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Airline Pet Policy Aer Lingus

Airline Pet Policy Aer Lingus

Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? No
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? Yes (certain flights)
Can my pet fly without me as manifest cargo? Yes (certain flights)
Does Aer Lingus Cargo transport other animals? Yes (certain flights)

Aer Lingus flies all over Europe as well as to destinations in the United States and Canada. Pets are only permitted on certain flights between Ireland and North America, Spain, Portugal, France, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Aer Lingus does not accept dogs or cats to fly in the cabin of the aircraft except for medically certified service animals. All guide dogs flying with their disabled passengers will carried at no charge, however, at least 48 hour advance reservations must be made with the airline.

Pets Permitted: Small domestic dogs and cats only. No other animals are permitted to fly as checked baggage.

Route Restrictions: Pets are permitted to fly as checked baggage only on regional flights within Ireland, United Kingdom, EU member countries without the services of an agent. Flights from Ireland to the United States (US) must be arranged through a registered freight forwarder.

Minimum Age: Your puppy or kitten must be over 10 weeks old.

Breed Restrictions: Aer Lingus will not transport the following breeds or their crosses: Akita, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazilerios, Mastif, American Pitbull, American Staffordshire Terrier or Japanese Tosa. Additionally, the following snub-nosed breeds will not be accepted: All Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxers, and Persian/Exotic Cats.

Temperature Restrictions: see Cargo section below.

Costs: €160 per flight segment.

Forms Required: All pets must be accompanied with a health certificate issued 10 days or less prior to travel as well as all documentation required for their destination country.

Crate Requirements: Maximum weight of pet and carrier cannot exceed 141 lbs. (64 kg).

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Aer Lingus Pet Policy

Pets Permitted: Small domestic dogs, cats and rabbits only on regional flights within Ireland and flights to and from the UK. Arrangements must be made with a freight forwarder. Wild birds or minks will not be transported on any flights.

Route Restrictions: Pets must travel as manifest cargo on flights within Europe and also from the United States to Ireland. An agent must be used to arrange any transport for flights into Ireland from the US and within Europe.

Minimum Age: Same as checked baggage

Breed Restrictions: See checked baggage above.

Temperature Restrictions: Aer Lingus will conform to temperature restrictions. Whenever the temperature is over 86°F (30°C) or under 41°F (5°C), the transport of animals may not be permitted and rescheduling will occur especially on flights to Portugal and Spain.

Forms Required: All pets must be accompanied with a health certificate issued 10 days or less prior to travel as well as all documentation required for their destination country.

Crate Requirements: Maximum weight of pet and carrier cannot exceed 141 lbs. (64 kg).  Two animals are permitted in each crate up to a weight of 14kg. Up to 3 puppies are permitted in a crate if they are from the same litter, under 6 months of age and have adequate room in the crate.

Pets over 88 lbs. (40 kg) must be carried in strong wooden containers.The maximum crate dimensions for the aircraft A319/320/321 are 37"W (95cm) x 31.9" H (81cm). The maximum crate dimensions for the A330 aircraft are 37"W (95cm)  x 37"H (95cm).

