Bringing pets on the ferry

Travelling with pets?

Everyone deserves a break - even your four legged friends! 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 for the duration of the crossing or they can be placed in one of our onboard kennels (subject to availability) but must be pre-booked online. 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.


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 areas on all Stena Line routes, vessels and ports. Hearing and autism assistance dogs also have full access at our ports and onboard our ships.


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 2021 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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Pets Go FREE on the Irish Seas

Pets travel free of charge on our routes to Ireland, Britain and France! Find out more about the pet facilities available onboard our ships and how to pre-book online.


Take your pet to Holland with Stena Line

You and the whole family, including your pet can travel with Stena Line to Holland and the continent. Take your pet in the car or in the kennel for just £19, so book online today.


RSPCA Top Tips when travelling with your pet
Pet Travel Top Tips

The Chamber of Shipping and the RSPCA have been working together to provide welfare guidance for dogs travelling on ferries.

Stena Line are delighted to be able to share this document with you and hope you will find it useful and helpful when preparing for your next journey.