Travelling with Pets ON THE IRISH SEA


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 car, in one of our pre-bookable kennels (subject to availability) on all routes between Ireland and Britain. Please note: All pets must be pre-booked. 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.

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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Travelling by Car

Pets may travel free of charge either in your vehicle or you may use one of the limited number of kennels located on the car deck which must be pre-booked. Guide, hearing and autism assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of our ports and ships.

Travelling by Foot

Your pet can travel for free in one of our onboard kennels (available on all Irish Sea routes, charges apply of Liverpool - Belfast route) or in a secure pet traveller case (Cairnryan - Belfast route only, max size: 80cm x 52cm x 52cm) but must be pre-booked. Guide, hearing and autism assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of our ports and ships.

Top Tips Top Tips

Pets travelling to Britain and Europe need to have documentation showing that the necessary vaccinations such as rabies, tick and worm treatment have been carried out.


Under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), a pet passport is required in order to travel and your pet needs to be microchipped. Read more about PETS requirements.


Certain breeds of dogs are more sensitive to heat/poor air circulation in vehicles. Take extra precautions and pre-book a kennel or leave the vehicle windows down sufficiently to give them some air.

Exercise & Toys

It’s important to exercise your pet to ensure they are comfortable prior to boarding the ferry and bring their favourite toys to keep them entertained for the journey ahead.

Fed & Watered

Don’t give your pet too much to eat before the ferry departs but leave water in your vehicle in case they get thirsty and ensure they have plenty of time for toilet breaks prior to boarding.

Test Run

First time travelling with your pet? If so, why not take them out on a few long drives in your vehicle to make sure they are comfortable with their surroundings.

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.



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.