Pet Friendly Holidays in Guernsey

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  • Paw prints in the sand and surf - Taking your Pets on Holiday
  • Dog walking at Rousse Headland
  • Walking dogs at L

Taking your pet on holiday to Guernsey

Travelling with your pet

Pets are allowed to travel to Guernsey from the British Isles or Republic of Ireland without having an EU Pet Passport. From other EU and non-EU countries, a valid Pet Passport is needed to be Travel Scheme Compliant.

We have a number of pet friendly holidays available:

  • Accommodation in Guernsey which accept pets.

Dogs in Guernsey

The Control of Dogs Ordinance (1992)

The Law

Dog owners have a legal responsibility, under Section 2 of the Control of Dogs Ordinance, 1992, to remove any faeces deposited by their dog in a public place or to deposit the faeces in a receptacle provided for the specific purpose. This law was introduced in response to public concern about health risks, and anti-social behaviour associated with dog fouling. The Control of Dogs Ordinance (1992) affects all public places island wide and at all times. Failure to comply with the provisions of the law may lead to prosecution and a fine.

“Any person in charge of a dog in a public place shall remove immediately any faeces deposited there by the dog.”

Dogs are welcomed onto most Guernsey beaches all year round

However, they are not allowed on the following beaches 01 May – 30 September (inclusive):

  • Fermain
  • Petit Bôt
  • L’Erée
  • The northern end of Vazon
  • Cobo
  • Port Soif
  • L’Ancresse/Pembroke

Dogs are not allowed at any time at the following:

  • Children’s play areas
  • La Vallette Bathing Pools
  • Specified public sports and playing fields unless the dog is on a lead and under close supervision (Delancey Park, Beau Sejour Park, Cambridge Park, Victoria Avenue, Saumarez Park, L’Ancresse Common, Rovers Playing Field at Port Soif)
  • Certain areas of St Peter Port and St Sampson’s, unless the dog is on a lead and under close supervision.
  • The ban extends to Herm, Shell Beach, Belvoir Bay, Fisherman’s Beach and the stretch of beach in front of the White House Hotel to the Harbour jetty are also prohibited areas.

Walking dogs near Vale Church

Walking dogs at Lancresse

dog Rousse Headland

What you can do

If you are a dog owner, pick up after your dog! Please tie the top of the bag. Take the mess home, or put it in a bin which has been provided specifically for the purpose. If there is no dog litter bin available, you can place the tied bag in a public litter bin.
Some owners have taken the trouble to wrap the dog mess in a plastic bag, but left it at the side of the path. This is still a littering offence.

If you see someone else leaving the mess from their dog on public land, you can ask them to pick it up. If they refuse, you are encouraged to contact the Environment Department (Tel: 717200) or the Police (Tel: 725111) with any details that may help lead to a successful prosecution (e.g. vehicle registration of dog owner, description of dog and owner, etc.). All calls will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Registered Assistance Dogs

Owners of guide dogs are exempt from the Ordinance. Please note special arrangements can also be made for dogs registered under the UK registered assistance dogs scheme, particularly for dogs for the hard of hearing. Under this arrangement, owners of registered assistance dogs can apply to the Department for a licence excluding them from most of the provisions of the Ordinance. However, such owners are still legally required to pick up faeces left by their dogs in public places. Please contact the Environment Department for further details.

Prosecutions

It is only a small minority of irresponsible dog owners who give others a bad name. However, if Officers of the Environment Department note any infringements of the above Ordinance during their patrols of these areas, they will seek prosecutions for any offences.

Wildlife

Although it is not a legal requirement, we do ask dog owners to keep their dogs under control and not to disturb wildlife, especially wading birds.

The Control of Dogs Ordinance (1992) is available as a downloadable pdf.