If you decide to fly with your pet, the trip must be carefully prepared. Here are some tips that will allow your pet to travel in the best conditions.
in the cabin or in the hold?
In the cabin
- Only small animals are allowed in the cabin.
- Some companies do not accept animals.
- The maximum weight allowed in the cabin varies depending on the airline. It is therefore preferable to obtain information from the airline.
In the hold
Above the maximum weight allowed in the cabin, your pet must travel in the hold.
- The hold is a ventilated, pressurized and heated area. Your pet's cage will be kept there so that it remains stable.
Anticipate before you travel
When purchasing your ticket, remember to tell your airline or travel agency that you will be travelling with your pet. Some airlines limit the number of animals allowed on a flight.
- Call your airline at least 72 hours before the flight to confirm that your pet will be present.
- Your pet's health record must be up to date, don't forget to bring it with you.
WHICH TRANSPORT CAGE TO USE ON AN AIRPLANE?
For your pet's comfort during the journey, the transport cage must be ventilated and allow enough space for your pet to turn around.
- Your cage must:
- Be approved and fall resistant.
- Have metal fastenings.
- Not be locked (for security reasons).
- Indicate your pet's name, tattoo number, your name, phone number and destination address.
Assistance dogs (guide dogs for persons with motor or sensory disabilities) may be accepted in the cabin. As from 26 July 2008, assistance dogs must be accepted in the cabin from European Union airports and from third countries to the EU, provided the carrier is a European Community carrier.
If you wish to travel with small birds (parakeets, canaries...) we encourage you to contact your company directly.
Moreover, small rodents (hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.) are generally not allowed on board.
Flights with stopovers
- Keep the number of stopovers to a minimum.
- If you are travelling with more than one airline, make sure that all the airlines apply the same rules regarding the maximum weight of the animal allowed in the cabin.
- If you have a stopover with a change of aircraft, check that the second aircraft can accommodate your pet
Travel outside France
Ask the consulate of the destination country about the documents necessary for your pet to enter the country (vaccinations, special certificate, and any quarantines or restrictions).