You're gearing up to go on a well-deserved summer holiday but who is going to look after your furry friend? If you've never travelled with pets before, it can feel a bit daunting, but you don't have to leave Rover or Mittens behind with a pet sitter, as they can travel with you!
In the UK, we love pets (sometimes even more than our partners) and we love travelling, so combining the two is perfect for many pet owners across the country.
At Compare Cover, we've put together a few tips that may help you out when it comes to travelling with your pets, helping you to leave behind the worry of how your puppy or cat is doing while you're away.
With 45% of the UK population owning a pet, it's become a normal sight to find Britons travelling with animals when they go on holiday.
Travelling by car may be an appealing option as your pet can stay with you for the whole journey - and, if you go through the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, it will take around 35 minutes for you to travel from Folkestone to Calais. This means it won?t be long until you're back on terra firma with your beloved companion!
Some of our tips for travelling with your pet by car include:
Travelling by air can feel especially daunting, as there are so many factors to consider. Whenever possible, it's best to avoid it if you have your furry friend with you, as it can cause them stress. However, if there is no other option, you can still keep your pet's safety and comfort at the top of your list when you consider taking them on holiday with you.
If the animal you're travelling with is not an assistance dog, for instance, they are considered pets and there are strict rules to comply with because of this. Below are some of the things to consider when travelling by air:
The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020, with a Withdrawal Agreement, and entered an implementation period which is due to operate until 31 December 2020.
To visit Europe with your pet after 1 January 2021, there are additional steps you will need to do before you travel, including obtaining a new pet passport, and obtaining a successful rabies antibody blood test and obtaining an animal health certificate by an official vet. The process is expected to take 4 months.
The government has published a range of guidance and notes for Brexit available online.
No matter where you are going on holiday and how you intend to reach your destination, you may want to:
Our tips intend to help you have a joyful, safe, and memorable trip with your pets that you won't forget. At Compare Cover, you can compare pet insurance quotes, which will show you the different product types as well as costs for your pet(s), and compare travel insurance quotes for you on your trip abroad as well as the UK.
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