All the information you need to know if you are travelling with your pet.
- Travelling by ferry with a pet
If you are travelling with your 4-legged friend, you will be happy to know that all ferry companies allow pets on board, but certain regulations apply.
Passengers must specify at the time of booking that they will be travelling with a pet.
Your pet must have an valid pet passport.
Pets cannot travel unaccompanied.
Pet owners are responsible for their pet’s care, safety and hygiene.
Pet owners are solely responsible for any possible harm or damage caused by their pet to any third party.
Visually impaired passengers may travel with their guide dog, in accordance with the national (Law No. 376 of 25 August 1988), international and EU regulations (Article 11.5 of Regulation (EU) No. 1177/2010), at no extra cost but the ferry company/travel agent must be informed at the time of booking.
Depending on the company and ship you are travelling with, you will find special facilities (kennels) on board for dogs and cats, while some companies also offer a specific number of cabins where pets are allowed (pet cabins). Other pets such as hamsters, birds, rabbits are allowed also but must remain in their carriers/cages at all times.
Pets are not allowed indoors (bars, restaurants and other public areas) or in vehicles (unless you have booked camping on board), while access to the vehicle deck is forbidden during crossings. While walking on the open decks, pets are required to wear a muzzle and be on a leash, accompanied by the pet owner or guardian. The pet owner or guardian is held fully responsible for the care, safety and hygiene of the pet and for adhering to all laws and regulations related to the above.
Cabins where pets are allowed are indicated as PET CABINS in the online booking system.
Pet Travel Declaration Questionnare
Based on the existing legislative framework (article 18 § 7 of Law 4830/2021 / Official Gazette Issue A' 169/18.09.2021, it is mandatory for passengers traveling with animals to declare them when booking / issuing their tickets, in order to be recorded in the electronic booking system.
Issuing of tickets for pets is mandatory, and the following data are required/recorded:
Pet Passport number or Pet Health Certificate number
Category of Animal (e.g. Companion, Therapy, Assistance)*
Size of Animal (Large > 10 Kg or Small <= 10 Kg)
Class (Pet in cabin / Pet in kennel / Pet on deck)
Escorts must have the pet’s health certificate with them at all times (residents of the European Union must also have the pet’s official EU Pet Passport with them), follow all boarding procedures and be responsible for the care, safety and hygiene of the pet throughout the journey. Cats, dogs and ferrets must have proof of vaccination against rabies.
Vessels have designated areas (cages) on the open passenger’s decks for accommodation of large pets.
Small pets up to 10 kg can accompany their owners to the specially designed interiors of the vessel with the indication “PET FRIENDLY AREA” if they are transported in special cages and have the appropriate health and vaccination certificates.
The pet must remain in the transport container at all times with the door always tightly closed. At no point is your pet allowed to sit on a seat.
Pets not travelling in a container must remain outdoors on the open passenger decks, wear a harness/leash and must wear a muzzle.
Search and Rescue Dogs, dogs used by the Armed Forces, Security Forces, Law Enforcement Authorities, the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR) and the Ministry of Finance, Assistance Dogs and Therapy Animals of all sizes are allowed to accompany their owner in all public open and closed areas of the vessel, provided they have the relevant certificates, who prove their status, good health and vaccination and carry a strap / leash.
It is forbidden for large pets (>10 kg) to stay inside the closed common passengers accommodation areas and the enclosed vehicle stowage areas.
Pets must always be accompanied, wear a strap / leash and wear a mandatory muzzle. Passengers travelling with a pet must always carry with them their recent updated health booklet and be responsible for their care, safety and hygiene.
Pet owners are solely responsible for any possible damage or harm that may be caused by their pet to any third party.
Unaccompanied pets are not accepted for embarkation.
It is clarified that according to Law 4830/2021 / Government Gazette Issue A ́169 / 18.09.2021 (article 3 ), “Pet” means any animal that is maintained or intended to be maintained by humans mainly in his home, for reasons of animal welfare. If articles of this law concern specific pets, such as dogs and cats, then these are explicitly mentioned. Companion animals are also assistance dogs, working dogs, as well as therapy animals. Wild animals cannot be kept as pets.
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