Taking your ferret on the Eurotunnel is very straightforward.
The Channel Tunnel is an easy way to travel between the the U.K. and France in just 35 minutes. The Eurotunnel shuttle runs between Calais and Folkestone 24/7 and 365 days a year.
So, if you are planning on taking your ferret to France or to Europe, taking the Eurotunnel is a easy and convenient way to travel.
In this article we will talk you through how to take your ferret on the Eurotunnel and answer the following questions:
- What documents do you need to take your ferret on the Eurotunnel?
- How much does it cost to take your ferret on the Eurotunnel?
- How do I register my ferret onto the Eurotunnel?
- Are ferrets allowed in the Eurostar terminal buildings?
- Where will your ferret travel while in the Eurotunnel?
- Can I take more than one ferret on the Eurotunnel?
- What happens on the day of travel?
What documents do you need to take your ferret on the Eurotunnel?
You will need to bring the following documents with you:
- Booking confirmation;
- Pet Passport / DEFRA Pet Travel Documentation for your ferret, including:
- Microchip; and
- Rabies Vaccination.
The DEFRA Pet Travel Documentation (Pet Passport)
All ferrets must have an official Pet Passport to travel on the Eurotunnel.
A Pet Passport will allow your ferret to travel between EU countries and other listed non-EU countries. With a Pet Passport your ferret will not have to stay in a 6 month quarantine.
If you are preparing your ferret for travel in an EU country, you should get your ferret an EU pet passport.
On the other hand, if you are preparing your ferret in a non-EU listed country or territory you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate. This excludes those from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland, as they issue their own pet passports.
Your ferret will require a microchip and a rabies vaccination in order to get its Pet Passport.
How much does it cost to take your ferret on the Eurotunnel?
To register your ferret on the Eurotunnel, it will cost £19/26€ each way.
It is recommended that you register your ferret to travel on the Eurotunnel in advance. This can be done here.
However, there are some extra costs that you should take into consideration.
These include the cost to obtain a pet passport, a ferret travel carrier and supplies such as food and puppy training pads to soak up any accidents.
Pet Passport Cost
A ferret Pet Passport in the U.K. costs between £80-150. The price ranges depending on where you get your ferret microchipped and vaccinated against rabies, as well which vet completes your Pet Passport. Different vets charge different amounts.
How do I register my ferret onto the Eurotunnel?
You will be given the option to add pets when booking your ticket for the Eurotunnel.
- Go to fare finder and enter all of your details – date and time of travel, vehicle details and country of residence.
- Choose the specific time you would like to travel.
- Select whether you would like to upgrade to Flexiplus or add insurance to your trip.
- On the same page you will see the section below. Select how many ferrets you will like to take with you.
The cost for travelling on the Eurotunnel with your ferret will be added to your basket. Simply enter your details and continue to the checkout.
Even if you have already booked your ticket, it is possible to add your ferret to the booking.
You can make changes to your travel booking up to midnight of the travel date.
With most bookings you can do this online using the password in your booking confirmation. However, if you used Tesco travel vouchers to pay for your tickets, you will need to contact Eurotunnel by phone.
Are ferrets allowed in the Eurostar terminal buildings?
Ferrets are not permitted into the terminal building where the restaurants and duty free shops are found.
Nevertheless, there are dedicated pet areas for your ferret to have a toilet break and stretch its legs. You will find these marked in yellow throughout the terminals. There is also an exercise area behind the fuel garage once you have arrived in the U.K.
Where will your ferret travel while in the Eurotunnel shuttle?
Your ferret must stay in the car with you for the 35 minutes you are in the Eurotunnel shuttle.
Can I take more than one ferret on the Eurotunnel?
Yes. You are permitted to bring up to 5 ferrets with you.
For those travelling for a competition, show, sporting or other event, you are permitted to bring up to 10 ferrets with you. It is recommended that you register your ferrets beforehand, however you can register and pay at check-in. Just be sure to allow yourself plenty of extra time. For more information check here.
If you would like to travel with more ferrets, you must contact Eurotunnel’s Customer Support Team here.
In all circumstances, you are not permitted to take more than 20 ferrets with you.
What happens on the day of travel?
Check your ferret in at least 1 hour, and no more than 2 hours before your booked departure.
If departing from Folkestone there are automated drive through check-in gates with instructions to follow on screen. There are no pet checks, you will just need to confirm you are still travelling with your ferret(s).
If departing from Calais, follow the paw print signage to the Pet Reception building where staff will check your ferret’s documents and give you a sticker to display on your car.
#2 Boarding the Eurotunnel shuttle
Drive your car to the Departures Area and wait for your train to be called before driving onto the shuttle.
#3 On the Eurotunnel shuttle
As mentioned above, your ferret will need to stay in your vehicle while in the Eurotunnel shuttle.
#4 After the Eurotunnel shuttle
You’re free to go!
- Travel carrier
- Ferret bed and blankets
- Food and treats
- Ferret first aid kit
- Travel sickness pills
- Ferret toys
- List of local vets
Travelling on the Eurotunnel with a ferret is very straightforward.
Just be sure to obtain your ferret’s pet passport, which involves requires getting a rabies vaccination and a microchip.
Additionally, remember to register your ferret when booking your Eurotunnel tickets and arrive early when checking in.
Finally, we recommend that you keep a list of vets in the areas that you are planning on visiting, just in case of any emergencies.
Hope this has been helpful!