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International Airline Pet Policies for In-Cabin Travel (2020 Edition)

August 15, 2017 56 Comments

DJANGO - International Airline Pet Policies for In-Cabin Travel -

Updated September 2020

Which airlines allow pets? Many. Which airlines allow in-cabin international pet travel for a reasonable fee? Some...

Planning an overseas trip isn't simple, and the process gets more complex when you decide to bring your dog. We learned this the hard way while planning our first international adventure to France and Italy with our long-haired dachshund Django (@DjangoTheGent on Instagram and Facebook).

While an increasing number of airlines are offering in-cabin international pet service, policies and pricing across carriers differ drastically. To make your future travel planning less complicated, here are the in-cabin pet policies of every major international airline.

Traveling to the UK with your dog? Unless you have a Service or assistance animal (i.e. Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Animals), no airlines offer in-cabin pet travel to the United Kingdom. If you do not want to put your best four-legged friend in cargo, here are alternative options for traveling safely to the UK with your dog.

Leave us a comment below if you have any questions! And check out our other useful international pet travel resources: How to Take Your Dog To Europe, Does My Dog Need a Passport?, and Flying with Pets In-Cabin to the United Kingdom.

International Airline Pet Policies For In-Cabin Pet Travel

Click on the airline carrier name to visit the airline’s pet policy website​.

Airline In-Cabin Pets Permitted? Minimum Age of Pet One-Way Fee

Max Weight (Pet + Carrier)

# Pets Per Reservation
Carrier Dimensions (L x W x H, inches)
Customer Service
Aer Lingus

No, cargo only

Exception for assistance dogs:  "All suitably harnessed assistance dogs can travel in the passenger cabin for free"

"On flights from Ireland to the USA, prior approval is required from the Department of Agriculture in Ireland."

Yes not stated Not stated on website. Call customer service to confirm via their USA toll-free number: 866-879-7647
17 lbs (8 kg)
"Several" but total weight of carrier cannot exceed 8kg
"The sum of all dimensions on length, width and height must not exceed 44х30х26 cm for rigid skipper. The sum of all dimensions must not exceed 126 cm for soft pet carriers of the closed type for transportation in the aircraft cabin."
Yes, on flights with a maximum duration of 6 hours 8 weeks

USD 125: USA, Canada, Central and South America (Except travel from/to Brazil, Chile, And Argentina. Taxes not included)

MXN 1000 (within Mexico)

20 lbs (9 kg)


1 16 x 12 x 8 888-343-2423
Air Berlin
Air Berlin filed for insolvency in August 2017 and ceased operations in October 2017
Air Canada


On flights operated by Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge, and on 
Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz, Sky Regional, and Exploits Valley Air

12 weeks

CAD 50-59 within Canada and US/Canada (excluding Hawaii)

CAD 100-118 all other international routes

not stated; carrier "must be big enough to allow your pet to stand up, turn around and lie down safely and comfortably" 1


Hard-sided pet carrier max dimensions: 21.5 x 15.5 x 9

Soft-sided pet carrier max dimensions: 21.5 x 15.5 x 10.5


Air Europa

Yes (except flights to/from the United Kingdom)

Pets cannot travel in Business Class.

not stated

USD 27 or EUR 25 (Spain, Canary Islands and Balearic Islands)

USD 55 or EUR 50 (Europe and Africa)

USD 165 or EUR 150 (long-haul)

17 lbs (8 kg)

For ATR operated aircract, max weight allowed is 13 lbs (6kg)

The maximum number of animals allowed in one container:

2, provided that they are of a similar size and none of them exceeds 14 kg. They must be accustomed to being together.

3, if they are from the same litter and no older than 6 months old.

21.5 x 14 x 10

(55 x 35 x 25 cm)

Air France Yes

10 weeks

8 weeks for flights within France including Corsica

15 weeks for flights between metropolitan France and French Guiana)

EUR 40 (within France); EUR 55 (within Europe or between Europe and North Africa); EUR 125 (long-haul from Europe), USD 125 (long-haul from USA), CAD 125 
(long-haul from Canada)

17 lbs (8 kg)


18 x 11 x 9

(46 x 28 x 24 cm) 

Air India
Pets are only allowed in the cabin on domestic India flights
Air New Zealand
No (cargo only)
Alaska Airlines
Yes 8 weeks 100 USD each way

Not stated


"Up to 2 pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier"

"Customer may travel with a maximum of 2 pet carriers in the main cabin, only when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer"

17 x 11 x 9.5 (soft-sided pet carrier)

17 x 11 x 7.5 (hard-sided pet carrier)


Exceptions are flights to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa

3 months

EUR 50 (for domestic flights)

EUR 80 / USD 95 for flights within Europe and to/from North Africa

EUR 190 / USD 225 to/from the rest of the world

USD 225 from the USA and Mexico to the rest of the world

EUR 225 / USD 225 from the rest of the world to the USA and Mexico

Click here for full table of in-cabin fares

Up to 22 lbs (10 kg) including carrier and food

Max weight of animal is 17.5 lbs (8 kg); Max weight of carrier is 4.5 lbs (2 kg)

not stated

Hard-sided carrier: 16 x 8 x 9.5 (40 x 20 x 25 cm)

"If you are using a soft-sided or semi-rigid carrier, this can be slightly higher (+2-4 cm) at the top in respect to the height indicated above"

American Airlines


Within the 48 contiguous United States and between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean (some exclusions apply)

Pets cannot travel in-cabin on transatlantic flights, transpacific flights, and flights to/from Argentina, Brazil, Chile

8 weeks (pets traveling within the U.S. and Puerto Rico)

16 weeks (all dogs traveling to the U.S.)

