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Recently several airlines have updated their policies regarding pet travel. These new policies have resulted in increased costs related to moving your pet and in some cases, made it near impossible to bring your pet with you to some international destinations due to airline breed, size and temperature restrictions. Please contact us for more information for how to best relocate your pet.

Many airlines now require an IPATA Member to book pets that are traveling as manifested cargo for international flights. In addition, the domestic airlines have recently implemented more restrictions related to breed, size and temperatures.

Several countries (listed below) require pets to arrive as MANIFESTED CARGO and are not permitted to arrive as in cabin or excess baggage

  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Dakar
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Jamaica  
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates


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Travel Options: Manifested Cargo, In Cabin with size/breed restrictions, Excess Baggage (active duty military on PCS Orders only on the same flight, depending on aircraft and country destination)

Breed Restrictions: Restricts all snub-nosed breeds (and mixes) and all strong jawed breeds (and mixes).  Accepts Cats and Dogs only

Dog Breeds

  1. Affenpinscher
  2. American Bully
  3. American Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull
  4. American Staffordshire Terrier/” Amstaff”
  5. Belgian Malinois
  6. Boston Terrier
  7. Boxer
  8. Brussels Griffon
  9. Bulldog
    1. American Bulldog
    1. English Bulldog
    1. French Bulldog
    1. Old English Bulldogges
    1. Shorty Bulldogs
    1. Spanish Alano/Spanish Bulldog/Alano Espanol
  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  2. Chow Chow
  3. English Toy Spaniel/Prince Charles Spaniel
  4. Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel
  5. Lhasa Apso
  6. Mastiff
    1. American Mastiff
    1. Boerboel/South African Mastiff
    1. Bullmastiff
    1. Ca de Bou/Mallorquin Mastiff
    1. Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
    1. Dogo Argentino/Argentinian Mastiff
    1. Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
    1. English Mastiff
    1. Fila Brasileiro/Brazilian Mastiff/Cao de Fila
    1. Indian Mastiff/Alangu
    1. Kangal/Turkish Kangal
    1. Neapolitan Mastiff/Mastino Napoletano
    1. Pakastani Mastiff/Bully Kutta
    1. Pyrenean Mastiff
    1. Presa Canario/Perro de Presa Canario/Dogo Canario/Canary Mastiff
    1. Spanish Mastiff / Mastin Espanol
    1. Tibetan Mastiff
    1. Tosa/Tosa Ken/Tosa Inu/Japanese Mastiff/Japanese Tosa
  1. Pekingese
  2. Pug
    1. Dutch Pug
    1. Japanese Pug
  1. Shar-Pei/Chinese Shar-Pei
  2. Shih-Tzu
  3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier/”Staffys”
  4. Tibetan Spaniel

Cat Breeds

  1. Burmese
  2. Exotic Shorthair
  3. Himalayan
  4. Persian

Size Restrictions: The maximum crate height accepted is 30”. 

Temperature Restrictions: Temperatures are monitored and United will decline acceptance of a pet if transiting through extreme temperatures. They embargo shipping of all live animals from MAY 1 – SEPT 30 at PHX, LAS, TUS, and PSP due to extreme heat.

Military PCS Orders: If your pet traveled with UNITED on PCS Orders prior to JUNE 18,2018, they are eligible to return home via UNITED with exceptions to the crate size and breed restriction up until JULY 31 2019

Please visit the link below for pets traveling with military members on PCS Orders to see if your pet qualifies for excess baggage option.



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Size Restrictions: The maximum crate height accepted is 24” effective MARCH 1 2019 (MILITARY MEMBERS ON PCS ORDERS ARE EXEMPT FROM THIS EMBARGO). 

Shippers should note that all breed, aircraft and safety requirements remain in place and kennels used for transport must comply with IATA’s Live Animal Regulations (LAR). Acceptance Agents will continue to verify that animals placed in kennels less than 24 inches high are able to sit, stand and turn in its closed kennel without touching the sides or top.

Temperature Restrictions: Temperatures are restricted from 20- 80 degrees for the entire time the pet is in the care and custody of Delta Airlines. This is from the time of acceptance (2-4 hours prior to flight depending on itinerary) up until 2 hours after flight lands at all ports the pet originates, transits, or arrives. Check for forecasts.

Aircraft Restrictions: 767 and Airbus 330-200 do not accept live animals as excess baggage or manifested cargo.

