatment for the trip back to the UK.

I think quite a few dog owners now have their own scanners to be on the safe side,especially those who travel with more than one dog.
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Old Sep 3rd 2012, 10:13 am
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Default Re: DOG: UK ferry to France/Spain; rabies check

Thanks everybody for your various input. Overall, confirmed what I thought - that there is little if any concern (and risk) UK to France. And we will be totally legit on the return, so happy days - no need to change the booking etc.

Re DFDS, I paid £15 each way for a pet on the ticket.

Thanks again
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Old Sep 3rd 2012, 12:02 pm
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Default Re: DOG: UK ferry to France/Spain; rabies check

Originally Posted by evilroyslade View Post

Re DFDS, I paid £15 each way for a pet on the ticket.

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DFDS only charge for France to UK and it's £30. Worth checking if you can find a cheaper crossing with P&O as they only charge £15. DFDS is better coming from the UK as it's free for pets.


Animals travelling from Dover to Calais or Dunkirk must be pre-booked and declared at check in. There is no charge for animals travelling in this direction. All pets must be microchipped, vaccinated against Rabies and have a Pet Passport with them.


Pets travelling from Calais and Dunkirk to Dover are subject to full DEFRA checks (required for animals entering the UK) as outlined in the Pet Passport Scheme. There is a charge of £30.00 / €36.00 for animals travelling in this direction. A DFDS Seaways representative will carry out all checks on your pet.
http://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/ferry-r...ce/pet-travel/
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Default Re: DOG: UK ferry to France/Spain; rabies check

Originally Posted by derek500 View Post
DFDS only charge for France to UK and it's £30. Worth checking if you can find a cheaper crossing with P&O as they only charge £15. DFDS is better coming from the UK as it's free for pets.




http://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/ferry-r...ce/pet-travel/
You are quite right - I shall certainly try that check next time. Thanks
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