USD 125

Within and between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean (based on specific country's entry policy)

20 lbs (9 kg) 1 Depends on aircraft carrier; call customer service to confirm 800-433-7300
ANA No (cargo only)
Austrian Airlines


"In some countries such as Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong and South Africa, animals must be transported as cargo regardless of their size"

12 weeks (16 weeks if traveling to or from the United States)

EUR 60 (within Europe) 

EUR 80-110 (intercontinental flights)

17 lbs (8 kg)
2 Soft containers only. The max. container size is 118 cm (L+W+H) or 55 x 40 x 23 cm (21.5 x 16 x 9 in) +43 5 1766 1000
Asiana Airlines Yes 16 weeks

USD 100-400 (U.S. routes)

USD 90-420 (non-U.S. routes)

View fee table

15.4 lbs (7 kg)
1 adult or 2 puppies or kittens under 6 months of age

Combined weight of animals and bag cannot exceed 'Max Weight'

The sum of width, depth and height cannot exceed 115 cm (45 in) and the height cannot exceed 21cm (8 in).

Soft cases must be 26 cm or less and must be stowed under the seat.

British Airways

No (cargo only)

Emotional support dogs are only accepted in the cabin on direct flights to or from the United States.

Brussels Airlines

Yes (except on flights to the United Kingdom)

Emotional support animals are only recognized on flights to/from the USA

12 weeks (16 weeks for the USA)

EUR 50 / CHF 60 / USD 70 (within Europe and including Tel Aviv, Morocco and Russia) )

EUR 70 / CHF 80 / USD 80 (intercontinental)

18 lbs (8 kg)
2 adult pets or 3 puppies or kittens under 6 months of age and from the same litter

Combined weight of animals and bag cannot exceed 'Max Weight'
A soft sided carrier whose 3 dimensions cannot exceed 118 cm / 45 in 866-308-2230
Cathay Pacific Airlines
No (cargo only)
Copa Airlines

Yes, only Monday through Friday on international flights

Transport of pets in business class is not allowed

8 weeks (16 weeks for flights to the United States)

USD 125 + taxes (international flights)

USD 25 + taxes (domestic Panama flights)

20 lbs (9 kg)
1 17 x 13 x 7.5 (hard-sided)

18 x 11 x 11 (soft-sided)


Exceptions include flights to Hawaii, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Hong Kong, UAE, Dubai, Dakar, Barbados, Jamaica, and flights whose average duration exceeds 12 hours

10 weeks for domestic travel

16 weeks if traveling to the US from other countries

15 weeks for European Union travel

U.S. / Canada / Puerto Rico: USD 125

U.S. Virgin Islands / International: USD/CAD/EUR 200

Brazil: USD 75

not stated


"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"

"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. There is no limit on the number of animals in the litter"

Varies by aircraft. Call reservations to confirm. 800-221-1212
No (cargo only)
No (cargo only)


Exceptions include flights to or from Great Britain, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and Australia

"Pets are not permitted in Business Class on intercontinental flights since there is not enough room under the full-flat seats"

8 weeks

EUR 50: flights within Europe, Russia, and the Middle East

EUR 90, USD 100: intercontinental flights

17 lbs (8 kg)
not stated

As of September 2020:

Soft-sided carriers: 22 x 16 x 9 in (55 x 40 x 23 cm)

Hard-sided carriers: 14 x 12 x 8 in (35 x 30 x 20 cm)

+358 9 818 0800
Frontier Yes, on domestic U.S. flights and international flights to/from the Dominican Republic and Mexico not stated USD 99 not stated 1 18 x 14 x 8 801-401-9000
Hawaiian Airlines


Pets are allowed in the main cabin on flights departing Hawaii for North America (except JFK and BOS airports)
and on flights to neighboring Hawaii islands

Pets cannot fly in first class

Related article: How to Take a Dog or Cat to Hawaii and Avoid Quarantine

8 weeks

USD 175 to North America

USD 35 within state of Hawaii

25 lbs 1 adult pet, or

2 puppies or kittens (8 weeks to 6 months of age) of same litter within same carrier
16 x 10 x 9.5 (pet travel carrier must be soft-sided) 800-367-5320
Iberia Yes, except flights to the United Kingdom not stated

35€/45$/30£ (Spain, except Canaries)

50€/60$/45£ (Canaries, Europe, Africa & Middle East)

150€/180$/135£ (America and Asia)

17 lbs (8 kg) 
No limit so long as they remain within same carrier and do not exceed Max Weight of 
17 lbs (8 kg)
18 x 14 x 10 in (45 x 35 x 25 cm)

The sum of the 3 measurements cannot exceed 41 in (105 cm)
No (cargo only)
Yes; exceptions include flights to Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Cayman Islands, Trinidad & Tobago not stated USD 125
20 lbs (9 kg)
1 17 x 12.5 x 8.5 800-538-2583


Pets are only allowed in Business Class on flights within Europe. Pets are not permitted in the cabin in Business Class on intercontinental KLM flights.

10 weeks

"A fee of EUR 30 to EUR 200 applies, depending on the destination."

18 lbs (8 kg) 1

18 x 11 x 9.5

(48 x 28 x 24 cm)

Korean Air
Yes 8 weeks

"Fees vary depending on departure country and destination"

View pet travel charges on

15.4 lbs (7 kg)

1 adult

2 puppies or kittens if they are the same breed, under 6 months of age, and in same carrier

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 800-438-5000
LATAM Airlines


In-cabin pet travel is not allowed on Boeings 767 and 787 and flights to/from Galapagos Islands, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Papeete, England, and to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica

8 weeks

4 months if traveling to/from the United States

USD 200 for regional flights (within South America and between South America and Central America)

USD 250 on long-haul flights (between South America and Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia)

15 lbs (7 kg)

22 lbs (10 kg) on flights within Colombia


Soft-sided pet carrier:

14 x 13 x 9 (36 x 33 x 23 cm)

Hard-sided pet carrier: 

14 x 13 x 7.5 (36 x 33 x 19 cm)

Lufthansa Yes

12 weeks

16 weeks if traveling to the United States

EUR 50 within Germany

EUR 60 within Europe

EUR 80 for North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Mediterranean coastal countries

EUR 90-110 for other intercontinental routes

EUR 70 / USD 100 / CAD 100 for routes to/from Japan

18 lbs (8 kg)

2 young animals of comparable size and a minimum age of 12 weeks

OR 2 fully grown animals of comparable size

OR a mother animal with one young animal (0–6 weeks) still dependent on the mother

Soft-sided carriers only. Hard-sided pet carriers are no longer allowed as of April 2019.