Military PCS Orders: Please click the link below regarding pet travel as excess baggage for Military Members on PCS orders. Pets that require crates taller than 30” must be shipped as manifested cargo.  Cargo bookings are eligible for a 10% discount with military PCS Orders and POA for the pet shipper.


  • Effective July 10, 2018: Each customer is limited to one emotional support animal. We are no longer accepting pit bull type dogs as service or support animals.
  • Effective December 18, 2018: Service and support animals under four months of age are not allowed on any flight due to rabies vaccination requirements. Additionally, emotional support animals are no longer allowed to be booked on flights longer than eight hours.  If you purchased your ticket prior to December 18th and have requested to travel with an emotional support animal, it will be ok to travel as originally ticketed.
  • Effective February 1, 2019:  For customers originating travel on or after February 1, 2019, Emotional support animals will not be accepted on flights longer than eight hours after regardless of booking date.


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Travel Options: Pets are accepted as excess baggage and in cabin. Restrictions apply. For more information, contact AA Passenger reservations.  For Cargo bookings, contact an IPATA member

Breed Restrictions: Restricts all snub-nosed breeds (and mixes) and all strong jawed breeds (and mixes).  

Affenpinscher, American Bully, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer (All breeds), Brussels Griffon, Bulldog (All breeds), Cane Corso, Chow Chow, Dogue De Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff (All breeds), Pekingese, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Pug (All breeds), Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel 

Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian

Size Restrictions: Depends on the aircraft 

Temperature Restrictions: Temperature restrictions between 45- 85 degrees. If between 20-45, pet must have a letter of acclimation. Check forecast on at all stations that the pet will travel through.  Example below:

AA 1200 LAX-ORD 6:55 a.m. – 1 p.m.
AE 4089 ORD-ROC 2:55 p.m. – 5:35 p.m.

First, check the hourly forecast on at LAX
for the time frame of 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Then, check the hourly forecast on at ORD
for the time frame of 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Finally, check the hourly forecast on at ROC
for the time of arrival, the 5 p.m. hour.

Military PCS Orders: 50% military discount –All active members of U.S. military forces with military orders, and their dependents, receive a discount of 50 percent off of published rates for transporting pets. Proper military identification will be required at the time you drop off your pet.

Aircraft Restrictions: Airbus 319,320 no live animals. Airbus 330 max size #200

Itinerary Restrictions: Live Animals are only accepted on flights with maximum of one connection. No code shares accepted


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If you plan to travel with your pets, Lufthansa Airlines allows pets either in the cabin or in the cargo hold of its passenger aircraft, depending on the pet’s weight and size. Your pet can travel unaccompanied via Lufthansa Cargo. If your pet cannot travel in cabin due to size or weight restrictions, or if you have a pet other than a dog or a cat, your pet can travel underneath the plane in the temperature-controlled and pressurized cargo hold.

Lufthansa Airlines Pets in the Cargo Hold

Travel Crates for Pets as Lufthansa Cargo

Your pet’s travel crate will need to meet IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards. Lufthansa also requires pet travel crates to be equipped with two bowls that attach to the door. Lufthansa requires that your pet can stand without touching the top.

Visit our site for a guide to MEASURING YOUR PET

Temperature and Environment

Lufthansa uses climate-controlled vans at all major airports and many other locations, and keeps animals in holding areas within a temperature range of 45-85°F.

All Lufthansa flights will connect at the Frankfurt Station where pets have the luxury of staying at the Animal Lounge during their connection. Visit the link below to view a video of the Frankfurt Animal Lounge. Click below to read more and watch a video about the Frankfurt Animal Lounge.

Breed Restrictions

Restricted Breeds:

Please note that bringing the following breeds into Germany is forbidden (exceptions depending on state and permit):

  • Pitbull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier

Export and transit are not affected by this ban

 Snub-nosed (brachycephalic) dog breeds

Restricted for travel at temperatures of 80 degrees or less at all ports

  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Bulldog (all breeds except the American Bulldog)
  • Chow Chow
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Japanese Chin
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Pugs
  • Pekinese
  • Shih Tzu

Dog breeds requiring reinforced crates (IATA 82 Crate)

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier (Miniature Bull Terriers are not considered fighting dogs)
  • American Bulldog
  • Caucasian Ovcharka (Caucasian Shepherd Dog)
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Karabash (Kangal Dog) (Anatolian Shepherd Dog)
  • Rottweiler

Lufthansa Airlines In-Cabin Pets

You may take a dog or cat into the cabin if the weight of the animal (including transport container) does not exceed eight kilograms. Travel Carrier for In-Cabin Pets:  Your pet will need to be kept in an appropriate travel carrier measuring not more than 55 x 40 x 23 cm. You may use your own carrier if it has the necessary measurement and is watertight and bite-proof. Pets must remain inside the travel container throughout the entire flight.