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erik.best.5
how much would you charge for a small bichon?
Posted on 2013-06-20 11:29:28.0
dfnioa
Please help me to see how will it be possible to fly a female spayed chipped vaccinated dog setter cargo from Greece Thessaloniki to Ireland-- Feasible? H o w--- Aer Lingus? H o w. please, orientate me. Dafni D Ioannou. Thessaloniki Greece, Professor in Literature.
Posted on 2013-07-24 17:46:25.0
maria.babalik
Hi I have 5 dogs that I need to transport from Turkey to Ireland would they be all able to go on the same flight and also here there are no agencies for dealing with pet travel you have to do it yourself through a registered DEFRA vet...is this ok???
Posted on 2013-11-12 07:05:37.0
PetTravel
I believe that Aer Lingus will require you to get an agent to handle the transport. Your pets will need rabies vaccination and titer testing. How much time do you have?
Posted on 2013-12-12 23:01:20.0
kym.walker.712
do i need to someone to travel with the pet or can it fly alone??.. as im having him sent to me.
Posted on 2014-01-10 21:04:57.0
PetTravel
Your pet can travel unaccompanied, but you will need to arrange for an agent to do the transport if your pet is flying on Aerlingus. You can find one at IPATA.org. Click on Search for a Pet Transporter.
Posted on 2014-01-11 02:18:24.0
katie.farrell.31586
i only want to take my 2 very old dogs to ireland with me will they be able to fly in the cabin with me very small cairn terriers
Posted on 2014-01-11 21:44:03.0
PetTravel
We don't know of any commercial airline that will fly into the EU with pets in the cabin unless they are service animals. This is not a country requirement, it is an airline requirement. It is easier for the airlines to transfer pets to the clearance centers if they are traveling in the hold.
Posted on 2014-01-13 02:42:15.0
cindy.park.33
So to fly from Ireland to USA they only need a health certificate 10 days prior flying, and don't need rabbies shot or micro-chipped is it? Also my dog is a nervous dog can I give mild sedation?
Posted on 2014-01-21 21:55:18.0
noel.hawkins.96
i was told it wood cost 2200 IS THIS SO
Posted on 2014-01-23 02:01:02.0
PetTravel
The USA requires a rabies vaccination 30 days prior to entry in addition to a health certificate. If you do not have the 30 days, get a home quarantine form. You will need to get your pup vaccinated and report back that this has been done. You will need to ask your airline and your vet is sedation is safe for your pet. Some airlines will not transport a sedated pet.
Posted on 2014-01-23 03:03:45.0
PetTravel
We cannot verify Aer Lingus' charges except to say that they require an agent to arrange the transport on many of their flights. This figure could include the cost of an agent. It also depends on the size of your pet and your route.
Posted on 2014-01-23 03:05:21.0
cindy.park.33
PetTravel Thanks for your reply. Will check with Airline about sedation.Appreciate your help :)
Posted on 2014-01-23 09:02:34.0
kala.etchells
I want to fly from the UK to southern Ireland with my dog. Is it true that I don't need to get a pets passport?
Posted on 2014-01-28 15:32:17.0
PetTravel
If you are flying, you need to get your pet microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and your pet needs to travel wtih a blue pet passport. These are the rules as stated by DEFRA which governs the movement of pets within the UK. They do reference relaxed compliance on the ground.
Posted on 2014-01-30 05:30:08.0
darran.sweeney
Hi so I cant fly a cat from an EU destination to Ireland?
Posted on 2014-02-11 12:56:05.0
PetTravel
Yes, your cat can ly from an EU destination to Dublin where they will clear customs. You must apply for approval at least 10 days prior to entry and meet UK requirements. (microchip, rabies vaccination (in that order) and a pet passport)
Posted on 2014-02-13 03:06:02.0
botmarianne
How much Will it cost for a small dog (pugalier) to fly from Ireland to Spain
Posted on 2014-02-15 16:15:23.0
claudine.sporrel
Als je dochters komen kan zij misschien op schoot mee. Ik heb wel eens gehoord dat het kan maar hoe groot ze mogen zijn weet ik niet. Schijn je op de sites van de vliegvelden terug te kunnen vinden.
Posted on 2014-02-15 17:33:30.0
botmarianne
Zou wel mooi zijn 3 honden in het vliegtuig op weg naar Spanje Hi hi
Posted on 2014-02-16 20:09:53.0
row.mongarde
Hello I am in ireland and would like to flight back to France with my two dogs ( two York 3 kg each) . They have everything up to date ( Rabies vaccination, chip, FRENCH passport.) It was hard to bring them in Ireland but i don't know for the return ? maybe it could be easier?
Posted on 2014-02-17 00:00:57.0
PetTravel
Aer Lingus will most likely require the services of an agent to arrange the transport. You will need to contact the airline to confirm the cost. Another option you may want to try is Lufthansa if they fly your route.
Posted on 2014-02-17 04:41:58.0
rita.fijnhaar
Hahahaha.Roxy op schoot.
Posted on 2014-02-19 12:29:43.0
claudine.sporrel
Ik neem de kleinste
Posted on 2014-02-19 14:57:20.0
PetTravel