Maximum container size:

22 x 16 x 9 in (55 x 40 x 23 cm)


Meridiana (a.k.a. Air Italy) - no longer in operation as of early 2020



Norwegian Airlines

"Small cats or dogs can travel in the cabin on domestic flights within Argentina and on flights within Schengen and/or the EU (UK and Ireland excluded)

Emotional Support Animals only are allowed on flights to/from the US only

8 weeks

USD 67-80 (online) or 83-95 USD (airport), per animal, each way

18 lbs (8 kg) 

1 adult

OR "up to three very small puppies or kittens travelling in the same container may be booked as one animal"

Pet travel carrier must be soft-sided

The pet travel bag must not be bigger than 17 x 12 x 8 in (43 x 31 x 20 cm), or, if soft, should compress down to fit these dimensions

No (cargo only)
Qatar Airways
No (cargo only)
Royal Air Maroc


Exceptions are flights to the UK and flights operated by Qatar Airways

"The introduction in France of pets under 12 weeks is strictly prohibited"

EUR 55 to/from Europe and Maghreb

EUR/USD/CAD 100 to/from Africa, America, Brazil, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar

11 lbs (5 kg) 
More than 1 animal per carrier is allowed provided Max Weight is not exceeded

22 x 16 x 8 (55 x 40 x 20 cm)

Total dimensions must not exceed 115 cm (45 in)


8 weeks

If less than 14 weeks old, you need a veterinary certificate stating the pet is approved for air transport.

Domestic: 420 DKK/ 550 NOK/550 SEK/55 EUR/60 USD

Scandinavia and Europe: DKK 550/NOK 750/SEK 750/EUR 75/USD 80

To/from the USA and Asia: DKK 740/NOK 990/SEK 990/EUR 99/USD 105

18 lbs (8 kg)
2, provided Max Weight of 18 lbs (8 kg) not exceeded

16 x 10 x 9 (40 x 25 x 23 cm)

Singapore Airlines
No (cargo only)


Exceptions include flights to Hong Kong, Ireland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom

Emotional support dogs are only accepted free of charge on SWISS flights to/from the USA (including direct connections)

12 weeks

"The same rule applies to flights from the USA. For flights to the USA, travel is only permitted from the age of 16 weeks and above"

Within Switzerland: CHF 57 / EUR 50 / USD 57

Within Europe: CHF 69 / EUR 60 / USD 69

Intercontinental: CHF 103-126 /  EUR 90-110 / USD 103-126

From to Japan: CHF 90 / EUR 70 / USD 100


18 lbs (8 kg)

Only soft-sided pet carriers allowed

The maximum container size is 118 cm (55 x 40 x 23 cm or 21.5 x 15.5 x 9 in)

TAP Portugal

Yes (except flights to the United Kingdom)

For non-direct flights, "the connection time (time between two flights) must be at least 3 hours to ensure all necessary processes and procedures are completed"

not stated

35 EUR / 45 USD / 58 CAD (within Portugal)

150 EUR / 185 USD / 235 CAD (intercontinental)

70 EUR / 88 USD / 112 CAD (Europe and Morocco)

17 lbs (8 kg) 
1 Soft-sided carries only with max dimensions of 15 x 12 x 6 in or
40 x 33 x 17cm
No (cargo only)
Turkish Airlines

10 weeks

Approval from a veterinarian must be provided for 10-12 week old pets

80 TRY for domestic flights

70-150 USD for international flights


17 lbs (8 kg)
"In the cabin, only animals of the same species and that are used to being together can be transported in the same cage" provided their max weight doesn't exceed 17 lbs (8 kg) 16 x 12 x 9 (40 x 30 x 23 cm) 800-874-8875
Ukraine International Airlines
Yes not stated
Calculated as excess baggage ("Pay for the carriage of your cat or dog in the cabin at least 24 hours prior to departure and save 50%")
22 lbs (10 kg)
2, provided Max Weight not exceeded
21.5 x 16 x 8
+38 (044) 581-50-50 , +38 (044) 593-76-08
United Airlines

Yes, except on flights to, from or through Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Panama, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and the UK

The in-cabin policy applies to flights operated by United and United Express® only

16 weeks

USD 125 (within the United States)

Additional $125 service charge for each stopover of more than four hours within the U.S. or more than 24 hours outside of the U.S.

"Only one pet is allowed in a kennel, and the animal must be able to stand up and turn around comfortably" 1

Hard-sided pet travel carrier: 17.5 x 12 x 7.5 (44 x 30 x 19 cm)

Soft-sided pet travel carrier: 18 x 11 x 11 (46 x 28 x 28 cm)

"Soft-sided pet carriers may exceed these dimensions slightly, as they are collapsible and able to conform to under-seat space without blocking the aisle"

US Airways (see American Airlines)
Virgin Atlantic

No (cargo only)

If you're traveling with an assistance dog, visit this page


4 months

"Pets younger than 4 months, or those that are breastfeeding, sick, dead, violent, or pregnant females are not accepted"

$1050 MXN if paid when originally booking the reservation. Fee increases if paid at the airport.

22 lbs (10 kg)

17.5 x 12 x 7.5 in (44 x 30 x 19 cm)

Soft or hard sided pet travel carriers are allowed for dogs; sturdy (plastic) carriers only for cats.



Exceptions are flights to/from the United Kingdom or Ireland

3 months

EUR 50 (international and Canary Islands)

EUR 40 (domestic)

17 lbs (8 kg)
1 Soft-sided pet travel bags only measuring 18 x 15 x 8.25 in (45 x 39 x 21 cm) 02035143971
WestJet Yes not stated
$50 - $59 CAD/USD for travel within/between Canada and the U.S. 

