APH Highlights Airline Policies for Flying Abroad with a Dog


Following on from National Pet Week, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has created a comprehensive guide highlighting rules and regulations across major airlines for travelling with ‘man’s best friend’.

Find out more about taking your pets abroad here

Aer Lingus
  • Yes
  • Animals must be at least 10 weeks old
  • Breeds not accepted on any flight include:
  • Akita
  • American Pit Bull
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Argentino
  • Fila Brazillero
  • Mastiff
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Tosa
  • Rottweiler
  • Bulldogs
  • Pugs
  • Boxers
  • North America (except San Francisco)
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom


  • N/A

North America:

  • £114 (€160) per flight sector, per crate
  • Passengers must pay at the airport on the day of departure
  • Crate must meet IATA guidelines



  • 64kgs maximum including crate
  • Pets over 40kgs must be carried in strong wooden containers
  • Passengers travelling within Europe must book their pet travel through Aer Lingus Cargo
  • Aer Lingus retains the right to refuse the carriage of any live animal shipment it deems to be dangerous or aggressive
Air Canada
  • Yes
  • Any Air Canada operated flight
In the Cabin:
  • £27 – £53 ($50 – $100) per direction

In The Hold Compartment:

  • £56 ($105) per direction
In The Cabin:Hard-sided Crate:
  • Height: 23cm
  • Width: 40cm
  • Length: 55cm


  • 10kgs maximum including crate

Soft-sided Crate:

  • Height: 27cm
  • Width: 40cm
  • Length: 55cm

In The Hold Compartment:

  • Hard-sided crate only
  • 292cm in linear dimensions (length + width + height)


  • 32kgs maximum including crate
  • Passengers must notify Air Canada prior to flight that they are travelling with a pet
  • When calling Air Canada passengers must provide:
  • The dimensions of the carrier
  • The weight and breed of the pet
  • Passengers are recommended to register their pet within 24 hours of original flight booking
  • If a pet cannot be accommodated on passengers flight, Air Canada will refund ticket without any further charges
  • Customers are advised to arrive 30 minutes prior to the recommended check-in time of their flight
Air France
  • Yes
  • For flights within metropolitan France (including Corsica) and flights between metropolitan France and Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Reunion, pet must be at least 8 weeks old
  • For flights between metropolitan France and French Guiana, pets must be at least 15 weeks old
  • For all other flights pets must be 10 weeks or older
  • The following breeds are not permitted on any commercial flight:
  • Pugs
  • Shi Tzu
  • Boxers
  • Bulldogs


  • Any Air France operated flight
Flights in metropolitan France:
  • £14 (€20)

Flights in Europe or between Europe and North Africa or Israel:

  • In the hold: £53 (€75)
  • In the cabin: £39 (€55)

Flights between metropolitan France and Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Denis (Réunion):

  • £39 (€55)

Other flights:

  • £142 (€200)
  • Crate must be in line with IATA guidelines
  • The container must be sufficiently ventilated and enable pet to stand up and turn around
  • In the Economy cabin, the bag must fit in the space under the seat in front of passenger
  • Pets are not allowed to leave crate during the flight
  • Each animal must travel in a separate travel container
  • Each passenger can travel with only 1 animal
  • Pet’s travel container is considered an additional baggage item and will incur a fee



  • N/A
  • Passengers must inform Air France they are travelling with their pet prior to flight
  • Passengers must check-in 2 hours before scheduled departure for European flights
  • Passengers must check-in 3 hours before scheduled departure for intercontinental flights
  • Category 1 or 2 dog breeds as outlined by the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (www.agriculture.gouv.frin French only) are not allowed on any Air France flights
  • Yes
  • Flights within Italy and the EU
  • Selected aircraft only


  • Price is dependent on weight of pet, the departure and arrival of airports and whether the pet travels in the hold compartment or in the cabin
  • The size of the crate varies according to aircraft


  • Not every aircraft has animal transport facilities available
  • Passengers are advised to call prior to flight and find out if pet can travel on the same flight
American Airlines
  • Yes
  •  Snub-nosed dogs are not accepted


