Assistance Dog Travel Guide

This website has been created by Guide Dogs to support guide and assistance dog owners in the UK, with guidance regarding international travel.

It provides guidance resources to help you think about international travel and its impact on your dog.

Please use the navigation links provided to access the full range of pages dedicated to international travel with a guide or assistance dog.

The website provides specific guidance dependent on the mode of transport you are taking:

Air, Boat or ship, Car, Coach or Rail.

It also provides links to official sources of information which should help you with the A to Z of what to do to prepare to travel, how to go about it, what to do on a journey and how to successfully leave and return to the UK with your dog.

The website also provides guidance for you if you are visiting the UK from Europe and other continents.

Please be advised: the UK Equality Act 2010 in England, Scotland and Wales and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Northern Ireland, supports the rights of disabled individuals to use a recognised assistance dog to assist them with their mobility and independence. Additionally, European regulation related to various modes of transport and travel also makes specific reference to the accommodation of recognised assistance dogs. However, on some modes of transport, including aircraft and ships, regulation in relation to the safety of the vessel, or its operation and other passengers may take precedence over any rights an individual has with regard their disability. However, the operator is usually obliged to justify their decision if challenged.

The resources on this website have been created by Guide Dogs with the help, cooperation and support of members of the International Travel Working Group for Recognised Assistance Dogs. This group consists of representatives from UK Government departments, Government Agencies, Representative international travel bodies, transport and travel operators and Assistance Dogs UK.

Guide Dogs welcomes your opinions about the resources provided on this page, contact assistancedogtravel@guidedogs.org.uk, but is unable to deal with individual enquiries through this website. However sources of support can be found at the following page: Contact Us