$100 - $118 CAD/USD for travel between Canada/U.S. and all destinations outside the U.S.
not stated 1

Soft-sided carriers only measuring no more than

16 x 10 x 8.5 in 


41 x 25.4 x 21.5 cm

Wow Air ceased operations in March 2019

B Combined weight of 5 pets cannot exceed 10kg 
C Permitted only on inter-island flights and flights leaving the State of Hawaii 


Additional resources

Planning an international trip with your pup? Check out DJANGO's additional international pet travel resources:

Below: Django hits up his favorite spots in France and Italy. Follow Django's international adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

DJANGO - Steph and sausage dog celebrity Django of in Europe

56 Responses


July 17, 2020

I was able to clarify with Manchester Airport in the UK that dogs are indeed allowed in. From the airport: “I am please to confirm that if your pet is booked onto a flight it can, of course, enter the Terminal and the advice you have been given by KLM appears correct. Service dogs are allowed in the Terminal though someone NOT travelling with their pet would not be permitted to bring them into the Terminal.”

Now to ensure I have what I need to fly through Amsterdam on my way to the US (Pet Passport? Can only fly business class? I think since I am just transiting, these do not apply to me). So much to consider!


July 16, 2020

I came across your article during my research in flying a puppy (end of August; will be 10 weeks old) from Manchester, UK to the US via Amsterdam. I have called the airline, KLM, who has advised this is possible (the embargo is on dogs ENTERING the UK in-cabin, not leaving). I would assume the “only allowed in business class within Europe” note above for KLM wouldn’t apply as we are transiting through Amsterdam on our way to our final destination, which isn’t Europe — it’s the US. The agent seemed to think economy class would be fine when I called. Then… I came across some verbiage on the Manchester Airport website about assistance dogs only being allowed in the terminal ( I am waiting to hear back from them to clarify. I can’t imagine that KLM would tell me I could book my flight and pay for my pet to fly in-cabin if it wasn’t possible? Perhaps there is a hand off from check-in to when you board the flight, thus the dog is allowed in-cabin but not technically in the terminal? So much to consider! Would love to know if anyone has any answers related to Manchester Airport or flying UK to US with an in-cabin pet (dog). Thanks! :)


July 01, 2020

@CAULDRON Hello! Great question about dog height requirements for in-cabin travel.

Every airline pet policy we’ve come across enforces limits on pet carrier dimensions (carrier height, length, and width). We’ve never seen airline pet policies specifically reference a maximum dog or cat height allowed. Rather, almost all pet-friendly airlines include language in their pet policy stating that the dog or cat MUST be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably in the carrier (in more or less words). Delta, for example, states “Your pet must be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel without touching or protruding from the sides of the kennel and with the ability to move around”. If your pet appears cramped and/or uncomfortable in your pet travel carrier, then it is indeed possible that your pet is turned away at gate check ing.

And one last thing to add – we have seen airlines enforce animal weight restrictions in addition to animal + carrier weight restrictions. When departing on an Italy-US flight, we had to remove our dachshund Django from his carrier so he could be weighed alone on the luggage scale.

Hope this clarifies your question! Definitely reach back out if additional questions arise.


June 30, 2020

Such a helpful post!! I am wondering though about the height requirements of my schnoodle travelling out of the UK to the US. Do they get the dog out to measure? She is only 5.8kg but I am worried she is too tall? We are supposed to be moving to the US and with severe separation anxiety, she definitely cannot go in cargo. Yikessss. xx


May 19, 2020

Hi Amanda!

It’s nice to hear from you again! We’re all doing really well fortunately. My husband Mike and I temporarily left our apartment in New York City and have been staying with family in New Jersey. We’re lucky to have the option to be out of the city! I hope you and your family are doing well and are all healthy also!

You ask a great question about ESAs on airlines and whether they can fly via a secondary airlines, i.e. if you book a Delta flight but it is operated via Air France. Generally speaking, if pets and ESAs are allowed to fly in-cabin per that secondary airline’s pet policy, then you should have no trouble bringing your dog in cabin. You will have to follow the secondary airline’s pet/ESA policy and prep guidelines though. So if Air France requires specific paperwork prior to travel (and Delta does not), you’ll have to complete it. Also, it’s always a good idea to contact the operating airline’s customer service department to ensure you’re doing everything correctly prior to departure.

A few airlines don’t allow pets OR ESAs in-cabin even on flights to/from the United States. British Airways is one example. They do not allow ESAs in the cabin unless the pet has been trained to assist with a specific disability or medical condition. In other words, they only allow service animals.

Most airlines recognize ESAs on flight to/from the USA, but because there are a few outliers, always double check the pet policy or the operating airline.

Hope this helps!


May 19, 2020

Hi Steph,

How are you and the family and Django holding up in isolation? I hope that all is ok and that you are safe and well! Wow, so many things have changed since I last messaged! I am still hoping to move to Scotland, but things are a bit delayed now due to COVID. I’ve been trying to follow all the changing regulations regarding animal transport, and I see that animals are banned from air transport indefinitely due to COVID: I’m checking with airlines to see if this rule is extended to ESAs. I did think of one other question while reading up and wanted to see if you had encountered this potential issue during your international journeys. Several of the ESA permitted airlines seem to operate flights through secondary companies. For example, Delta has a direct flight from NYC to Edinburgh, but it says it’s operated by Air France. Prior to COVID, do you know if ESAs would be allowed on this Air France flight since it’s technically operated by an external company (though listed as Delta)? I still of course will triple check with the airline directly.

Thanks for any information you may have and for your time!


May 06, 2020

@ROCCO Hello! Nice to hear from you. No airlines currently allow large dogs in-cabin. When I say large, I mean dogs that cannot fit under a plane seat in an airline-approved pet carrier. The only exceptions are if the dog is a certified service animal (i.e. a guide dog for the blind) or, in some cases, an emotional support or therapy dog.

