This morning Couriers J and M got to Bodrum port in plenty of time for their ferry to Kos. We could see it was going to be a busy crossing with lots of families and pushchairs. (There’s something to be said for winter crossings!)

After a nail-biting 30 minutes, courier M made it through customs with the Animalcouriers van and its canine passengers. Thank you, Eren, for our perfect paperwork!

Even so, on arrival at Kos, we did have a few feelings of trepidation as we approached customs on that island.

“Car papers,” said the official. We handed them over.

“You have five dogs. Why?” he asked. We explained.

“They have the, how you say, the chips?” “Yes,” we said.

“They have the…” stabs his arm with his finger. “Rabies vaccination?” we prompt. He nods. “Yes,” we say.

“OK, you can go.” And that was it. Seven minutes flat to enter the EU. Almost an anticlimax!

Morning view over Bodrum bay

Morning view over Bodrum bay

The Animalcouriers van parked outside customs, where courier M is being processed

The Animalcouriers van parked outside customs, where courier M is being processed

All checked in and about to board the ferry

All checked in and about to board the ferry

Parked on deck, so we really were on our way!

Parked on deck, so we really were on our way!

The castle of the knights of St John on Kos

The castle of the knights of St John on Kos

Pulling in to Kos port

Pulling in to Kos port