Which pets can I take with me?
Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets*, some birds, chickens and ducks may travel on Spirit of Tasmania. * Biosecurity restrictions may apply to ferrets entering Tasmania. For further information please call Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment on 1300 368 550.
Which animals are not permitted on board?
Wildlife such as reptiles, amphibians (i.e. frogs), birds, water-based animals (i.e. fish, yabbies, tortoises), worms, spiders, pigeons, doves and rodents cannot travel on board Spirit of Tasmania.
Booking a kennel
If travelling with a pet, it is a requirement that your pet travels in a Spirit of Tasmania kennel.
One kennel must be booked per pet unless the animal is a mother with pups or kittens.
Please note, we are unable to allocate kennel sizes relevant to the size of the pet or reserve particular kennels for your animal.
Our kennels vary in size. As a guide, the approximate measurements are: 700mm wide x 800mm high x 900mm deep. If your animal needs a larger housing unit, we are unable to assist and you must arrange an alternative suitable housing unit, please refer to our Conditions of Carriage - Special Conditions B: Animals.
Smaller animals such as rabbits**, guinea pigs**, ferrets, birds or chickens should be carried in their own carrier and then placed into a kennel.
**There are restrictions on bringing fodder (hay) into Tasmania as food or bedding for your rabbit or guinea pig. Please ensure your small pet travels with enough food and water to sustain him for his journey. We recommend shredded newspaper as a supplement for hay as bedding for the journey.
Tasmania has strict rules about bringing any plant, fruit or vegetable material into Tasmania. Please ensure these items are not inside your small pet’s carrier upon arrival into the state.
Your small pet and its carrier will be inspected by Biosecurity officers at point of entry into the state. A fee for service may apply.
Boarding with your pet
There are a few extra steps to take when boarding Spirit of Tasmania with a pet. Watch our boarding video to ensure both you and your pet get aboard safe and sound.
Should you have any further queries, our friendly crew will be able to assist you.
Pets are not allowed inside cabins (with the exception of assistance dogs) and pets should not be left inside your vehicle during the sailing.
Our kennels are located on ventilated decks. For safety reasons, passengers are not permitted to access the vehicle decks to visit pets while the ship is at sea. Fresh water is supplied and pets are checked regularly throughout the sailing.
Bedding is not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own bedding. Please address any other requirements with our crew at the time of boarding.
All dogs entering Tasmania are subject to biosecurity entry conditions and must be treated for Hydatid Tape Worm within 14 days prior to entering Tasmania. Documentary evidence of this treatment must be carried by whoever accompanies the dog into Tasmania and presented at time of inspection.
The evidence can be:
- An official statement/certificate by a vet
- A statutory declaration by the owner
- Other evidence of treatment (such as the pill packet and purchase receipt)
For more information, call the Dogs to Tasmania Info Line on 1800 684 215 or refer to this information page.
For more information on bringing specific animal breeds into Tasmania contact Department of Industries, Parks, Water and Environment on the numbers below or visit Biosecurity-Tasmania.
- Plants/Fruits to Tasmania - (03) 6165 3777
- Dogs to Tasmania - Toll Free 1800 684 215
- Aquarium and Pet Fish - (03) 6165 3777
- Fish, fish products and fishing/diving equipment (marine and freshwater) – 03 6165 3777
- Livestock/pets/bees/domestic animals (including livestock restrictions applying to Bass Strait Islands – Biosecurity Vet 03 6165 3777
- Native wildlife and aviary birds – 03 6165 4305
- Restricted fin-fish – 03 6777 2200
Please refer to our Conditions of Carriage - Special Conditions B: Animals for more information on sailing with animals.
If you are carrying livestock, please contact us on 1800 884 305 to make your booking.