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International airline pet policies for in-cabin travel

The following information has been collected from the airlines’ published pet policies, supplemented (in some cases) by telephone inquiries. It was last updated on February 19, 2016.

For each airline, I have provided a link to the airline’s pet policy. Please note that the policies include details that I can’t fit into this chart. For example, some countries do not allow pets to arrive in-cabin (including the U.K., South Africa and Australia). Because of airplane cabin configurations, in-cabin pets won’t fit at all under some sections’ seats. Information like this varies by airline, so read the policies carefully. If you still have questions, call your airline’s contact number and get answers before you arrive at the airport.

It is also a good idea to print out a copy of your airline’s policy, so that if a dispute arises with a ticketing or gate agent, you will have the actual policy to refer to (not the agent’s potentially faulty memory of the policy).

AirlineIn-cabin pets OK?Pets per passengerWeight limitMinimum ageCarrier sizeFee (each way)
Aer LingusNo (checked or cargo only)
AeroflotYes18 kg (18 lbs.) totalnot stated“115 cm in three dimensions (length, height, width)"calculated as
excess baggage
AeroMexicoYes (dogs only, on flights 6 hours or less)19 kg total (7 kg total on E-145 planes)8 weeks
(4 mos. for travel to/from USA)
(E-145 planes) or
(all other planes)
$145 to/from USA
Air CanadaYes110 kg (22 lbs.) total12 weeks21.5Lx15.5Wx9H (if soft-sided, can be 10.5" tall)$50 or $100 CAD/US (depending on destination)
Air FranceYes18 kg (18 lbs.) total10 weeks (8 weeks in "metropolitan France")not specified; the carrier Air France sells is 42x30x20cm200 from/to USA (EUR, USD or CAD, depending on country of departure)
Air New ZealandNo (checked or cargo only)
AlitaliaYesup to 5 (note A)10 kg total3 mos. (within Europe)17.5Lx8.5Wx10.2H (40x20x24 cm); 2-4 cm taller ok if soft-sided$200 from USA; 200 to USA (EUR, USD or CAD, depending on country of departure)
American AirlinesYes (but not transatlantic)1 carriernot stated8 weeks19Lx13Wx9H
(slightly larger ok if
ANA All Nippon AirwaysNo (checked only)
Asiana AirlinesYes1 carrier (note B)5 kg total8 weeks"The sum of width, depth and height of the cage is less than 115cm and the height is 21cm or shorter
(Up to 25cm for soft cases)"
calculated as
excess baggage
AviancaYes1not stated8 weeksnot stated$125 to/from USA
British AirwaysNo (cargo only)
Cathay Pacific AirlinesNo (checked or cargo only)
Copa AirlinesYes120 lbs. total8 weeks17Lx13Wx7.5H (hard-sided);
18Lx11Wx11H (soft-sided)
DeltaYes (though not U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Hong Kong, UAE, Dubai, Dakar, Barbados, Jamaica)1 (note C)not stated10 weeksvaries by plane; call Reservationsfee varies; 200 "outside the U.S." (EUR, USD or CAD, depending on country of departure)
EmiratesNo (checked or cargo only)
EtihadNo (cargo only)
EVA AirNo (checked only)
IberiaYes1+ (note D)8 kg totalnot stated"The container may be a maximum of 45 cm in length, 35 cm in width and 25 cm in depth, provided that the sum of those 3 measurements does not exceed 105 cm."150 (EUR or USD, depending on flight), "except for return flights with origin in Brazil. The charge per animal for those flights is USD 240."
IcelandairNo (checked or cargo only)
JALNo (checked or cargo only)
KLMYes18 kg (18 lbs.) totalnot stated"max. dimensions 46 (length) x 28 (width) x 24 (height) cm, or in a hard kennel with max. dimensions 46 (length) x 28 (width) x 20 (height) cm""The costs depend on the destination."
Korean AirYes1 (note E)5 kg (11 lbs.) total8 weeks"No larger than 115 cm (45 in; for economy class, the height should be less than 20cm (8in) (soft cages can be 26 cm high (10 in)"KRW 200,000/USD 200/CAD 200/IDR 2,860,000 between Asia and America
LANYes115 lbs. total8 weeks (4 mos. for travel to USA)14Lx13Wx7H (hard-sided);
14Lx13Wx9H (soft-sided)
$200 for "international routes"
LufthansaYes18 kg totalnot stated55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm70 EUR,
100 USD/
CAD (intercontinental)
Open SkiesYes16 kg (13.2 lbs.) totalnot stated"length 45 cm x width 30 cm x height 24 cm"$196 or 125€
QantasNo (checked or cargo only)
Qatar AirwaysNo (checked or cargo only)
SASYes18 kg total8 weeks40 x 25 x 23 cm/16 x 10 x 9"€91/$120 to US/Asia
Singapore AirlinesNo (checked or cargo only)
SwissYes18 kg totalnot stated"118 cm (length + width + height)"fee varies; Switzerland-Intercontinental fee is CHF 90
TAP PortugalYes1 carrier
(note F)
8 kg (17 lbs.) totalnot stated"The pet container may not exceed 45cm in length, 30cm in width and 23cm in height"150€ (intercontinental)
THAINo (checked only)
Turkish AirlinesYes1 in-cabin carrier
(note G)
8 kg total8 weeks"The size of allowed cages/bags for pets in the cabin is 23x40x55 cm (widthxheightxlength)"calculated as
excess baggage
UnitedYes: "Rules for international in-cabin pets vary. For additional assistance or information, or to book international in-cabin travel for a pet, contact the United Customer Contact Center."not statednot statednot statednot statednot stated
Virgin AtlanticNo (checked or cargo only)


  1. “The carrier may hold up to five animals of the same species as long as the total weight does not exceed 10 kg (including carrier and food).” (Alitalia)
  2. “One cage per passenger, one pet per cage only (Exceptions: two puppies under six months, two kittens under six months, a mother and a baby pet and a pair of birds).” (Asiana)
  3. “Two pets of the same species and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months may be allowed to travel in one kennel, provide they are small enough to fit into one kennel and are compatible. They will be charged as one pet.” (Delta)
  4. “You can carry several animals of the same species in the same container if they are small and light enough.” (Iberia)
  5. Two pets in in-cabin carrier okay if “they are the same breed and under 6 months of age” (Korean Air)
  6. “Each passenger may only bring one pet container on board. However, the pet container may contain more than one animal if they are from the same species and familiar with each other and have space to move inside.” (TAP Portugal)
  7. “Pets who share a cage, in order to be accepted as carry on into the cabin, must be accustomed one another, must be of the same species (2 birds, 2 cats, 2 dogs), and must not exceed the permitted weight of 8 kg or the permitted cage size of 23x40x55cm.” (Turkish Airlines)