Can I travel with firearms?
Carriage of Firearms
The safe transport of firearms is strictly regulated on all routes. It is a requirement that any firearm is always supported by the issue of a licence which is appropriate to the country of departure and/or destination, which should be available for inspection if requested.
When a vehicle (or passenger) carrying firearms arrives at the port our Duty Manager and the Port Security will then be notified and locally documented procedures will then be implemented to ensure that the following actions occurs, as appropriate.
- If a vehicle will be carrying firearms the customer must declare so at the time of booking (for bookings made online, please call 0343 208 1801 (calls cost no more than calls to geographic numbers 01 or 02) with your booking reference number) and also notify us again at the check-in booth upon arrival at the port.
- The Stena Line Duty Manager and Port Security will be notified. Locally documented procedures will ensure that the following action occurs:
The firearms will remain in the vehicle for the duration of the crossing provided that:
a) the firearm(s) are out of sight - locked in the boot or other secure area within the vehicle.
b) The loading officer or his nominated deputy has confirmed that all doors to the vehicle are locked.
The port and ship will ensure that measures are implemented to enable the identification of vehicles carrying firearms whilst they are within the Port area and on board ship.
When the ship arrives at its destination this procedure will operate in reverse according to local documented procedures in that port.
- If a foot passenger will be carrying firearms the customer must declare so at the time of booking (for bookings made online, please call 0343 208 1801 (calls cost no more than calls to geographic numbers 01 or 02) with your booking reference number) and again at the check-in desk upon arrival at the port.
- On arrival at the port of departure foot passengers should surrender any firearm and provide appropriate certificates at Foot passenger check-in.
- The Stena Line Duty Manager and Port Security will be notified.
- Firearms surrendered by foot passengers will be conveyed by the Stena Line Duty Manager or his representative to the Ship's master or nominated deputy for safe keeping.
- The firearm will be returned to disembarking foot passengers on board the vessel in the destination port. A representative of Stena Line must then escort the passenger out of the port.
Please Note, if you would like to travel on our Harwich to the Hook of Holland route with firearms or ammunition, please call 0343 208 1801 to find out more information on how this can be done.