The new EU rules state that pets visiting France (and all other EU destinations) should be micro-chipped, vaccinated against rabies and hold an Official Veterinary Health Certificate or EU Pet Passport.
However, the DEFRA says that as both the Republic of Ireland and the UK have had no indigenous rabies for many decades, compliance checks on pets travelling between the two countries will not be applied.
Pets are carried free of charge with Irish Ferries, whether they occupy an on-board kennel (limited number, pre-booking essential) or remain in the car during the voyage. Pets are also welcome at various holiday cottage locations and selected B&B’s offered by Irish Ferries Holidays.
Fares to Ireland lead in at £79 one-way for a car and driver.