Before you travel

In advance of your sailing

  1. If you are sailing to France, the Netherlands or Spain check your passport is valid and that you have healthcare cover.
  2. If you are travelling with your vehicle, your need to bring your log book (V5C) and your insurance certificate. Check your insurance is valid for your destination and that you have breakdown cover. If you are travelling to the Continent, you will need a UK sticker. You should also check if you need an International Driving Permit and the rules for driving in your destination.
  3. If you are travelling with a pet to continental Europe, Ireland or Northern Ireland you’ll need to visit a vet 4-6 weeks before travel to ensure they have the necessary vaccines and documentation to travel. The vet will be able to issue your pet with an Animal Health Certificate.
  4. If you have accessibility needs, let the ferry operator know when you book or at least 48-hours before you travel so they can make sure your journey meets your needs.
  5. Check the Service Update for your crossing before leaving.

Arriving at the ferry port

  1. Have all documentation to hand:
    – your ferry booking confirmation.
    – passport for continental Europe crossings, or photo ID for crossings to Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
    – valid driving licence, vehicle log book, car insurance and breakdown cover;
    – Animal Health Certificate if travelling with a pet.
  2. Arrive at the port in plenty of time. Make sure you know when check-in closes and allow plenty of time to arrive. If travelling with your dog leave enough time to exercise them before the crossing.
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