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Take your pet from Dublin - Holyhead


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Everyone deserves a break – even your four legged friends! What’s more, when they travel with us they go FREE! Before you travel, please read the information below so you and your pet can be assured of a happy and healthy trip away.

 

Pets can travel in your vehicle or in one of our onboard kennels on all routes between Ireland and Britain but must be pre-booked

 

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. All pets must be pre-booked prior to travelling. 

 

Please note: Visit the Government website for the latestadvice on travelling with a pet from Britain to any EU country after 31 October 2019. 


If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019, pet owners would need to visit their vet four months before travelling. They will need to ensure their pet has a microchip, an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody. The blood test needs to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after its last rabies vaccination (whether that’s a booster or initial vaccination) and a minimum of three calendar months before travel. A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU. Instead, pet owners would need to apply an Animal Health Certificate no more than 10 days before travel. Stay updated!

 

Pets travelling on Dublin - Holyhead

By car

Kennels can be pre-booked at no extra charge or if you prefer, your pet can remain in the vehicle for the duration of the crossing. You can pre-book a kennel on the "Stena Plus & Onboard Extras" step of the booking process. Please note that we have a limited number of kennels available. You must advise us that you intend to bring a pet in advance of travel when you book.

 

By foot

Kennels can be pre-booked at no extra charge. You can pre-book a kennel on the "Stena Plus & Onboard Extras" step of the booking process. Please note that we have a limited number of kennels available. You must advise us that you intend to bring a pet in advance of travel when you book.

 

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.

 

Please note that pets cannot be taken onboard in a pet carrier on this route.

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Guide, hearing and assistance dogs

Stena Line is proud to have signed the Guide Dog Travel Charter, a code of ethics for the treatment of Guide Dogs and their owners by the travel industry.


In accordance with the charter, guide dogs are entitled to free travel and have full access to the passenger decks on all Stena Line routes and vessels.


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.

What papers will my pet need?

Under the EU pet movement system, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets moving between EU Member States must meet the same animal health rules. All pets travelling between the Republic of Ireland and the UK or Continental Europe and between the UK and Continental Europe must be micro chipped, vaccinated against rabies and accompanied by a pet passport.

 

Please note it is your responsibility to provide all necessary documents and make all arrangements including where necessary quarantine, to satisfy all legal requirements.

 

For more information, visit the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at www.defra.gov.uk or by calling 0870 241 1710.

 

You can find more information about the changes made to pet travel implemented on 29th December 2014 by viewing the EU Pet Travel Scheme.

 

If you are travelling with 6 or more pets with the intention of attending a competition or show, you must complete an exemption from commercial movement declaration form. You should book via our 'Groups' department on 08445 764 764 (calls cost 7p per minute per minute, plus your phone company's access charge) with evidence of the competition or show then provide the exemption declaration on check-in.

 

If you are travelling with 6 or more pets and are not travelling for a competition or show, you must book via our Freight department on 0845 070 4000 (calls cost 7p per minute per minute, plus your phone company's access chargeand provide all necessary paperwork for the the commercial movement of animals.

 

Useful links

 

Exemption declaration forms

 

Travelling with pets from Northern Ireland

 

Commercial movement of pets from Northern Ireland 

 

UK Government advice on exporting live animals