Travelling With Pets/Animals

Can I take my pet to Europe?


For travel between Britain and Ireland:

Yes, you can take your pet on all vessels to Europe without them being subject to quarantine laws on re-entry to the Ireland/UK. Your pet can travel in the car or in one of our onboard kennels subject to availability. Please note, we cannot allow pets on the passenger deck except for guide, hearing and assistance dogs. There is a maximum of 5 pets allowed per booking.



For travel between Ireland and France on our Rosslare – Cherbourg route:

Yes, you can take your pet on our Rosslare – Cherbourg route free-of-charge. Pets are permitted to travel in their owner’s vehicle or in onboard kennels subject to availability. You must advise that you intend to bring a pet at the time of booking and in advance of travel. Pets (excluding guide, hearing and assistance dogs) will not be allowed in the passenger areas of the ship. Access to the car deck during the crossing is not permitted unless accompanied by a member of staff and at dedicated times during the crossing. Unaccompanied pets will not be permitted to travel. There is a maximum of 5 pets allowed per booking. Please be advised that you will need to ensure that your pet passport is up to date and that the Irish Department of Agriculture insist on the following treatments before travel. From 1 January 2012, all pets entering Ireland from another EU Member State (eg. France) must be:

1.   Identified by micro-chip (However a clearly readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011 is also acceptable.)

2.   Vaccinated against rabies, at least 21 days before entry into Ireland

3.   In the case of dogs, treated against the tapeworm echinococcus multilocularis within a period not more than 120 hours and no less than 24 hours before the time of scheduled arrival in Ireland. (i.e. between 5 days and 1 day prior to entry.)

Veterinary certification of the above is to be contained in the EU Pet Passport or the Third Country Health Certificate (as currently).


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Stena Horizon kennel sizes:

  • 75cm width x 86cm high x 102cm deep
  • 86cm width x 75cm high x 102cm deep



Please note: Certain breeds of dogs are more sensitive to heat/poor air circulation in vehicles. We would advise owners to take extra precautions and to use the kennel facilities where available onboard our ships.