To have your dog become an emotional service animal, you will need to get a letter from a licensed mental health professional documenting your need for the ESA. We caution against getting an ESA letter from a no-name “doctor” online. Airlines have become much more strict about verifying ESA letters in order to ensure the dogs they allow on board are true support animals.

Requirements for service dogs are much more stringent. Service dogs must be trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of disabled people. Understandably, they’re available only to individuals with a disability. In addition to training, the dog must pass a public access test and then be registered.

Best of luck to you and your Golden Retriever, and safe travels!


Pets in Business Class:
For everyone else’s reference, most airlines do not even allow smaller pets in business class on transatlantic routes. This is because business class seats are often lie-flat designs and/or offer no under seat storage for a pet carrier. The only outlier is Lufthansa. Lufthansa is the only airline we know of that allows dogs/cats in business class on certain transatlantic flights. Allowance depends on the aircraft’s first class seat design (i.e. whether or not there is room under the seat for a pet carrier) and availability (usually only 1 pet is allowed in Lufthansa first class per flight). Air France, Delta, and United Airlines do not allow pets in business class at all. American not allow in-cabin pet travel on ANY transatlantic flights.

Rocco G
Rocco G

May 05, 2020

Thank you for preparing this article! I have a 60lb Golden Retriever. We can avoid flying to the UK, landing pretty much anywhere in Europe – just need to know either which airline to allow him in business class with no certification – or what documents he’d need to be emotional support – or service animal
if he needs to reach that level of achievement. Thanks


February 19, 2020

@KIM Thanks for reaching out! You ask a great question. Airlines’ in-cabin pet policies only apply to flights operated by their airline. For example, United’s in-cabin pet policy only applies to flights operated by United and United Express. Finnair allows pets in-cabin but only on flights operated by Finnair and bearing a Finnair flight number. If you are looking at a flight operated by American Airlines, you will have to follow American Airlines’ in-cabin pet policy.


February 17, 2020

Thanks for the information! While looking at flights, I noticed that Finnair accepts pets in cabin on transatlantic flights, but the flight I am looking at is on American Airlines metal, even though I would book through Finnair. So would my pet still be allowed in cabin, since AA does not allow them in cabin for transatlantic flights?


December 08, 2019

@EUNICE SAUNDERS Hello and thanks for reaching out! Where are you flying from? If you are departing from the United States AND your dog is an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) with up-to-date documentation, then your Shih Tzu should be able to fly in cabin with you. ANA allows ESAs in the cabin ONLY on international flights to (and I believe from) the US and Mexico.

If your dog is NOT an ESA, I would immediately contact United. You will hopefully be able to cancel your current reservation, albeit for a fee.

Hope this helps! Good luck to you!

Eunice Saunders
Eunice Saunders

December 06, 2019

Hello and goodnight..I have reservations on a United flight to Okinawa in April 2020. I made the reservation because United allows pets in cabin. Unfortunately, I recently discovered that United to Asia is operated by All Nippon Airways, which does not allow pets in cabin. I have a Shih Tzu, which cannot fly in cargo. At the risk of losing the funds that have been paid because I may have to cancel my plans, do you have any suggestions? Thank you in advance for your consideration.


October 28, 2019

@MANOLO AND JESSIE Hello! Nice to hear from you guys. Good news for you – US airlines that recognize and have pet policies for emotional support animals (ESAs) typically do not have a strict limit on dog weight so long as the dog does not exceed the footprint of your seat. This means your dog, if not in a carrier that fits under the seat in front of you, must sit at your feet and not protrude into the floor space of the person next to you.

Regarding airlines that allow ESAs in cabin from Spain-USA, I would look at both Delta and Iberia. While TAP Portugal does recognize and allow ESAs in cabin, they require the animal stay in a carrier and also have a weight restriction of 17 lbs (combined weight of case + animal). Delta flies nonstop Lisbon-JFK frequently and pricing is usually in line with other carriers for this route. Iberia is another valid option. They recognize ESAs and, last I checked, do not have a weight limit so long as your pup fits on the floor at your feet!

Hope this helps! Don’t hesitate to reach out if any other questions arise! And safe travels :)

Manolo and Jessie
Manolo and Jessie

October 24, 2019

Thank you for the all this useful information regarding international pet travel.
We are going to be flying to Spain from
The East Coast in the spring. We have a 22lb King Charles Cavalier whom is an emotional support animal. He fits in the carrier and under the seat, and have flown with him many times domestically and once to Mexico before in cabin.
We were seeing that many airlines on transatlantic flights require that the dog be under 18lbs. Do you know of any airline that would allow our 22lb emotional support Cavalier to travel in the cabin with us?
Thank you,
Manolo and Jessie


September 20, 2019

@GINA FOARD Hello! Thanks for reaching out about pet travel from Canada to France. You ask a great question. Although airline Air France allows young pets to fly in cabin, France itself has strict rules regarding pet importation. Specifically, France does not allow dogs/cats from entering the county if (1) the pet is under 12 weeks old and not vaccinated for rabies (2) the pet is less than 15 weeks old and (a) not vaccinated for rabies or (b) vaccinated for rabies less than 21 days prior to entry into the EU.

Although Air France allows 10 week old dogs/cats in cabin, they will not be allowed into France if they aren’t vaccinated. And just so you know, there are indeed other EU member states that allow young dogs/cats with no rabies shots. These include Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, and Switzerland. So you could bring a 10 week old unvaccinated puppy in-cabin on an Air France flight to those countries.

Hope this helps!

Gina Foard
Gina Foard

September 20, 2019

If air France allows a 10 week old puppy to fly in cabin from Canada to Paris. What vaccines are required ? 10 weeks is too young for rabies.