Hi Row - you can fly directly to Dublin with Aer Lingus (agent required), Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Emirates. With proof of a microchip, rabies vaccination and EU pet passport, the only thing your pets will need is a tapeworm test between one and five days of travel.
Posted on 2014-02-20 04:09:29.0
PetTravel
Hi Dafni - you should consider Lufthansa which has the shortest routes to Dublin through Frankfurt. Turkish Airlines also serves the route and is approved to fly into Dublin with a pet, but their route is much longer. Hope this helps.
Posted on 2014-02-20 04:12:33.0
nora.casey.7330
Hello hope you haveing a nice time..x
Posted on 2014-02-20 21:28:39.0
regina.buckley.37
Can I take a cairn terrier from Ireland to Portugal?
Posted on 2014-02-27 09:59:26.0
PetTravel
Regina - yes, you can take your Terrier from Ireland to Portugal. If your pet does not have a microchip, then get one inserted and have your vet vaccinate your pet for rabies. If your pet is not currently vaccinated for rabies, then you should wait 21 days prior to travel. Your pet can travel with an EU passport (preferred) or an Annex II form for Portugal. Find details here:http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Portugal.cfm AerLingus will most likely require that an agent handle the transport. You may want to consider other airlines as well prior to making your decision on an airline.
Posted on 2014-02-28 16:11:42.0
sally.fennessy
Can I fly two pet rats in the same carrier from Ireland to France? I was really hoping I could bring them in the cabin as they are small, quiet and delicate pets but you don't allow for that under any circumstances... How safe and comfortable is cargo travel for small pets, in terms of handling, temperature, proximity to other larger animals etc.?
Posted on 2014-03-04 10:26:59.0
sally.fennessy
Finnair allow pets in the cabin, but they don't seem to fly to or from Ireland :( It's such a pity other airlines don't allow for this. Trying to travel with elderly, delicate animals is a nightmare.
Posted on 2014-03-05 23:37:49.0
PetTravel
Sally - the hold is temperature controlled and pressurized. Fly during spring and fall when temperatures are not as extreme. Be proactive with the crew and let them know there are live animals in the cargo hold. Ask the airline whether they can travel in the same crate. Rules on this vary...
Posted on 2014-03-06 04:31:50.0
dorliza.lopezsalas
Where do I collect my dog from in Barcelona T2 airport ? Is there a special point ? My Dog is being Sent from Ireland on Air Lingus and I cannot find out where to go to collect. Any help please.
Posted on 2014-03-06 11:03:27.0
PetTravel
Dorliza - Aer Lingus requires a registered freight forwarder to handle the transport of pets within the EU. You need to contact the agent who booked the flight for this information. They should have provided you with this information.
Posted on 2014-03-07 21:05:40.0
kristin.vladislavova
Hi I'm Kristin can my dog (pomeranian,fly from Bulgaria to Ireland as like cargo or check baggage? Hi is absolutely equipment and legitimate! In February I bought him to Bulgaria with me
Posted on 2014-05-02 23:09:39.0
kristin.vladislavova
But unfortunately is very easy to take your dog like cabin baggage on holiday and very hard to bring him back. P
Posted on 2014-05-02 23:29:25.0
PetTravel
Hi Kristin - although dogs can leave Ireland as checked baggage, they must arrive as manifest cargo. Try Lufthansa Cargo as they are an approved carrier into Dublin and have a good route from Belgrade (if that is where you are departing from).
Posted on 2014-05-04 01:45:49.0
kristin.vladislavova
Thanks I have a this information already departure is Sofia Bulgaria. It is a little bit pity because it is gone cost me 500euro and the dog have to change two flight with connection 6hourse that's mean around more than 12 hourse alone in the cage.
Posted on 2014-05-04 11:51:14.0
PetTravel
Lufthansa has a flight from Sofia through Munich to Dublin. They are approved to carry pets to Dublin. 5 hours 55 minutes. Did you try them?
Posted on 2014-05-07 04:04:38.0
alan.johnston.31521
Is manifest cargo the same price for a small dog as checked baggage?
Posted on 2014-07-07 08:41:37.0
johnp.ogrady.5
Hi I have a cat he is neutered and vaccinated and I want to fly with him to Holland what else do I need todo
Posted on 2014-07-22 16:37:03.0
emily.holmkelly
I was wondering if it's possible to travel from Denmark to Scotland with a rabbit? If it is, what would the approximate costs be around? I've checked with SAS, British Airways, Norwegian airlines and Easyjet. I'm just out of options, and rather frustrated. Is there any way to do this? -Regards
Posted on 2014-07-23 15:03:19.0
PetTravel
Alan - manifest cargo and checked baggage are similiar in that your pet will travel in the cargo hold of the aircraft. The difference is that checked baggage is a service for pets who are accompanied by an adult passenger and are checked in at the ticket counter (for most airlines). Pets traveling as manifest cargo are checked in and picked up at the airline cargo facility unless you are traveling to the UK or like countries who take pets to inspection facilities after landing. They are included in a manifest for each leg of the flight and are tracked from origination point to destination point. It is more expensive than checked baggage, but some countries require it.
