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.


Please Note: Visit the Government website for the latest advice 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.

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.

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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.