Want to bring your pet?

pets go free

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.


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: Latest government regulations for travelling with a pet from Britain to any EU country after 31 October 2019. 

The rules for pet travel from Britain to the EU will change when Britain leaves the EU. Pet owners should contact a vet at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice. 

Advice from DEFRA


Pets travelling on Holyhead - Dublin

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.


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.


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 brought onboard in pet carriers on this route.

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 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.


For more detailed information on travelling with pets on our Rosslare - Cherbourg route, click here.