Guide and assistance dogs
People with assistance dogs can travel:
- on more routes than people with pets
- using other forms of transport where other animals aren’t allowed, for example the aircraft cabin
Guide and assistance dogs must also meet the normal rules for travelling with dogs.
UK travel companies usually recognise guide or assistance dogs trained by organisations that are members of either:
You should check with your travel company if the organisation that trained your dog isn’t a member of either association.
The Guide Dogs Association website has advice about taking assistance dogs abroad.
Travelling by air
Your airline must allow you to travel with your assistance dog if your flight departs from inside the EU.
You must bring a car harness with you when you travel by air, so that your dog can be secured when the plane takes off and lands.
You can enter any UK airport with your assistance dog.
There may be additional rules to follow if your flight departs from outside the EU. Check with your airline before you travel.
Travelling by sea
You must be allowed to travel with your assistance dog on:
- ferry services entering and leaving the EU
- cruise services which leave from any EU country and arrive in England, Scotland or Wales
Check with the ferry or cruise company if your journey is different to this.
Travelling by rail
Rail operators travelling within the EU must accept assistance dogs, but operators may have extra conditions.
Check with the rail operator before you travel inside or outside the EU.
Step 1 Check if you can bring your pet
Step 2 Get your pet microchipped
Step 3 Get your pet vaccinated against rabies
You must wait for a set period of time after vaccination before you can travel.
Depending on the country you're travelling from, you might also need to get a blood test.
and Get tapeworm treatment
If you have a dog, you'll also need to get tapeworm treatment before you travel.
Step 4 Get a pet travel document