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    Default Bringing your pet back to UK after cruising

    I intend doing the French Canals and the Med in early retirement in the next couple of years and would like to bring small dog with us. I've been told that despite pet passports etc. it's really difficult to bring the dog back into the UK so not to bother. Has anyone any recent experience of this or is it hearsay?
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    I take my dog to Spain for the summer for the past three years using the pet passport scheme - its really easy
    the pet passport scheme is being stopped next year. Phone your Vet and they will give you all the details so taking the dog should be easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corky View Post
    I intend doing the French Canals and the Med in early retirement in the next couple of years and would like to bring small dog with us. I've been told that despite pet passports etc. it's really difficult to bring the dog back into the UK so not to bother. Has anyone any recent experience of this or is it hearsay?
    You cannot bring your pet back on your own boat.

    It has to come back via an approved carrier through an approved port.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kashurst View Post
    I take my dog to Spain for the summer for the past three years using the pet passport scheme - its really easy
    the pet passport scheme is being stopped next year. Phone your Vet and they will give you all the details so taking the dog should be easy.
    Pet passports are NOT being scrapped after Jan 1 2012, some requirements are relaxed or aboliished. See here http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2011/06...pet-passports/

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    Maybe one of you could come back on the ferry with the dog.
    Pet passport is easy peasy.
    I used to travel with my dog in the Eurostar every 3 or 4 weeks without a problem.
    Keep checking though as they may relax the own vessel stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neale View Post
    You cannot bring your pet back on your own boat.

    It has to come back via an approved carrier through an approved port.
    Which is not as frightening as it sounds. Your own vehicle with Eurotunnel is an approved carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinita View Post
    Which is not as frightening as it sounds. Your own vehicle with Eurotunnel is an approved carrier.
    I agree, but we are a boaty forum so I assume the OP want to take Rover across and back on the boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend Ludd View Post
    Maybe one of you could come back on the ferry with the dog.
    Pet passport is easy peasy.
    I used to travel with my dog in the Eurostar every 3 or 4 weeks without a problem.
    Keep checking though as they may relax the own vessel stuff.
    But the main problem is that currently you have to bring the pet back in a car, not so easy when you're on a boat!!

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    would one of these do

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002Y12W5...SIN=B002Y12W5O

    I could fit it in the tender garage & let Gizmo drive up the pontoon

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    Quote Originally Posted by longjohnsilver View Post
    But the main problem is that currently you have to bring the pet back in a car, not so easy when you're on a boat!!
    What's wrong with a pet carrier box on a ferry or the train accompanied by SWMBO as a foot passenger? The point is that the Border Authorities need to be able to carry out checks & they can't easily do that if you arrive on your own boat in some secluded bay at midnight.
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