Travelling With Pets/Animals

I am a foot passenger, 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 £17 single per pet.


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.


Please note: Following the UK's exit from the European Union we have entered the Transition Period that will last until 31st December 2020. During this transition period EU rules and regulations will continue to apply and therefore any ferry travel between UK and EU will just be the same as before and your travel plans between now and 31 December 2020 will not be affected.

If you are planning to travel from UK to EU after 31st December 2020 further information is available at GOV.UK.