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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 April 16, 2013.

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 5 hours or less)19 kg total (7 kg. total on E-145 planes)8 weeks16Lx12Wx7H
(E-145 planes) or
19Lx12Wx10H
(all other planes)
not stated
Air CanadaYes110 kg (22 lbs.) total8 weeks21.5Lx15.5Wx9H (if soft-sided, can be 10.5" tall)$50 or $100 CAD (depending on destination)
Air FranceYesnot stated6 kg (13.2 lbs.) total15 weeks (8 weeks in "metropolitan France")not specified; the carrier Air France sells is 46x28x27cm200 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 totalnot stated17.5Lx8.5Wx10.2H (40x20x24 cm)$260 from USA; 200 to USA (EUR, USD or CAD, depending on country of departure)
American AirlinesYes (Canada, Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and the Caribbean)1 kennel
(note B)
20 lbs. total8 weeks19Lx13Wx9H
(slightly larger ok if
soft-sided)
$125
ANA All Nippon AirwaysNo (checked only)
Asiana AirlinesYes15 kg total8 weeks"The height of the case shall not exceed 21cm (25cm for soft cases)."calculated as
excess baggage
British AirwaysNo (cargo only)
Cathay Pacific AirlinesNo (checked or cargo only)
Continentalsame as United
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 Reservations200; 75 for Brazil (EUR, USD or CAD, depending on country of departure)
EmiratesNo (checked or cargo only)
EtihadNo (cargo only)
EVA AirNo (checked only)
IberiaYesnot stated8 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."calculated as
excess baggage
IcelandairNo (checked or cargo only)
JALNo (checked or cargo only)
KLMYes16 kg (13 lbs.) totalnot statedA hard-sided container no more than 20 cm tall20-200 (EUR, USD or CAD, depending on destination and country of departure)
Korean Air
(under "At the Airport," then "Baggage," then "Pets")
Yes1 (note E)5 kg (11 lbs.) total8 weeks"The total dimension(length+width+height) of the kennel should not exceed 115 cm to fit under the seat."calculated as
excess baggage
LANNo (checked or cargo only)
LufthansaYes18 kg totalnot stated55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm$100 USD/CAD, 70€(intercontinental)
Open SkiesYes16 kg (13.2 lbs.) totalnot statednot stated$196 or 125€
QantasNo (checked or cargo only)
Qatar AirwaysNo (checked or cargo only)
RyanairNo (see Section 8.9.1)
SASYes18 kg totalnot stated40 cm x 25 cm x 23 cm$125 or 100€ (intercontinental)
Singapore AirlinesNo (checked or cargo only)
SwissYes18 kg totalnot stated"Length + width + height = max. 118 cm"$100 USD/CAD to Europe (plus CHF 88 customs fee if you fly directly to Switzerland); 70€ from Europe to USA; CHF 90 from Switzerland to USA
TAP PortugalYes1 carrier
(note F)
8 kg (17 lbs.) totalnot stated"The carrier may not exceed 48cm in length, 32cm in width and 25cm in height."150€ (intercontinental)
THAINo (checked or cargo only)
Turkish AirlinesYes1 carrier
(note G)
6 kg totalnot stated45 cm x 35 cm x 23 cmcalculated as
excess baggage
UnitedYes: "Rules for international in-cabin pet acceptance vary widely.... [T]o book international in-cabin travel for a pet, contact United Reservations."not statednot statednot statednot statednot stated
U.S. AirwaysYes (Costa Rica only)1not statednot stated17Lx16Wx8H
(hard-sided) or
17Lx16Wx10H
(soft-sided)
$125
Virgin AtlanticNo (checked or cargo only)

Notes:

  1. “A transport cage may contain up to five animals of the same species as long as the combined weight (including food and the carrier itself) does not exceed 10 kg.” (Alitalia)
  2. “ If two animals are traveling in the same carrier, they must be the same species (two cats or two dogs, not one of each) and the pet and container can weigh no more than 20 lbs. combined.” (American)
  3. “Two pets of the same species and size 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. “In the case of animals of reduced size or weight, several of the same species may be admitted in a single container.” (Iberia)
  5. “Each passenger is allowed to carry only one pet. However, pets under 6 months of age can be transported in a pair using a single cage (the pair must be of the same breed, i.e., 2 dogs, 2 cats, or 2 birds to a cage).” (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. “Two pets of the same kind (two dogs or two cats) may be housed in the same kennel as long as they are accustomed to one another and the total weight of the kennel does not exceed 6kg.” (Turkish Airlines)