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

What a unique experience this was for my husband and I and a group of friends ( 5 other couples). I felt like we were going back in time and living the life that a well to do 19th century family would have while they were sojourning down the Nile River. The decor of the living spaces on the second level upstairs on the upper deck looked like pieces you would see in a palace of royalty. The bedrooms on the first level that had windows that opened up just above the water level were spacious and comfortable. The bed was comfy as can be!!
The staff on the boat, and there were many, were so very attentive and tried their hardest to meet our every need and also surprised us with daily unexpected niceties and full on entertainment. The food was all homemade and delicious. Our chef was quite talented and the meals were never repeated( except for breakfast which was made to order eggs and an assortment of breads/muffins/croissants and fruit etc. Coffee and tea always available.
The tours that were scheduled for us were so well run and our Egyptologist, Ahmed , was obtaining his Ph.D in Egyptology and was so very interesting and knowledgeable. We had the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride and also a trip to Abu Simbel which were both amazing and unforgettable. After every tour we arrived back on the boat and were greeted by Tito and Adam with specialty cold lovely drinks and cold lemon scented wet towels to refresh ourselves with.
Tito took us shopping in the Luxor Market for a couple of hours the day before we left. He helped us negotiate the goods we purchased which was a huge help.
Lastly I have to mention our Dahabiya Cruise Captain, Mahmoud . This guy was amazing! He made sure we had everything we needed and kept us entertained with his humour and incredible dancing skills. Our group learned so much about the Egyptian culture from him during our dinner conversations.
Our group all agreed that we would miss these wonderful, thoughtful people that we spent a week with and hope they all knew how much we appreciated each one of them.

Joan Mancini
Travel date Sept 2021

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