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Pet Travel: flying with pets, policies, fees and FAQs.

Here’s all you need to know to fly with your pet. Policies, Airlines, Requirements and Prices.

Are you thinking of travelling with your sweet pet around the world? Here all you need to know to better organise your trip with the most popular airlines such as British Airways, Ryanair, Easyjet etc.

First of all, there are different rules depending on what country you are going to:

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Travelling to non EU countries

If you’re travelling to a non-EU country, you’ll need to get an export health certificate (EHC).

An EHC checks that your pet meets the health requirements of the country you’re travelling to.

If you are in England, Scotland or Wales you’ll also need to complete an export application form (EXA).

Always check any additional rules of each country.

Travelling to EU countries or Northern Ireland 

If you’re travelling to a EU country and Northern Ireland you will need the following things:

These requirements also apply to assistance dogs.

Always check any additional rules of each country.

Travelling to the UK

If you’re travelling to the Uk the rules applied are not valid for Northern Ireland.

You will need the following things:

Be careful because your pet may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months if you do not follow these rules – or refused entry if you travelled by sea. You’re responsible for any fees or charges.

Can my pet travel on the plane?

Here is a table with the most popular airlines and their rules about travelling with a pet.

AirlineCabinHoldCost
Aegean AirlinesOnly cats and dogs (exceptions). Max. weight for a pet (or pets of the same species) with their container is 8 kg.The container must not exceed 55×40×23 cm. For DH8-100, DH8-400 and ATR aircraft, 40×25×25 cm max.If a pet with its container exceeds the 8 kg limit, then it should only be transported in the aircraft hold.Animals may not be accepted for a connecting time of more than 3 hours.€30–€120 in the cabin
€90–€190 in the hold
Fees depend on the route and your pet’s weight
Aer LingusNot allowed.Pets must be booked through a pet agent at IAG Cargo for carriage on Aer Lingus flights in the aircraft hold.Roughly €60–€160, depending on your route and pet’s size
Air France / KLMOnly cats and dogs.8kg pet + container
Container 46×28×24 cm max
At least 15 weeks old 
Only cats and dogs between 8kg and 75kg.
Snub-nosed animals are not permitted.
For metropolitan France: €40 in the cabin; €80 in the hold
For Europe: €55 in the cabin; €200 in the hold
Other flights: €125 in the cabin; €400 in the hold
American AirlinesYou can bring 1 kennel as your carry-on bag. Dogs and cats can be transported as cargo on a first-come basis. 2 pets at least 8 weeks old per passenger. Combined weight for the carrier and pet shouldn’t exceed 45 kg.$125 per kennel in the cabin
Cargo fees vary depending on distance and will be confirmed at time of booking
British AirwaysNot allowed.All pets must travel in the hold.From the UK: PetAir UKTo the UK: IAG Cargo£800–£3500, depending on the size of a pet and destination
DeltaSmall dogs, cats and household birds can travel in the cabin for a one-way fee, collected at check-in. They must be able to fit in a small ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you.If your pet doesn’t fit in a carrier in the seat in front of you, you can ship them with Delta Cargo.75–200 USD/CAD/EUR in the cabin, depending on the route
For cargo fees, contact Delta Cargo
easyJetNot allowed. Just registered assistance dogs.Not allowed.
EmiratesNot allowed. Just registered assistance dogs.A pet must be 4 months or older. The total dimensions of your pet carrier must be 300 cm (118 in) or less. Otherwise, your pet must be transported as cargo.You have to fill in this form at least one week before your scheduled departure.Roughly $500-$800, depending on your pet’s weight
For cargo rates, please contact SkyCargo directly
Etihad AirwaysYou can pay to bring your cat or dog on board Etihad operated flights to and from Abu Dhabi. For all other destinations, check with the relevant country authorities if your pet can travel in the cabin.Most pets must be transported as manifested cargo with Etihad Cargo.$200, or 29,000 Etihad Guest Miles
FlybeNot allowed. Just registered assistance dogsNot allowed.
Jet2.comNot allowed. Just registered assistance dogsNot allowed.
LufthansaDogs and cats that weigh less than 8 kg including their transport container can travel in the cabin.They must be 12 weeks or older (15 weeks or older for transportation to/from Germany).Pets weighing over 8 kg, including their container, may be transported under certain conditions as excess baggage in the aircraft’s air-conditioned cargo hold.The minimum age of the animals — over 12 (15 for flights to/from Germany) weeks.€60 in the cabin
€100-€200 in the cargo hold
QantasNot allowed.Suspended
Qatar AirwaysYou can only carry one falcon in the Economy Class cabin.Qatar Airways accepts domesticated dogs, cats, and birds as checked baggage, either on your flight or separately. Pet travel container info.$200–$450, depending on your pet’s weight and your destination
RyanairNot allowed. Just registered assistance dogsNot allowed.
TUINot allowed.Your pet can usually go on the same flight as you, but it’ll need to travel in the cargo hold, where the temperature and air pressure is controlled.About €80
There’s an additional €7.50 surcharge per pet and per leg of the trip if the pet booking isn’t notified in advance
Turkish AirlinesIf your pet doesn’t weigh more than 8 kg with its cage and the cage dimensions don’t exceed 23 cm high, 30 cm wide and 40 cm long, they can be transported in the cabin of the aircraft.If the crate exceeds 23×30×40 cm or your pet with its cage weighs over 8 kg, it will be transported in the aircraft hold.Some species can be transported through Turkish Cargo only.120 TRY (£5.80) in the cabin
200–350 TRY (£9.60-£16.90) in the cargo hold
United AirlinesDomesticated cats and dogs that can fit in a travel carrier underneath the seat in front of you. You can bring aboard your in-cabin pet’s kennel in addition to your carry-on bag allowance.Suspended.$125 in the cabin
Virgin AtlanticNot allowed. Just registered assistance dogsCurrently unavailable. You can contact IPATA for approved agents and advice.
VuelingNot allowed on flights to/from the UK. Cats, dogs, birds (excl. birds of prey), and turtles/tortoises are allowed in the cabin on all other routes.Limits are 45×39×21 cm and no heavier than 10 kg with the pet inside. For flights operated by Iberia, the standard limit of 8 kg applies.Not allowed.€40 for domestic flights within Spain
€50 for international and Canary Islands flights