July 16, 2019

@KAREN Hi Karen, great to hear from you! Regarding your upcoming travels from NYC to Cape Town with an Emotional Support Animal, you definitely should consider South African Airlines. They have non-stop service to Johannesburg (not Cape Town – they don’t offer direct flights to Cape Town right now) and recognize ESAs. This means you can fly with your pup in-cabin from NYC to Johannesburg, then take another leg with your Mini Aussie from Johannesburg to Cape Town. To book an ESA on a South African Airline flight, you first need a reservation. Once you have a reservation, you can apply with the airline’s Special Assistance department for your ESA to come with you.

If you are traveling late this year or in 2020, another option is United Airlines. They plan to offer direct service from NYC to Cape Town starting Dec 2019. United also recognizes and allows ESAs in-cabin, so this is another potential option for you. Of course, please call United ahead of booking any travels to verify their ESA policy is also applicable on non-stop flights to/from Cape Town.

Lastly, just a reminder that there’s a good amount of work to do before you can take your pup to South Africa, including an International Health Certificate and veterinary import permit. The APHIS website has a great resource on what you have to do, link here:

Hope this helps! Best of luck to you and safe travels with your dog!!


July 14, 2019

Hi! We’re looking to fly round trip from the U.S. (New York) to South Africa (Cape Town) in-cabin with our Emotional Support Animal – a 30 lb. Mini Australian Shepherd. We can’t seem to find any airlines that will allow him in the cabin between anywhere in Europe and South Africa. South African Airlines has a flight that originates in NYC and goes non-stop to Cape Town, so we think that might work, but it’s a 16 hour flight. Do you have any advice you can offer? Putting him in cargo is not an option for us.


July 12, 2019

Susan, hello! Thanks for reaching out about flying internationally with your standard poodle! I wish I could tell you otherwise, but unfortunately no airlines that we know of allow large dogs in-cabin. When I say large, I mean dogs that cannot fit under a plane seat in an airline-approved pet carrier. The only exceptions are if the dog is a certified service animal (i.e. a guide dog for the blind) or, in some cases, an emotional support or therapy dog.

Regarding business class, the same rule will apply: no large dogs. In fact, most airlines prohibit dogs in first class entirely. The only exception we currently know of is Lufthansa. Lufthansa allows small dogs/cats on certain transatlantic flights.

You have two options for getting overseas with your larger dog: (1) putting your standard poodle in cargo, or (2) sea travel. You can learn more about the sea travel option in another DJANGO Dog Blog article (LINK BELOW). Unless you have all the time in the world (sea travel takes a while), flying your pup via cargo is the most realistic and popular option for bigger dogs.

DJANGO Dog Blog article with INFO ON PET SEA TRAVEL:
>> <<
(scroll down to the last section titled ‘A Safe Travel Option for Larger Dogs – Sea Travel’)


July 12, 2019

Hi there,
Regarding flying from the US to Europe you seem to be an encyclopedia on transporting dogs.I have a Standard Poodle, extremely well behaved, weighs over 50 pounds. Is there any airline that will allow my dog to travel with us in the cabin. We would gladly pay a full fare for him. Possibly sit in the bulkhead seats with on one in front of us with the extra room. Business class with the extra space where he could lie…???


June 26, 2019

@DAVID, hello! In most cases, pets are not permitted in business class on US-Europe flights since the seats are lie-flat designs and/or offer no under seat storage for a pet carrier.

I can confirm business class pet policies for a few major airlines and their transatlantic routes: Air France, American Airlines, Delta, Lufthansa, and United Airlines. Of these 5 airlines, Lufthansa is the only one that allows dogs/cats in business class on certain transatlantic flights. Allowance depends on the aircraft’s first class seat design (i.e. whether or not there is room under the seat for a pet carrier) and availability (usually only 1 pet is allowed in Lufthansa first class per flight). Definitely call Lufthansa before booking a flight to confirm whether the aircraft has a spot for your pet.

Air France, Delta, and United Airlines do not allow pets in business class at all. Delta and United Airlines’ business class flat bed seats leave no room for under seat storage. As for American, the airline does not allow in-cabin pet travel on ANY transatlantic flights.

Hope this helps! And if you happen to come across an airline I didn’t mention here that DOES allow pet travel in business class, please reply back with the info!


June 24, 2019

Have you found any airlines that will let you fly business class or first class between Europe and the US?


June 11, 2019

@SUE Hello! In terms of documentation, your pet needs one of the following documents when returning to the UK:
- an EU pet passport (issued in the EU or in the UK prior to EU Exit)
- the animal health certificate issued in the UK used to travel to the EU (which you can use up to 4 months after it was issued)
- a UK pet health certificate (for travel into the UK only)

Regarding flights to the UK, here is a great resource: “FLYING WITH PETS IN-CABIN TO THE UNITED KINGDOM”:
(link also above under “Additional Resources”)

Although you can fly to Spain with your pets in-cabin, this is not possibly for your return trip to the UK unless you have an assistance animal. Your options are to put your dogs in cargo (not ideal of course) or use one of the options outlined in the article I linked to above. For instance, you could fly from Tenerife to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and then arrange transportation from there.

Lastly, don’t forget that rules for bringing a pet into the EU (from the UK) may change after Brexit, depending on whether the UK leaves the EU with a deal or not. Here is a good resource for you:

I hope this helps! Good luck with your travels later this year!


June 10, 2019

Hi i want to take my miniture dacshund and miniture pincer to tenerife in december and return to the uk in early january
i think i have sorted how to get there with them both via plane this has been difficult because i want to take them in the cabin
but the question is how do you get home from tenerife to the uk can you help with any information please

Kind Regards


May 09, 2019

@LISA Hello! Checked baggage is the same as cargo – it implies that your pet will be “checked” (similar to luggage) and transported in the pet-friendly part of the plane’s cargo.

According to EVA Air’s pet policy (link above), “EVA Air does not accept pets as unchecked baggage in the cabin, except for service animals such as escort dogs, emotional support animals to which medical certificates are required.”