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British Airways requires that all pets are booked as cargo and travel in the cargo hold of the aircraft. Excess baggage and in cabin pets are not accepted. Exceptions: Assistance Dogs

Travel Crates for Pets as British Airways Cargo

 Your pet’s travel crate will need to meet IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards. British Airways also requires pet travel crates to be equipped with two bowls that attach to the door.

Container Requirement 1 – Internal size. Each animal contained in the container must have enough space to turn around normally while standing, to stand and sit erect, and to lie in a natural position. To determine the correct ‘internal’ kennel dimensions, the kennel length is the distance from the root of tail to tip of nose plus half

the elbow to ground measurement. The kennel width is twice the width of the widest point of the dog. The

kennel height is the distance from floor to tip of ears.

Please see our guide on HOW TO MEASURE YOUR PET

Restricted Breeds:

The following breeds will not be acceptable for carriage:

Snub nosed dogs (pure breeds): All Bulldogs, Pugs and Pekinese.

Note: Cross breeds. A cross breed with another brachycephalic dog from the above list is still not acceptable for carriage.

Snub-nosed (brachycephalic) dog breeds

Cross breeds or pure breeds not listed above that have less restrictive brachycephalic features are acceptable for carriage provided the kennel size is larger than the minimum BA size requirements:

  • Bull Mastiff
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Shit Tzu
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Chow Chow
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • SharPei
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Cavalier Spaniel
  • Japanese Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin

There are breeds of domestic cats with brachycephalic features and currently these animals are not restricted on BA aircraft. The cat kennel size similarly should be slightly larger in order to provide additional ventilation for the cat during the flight. Species include Exotic, Himalayan and Persian.

Dangerous Dog breeds prohibited from travel

  • American Pit Bull
  • Fila Brazileiros
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Togo Argentinos
  • American Staffordshire Terrier


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Pets in the cabin

You can take a small cat or dog with you into the Economy Class cabin of most KLM flights, and in Business Class on most KLM flights within Europe. Make sure to meet these requirements: 

  • Your pet must travel in a suitable pet travel bag of max. 46 x 28 x 24 cm (L x W x H). Your pet must be able to stand up and lay down comfortably.
  • Total weight of your pet and travel bag or kennel combined may be max. 8 kg (18 lbs.).
  • The kennel must be put under the seat in front of you (therefore exit rows are excluded). It is not allowed to take your pet out of the travel bag or kennel during the flight. 

Pets in the hold

Your cat or dog may travel in a ventilated part of the hold on all KLM flights.* Make sure to meet these requirements:

  • Your pet must travel in a kennel that complies with the IATA rules (for example those of the “Sky” and “Vari” brands). See below for precise rules for your pet’s kennel.
  • Total weight of your pet and kennel combined may be max. 75 kg (165 lbs.).
  • 2 adult animals of comparable size that are compatible, up to 14 kg (30 lbs.) each, can travel together in 1 kennel. This also goes for 3 animals up to 6 months old from the same litter, up to 14 kg (30 lbs.) each.

* During winter, your pet may not travel in the hold on KLM City hopper flights longer than 2 hours.

Please note that during the flight, we are not able to give pets travelling in the hold any food or water.

Snub-nosed animals such as pugs, boxers, bulldogs, Pekinese and Persian cats can have trouble breathing during the flight, due to high temperatures and stress. To ensure their well-being, most snub-nosed animals may therefore only be transported in the cabin or as cargo. Unfortunately, we cannot transport English and French bulldogs, Boston terriers and pugs either in the cabin, in the hold or as cargo.

Pets as cargo

Do you want to take more than 3 pets with you? Above that number, pets must be shipped as cargo. Your pet should also be transported as cargo by Air France-KLM Cargo if: 

  • Your pet and kennel combined weigh more than 75 kg (165 lbs.).
  • The kennel is larger than 292 cm/115 inch (l + w + h).
  • Your pet is not travelling on the same flight as you are.
  • Your pet is travelling to a country whose authorities allow the transportation of pets as cargo only.

To transport your pet as cargo, you will need an IPATA agent. Contact for a quote to ship your pet as manifested cargo.