Traveling With Pets in the EuroTunnel
If you need to travel between the United Kingdom and the European continent and you don’t want to take a flight, you may want to consider taking the Eurotunnel.
Dubbed one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Channel Tunnel connects Folkestone, England to Coquelles, France (near Calais). Specially-built trains, or shuttles, travel at about 90mph and carry cars, motorcycles and other vehicles through the tunnel. If you’re travelling with your pet, he would stay with you in your vehicle for the 35-minute trip.
Over 1 million cats and dogs have traveled via the Eurotunnel. Pets can travel every day of the year. Assistance dogs travel for free. There are outdoor pet exercise areas at each terminal as well as a dedicated staff to help you with your pet care needs.
Since the Eurotunnel facilitates travel to and from the European Union, all pets must comply with the PETS Travel Scheme per the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Please review this checklist:
- EU pet passport
- Tapeworm treatment for dogs not less than 1 day but no more than 5 days before travel
- Rabies vaccination at least 21 days prior to departure
- Blood titer test at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination only if you are traveling from an “unlisted EU country” (see the DEFRA page here: https://www.gov.uk/pet-travel-information-for-pet-owners#countries-and-territories)
If you’re travelling from the UK to France, contact:
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
Victor Hugo Terminal
Folkestone, England CT18 8XX
If you’re travelling from France to the UK, contact:
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
Charles Dickens Terminal
Coquelles, France 62231
Eurotunnel Pet Policy: http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/tickets/travelling-with-your-pet/
Eurotunnel Facts: http://www.eurotunnel.com/build/
Eurotunnel Contact: http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/mobile/contact-us/
Eurotunnel Pet Exercise Areas: https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/blog/Pets-Corner/A-round-of-apaws-for-our-upgraded-pet-exercise-areas/
Eurotunnel Group (Corporate): http://www.eurotunnelgroup.com/uk/eurotunnel-group/operations/le-shuttle/
American Society of Civil Engineers: http://www.asce.org/People-and-Projects/Projects/Seven-Wonders/Channel-Tunnel/