Hope this helps!


May 09, 2019

@CAROL Hello! Unless you have a service animal or assistance animal (i.e. emotional support animal, therapy animal), dogs are not allowed to fly in-cabin to the UK.

Here’s a great resource for traveling with pets to the UK:

Flying back to the USA is definitely easier when it comes to pets. Assuming you fly with an airline that allows in-cabin pet travel, you shouldn’t have any issues bringing your dog (assuming he/she meets the specific airline’s pet policy requirements re: weight, age, vaccinations/health documentation, etc)


May 06, 2019

Eva allows dogs as checked baggage. Not just as cargo?


April 29, 2019

Can I take my dog to the USA in cabin and the same coming back to UK


April 25, 2019

@JONATHAN Hello! After checking out your links and doing research on our own (we contacted Delta, American and United’s Special Assistance departments), it seems that yes, ESAs can indeed fly in-cabin to the UK! You are right that airline passengers with ESAs must contact the appropriate ‘Animal Reception Centre’ at the destination airport prior to departure to ensure the proper import/customs paperwork is in order upon arrival. According to American Airlines’ ‘Special Assist’ department, this ‘paperwork’ is specifically an inspection permit that’s issued prior to arrival.

Thanks so much for your helpful comment and links! Congrats on your recent move to the UK, and best of luck bringing your Frenchie to live with you in your new city!


April 20, 2019


I’ve been doing research into brining my emotional support animal (a french bulldog named Vincent) into the UK to live with me as I’ve just moved here. It seems that emotional support animals that fly on approved american carriers to approved airports can indeed fly in-cabin. Although the UK does not recognize emotional support animals as assistance dogs, if the flight originates in the U.S. and the airline’s policy allows for emotional support animals, they may arrive into the UK into certain airports. I have received email confirmation of this from the London Heathrow Animal Reception Centre ( and verbal confirmation over the phone from "Pets on Jets’ at Manchester Airport ( However, I would welcome (and ask) for a double check from y’all!


March 25, 2019

@ADI Hello and thanks for your question about how to fly to Shannon, Ireland with an emotional support animal! Airlines that offer in-cabin pet service to Shannon, Ireland will depend on where you are flying from… but since Shannon is such a big hub, there should definitely be several options for you. At a quick glance, Lufthansa, United, Air France and KLM are all potential options. Also, keep in mind that many European airlines, like Lufthansa, only recognize emotional support animals (and waive pet fees) on flights to/from the USA.

Note that Aer Lingus and Delta do NOT allow in-cabin pet travel into Ireland (Aer Lingus does allow dogs in cargo but prohibits snub-nosed / brachycephalic breeds like your Frenchie from the cargo hold).

Our recommendation is to first check what your main airline options are for your trip into Shannon, then come visit us again here to review each individual’s pet policy via the links we provide. Best of luck to you!

Kemi Assouline
Kemi Assouline

March 25, 2019

Very Informative 👍


March 23, 2019

Django is awesome! Do you no any Airlines that allow emotional support dog in cabin
to fly to Shannon,Ireland? And it is a Frenchie, brachysephalic breed


March 11, 2019

@KIM Thank you for your comment! Would you mind confirming where you found the information that Delta is now limiting in-cabin international pet travel to flights with an 8 hour average duration or less? According to Delta’s page for International Pet Travel (link below), Delta and Delta Cargo still allow dogs on flights with an average flight time of 12 hours or less. Delta certainly could have announced the change somewhere else, before updating all their website content… Let me know if you remember where you saw that info – we’ll definitely update our content if/when we verify the new airline pet policy!

Delta Int’l Pet Travel Information:


March 08, 2019

Just want you to know the Delta changed their policies. Even with service animals – no animals may be in the cabin for flights over 8 hours.


February 18, 2019

@RITTY The main airlines flying regularly between India and Qatar are Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways and Qatar Airways. Unfortunately, none of these airlines allow pets to travel in the cabin on international flights (both Air India and Jet Airways permit dogs and cats on domestic India flights only). The exception is guide dogs for the blind. If you are open to transporting your cat via the cargo hold, both Air India and Qatar Airways allow pets in the carriage of the plane! This appears to be your only option.


February 18, 2019

I would like to travel with my persian cat from Qatar to India. May I know which airline allows to take along my cat to india


January 22, 2019

Michelle, hello! Thanks so much for reaching out. Although we are not experienced with the travel requirements for rabbits when flying to/from the UK, I have a few ideas you may or may not have considered… First, have you looked into flights from London to Boston, MA? These flights are typically slightly shorter in duration than flights departing from Edinburgh; or flights heading to NYC’s JFK. I see several London-Boston flights under the 8 hour duration limit. Obviously your daughter would have to break up her trip in two flights (first to London, then to the US), but this may be the only option to successfully circumvent the 8 hour flight duration max.

Second, has your daughter looked into making her rabbit an emotional support animal (ESA)? From what I understand, all domesticated animals may qualify as an ESA. Although certain airlines may limit ESA allowances to dogs and cats, this definitely is still worth looking into. If you can find an airline that welcomes rabbit ESAs, the 8 hour flight duration limit should no longer apply to your daughter’s rabbit.

Hope this helps! Good luck to your daughter, and congrats on her move back to the US!


January 22, 2019

Do you have any advice for flying a rabbit out of the UK. My daughter lives in Scotland, is moving back to the USA and has a 9 year old floppy earred bunny. She is adamant about not putting her in cargo. I have researched airlines that allow rabbits in cabin and it seems the flights must be 8 hours or less, which precludes most flights from Europe to USA.


October 02, 2018

@CURT WALKER Thanks so much for your comment, and I’m glad you found our article useful! This article only focuses on in-cabin airline pet travel, but you are absolutely right that certain aircrafts within each airline, especially smaller ones, may not allow pets in the cargo hold. We always strongly advise calling customer service BEFORE booking pet travel (cargo or in-cabin) to ensure there is room on the flight for you pet and ensure the pet policy hasn’t changed overnight.

