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British Airways Airline Pet Policy

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Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? Selected flight only
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? No
Can my pet fly with me as manifest cargo? Yes


In-Cabin Pet Policy

cat flying in-cabinBritish Airways does not permit pets to travel in the cabin with the exception of medically approved service animals. (Seven day notice required) First point of entry must be London Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester (accompanied pets only).

British Airways' boutique airline, OpenSkies, which served the route between Paris and New York and accommodated pets in the cabin, ceased operations in September, 2018.

Service and Emotional Support Animals

British Airways will accept service dogs must have been certified by an organization that is a member of Assistance Dogs International or International Guide Dog Federation trained to assist a disabled person. Notification should be provided at least 7 days in advance. British Airways does not recognize emotional support animals.


Checked Baggage Pet Policy

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British Airways does not offer checked baggage service for live animals.


Air Cargo Pet Policies

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Pets Allowed:

Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, hamsters, monkeys, ferrets, snakes, tropical fish and other animals. Larger animals (cattle, horses, etc.) will be handled by an approved agent. Pets flying as cargo willl need to make arrangements with an approved agent to fly with IAG Cargo which handles British Airways live animal cargo transport.

Forms Required:

Health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian at least 10 days prior to travel will be required. All forms required for your destination country should be attached to the crate.


Check in at a IAG Cargo cargo facility (not reservations desk) 4 hours prior to international flights and 2 hours prior to domestic flights. Health certificates issued shortly prior to travel will be required. Consigners will be asked to sign a Form of Indemnity to cover British Airways against any costs arising from any pet not passing the PETS checks on arrival and having to go into quarantine. Pet crate requirements are as stated below.

Route Restrictions

British Airways will not transport live animals from Kuwait.

Temperature Restrictions:

British Airways understands the additional risk to live animals transported during the higher temperatures of summer and lower temperatures of winter. Your pet may not be granted boarding if the temperature in any city on your itinerary is forecasted to be above 85°F or below 45°F.

Crate Requirements

Crates must be sized properly for pet with length being measurement from tip of nose to base of tail plus half of length from elbow to ground. There should be a clearance from the top of head OR the tip of ears, if they normally stand erect.

British Airways will not accept Series 100 crates (typically used for smaller pets) except on USA and Canada flights. British Airways has a great crate calculator here:

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Airports Served


British Airways is based in London and serves cities on six continents including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. It has the largest fleet in the United Kingdom.

British Airways is also approved to fly into London Heathrow and Gatwick which are approved Border Inspection Posts in the UK.


Puppies and Kittens

UK puppy or kitten importKittens and puppies must be at least 10 weeks old. Pregnant dogs and cats are not permitted to travel past 6 weeks of their gestation period.


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in UK

No dangerous dogs, Bulldog breeds or Pugs are not permitted. Other snub nosed pets must travel in crates at least 10% larger than normally required.

Snub-nosed dogs will be transported in larger crates than normally required on routes where the temperature does not exceed 75°F. British Airways considers the following breeds as snub nosed: Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin and Pekinese.


Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animalsBritish Airways will transport larger or unaccompanied domesticated dogs and cats, fish, fowl, horses, zoo animals and most warm and cold blooded animals as manifest cargo according to destination country import requirements.



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