  • Any American Airlines operated flight
Any Destination from the UK:
  • £136 ($200)
  • Up to 2 pets may travel in the same crate, providing they are of the same species and of comparable size and weigh less than 9kgs each
  • The maximum crate size allowed varies by aircraft
  • Passengers must contact American Airlines Reservations to check which aircraft they will be travelling on
  • The crate must be made of wood, metal, hard plastic or similar material that is leak and escape-proof
  • Collapsible crates (those which can fold down flat) cannot be accepted due to the risk of collapse during transport
  • The crate must contain absorbent, non-toxic material and bedding
  • Empty crates are considered as baggage. The pet charge does not apply when an empty crate is checked in
  • The pet must be able to stand up, turn around and lay down within the crate
  • The entrance and exit of the crate must fasten securely
  • The crate must have ventilation on two sides with room to stand and turn around
  • The crate must be outfitted with separate food and watering dishes securely attached inside the crate so that the animal can be fed and watered without opening the crate
  • American Airlines does not accept pets travelling  to the UK, only pets that will remain permanently in the U.S. can be transported from the UK
  • Maximum of 2 pets per passenger
  • Pets will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis
  • American Airlines does not restrict the transportation of sedated animals, but suggests seeking advice from a veterinary surgeon
  • The total number of pets accepted on an aircraft is determined by the airport ticket office 2 hours before flight departure, based on aircraft and cargo load specifications


Temperature restrictions:

  • Pets cannot be accepted when the current or forecasted temperature is above 85F / 29°C at any location in passengers itinerary
  • Pets cannot be accepted when the current or forecasted temperature is below 45F / 7°C at any location in itinerary unless the pet has a veterinarian’s statement of low temperature acclimation. When temperatures fall below 20F / -7°C, pets cannot be checked even with a statement of low temperature acclimation
British Airways
  • Yes
  • Pregnant dogs are not allowed to travel


  • Only available on non-stop services between Paris – New York


In The Cabin:
  • £89 (€125)

In The Hold Compartment:

  • £89 (€125)
In The Cabin:
  • Maximum size of length: 45cm x width 30cm x height 24cm


  • 6kgs maximum

In The Hold Compartment:

  • Any crate over length 45cm x width 30cm x height 24cm


  • Over 6kgs
  • Crate must be well ventilated and large enough for pet to get up and turn around
  • Pet is not allowed to leave its crate during the entire flight
  • BA will only accept 6 pets in the cabin per flight
  • BA will only accept 3 pets in the hold compartment per flight
  • Passengers travelling with pets in the cabin are only allowed to do so in premium economy and economy cabin only
Cathay Pacific
  • Yes
  • The following dog breeds are not allowed on any Cathay Pacific flight:
  • Fenpinscher
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldog
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin (Japanese Spaniel)
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff (all breeds)
  • Pekingese
  • Pug (all breeds)
  • Shih Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Any Cathay Pacific operated flight
  • Prices vary according to final destination and weight of pet. Please click here to view full prices
  • Crate must be in line with IATA’s guidelines


  • Passengers must contact local reservations desk 48 hours before departure to confirm pet is travelling
  • Passengers must provide the following information when making a pet reservation:
  • Type of pet (e.g. dog)
  • Total weight of the pet and its container
  • Dimensions of the container
  • Material and make of the pet container
  • Cathay Pacific do not provide pet containers at the airport
  • Passengers must check-in 3 hours before schedule flight
  • Crate must be equipped with food tray and bottled water
Delta Airlines
  • Yes
  • Delta Airlines does not accept the following dog breeds:
  • American Bulldog
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffin
  • Bulldog
  • Chinese Pug
  • Chow Chow
  • Dutch Pug
  • English Bulldog
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • French Bulldog
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Japanese Boxer
  • Japanese Pug
  • Japanese Spaniel (Chin)
  • Mastiff (all breeds)
  • Pekinese
  • Pit Bull
  • Pug
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tibetan Spaniel


  • Selected Delta Airlines operated flights
  • Animals will not be accepted as checked baggage on any Delta operated A330-200 aircraft
In The Cabin:
  • U.S./Canada: £84 ($125)
  • Virgin Islands: £84 ($125)
  • Puerto Rico: £84 ($125)
  • Outside the US: £135 ($200)
  • Brazil: £53 ($75)

In The Hold Compartment:

  • £134 ($200) per flight, per way
  • For passengers transiting at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS) with a connection time of 2 hours or longer, an additional £107 (€150) fee applies each way
  • Crates must have ventilation openings in 3 different sides
  • Crate can be soft-sided or hard-sided
  • Crate must be leak proof
  • All crates must display the following:
  • Live Animal Checklist (includes feeding and watering instructions)
  • Live Animal label
  • Directional arrows


Crate Dimension:

  • For the full list of crate dimension please click here

Crates Not Accepted:

  • Crates made entirely of welded mesh, wire mesh, wicker, cardboard or collapsible materials are strictly prohibited
  • Crates with plastic front doors and/or plastic side latches that secure the top and bottom together without hardware, such as metal nuts / bolts
  • Crates with opening doors on top
  • Pets must be booked at least 48 hours before scheduled flight
  • Delta Airlines does not accept pets as checked baggage between  15th May and 15th September
  • Delta will not accept any pets in the cabin
  • Passengers must check-in pets 4 hours prior to flight
  • If passengers are planning on sedating the pet, they must have consent from the pet’s veterinarian in written form. This must be attached to the crate
  • Pets in the cabin are not allowed in the First Class / Delta One / Business Class cabin on any international segment
  • Animals will not be accepted as checked baggage or cargo on any Delta operated 767 aircraft
  • Pets are accepted on a first come first serve basis
  • Delta does not accept pets in the cabin to / from the following locations:
  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Dakar
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yes
  • Emirates will not accept pregnant dogs for transportation if it is beyond one third of its normal gestation period or has given birth within 48 hours of travel
  • Any Emirates operated flight


  • Price dependent on weight and destination


  • N/A
  • Pets are not permitted in the cabin
  • For all flights terminating in Dubai pets must travel as cargo
  • If the total journey exceeds 17 hours pets must travel via Emirates Cargo
  • The minimum connecting time for animals transiting Dubai and carried as baggage may be no more than 6 hours
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Yes
  • Dogs from the following breeds must be muzzled
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire
  • Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • Argentine Dogo
  • Brazilian Mastiff
  • Tosa
  • Akita
  • Any Iberia operated flight
In The Cabin:Spain:
  • £18 (€25)

Europe, Africa and the Middle East:

  • £36 (€50)

America and Angola:

  • £108 (€150)


  • £162 ($240)

In The Hold Compartment:

Spain, Europe, Africa and the Middle East:

  • £86 (€120)

America and Angola:

  • £216 (€300)

With origin America Nigeria or Israel:

  • £203 ($300)


  • £162 ($240)
In The Cabin:
  • Measurements: 45cm long, 35cm wide and 25cm height and the sum of the three dimensions cannot exceed 105cm
  • Passengers can rent a crate for use inside  the cabin at selected airports for £18 (€25)


  • 8kgs maximum including crate


  • Passengers must inform the booking office as soon as their flight is booked that they are travelling with pets
  • All fees are to be paid at the airport


Japan Airlines
  • Yes
  • Pet must be over 8 weeks old to travel
  • Japan Airlines does not accept the following breeds on any flight:
  • French Bulldogs
  • Bulldogs
  • Pregnant dogs are not accepted
  • Any JAL operated flight
  • Passengers must contact JAL reservations to receive a quote
  • Crates must be made of a solid material (plastic, metal, wood, etc.), with ample ventilation openings covered by weld mesh
  • Crates must have a leak proof bottom
  • Crates made entirely of welded mesh or wire mesh are not suitable for air transport
  • Passengers must inform Japan Airlines of their plans to travel with a pet as soon as flight is booked
  • Yes
  • Any KLM operated flight
  • Cost varies according to destination
  • If a pet is travelling as checked baggage and the transfer at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport lasts 2 hours or longer, passengers must pay £108 (€150) to cover the pet’s care during transit
In The Cabin:Travel Bag:
  • Maximum dimensions: 46cm (length) x 28cm (width) x 24cm (height)


  • Maximum dimensions: 46 (length) x 28 (width) x 20 (height) cm


  • 8kg maximum including crate

In The Hold Compartment:

  • Crate must comply with IATA’s guidelines


  • 75kg maximum including crate
  • Passengers must inform KLM of their pet travelling a minimum of 48 hours prior to flight
  • Between 1 November and 31 March each year, pets cannot be taken in the hold of Fokker aircraft because it cannot be heated
  • KLM recommends arriving at the airport 3 hours before scheduled departure time
  • Pets are only allowed to travel in the cabin when on a European flight
  • Pets can travel in the Business and Economy cabin on selected flights only
Monarch Airlines
  • Yes
  • Any Monarch Airlines operated flight
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • A maximum of 6 animals per flight are permitted
  • Pets can be carried from all Monarchs scheduled UK departure airports, but can only return via London Gatwick and Manchester Airport
  • Pets are not allowed in the passenger cabin
  • No pets are carried on Saturday and Sundays
Qantas Group
  • Yes
  • The following dog breeds are not allowed:
  • Brazilian Fila
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • American Pit Bull
  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • Perro De Presa
  • Canario
  • Presa Canario
  • Pets under 8 weeks are not accepted
  • The following breeds are only allowed on flights under five hours:
  • Bull Dog French
  • Bull Dog British/English
  • Pug
  • Pekingese
  • Boston Terriers
  • Japanese Chin
  • American Terriers are only allowed to travel in plastic crates
  • Guard or racing dogs are not permitted on any Qantas Group domestic flight


  • Any Qantas Group operated flight
  • N/A
  • All crates must meet the specifications set by IATA



  • Made of plastic material with absorbent mat and suitable for small dogs up to small terrier size
  • Measurement specifications: 56cm in length / 30cm wide / 38cm in height


  • 15kgs including crate


  • Made of polypropylene material with absorbent mat and suitable for dogs up to cocker spaniel size
  • Maximum dimensions: 66cm in length / 40cm wide / 52cm in height


  • 20kgs including crate


  • Wire mesh – minimum of eight standard wire gauge
  • Escape proof hinges and latches
  • Bottom covered with a leak proof galvanised tray with corners and edges soldered and rolled up to 9cm
  • Tray bottom to be covered with absorbent material to avoid leakage
  • Show crates must be adequately locked
  • It is the customer’s responsibility to provide adequate locks for the crate
  • Crate must not exceed 84cm in height


  • N/A
  • Passengers must confirm their  pet’s booking prior to making their own reservation
  • Passengers can book pet through the Qantas reservations desk
  • The number of pet crates allowed on an aircraft is limited
  • For all bookings ticketed on / after 1 December 2014, all passengers travelling on Qantas domestic flights within Australia will now be required to book and lodge their pet with Qantas Freight prior to commencing travel. Pets are no longer part of Qantas’ free checked baggage allowance on Qantas domestic flights
  • Height restrictions limit the carriage of livestock to small and medium pet crates on the B717 aircraft and small pet crates on the F100 aircraft
  • Qantas Group has the right to refuse carriage when:
  • Non-compliance with directions by the person travelling with the pet
  • Animals showing aggression or are of an overly aggressive nature
  • Animals showing excessive signs of chewing or cage destruction at time of lodgement
  • Safety or security reasons
Singapore Airlines
  • Yes
  • Any Singapore Airlines operated flight
  • Pet travel can count as part of a passengers baggage allowance
  • For flights to and from Brazil each pet (together with the container) counts as 2 pieces of baggage
  • All crates must meet the specifications set by IATA


The Crate Must Have:

  • Enough space for your pet to turn about normally while standing
  • Enough space for your pet to stand and sit erect and lie in a natural position
  • Adequate ventilation on at least 3 sides (with the majority of the ventilation on the upper part of the container)
  • Food and water must be accessible for replenishment from outside the container
  • If a wooden crate is used, the sides must be at least 0.5inches thick
  • Pets in the main cabin are not permitted
  • Passengers must inform Singapore Airlines of their pet 2 weeks prior to scheduled flight
  • Singapore Airlines does not accept pets on any commercial flights originating to / from:
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Denpasar
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • United States of America
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Taipei
  • When booking a pet in, passengers must provide the following information:
  • Type / breed / species
  • Gender
  • Name
  • Age
  • Colour
  • Weight of cage and pet
  • Dimensions of cage (length x breadth x height)
  • Import / export permit numbers (if any)
  • Certain dog breeds are not allowed, please contact Singapore Airlines for further information
Swiss Air
  • Yes
  • Pregnant dogs are not allowed on any flight


