Good to know - Pets

Taking your pets onboard our ferries



LD Lines is authorised by the British Department of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to transport pet dogs, cats and ferrets to the United Kingdom in accordance with the Pet Travel Scheme. You may therefore travel on our fleet with your pets, provided you have the mandatory papers.

You must present original documents. Photocopies are not accepted.

Certain breeds of dog reputed to be dangerous are not allowed on British soil.

Please note that, from 1st January 2012, the procedure to bring your pet dog, cat or ferret into the UK has been modified.
 All necessary information is available from the Department for Environement, Food and Rural Affairs.

Motorists must ensure that their pet remains in their vehicle for the duration of the crossing. Reservations must be made online in advance.

Foot passengers wishing to travel with their pet should book via our call center and travel with their pet in a cage. Pets are taken care of by our staff from check-in to arrival.

Mandatory Procedure

Non-British citizens travelling to the United Kingdom with a pet and British citizens returning home with their pet can only do so if they respect the procedure defined by DEFRA. 
Currently, a limit of five pet dogs, cats and ferrets per person is applicable for entries of pets into the UK from listed non-EU countries or moving between EU Member States, including the UK.  Please note that any person responsible for a pet/pets must be 16 years old or over.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the documents in your possession are valid. If not, LD Lines are legally obliged to refuse to embark your pet. If you have any queries regarding this requirement please contact our Specialist Service Centre on 01245 454860.

LD Lines cannot be held responsible for an error made by you or your veterinary surgeon that leads to a refusal to embark your pet. We require that you inform us of your intention to embark a pet when you make your reservation, and check in with the animal at least 90 minutes before sailing time. Otherwise, for operational reasons, we could find it necessary to refuse the embarkation of your pet.



On the Gijon/Saint-Nazaire route, pets are not subject to formal administrative checks. Pets remaining in vehicles may travel free of charge, however, there is a charge for those wishing to make use of the onboard kennels.


See terms and conditions of sales, 4.10 pets.