Travelling With Pets/Animals

I am a foot passenger on the ferry, can my dog travel onboard with me?

Irish Sea and Rosslare-Cherbourg routes

Foot passengers may pre-book a kennel (all routes) or bring small pets onboard (Belfast-Cairnryan route only) if they are secured for the duration of the crossing at all times in their own pet carrier case (max. size: 80cm x 52cm x 52cm, pets cannot be taken out of the container anywhere onboard including the outer decks) - otherwise passengers will be asked to place the carrier case on the car desk in the dedicated kennel area for the duration of the crossing. All pets must be pre-booked as a limited number of carrier cases are allowed onboard each sailing. Pets are not permitted in the passenger areas onboard our Belfast-Liverpool and Rosslare-Cherbourg routes so a kennel or dog lodge must pre-booked in advance of travel.


On the Belfast-Liverpool route dog lodges cost £15 single. On the Rosslare-Cherbourg route there are a limited number of free kennels available along with heated dog lodges that cost £30 single. On both of these routes, the dog lodges are situated on the Promenade Deck and allow access to your pet throughout the crossing. Not only can you visit your dog but you can also exercise them under controlled conditions. You must advise that you intend to bring a pet at the time of booking and must pre-book a kennel or dog lodge in advance of travel.


You can pre-book a kennel, dog lodge or your pet’s carrier case on the “Stena Plus & Onboard Extras” step of the booking process.


Pets, other than guide, hearing or autism assistance dogs, are not permitted in the Superfast Suites.


Guide, hearing and autism assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the port and onboard our vessels. Please visit our Guest Services desk when you board in order to show the relevant documentation for your dog to allow access to all areas onboard.


Harwich-Hook of Holland route

If you are travelling by foot on our Harwich-Hook of Holland route, it is mandatory to book a kennel onboard for your pet, otherwise they will not be permitted to travel. This costs an additional £18 single per pet. A maximum of 5 pets per vehicle or a maximum of 3 pets per foot passenger is allowed.


Guide dogs are permitted to accompany their owners onto the passenger decks, and are also allowed into their cabin during the crossing.

Please note: All guide and assistance dogs must have the necessary paperwork when checking in at the port and must wear the correct harnesses and jackets at all times while travelling.


Small pets are permitted onboard our Belfast-Cairnryan route if they are secured for the duration of the crossing at all times in a pet traveller case, otherwise passengers will be asked to place the pet traveller case on the car deck in the dedicated kennel area.


Brexit Advice

At present there has been no agreement on pet travel between the UK and the EU, therefore if no agreement is reached, from 1st January 2021, the rules for travelling to EU countries with your pet will change.


While the UK government has said it remains hopeful that an agreement can be reached, if it is not then pet owners will need to contact their vets 4 months prior to travel to discuss the latest requirements including the documentation and vaccinations needed. This means that all pet owners looking to travel with their pets on 1 January will need to contact their vets as soon as possible in order to start this process on 1 September at the latest even if your pet has current vaccinations.


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