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Our pet is a cat.
We went to Canada last year from the U.S. and checked in by telephone. We advised the person on the phone we had a cat and he moved on, no issue. He was more interested in the $100 he extracted from us as tax on the wine we had aboard.
When we departed Ireland this year for Brest, brand new Irish Pet Passport at hand, we decided to stop in the Scilly Islands for a couple of days. In June 2015, the information on the UK government websites was as follows:
1. From Ireland, with a European Pet Passport, no problem (2 places)
2. Absolutely no animals unless by scheduled airplane on airline with permission to convey pets on authorised route (1 place)
Evidently, information on 1. contradicts information on 2. Also, number 2. contradicts the rule about authorised ferries included on 1.
This, we read carefully while making loops a few miles offshore Saint Mary 's. Deciding there must be error, we took a mooring, and called the National Yachtline of Her Majesty 's government to declare arrival of two non-Euro humans and one cat bearing an Irish-issued European Pet Passport.
The gentleman on the phone took it all in stride, and said he would advise customs. Inquiring on whether we should be confined to the boat until customs arrived, he said the equivalent of "heavens, no! who knows when will there be a customs officer available?". I repeated if we could go out and about. He said yes.
We stayed a couple of days before sailing for France. The cat never debarked, as it is our custom to never let him.
Turns out you can write the UK government and inquire in advance about your particular case, as we did with great success for Ireland, but this was not possible for us as we arrived in the UK on a Friday after business hours.