Travelling with Pets


I own a rather large black Labrador called Olly and one of the main objections to us getting a dog in the first place was who is going to look after him when we travel. It was not so much that I could not bear to go without him it was probably more to do with the fact I could not bear the thought of paying kennel fees!

However we soon discovered that under the Pet Travel Scheme Olly could have his own passport, with his own photo and he was set to explore new places with us.

We take it for granted that the UK is free from rabies but travellers will realise that it is a large problem in many other countries and keeping the UK free from this disease is what the scheme is all about. Olly can re-enter the UK from any country in the world without quarantine provided he meets the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the country or territory we are coming from.

Taking your dog on holiday

Olly sightseeing


The steps you need to take can be found on the DEFRA website.

We then spent a little time taking and choosing the best photo shot to go in his passport (this is optional) and then we were off in the car travelling through Europe to our holiday destination in Croatia. He loved it and many of the European motels have rooms to stay with your dog or cat and there are lots of places to stop and walk on the autobahns but most of all Olly was happy to be with us. At the end of our holiday we had to ensure we followed the last requirement to enable Olly to actually come home with us and this involves a visit to a vet wherever is convenient before you reach the UK.

Taking your dog on holiday

Olly on holiday

We have found that any vet we have used in Europe have been friendly and helpful and know what is required and so makes the process very easy. We have found a great vet in Italy close to the motorway and he knows Olly by name now.

You must enter the UK through an authorised place, again listed on the website, as your dog or cat’s paperwork will need to be checked. This year the Government is reducing quarantine from six months to 21 days so if you don’t get it quite right you stand a chance that your pet will remember you when you go to get them!!

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What our clients have to say

Dan and I Just returned from a spectacular 7 day cruise on the Nile River on the Explore Egypt Dahabiya Dream.
We have enjoyed many previous Nile river cruises on board the large cruise boats, but a dahabiya is the ultimate way to sail the Nile!
A dahabiya is a two Masted sailing boat. By definition, it must not have an engine. It has a tender which is able to tow the boat when the wind is either non- existent or not conducive to travelling under sail. Dream has six large cabins with either twin or double beds. They are large and have their own individual en-suite shower rooms with the most up to date sanitary ware.
There is an onboard generator to provide electricity (240 volts) for lighting, air conditioning and power.
There are 12 crew for a maximum 12 passengers! Rest assured you will be treated royally!
The boat manager is Mahmoud; his English is excellent and he runs his boat with precision. Indeed, the crew are well established and need no direction to perform their individual tasks. Our chef has spoilt us by preparing a very delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea
Teeto our waiter was excellent and has provided us with lovely cocktails and fresh drinks on our return from each tour and he does anticipate your every need!
The house keeper is extremely efficient and everything was kept disinfected at all times. In fact the whole boat was spotless and everyone was very professional in their approach to the current covid situation making us feel very safe and at ease, it was very impressive.
Mahmoud, the boat manager is also adept at manning the rudder in order to steer the boat and clambering the masts whenever the boat is moving under sail!. He is also the King of dancers whenever the crew break out into impromptu entertainment.
Our Egyptologist Ahmed was extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about his field, he manged to bring the life back to all these amazing monuments we have visited. We were lucky to have most of the ancient sites to ourselves to enjoy as the number of tourists are small.
Another advantage of dahabiya Dream travel is that it is able to moor at sites inadmissible to larger cruise boats.
Needless to say, I cannot recommend this holiday highly enough and Thank you to all the Dream team who made us feel safe, healthy and most importantly gave us a break to forget what is going on the world right now
Would I do it again: certainly!
Kind regards,
Barbara and Dan
Travel Date February 2021

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