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Travel with Pets

Travel with Pets

Cats and dogs are welcome at Bay Ferries and on board The CAT.

Our terminals at Yarmouth and Bar Harbor have designated outdoor pet relief areas – look for the signs. Please note U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canada Border Services Agency require pet owners to clear customs before exiting their vehicle with a pet.

On the ship pets must remain comfortably in your vehicle or stay in an onboard kennel on the vehicle deck. Exception: Documented service animals on leash are permitted on the passenger deck. Please advise us at check-in if you require a kennel as they are limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

In preparation for the sailing:

  • Please ensure your pet has had a visit to the relief area.
  • Bring adequate food and water for the voyage.
  • Ensure there is access to fresh air – roll down the windows!

Pets may not leave the vehicle decks. They are not permitted on inside or outside passenger decks.

For safety reasons, pet owners are not permitted to stay with, or visit pets during the voyage. Crew members monitor the vehicle deck, which is kept at a comfortable temperature. We will let you know if your pet appears uncomfortable, via an announcement.

Travelling from the United States to Canada

If you’re travelling from the United States to Canada with your dog, they must be healthy and have a valid rabies vaccination certificate. If your dog is less than three months old, you must provide proof of their age from your veterinarian. Service dogs must also meet these requirements.

Domestic cats require a valid rabies vaccination certificate and a veterinary certificate. Cats less than three months old require proof of their age. Non-domestic cats are not permitted entry into Canada. Learn more about travelling with your pet to Canada.

Travelling from Canada to the United States

Your dog must be healthy and have a valid rabies vaccine certificate. Puppies younger than four months cannot enter the United States. Service dogs must also meet these requirements.

Cats are permitted to enter the United States at any age without certificates, but must be examined by an inspector for any signs of disease communicable to humans. Learn more about travelling with your pet to the United States.

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