TAKING YOUR PETS TO NORTHERN IRELAND
Pets can travel free of charge on our Irish Sea routes – so there’s no need to leave your furry friends behind.
If you’re travelling by car you can take up to four pets for free. All pets must stay in the car while on board, but you may visit your pet on our longer sailings subject to staff availability.
There are no facilities for foot or coach passengers to travel with their pets and the only pets allowed on the passenger decks are registered Guide or Assistance Dogs. If you’re bringing a pet from outside the UK, you will need to check the legal requirements before you travel.
Below we’ve put together a few tips on how to make the journey as hassle-free and comfortable as possible for you and your pet.
- Passengers with pets need to check in at least 45 minutes before departure.
- It is the passenger’s responsibility to clean up after their pet.
- All pets must stay in your car during the journey. Our policy meets EU rules on pet travel.
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Make sure your pet is up to date with all its vaccinations and it is in good health. If you are planning to take your pet abroad, please check the DEFRA website for vaccination requirements.
You don’t need a Pet Passport to take your pet on our Irish Sea routes. If you’re planning to take your pet abroad your vet can give you a pet passport.
FEED AND WATER
Feed your pet at least a few hours before boarding ̶ do it later and they may get travel sick. Always allow time for your pet to go to the toilet before boarding.
EXERCISE AND PLAY
Give your pet plenty of exercise before they travel ̶ they’re likely to be less restless in the car. It’s also a good idea to leave them some toys to amuse them during the voyage.
COOL AND CALM
Make sure your car is well ventilated and as cool as possible, particularly in the summer months. Leave your pet’s bedding in the car with them so they feel comfortable.
If your pet isn’t used to long journeys, take them in the car a few times before the crossing. You might want to consider a night ferry crossing when they will be used to sleeping.
NEED A VET?
If your pet is poorly on the way to the ferry, you’ll find the nearest vets to Larne and Cairnryan below.
As your pet stays in your vehicle during the voyage, it’s important to make sure they’re fully fit and well before you board.