International Pet Policies for in-cabin travel

Airline Pet Rules For In-Cabin TravelIn Cabin Travel Airline Pet Policies For Other Countries

Here is the link to the airline’s pet policy.  Because of airplane cabin configurations, in-cabin pets won’t fit under some sections’ seats. Information like this varies by airline, so read the policies carefully. It is best to call, confirm and get answers before you arrive at the airport.

Not a bad  idea to print out a copy of your airline’s policy, so you will have the actual policy to refer to.

e In-cabin pets OK? Pets per passenger Weight limit Minimum age Carrier size Fee (each way)
Aer Lingus No (cargo only)
AeroMexico No (checked only)
Air Canada Yes 1 22 lbs. total 8 weeks 21.5Lx15.5Wx9H (if soft-sided, can be 10.5″ tall) $50 or $100 CAD (depending on destination)
Air France Yes 6 kg (13 lbs.) total 8-16 weeks, depending on the destination not specified; the carrier Air France sells is 46x28x27cm €160 from/to USA
Air New Zealand No (checked or cargo only)
Alitalia Yes up to 5 (note A) 10 kg (22 lbs.) total 3 months 17.5Lx8.5Wx10.2H €130 from/to USA
American Airlines Yes (Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, some South America only) 1 kennel
(note B)
20 lbs. total 8 weeks 19Lx13Wx9H
(slightly larger ok if
ANA All Nippon Airways No (checked only)
Asiana Airlines Yes 1 5 kg (11 lbs.) total 8 weeks L+W+H=115 cm (45″) and “the height shall not exceed 21cm (25cm for soft cases)” not provided
British Airways No (cargo only)
Cathay Pacific Airlines No (checked or cargo only)
Continental Yes 1 not specified 8 weeks 17.5Lx12Wx7.5H
(if hard sided);
(if soft sided)
not provided
Delta Yes 1 (note C) not specified 8 weeks varies by plane; call Reservations $200 (except Brazil)
Emirates No (cargo only)
Etihad No (cargo only)
EVA Air No (checked only)
Icelandair No (checked only)
JAL No (checked or cargo only)
KLM Yes 1 6 kg (13 lbs.) total 10 weeks L+W+H=115 cm (45″) $200
Korean Air Yes 1 not provided; for all information, talk to a reservations agent not provided; for all information, talk to a reservations agent not provided; for all information, talk to a reservations agent calculated as
excess baggage
LAN No (checked or cargo only)
Lufthansa Yes 1 8 kg (18 lbs.) total not specified 55x40x20 cm
$100 (intercontinental)
Open Skies Yes 1 4 kg (9 lbs.) total not specified not specified $196
Qantas No (checked or cargo only)
Qatar Airways No (checked or cargo only)
Ryanair No
SAS Yes 1 8 kg (18 lbs.) total not specified 16Lx10Wx9H
(40x25x23 cm)
calculated as
excess baggage
Singapore Airlines No (checked or cargo only)
Swiss Yes 1 8 kg (18 lbs.) total not specified L+W+H=115 cm (45″) $100
TAP Portugal Yes 1 carrier
(note D)
7 kg (15 lbs.) total not specified “The carrier may not exceed 48cm in length, 32cm in width and 25cm in height.” not provided
THAI Yes 1 10 kg (22 lbs.) total not specified 55x37x30 cm
calculated as
excess baggage
Turkish Airlines Yes 1 carrier
(note E)
6 kg (13 lbs.) total not specified 45x35x23 cm
unclear (“the piece concept applies”)
United Yes 1 dog or 2 puppies not specified 8 weeks 17.5Lx12Wx7.5H
(hard-sided) or
varies ($125-250)
U.S. Airways Yes 1 not specified not specified 17Lx16Wx8H
(hard-sided) or
Virgin Atlantic No (cargo only)

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  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 8 kg.” (Alitalia)
  2. “ The kennel may contain two (2) dogs or two (2) cats but they must be the same species, at least 8-weeks old, and the pet and container can weigh no more than 20 lbs. combined.” (American)
  3. “Two pets of the same type may be allowed in one kennel, for example two dogs or two cats. They must be small enough to fit in one kennel provided they are compatible and must be of the same species and size, and they must meet the requirements of acceptance.” (Delta)
  4. “Each passenger may only bring one animal carrier on board. However, the carrier may contain more than one animal of the same kind.” (TAP Portugal)
  5. “A  maximum of two dogs may share the same cage, but two cats cannot be placed in the same cage. A maximum of 3 live animals having the same mothers and are aged up to 6 months old may be carried in the same cage.” (Turkish Airlines)

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