Stena Line Pet Policy
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Stena Line Ferries Pet Policy

Stena Line Ferries Pet Policy
Stena Line Ferries

For forms, instructions and information for taking a pet aboard a Stena Line Ferries, Stena Line Ferries Pet Policy


  • Harwich, England to the Hook of Holland
  • Portsmouth, England to Cherbourg, France
  • Hook of Holland to Harwich, England
  • Liverpool to Belfast
  • Belfast to Cairnryan
  • Dublin/Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead
  • Rosslare to Fishguard

Stena Line accepts the carriage of pet animals, at a charge of $11.00 each way for any pet traveling onboard.

All pets must either travel in your vehicle or in the onboard kennel except on the Liverpool to Belfast route where dog lodges are available. Pets are not allowed in the public areas or cabins onboard our ships for hygiene reasons.

Onboard kennel - There are a limited number of places available in the onboard kennel that must be booked in advance of travel by calling the Stena Line call centre on 08447 70 70 70. Pets can travel inside your vehicle however, we recommend that dogs should be placed in the kennel.

Traveling by car - At check in you will receive a colored hanger to identify that you are carrying a pet. This should be placed on your windscreen rear-view mirror and must remain there until you have cleared customs in each port. When boarding the ship we ask you to follow the directions from our staff closely. After boarding please report to the information desk on deck 8. If your pet is traveling inside your vehicle you must ensure that:

  • your pet at all times remains inside your vehicle.
  • the ventilation inside your vehicle is good and the pet's welfare is well catered for.

Traveling on foot - If you are traveling on foot you must book the onboard kennel for your pet, your pet may otherwise not be permitted to travel. After boarding please report to the information desk on deck 8, our staff will then help you to place your pet in the kennel.

Visits during the crossing: It is recommended that you make a short visit to your pet during the crossing to ensure its well being. This can be arranged at the information desk on deck 8 where a member of staff will advise you when the visit can take place. Your pet may however at no time leave the vehicle or kennel.

Guide dogs are allowed to travel on the passenger decks with their owners. Please contact Stena Line a few days before you travel on 08447 70 70 70 so that we can alert staff onboard the ship.

Places in the onboard kennels are limited. Call 08447 70 70 70 to secure a place as far in advance as possible.

A certificate of good health is required indicating that the pet is healthy enough for travel, is free of diseases communicable to humans and has been properly vaccinated. We have helpful forms, instructions and information for taking a pet aboard Stena Line Ferries

Pets should travel with proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip is implanted and more than 21 days before travel as well as an EU Pet Passport.

In many cases, your destination will be another country on the ferry or cruise line, and it will be necessary that you have the proper documents to enter that country with your pet. Most countries have their own version of a veterinary certificate, sometimes called a Zoo Sanitary Certificate. In addition, some countries require an important permit.

When the weather is very cold the Ferry Line may not be able to accommodate your pet in one of the pet crates located on the deck of the ship.

Each cruise and ferry line has different rules regarding the method of transporting pets aboard the ship.

If the ferry line allows you to transport the pet in your own automobile or in your own pet crate, you will need to have a suitable pet crate. The pet crate must meet certain standards of quality and construction in order to be taken aboard ship.

To learn more about compliant pet crates, visit our Passports Container Requirements

Make sure you find the best size crate for your pet

1. Never give your pet a medical (prescription) sedative prior to traveling on a ferry or cruise ship. If you have a hyper or nervous pet, then give it a natural relaxing agent such as HAPPY TRAVELER.
2. Always purchase your pet carrier well in advance of your trip so that the pet can get used to it.
3. Be sure to tell the cruise or ferry line you will be traveling with a pet as they impose restrictions on the number of pets on a specific sailing.
4. Even though sea travel may be stressful both you and your pet, both of you will be happier if your pet gets to travel with you on your trip.

Don't forget to get your forms, instructions and information for taking a pet aboard Stena Line Ferries

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Stena Line Ferries Pet Policy