As a pet owner, it’s always a bit of a worry where you can travel with your dogs. If you live in the UK, you may want to stay inside the country to avoid worrying too much about anything. Here are a few suggestions for happier pet-friendly travels in the UK.

Ensure Your Dog Has a Pet Passport

If you plan to travel to Northern Ireland, you must obtain an EU pet passport following the transition period for Brexit. This applies beginning January 1st, 2021. In the meantime, your dog will still need to have had a clear blood test, have a microchip, have a vaccination for rabies, and have a veterinary health certificate.

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Make sure you know the rules for traveling with your pets in the UK. Photo by Brian McElwaine via Pixabay

Therefore, even if you’re going over an internal country border but still within the UK, be aware of the requirement for your pooch. Otherwise, your pet could be refused entry, and you’ll need to return home.

Get Better Coverage for Your Van

When using your van for convenience to give your dog more space to move around, check if your van insurance is valid and correct.

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A van offers more room for your dog when you take a road trip in the UK. Photo by StockSnap via Pixabay

If you’ve been looking to upgrade to fully comprehensive and have been dissatisfied with the van insurance company that you’ve used previously, then it may be time for a change. Quotezone provides excellent quotes from many quality insurers to help you find a more suitable policy for you.

Make a Beeline to Pet-friendly Hotels & Other Lodgings

It would be a mistake to assume that all hotels or lodgings are pet friendly. In some cases, the pet policies might be unclear. Other hotels might have an express policy that does not allow pets of any kind. This may be for insurance purposes or because of the difficulties in keeping the accommodations clean enough.

The UK, particularly London hotels, is not known for being especially pet friendly. Therefore, it’s necessary to hunt down hotels and lodgings that accept dogs.

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Be sure to look for pet-friendly lodging when you travel with your dog in the UK. Photo by Fran Mother Of Dogs via Pixabay

For instance, you can check out this list of dog-friendly hotels in London to try out. Or, use this specialized search to locate pet-friendly lodgings throughout the UK.

Using Local Transportation with a Dog

You may choose to park the van and take to local transportation to have a break from being behind the wheel. In which case, it’s useful to know the policies about taking dogs on public transportation in the UK.

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Know the rules about taking dogs on public transportation in the UK. Photo by Vardan Sevan via Pixabay

Dogs are generally welcome on buses and trains. Smaller dogs in a crate are acceptable, and bigger dogs should be on a lead at all times (small dogs not using a dog crate should be on a lead as well). Up to two dogs per person is permitted.


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