Taking your pets on holiday? If you have animals, planning a trip should include factoring in their needs too.
Here are a few pointers on what to remember when you’re looking at your next pet friendly holiday destination. And wherever you're off to, make sure you’ve got your pet insurance
EU and non-EU countries
If you’re travelling within the EU, there are fewer restrictions on your travel. You still need to be aware of the regulations though, and it’s good to give yourself plenty of time to get organised.
Gov.uk has the pet travel information you need
for when you’re planning your trip.
Plan in advance how you’re going to travel
If you’re flying out to a sunny location for a couple of weeks to get away
, taking your pet may not be possible.
Airlines have rules they need to follow for transporting animals, and unless you’re emigrating or relocating, you don’t want to put your dog or cat through the unnecessary stress.
When travelling by plane, train or ferry, you should always contact the company you’re travelling with to confirm their pet travel policies. Remember, there are different rules for assistance dogs too.
Pets can become very anxious and nervous when travelling. There will be new noises and smells, and you won’t always be able to comfort them while they travel, depending on where they're located. Consider this before you plan to travel, and chat to your vet for advice.
Travelling with assistance dogs
If you’re going to fly, you can take your assistance dog in the cabin of the plane when travelling with an airline that has an operating licence issued by an EU country.