Emirates Airline Pet Policy
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 with me as manifest cargo? Yes
Due to high heat and humidity in the United Arab Emirates, no birds (except some falcons) can be accepted for transit via Dubai as checked baggage or cargo between May 1 and September 30.
In-Cabin Pet Policy
Emirates does not permit any pets to travel in the cabin of their aircraft.
Checked Baggage Pet Policy
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, Emirates 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.
Falcons, cats, dogs (breed restrictions apply - see below) and pet birds (restrictions apply - see below) as long as the flight time is less than 15 hours. If the flight time exceeds 15 hours, then the pet must fly as air cargo. (see step #3)
Dogs and cats must be older than 4 months of age.
When transiting Dubai as checked baggage, the connection time must not exceed 6 hours. The total transportation time for birds must not exceed 17 hours. Between May 1 and September 30, birds will not be transported, with the exception of falcons.
Pets are not permitted to fly as checked baggage into the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Australia, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.
See step #6 Banned Breeds.
Emirates will only accept the following snub-nosed breeds from October 1 through April 30 in crates one size larger than the normal measurements require*: Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Chinese Pug, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug (Mopshond, Mops Hund, Carlino), English Toy Spaniel, King Charles Spaniel, Valley Bulldog, French Mastiff, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Chin (Chin, Japanese Spaniel, Japanese Pug), Pekinese, Pug, Shar-Pei, Shih Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel. Cats include American Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan, Persian, and British Shorthair.
Transit of snub nosed pets during other periods will be considered on a case by case basis according to Emirates Airlines pet policy.
Emirates will not transport English or French Bulldogs at any time.
*Length of crate = length of the pet + 50% of leg length +
7 cm (min. 17 cm additional)
Width=3 x pet width
Height = pet height + 10 cm.
Emirates will not permit the transport of non-acclimated, wild caught birds. Any species subject to CITES requirements must be transported in cargo with prior approval.
Air Cargo Pet Policies
In addition to unaccompanied dogs and cats (breed restrictions below), Emirates Airlines will transport warm blooded animals as manifest cargo with the exception of poisonous animals including reptiles and insects unless transported between quialified agencies. Additionally, animals known to product offensive odors such as skunks and minks will not be permitted. Sheep and goats will be accepted, however, only in limited numbers. Pigs of any size or breed will not be accepted.
Health certificate issued within 10 days of travel, proof of rabies vaccination and all forms required for your destination country.
All warm blooded animals whose total transportation time exceeds 17 hours will be subject to mandatory transit rest arrangements at the Dubai International Airport. Charges will apply and will be the responsibility of the shipper/consignee.
Emirates will not accept pets who have been sedated or tranquilized unless being transported between qualified agencies with a certificate from qualified veterinarian.
See checked baggage policies above.
See step #6 Banned Breeds.
Emirates serves over 140 locations worldwide in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, North and South America.
Emirates is also approved to fly into London Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester (accompanied pets) as well as Glasgow (accompanied pets), and Dublin (accompanied pets).
Puppies and Kittens
The age of your puppy or kitten permitted to fly on Emirates depends on age requirements of your destination country. Puppies and kittens should not be flown in the cargo hold prior to 15 weeks of age.
Emirates will not permit the transport of the following breeds. Mixes will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the local SkyCargo office: Bull Terrier (Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Irish Blue, Red Nose, American Bulldog), Bull Mastiff, Japanese Tosa (Tosa Inu or Tosa Fighting Dog), Dogo Argentino (Argentinian Mastiff or Argentinian Fighting Dog), Fila Brasiliero (Fila Braziliano, Brazilian Mastiff, Brazilian Fighting Dog).
Also not accepted between May 1 and October 1 are the following snub-nosed breeds: Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin (Petite Brabancon), Chinese Pug, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug (Mopshond, Mops Hund, Carlino), (English) Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel (King Charles Spaniel), French Bulldog, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Chin (Chin, Japanese Spaniel, Japanese Pug), Pekingese, Shar-Pei, Shih Tzu or Tibetan Spaniel. Mixes will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the local SkyCargo office.
The following cat breeds will not be transported: Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan and Persian. Mixes will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the local SkyCargo office.
The following breeds will be permitted only if they are transported in a CR82 reinforced crates: Presa Canario (Presa, Dogo Canario), Boerboel, Neapolitan Mastiff, English Mastiff, French Mastiff (Dog de Bordeaux), Karabash (Kangal), Causasian Ovcharka, Rottweiller, Bandog.
Emirates Airlines will transport warm blooded animals as manifest cargo with the exception of poisonous animals including reptiles and insects unless transported between quialified agencies. Additionally, animals known to product offensive odors such as skunks and minks will not be permitted. Sheep and goats will be accepted, however, only in limited numbers. Pigs of any size or breed will not be accepted.
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