Travelling with Pets

Flying with a pet

Some airlines allow pets on board; others don't. 

Check with your airline.

You must inform the airline that you will be travelling with your pet when you book your trip. In any case, travelling with a pet is subject to the airline’s prior approval.

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Weight restrictions

Weigh your pet with its crate. If your pet and the crate weigh less than 5 or 8kg (depending on the airline), it can travel in a crate or bag placed under the seat in front of you.

If your pet (and crate) exceeds this weight, they will travel in hold luggage in a cage that meets the airline’s requirements.

Please note: Cages are not sold at the airport; you will need to purchase one before you arrive.

How old should my pet be?

To be allowed to travel, your pet must be between 8 and 10 weeks old, depending on the airline.  

Health requirements

All animals travelling in the European Union with their owner or for commercial purposes must have an identifier (either with a microchip or readable tattoo), be vaccinated against rabies, and be in possession of a European passport supplied and completed by a veterinarian.

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In some countries outside the European Union, your pet may be put in quarantine if it has not had a blood test before departure to prove it has rabies antibodies.

For more information, contact your travel agent or airline before departure.


Animals travelling in hold luggage will go through a different route to a normal checked bag: the oversized baggage route. You may therefore be required to go through a special baggage security check on departure before going through the usual security controls.