Pet Travel Checklist

2016-07-04 03:07:35



Around the country, suitcases are being packed, passports frantically searched for and sunscreen purchased in bulk. Yes that’s right, it’s holiday season and many people are looking forward to the summer trip away with their families. At, we understand that pets are just as much a part of a modern family as anyone else. The idea of leaving them at home, while we enjoy our holiday, can be unthinkable. So whether you are taking your Chartreux cat to Catalonia or Doberman dog to the Dordogne, check out our helpful pet travel checklist below to get filled in on taking your furry friends to frolic on far-fetched frontiers!

Pet Health

  • Do think carefully before taking your pet abroad. Are they fit for travel? If you are unsure, ask a vet to carry out a health check. Do not travel with very old, very young or poorly animals.


  • Make sure that all of your documents are accurate, in particular the microchip number. Ensure in advance that they are all up to date.


  • Crates for travel are recommended. However, if travelling by plane, a carrier that meets IATA Regulations is a necessary requirement.

Travel Provider

  • Get in contact with the flight or ferry provider in advance and check what particular requirements they have. You don’t want to receive a nasty surprise on the day you travel.


  • Travel can be stressful enough for anyone but especially for cats and dogs who are unaware of what is going on. You may want to consider the use of calmers and pheromones, but avoid sedation.

Pet Passport

  • It is up to the owner to ensure that they have the necessary documents and that they follow the correct procedures. If travelling through several countries, the owner must ensure that the relevant entry requirements are met for each. If unsure, check with the embassy or consulate for the relevant country.

See the DEFRA government website for further advice regarding Pet Passports.

Dan note: I am aware that the government website refers to travel to the EU and that due to the referendum result this will change, but given that it will take up to 2 years to finalise exiting the EU, I think it can stay in.

If you do take your pet away, no doubt you will take some pictures of them enjoying themselves. At we are running a Hounds on Hols competition to win a Haven dog-friendly holiday voucher worth £250. Simply submit your snap on the link below and you could be holidaying with your hound!

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