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Travelling with Pets Tips

Pets on GNV ferries: tips for travelling

Travel with your 4-legged best friend: pets are welcome on board GNV!
Besides traditional accommodations, you can also choose the Pet Cabin.

Remember to always carry the following with you:

  • medical records
  • extra food
  • food and water bowls
  • muzzle
  • leash
  • scoop and hygiene bags

Your friend’s safety is very important. Never remove the pet’s collar or harness during the trip and attach a tag with your telephone number. Keep a photo of your pet with you. It will be easier to find if it gets lost!

Remember that you are not travelling alone! You will find walking areas just for you. Also, show respect for other passengers who don’t know you, keeping your pet leashed and muzzled, if required, in common areas.

Before travelling, take your pet to the veterinarian to make sure it is healthy. Visiting your veterinarian is important in order to obtain the documents you need for your trip.

During the visit, the following will be checked:

  • basic vaccinations (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus)
  • rabies vaccination (where necessary)
  • worming
  • flea and tick prevention treatments

Seeing eye dogs: contact



Since 2016, GNV has been working in partnership with ENPA (The National Board for Animal Protection) to actively address the problem of stray and abandoned animals. The Company operates routes from Sicily, escorting and hosting ENPA volunteers, along with their four-legged friends, in cabins specifically designed for pets, with easy-to-clean linoleum flooring and a daily sanitation service. Our ships also have a dedicated area on the outside deck where animals can wander around freely.

ENPA is the oldest and leading animal protection association in Italy, which has partnered with GNV in order to find homes or foster facilities for more than 1,400 abandoned dogs in Sicily.