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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 14, 2020.

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)
AeroflotYes1 carrier (note A)8 kg (18 lbs.) totalnot stated44x30x26 cm (hard-sided); "The sum of all dimensions must not exceed 126 cm for closed-type soft pet carriers"subject to "special baggage tariffs"
AeroMexicoYes (on flights 6 hrs or less)19 kg (19.8 lbs.) total8 weeks16Lx12Wx8H;
must be soft-sided
$125 to/from USA
Air CanadaYes1not stated12 weeks21.5Lx15.5Wx9H
(if soft-sided, can be 10.5" tall)
$50/59 or $100/118 CAD/US (depending on destination)
Air ChinaNo (checked or cargo only)
Air FranceYes18 kg total10 weeks (8 weeks in "metropolitan France")18Lx11Wx9H
(soft-sided recommended)
125 from/to USA (EUR, USD or CAD, depending on country of departure)
Air New ZealandNo (checked only)
AlitaliaYesnot statednot stated3 mos.varies by aircraft; call 800-223-5730$200 from USA; 125 to USA (EUR or USD)
American AirlinesYes (but not transatlantic or transpacific)1 carrier20 lbs. total8 weeksvaries by aircraft; call 800-433-7300$125
ANA All Nippon AirwaysNo (checked or cargo only)
Asiana AirlinesYes1 carrier (note B)7 kg (15.4 lbs.) total16 weeks"the sum of three sides of the pet carrier is 115 cm or less and the maximum height of the cage is 21 cm or less (soft cases must be 26 cm or less…)"$90 to $200, depending on destination
AviancaYes (but not to/from Europe)18 kg, and no more than 20 cm tall4 mos.40.6cm x 27.9 cm x 20.3 cm$130 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)
$25 domestic, $125 international
DeltaYes (with many destination caveats)1 (note C)not stated15 or 16 weeks, depending on destinationvaries by aircraft; call 800-221-1212fee varies; 200 "outside the U.S." (EUR, USD or CAD, depending on country of departure)
EmiratesNo, "with the exception of falcons between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan" (checked or cargo only)
EtihadNo, except for falcons (cargo only)
EVA AirNo (checked only)
IberiaYes1 carrier (note D)8 kg total3 mos. (in EU)"Maximum container measurements are 45 cm long, 35 cm wide and 25 cm height and the sum of the three dimensions cannot exceed 105 cm"$180 for flights to America and Asia
IcelandairNo (checked or cargo only)
JALNo (cargo only)
KLMYes18 kg total10 weeks"max. 46 x 28 x 24 cm (L x W x H)"30-200 EUR, depending on the destination
Korean AirYes1 (note E)7 kg total8 weeks"No larger than 115 cm (45 in), the height should be less than 20 cm (8 in). (The height of soft case should be 26 cm high (10 in) or less)"KRW 200,000/USD 200/CAD 200/IDR 2,860,000 between Asia and America
LATAMYes115 lbs. total8 weeks (4 mos. for travel to USA)"36 cm long X 33 cm wide X 23 cm high" if soft-sided (19 cm high if hard-sided)$250 between South America and Europe/North America/Africa/Asia
LufthansaYes1 carrier (note F)8 kg total12 weeks (16 weeks to the US)"The maximum size is 118 cm (55 x 40 x 23 cm) or 47 in (22 x 16 x 9 in)"$57 to $126, depending on the destination
QantasNo (checked or cargo only)
Qatar AirwaysNo, except for falcons (checked or cargo only)
SASYes1 carrier, up to 2 pets8 kg total8 weeks"The maximum dimensions for a container/carrier are 40 x 25 x 23 cm/16" x 9.8" x 9""$60-$105, depending on destination
Singapore AirlinesNo (checked or cargo only)
SwissYes1 carrier, up to 2 pets8 kg total12 weeks (16 weeks to the US)"The maximum container size is 118 cm (55 x 40 x 23 cm)"$57 to $126, depending on the destination
TAP PortugalYes1 carrier
(note G)
8 kg totalnot statedMust fit in underseat storage area measuring "40cm x 33cm x 17cm / 15in x 12in x 6in"150€ (intercontinental)$45 to $185, depending on destination
THAINo (checked only)
Turkish AirlinesYes1 carrier
(note H)
8 kg total10 weeks"23 cm height x 30 cm width x 40 cm length"$70 or thereabouts
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."1not stated4 mos."The maximum dimensions for hard-sided kennels are 17.5 inches long x 12 inches wide x 7.5 inches high (44 cm x 30 cm x 19 cm). The recommended maximum dimensions for soft-sided kennels are 18 inches long x 11 inches wide x 11 inches high (46 cm x 28 cm x 28 cm)."not stated
Virgin AtlanticNo (checked or cargo only)


  1. “Several animals of one type can be transported in one container (except for when the quantity of animals permitted for transportation by one passenger is limited by the legislation of the country of origin, destination or transit). The container should be sufficiently large to allow the animal to stand up, turn 360 degrees, and lie down in a natural position, and the weight of animals together with the container shall not exceed 8 kg.” (Aeroflot)
  2. “Each passenger can bring 1 pet in 1 cage into the cabin (or 2 puppies or 2 kittens under the age of 6 months – If a mother bird and her baby are a pair, they may also be brought together)” (Asiana)
  3. “2 pets of the same breed and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months may be allowed to travel in 1 kennel, providing they are small enough to fit into one kennel and are compatible. They will be charged as 1 pet,” and “One female cat/dog may travel with her un-weaned litter if the litter is a minimum of 10 weeks old to 6 months of age.” (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. “Only one transport container per passenger is allowed in the cabin. The number of animals per transport container is limited to one animal. However, exceptions apply: two young animals of comparable size and a minimum age of 12 weeks or two fully grown animals of comparable size or a mother animal with one young animal (0–6 weeks) still dependent on the mother are permitted in the same transport container. The requirement for transporting several animals in the same container is that all the animals in the container must be able to stand, lie down and turn in their natural positions, the animals are used to being together and the maximum total weight of all the animals including transport container does not exceed 8 kg.” (Lufthansa)
  7. “Each passenger may carry one flexible animal transport bag/carry case, which may contain more than one animal of the same species.” (TAP Portugal)
  8. “Only animals of the same species and that are used to being together can be transported in the same cage. It is possible to carry two birds, two cats or two dogs familiar with each other in the same cage provided that our maximum weight limit of 8 kg is not exceeded.” (Turkish Airlines)