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Air India Airline Pet Policy

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Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? Yes (Certain Flights)
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? Yes (Certain Flights)


In-Cabin Pet Policy

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If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in Air India pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier. The carrier must have a waterproof bottom, have room for your pet to stand up and turn around, must fasten securly and have adequate ventilation.

Pets Allowed:

Small dogs, cats and household birds

Route Restrictions:

Pets are not allowed on the Air India flights to and from the United States except for service dogs which must be carried in the cabin. Also, no pets are allowed on flights to London. No birds are permitted as carry on or checked baggage on flights transiting through the Middle East.


You must notify Air India that you are traveling with a pet. Reservations cannot be made online.

Carrier Requirements:

Maximum soft sided carrier size: 18"x18"x12" (45cm x 45cm x 30cm) Passengers will be subject to normal excess baggage charges. Combined weight of pet and carrier must be less than 11 lbs. (5kg)

Forms Required:

Health certificate and proof of rabies vaccination as well as all certificates and forms required for destination country.

Route Restrictions

Pets are not permitted to fly in cabin on non-stop flights between the United States and India.


Checked Baggage Pet Policy

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If your pet is too large to fit under the seat, it is an animal other than a dog or cat, or if it is a very long flight, Air India may transport your pet in the cargo section of the aircraft according to its regulations. This section of the cargo department has the same temperature and pressure as the passenger cabin.

Pets Allowed:

Dogs, cats, small household birds and other pets

Route Restrictions:

See above

Breed Restrictions:

Air India urges caution when transporting snub-nosed breeds. It is recommended that these pets are transported in crates one size larger than they normally require.

Temperature Restrictions:

Pets will be exposed to summer and winter temperatures between the holding area and boarding. Check with the airline for temperature restrictions

Forms Required:

Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian no more than 10 days prior to travel and proof of rabies vaccination. All forms required for your destination country should be attached to the crate.


Pets flying on domestic flights should check-in at least 3 hours ahead of departure. Pets flying on international flights should check-in at least 4 hours ahead of departure.

Crate Requirements:

Hard plastic crates that clip together with plastic clips do not offer the highest amount of security for your pet. Metal hardware should be used to fasten the top and bottom halves of the crate together. Click here for crate requirements.

Need an IATA compliant pet crate? Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate?


Manifest (Air) Cargo Pet Policies

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Pets Allowed:

Air India will ship warm blooded animals such as dogs and cats.

Forms Required:

A health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel is required. All documentation for the destination country should also be available.

Breed Restrictions

See banned breeds below.

Temperature Restrictions:

See checked baggage policies above

Crate Requirements:

See checked baggage policies above.

More info on crate requirements.
Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate?

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Airports Served


Air India serves locations worldwide in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe (UK, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Belgium), Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, Bangladesh, Qatar, India, Turkey, Kuwait, Nepal, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, UAE, Fiji, Singapore, Myanmar, Seychelles and various locations in Africa.


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in UK

Air India does not specify a ban on particular breeds. They will selectively transport snub-nosed pets with caution, expecially in hotter months. Air India reserves the right not to board any pets when the temperatures exceed 85°F.

Overly aggressive behavior from any pet will not be tolerated.


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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given airline may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to deny your pet boarding privileges. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the airline your pet is flying.

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