Curt Walker
Curt Walker

October 01, 2018

This is very helpful information. However, you have left out one very important fact. The type of aircraft used. Most airlines that fly Airbus Aircraft, do NOT all allow pets in cargo. People need to check the airline carefully. Thanks.


September 10, 2018

@MARYANNE DELLAFERA Thanks for your comment and kind words! I’m so glad you found this article useful as you plan your move to Italy with your three Pekingese dogs. And by the way, a huge congrats on the upcoming move!

That’s wonderful you’re traveling with two friends, so each can put one of your pups under their reservation. That’s so huge and helps tremendously, as you already know. And yes, it’s always important to call the airline in advance of your trip to ensure they have a space for your pup. Unfortunately there’s no way to confirm this info without calling.

Good luck planning your trip and moving abroad! Congrats again, and please let us know if future questions arise!

MaryAnne DellaFera
MaryAnne DellaFera

September 08, 2018

Hi! Thanks for this amazing resource on international pet travel! I am planning a move to Italy with my 3 pekingeses, and this is the only site I’ve been able to find that has UP TO DATE info on what airlines allow pets to travel in the cabin, including weight and size restrictions. Even so, it looks like there is only ONE airline that I’ll be able to use because my two girls are relatively big for pekes (they’re not show dogs). I’ll have to call the airline for additional info, but it would have taken me forever to gather all this info myself. I’ll be traveling with 2 friends (ie, 1 dog/person), but I don’t know how many dogs are allowed on the same plane. I hope we can all go together! This is a major trip for us, but the most stressful part is figuring out how to get my dogs there safely. I am very reluctant to have them in cargo, but I was beginning to think that was the only way my girls could travel.
Django is adorable!


August 28, 2018

@ANN GALLUS According to Heathrow’s website, “We have a relief area in Terminal 2 and 3 and we are planning to introduce further facilities in Terminals 4 and 5. For directions to the Terminal 2 and 3 dog relief area, please ask a member of staff for more information.”

Terminal 2 and 3! If you’re not flying out of those terminals, I’d recommend arriving at the airport early so you have time to visit them with you little one. Safe travels!

Ann Gallus
Ann Gallus

August 27, 2018

I have located the airlines that will be carrying my puppy in the cabin from London Heathrow to Houston. Long flight My question is this: Are there any pet relief areas in Heathrow. I have tried looking at their maps and googling but it is not clear. I will have a 4.5 hr drive to the airport so I will have to stop somewhere. Thank you.

Samantha Brown
Samantha Brown

August 19, 2018

Your blog is very informative and has “need to know” topics. I would never let my pet travel as cargo. They either travel with me or I would not go. I can’t imagine how stressed out my pet would be traveling as cargo.


July 13, 2018

@ANN GALLUS Thank you for your question about which airlines allow pet-friendly travel from the UK to the US.

Departing the UK with a pet in-cabin is not easy. Most airlines do not allow in-cabin pet travel to or from the UK – these include Air Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, United, and Wow.

The good news – Air France, KLM and Lufthansa all allow in-cabin pet travel from the UK to the US (I just spoke to customer service reps from all three airlines). I would still call their customer service before booking your flight just to make sure their policy hasn’t changed and ensure there is space on the flight for your puppy (some flights limit the total # of pets allowed per flight).

p.s. No airlines allow in-cabin pet travel into the UK. This is unfortunately a rule mandated by the UK government in an effort to curb the spread of rabies and unauthorized commercial sale of pets. We lay out every alternative pet-friendly route into the UK here:


July 13, 2018

@RUTH LEWIS Great to hear you had a seamless experience getting to the UK with your two pups via an Air France flight to Paris! Mike and I (Steph) plan to take Django to London later this year and will be following your same travel route :)


Ann Gallus
Ann Gallus

July 10, 2018

I am looking fro transatlantic flights from London Heathrow to the US…preferably to Chicago. Are there any that would allow me to bring my 12 week old puppy in the cabin with me? I understand there would be additional fees, and that the pup would have to be in an approved underseat pet carrier.


July 08, 2018

Thank you for putting this together! We are planning to take our rough haired dachshund called broccoli tot the US from Europe ( and back , ofcourse) so this info is most usefull!

ruth Lewis
ruth Lewis

July 08, 2018

I took my 2 small dogs to the uk 2 years ago (& am doing so again this year) we flew into Paris with airfrance then took the train to Calais where we met with a family member who drove us home via the tunnel. It was a long trip but worth it! The only place our paperwork for the dogs was checked was before we got on the channel tunnel in Calais. Airfrance charged $200 each dog & they traveled in the cabin with us


July 02, 2018

@VERONA SAWYER Thanks for your question. You are absolutely right that no airlines allow in-cabin pet travel into the UK. The UK government does not allow the transport of pets into the UK via in-cabin air travel. This is a strictly-enforced policy to prevent rabies from entering the country via infected animals. The UK government believes they can better prevent the spread of rabies by allowing only approved airlines to transport pets via the cargo (aka hold or carriage). Here is a list of UK-approved airlines that allow cargo pet travel: The only exception to this rule is if you are traveling with a Service/Assistance dog. Emotional support dogs and therapy dogs are not considered Service/Assistance dogs.

We’ll be doing a follow up post on alternative routes into the UK with pets, i.e. so one does not have to put their pup in cargo. We’ll post the link here in the comments and also in the article above.

Verona Sawyer
Verona Sawyer

June 29, 2018

It seems that there are no airlines that let you take your pets in the cabin if you are goi g to the U. K. is this true ???

Connie Alman
Connie Alman

June 25, 2018

Great advice! Thank you 🐾


May 31, 2018

@MICK So glad you found this useful! We’ll be updating the spreadsheet bi-annually to ensure we’re up to date with the airlines ever-changing pet policies!


May 13, 2018

Thank you for such s great source of data!

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