Planning on letting your pooch join in with the family vacation this year? If you don’t want to fork out for putting them on a flight or train, you’ll need to pick a holiday destination that’s reachable by car.
France is a great contender as not only is it easy to drive to from the UK, but there’s also only a few things you’ll need to consider when it comes to pre-travel arrangements and doggy documentation.
Why take your dog to France on holiday with you?
Besides from the joy of letting your entire family join in with your getaway, taking your dog with you on holiday can also save a lot of money in kennel fees and also make the trip far less stressful as you won’t be worrying about their welfare.
As long as they’re used to car journeys and are generally well-behaved, your dog should have no issue crossing the Channel on the ferry or in the car with you if you’ve opted for the shorter Eurotunnel route. If you’ve chosen the former, though, depending on which ferry route you take, your dog will either sit in your car for the duration or be able to come into a pet-friendly cabin with you.
Things to remember when taking a dog to France
Just like people, dogs need some form of identification to take them across borders. Thanks to the EU Pet Travel Scheme, you need to apply for a pet passport from your vet at least three weeks before you travel. These will not only identify what your pet looks like but also record any vaccinations they’ve had.
In the UK, it’s compulsory to have your dog microchipped to help find them if they ever get lost or stolen. If you’ve got a new puppy and you know you want to bring them with you on your break, make sure you book them in to be microchipped by the vet. All pet microchips are then scanned before leaving UK ports or stations.
Your dog must be vaccinated for rabies before they are allowed to go to France. At the moment, a record of the vaccination alone is enough. However, the rules could change when Brexit comes into place on 31st October 2019. Your dog may be required to be vaccinated up to four months before and then have a blood test and a certificate issued proving they’re rabies-free.
You’ll likely already have pet insurance, but it’ll be worth seeing if it still covers your dog when it’s outside of the UK. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to contact your provider to purchase extra cover.
Dog-friendly campsites in France
If you’re keen on the idea of taking your dog on holiday, why not book into one of our dog-friendly campsites? Whether you want to be near one of Normandy’s wide beaches for some great coastal walks or you’d prefer the rolling hills of the Midi-Pyrénées, you’ll find plenty of great options when you choose to camp in France.