  • Any Swiss Air operated flight
Small (8kg):
  • Switzerland – Europe: £41 (CHF 60)
  • Switzerland -Intercontinental: £62 (CHF 90)
  • Within Europe: £36 (€50)
  • Europe – Intercontinental: £51 (€70)
  • Intercontinental – Europe: £68 ($100)
  • Intercontinental -Intercontinental via Europe: £68 ($100)

Medium (60 x 45 x 40cm):

  • Switzerland – Europe: £82 (CHF 120)
  • Switzerland -Intercontinental: £123 (CHF 180)
  • Within Europe: £72 (€100)
  • Europe – Intercontinental: £109 (€150)
  • Intercontinental – Europe: £136 ($200)
  • Intercontinental -Intercontinental via Europe: £136 ($200)

Large (Crate between 71 x 50 x 51 and 105 x 75 x 79):

  • Switzerland – Europe: £164 (CHF 240)
  • Switzerland -Intercontinental: £246 (CHF 360)
  • Within Europe: £145 (€200)
  • Europe – Intercontinental: £217 (€300)
  • Intercontinental – Europe: £272 ($400)
  • Intercontinental -Intercontinental via Europe: £272 ($400)
In The Cabin:
  • Soft-sided crate only
  • Maximum container size is 118cm (length + width + height)
  • The transport container must remain stowed away under seat for the duration of the flight
  • Passengers travelling on First and Business Class Airbus 330/340 must keep crate in the wardrobe, overhead locker, or under an Economy Class seat for take-off and landing


  • 8kgs maximum including crate

In The Hold Compartment:

  • All crates must meet the specifications set by IATA
  • If an animal is not allowed to enter a country because it has not had the required vaccinations, the owner must pay for the return flights
  • Animals travelling to the following countries can only be transported by freight:
  • Ireland
  • Great Britain
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Hong Kong
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Pet must not smell
  • It is not possible to visit the hold compartment during the flight
  • Customers are advised to be at the check-in counter one hour before scheduled flight
  • If a pet is refused entry to a country the owner has 10 days to return the animal to the country of origin before it is put down
Thai Airways
  • Yes
  • Any Thai Airways operated flight
  • Passengers must contact their local Thai Airways office for prices
  • The maximum dimensions of crate for flights to / from USA are 54inches length, 27 inches height, 33 inches wide



  • 32kgs including crate
  • N/A
Virgin Atlantic
  • Yes
  • Snub and pug breeds are not allowed on any flight
  • Dogs listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act are not accepted


  • JFK – VS045 / VS046
  • Los Angeles – VS007 / VS008
  • Newark – VS001 – / VS002
  • Orlando – VS015 / VS016
  • San Francisco – VS019 / VS020


  • Passengers needs to contact the VAA Contact Centre with the following information to receive a quote:
  • Length of crate
  • Height of crate
  • Width of crate


  • All crates must have a central locking mechanism
  • The minimum size crate VAA will accept for travel is 53cm x 40cm x 38cm
  • Be made of wood or hard plastic
  • Be rigid on all sides (non-collapsible) and not have a roof with a grill that opens
  • Have an appropriate sized water dish attached to the inside of the crate door
  • Must be ventilated around all four sides – however the sides must not be ventilated at the top and the bottom as this will weaken the integrity of the container
  • Have a leak-proof base
  • Have absorbent material in the bottom
  • Have a door forming one side of the box – either hinged or sliding
  • Be big enough to allow pet to lie down, turn around and stand up – leaving at least 5cm between the top of pets head and the roof of the box
  • Dedicated Flying Paws Scheme where pets can collect their own Flying Club Miles
  • Passengers are advised to contact the Virgin Atlantic Shipping Department in order to check space availability on their flight
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways will not be able to accept any pets that are under sedation

1 comment for “APH Highlights Airline Policies for Flying Abroad with a Dog

  1. Sonya
    November 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Thai Airways shows no restrictions on any dogs , yet today when I tried to book flight from Hong Kong to Bangkok with my English Staffordshire I was refused, An English Staffordshire is not a snub nose dog or dangerous. This is absolutely ridiculous, it is destroying the family he is an emotional support dog for my son . Airlines need to review this immediately

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