Posted on 2014-07-25 13:57:07.0
PetTravel
Hi John - if your pet has been microchipped and has been vaccinated for rabies once AFTER the chip was implanted, then all you need is an Annex II form for the Netherlands completed within 10 days of travel. If you are traveling from another EU country, your pet's EU pet passport can replace the Annex II form. If you are traveling from the US or Canada, then the Annex II form will need endorsement from the USDA or CFIA respectively.
Posted on 2014-07-25 13:59:29.0
clarissa.michaux
As far as I have discovered aerlingus now only charge 40euro for your pet to go on regional flights now between ireland and the uk and they can go in the cabin this is what I was told on the phone today its all subject to availability but this is still better news for travellers and you can return on these flights the same way flight numbers must be between 3000-4000 I hope this is correct information it worrys me how all the rules seem to different everytime you check or talk to someone
Posted on 2014-07-25 22:53:47.0
PetTravel
Clarissa - this would be big news because it would be the first airline that would fly pets in the cabin in the UK. We also understood that Aerlingus required an agent to book the flight. Keep us posted.
Posted on 2014-07-31 04:09:31.0
helena.cunningham.35
Im told my puppy would die if put in the cargo hold when flying from Ireland to the US.
Posted on 2014-08-01 22:02:09.0
PetTravel
Helena - hundreds of thousands of pets fly in a cargo hold each year without incident. That said, you should wait until your puppy is at least 4 months old prior to transporting them in the cargo hold. Make sure your puppy is in good health and accustomed to its crate.
Posted on 2014-08-06 04:03:16.0
helena.cunningham.35
Thank you PetTravel. Puppy is 8mths old. Spayed and chipped. Didn't use crate. Will travel in 3-4mths. If I get a crate now and try to have her use it, would that work?
Posted on 2014-08-06 17:30:24.0
PetTravel
It will help a lot. The more you can get her to accept the crate, the easier it will be for her.
Posted on 2014-08-12 03:02:24.0
tara.skeire
i rang airlingus they said no problem to take my cat with them but must be cargo then i rang cargo and they said they dont do flights from germany to ireland wat do i do now my poor cat how can i get him to ireland
Posted on 2014-08-20 16:21:04.0
PetTravel
Tara - only airlines approved to import pets to Dublin can do that. That is the only city that pets can fly into in Ireland. Aerlingus is approved, as is Emirates Sky Cargo, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
Posted on 2014-08-23 00:48:10.0
PetTravel
Emily - we regret not seeing your post. You will need to fly into Glasgow or Edinburgh on an approved airline. That would be United, Air Canada, KLM, Lufthansa or Qatar into Edinburgh and Emirates, KLM and Thomson into Glasgow.
Posted on 2014-08-23 00:50:52.0
sunnyblondediva
Hello. I am due to book my bichon from Ireland to Spain. Do I book him first...and then me? Or, do I book me...and then him? How does it work? Thanks
Posted on 2014-09-22 19:36:42.0
PetTravel
Hi Laura - how you book your pet depends on the class of service your pet is using. If it meets the airline's regulations for traveling in the cabin, then you should call the airline first to make sure that they have not reached their limits as to the number of pets they allow in the cabin. (every flight has a limit). If your pet is traveling with you as accompanied checked baggage, then we would again recommend checking with the airline first before you book to make sure that the aircraft that serves the route will allow for a pet in the cargo hold. (some aircraft don't) If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, you will need to speak with the cargo department of the airline to make your pet's reservation. You can book your reservation and your pet should be able to fly on the same flight as you do, but you will drop it off at the airline's cargo facility.
Posted on 2014-09-25 03:47:33.0
greta.budnikaite
any chance to fly from spain to ireland with springer spaniel 1year old and 11kg of weight???
Posted on 2014-10-03 17:00:50.0
silke.kauther
hi, my mum wants to bring her small dog from Berlin ,Germany to ireland. Do you know if there are any Aerlingus flights that would her allow to do that?
Posted on 2014-10-03 22:48:34.0
PetTravel
Your Spaniel can fly from Spain to Dublin on Aer Lingus, but they will require that an agent book the flight. The other approved airlines for pets flying to Dublin are Lufthansa, Emirates and Turkish Airlines.
Posted on 2014-10-05 04:37:15.0
PetTravel
Aer Lingus does fly non-stop between Berlin and Dublin. They have late morning service.
Posted on 2014-10-05 04:39:48.0
olga.semionova.77
Can I transport pups from Riga to London?
Posted on 2014-10-28 08:47:00.0