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

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Airline Pet Policy Japan Airlines

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Japan Airlines does not allow your dog, cat or other animal to travel in the cabin of the aircraft.

If your pet is flying Japan Airlines, if it is an animal other than a dog or cat, or if it is a very long flight, Japan Airlines 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. TIP: Be sure to tell the Captain of the aircraft that your pet is flying in the cargo hold so that they can be sure to keep the temperature at the proper level. Find more tips on airline pet travel in cargo.

If your pet is traveling in the cargo section, whether through the cargo department or as checked baggage, it must be in a pet crate that is IATA compliant. Learn more about IATA compliant pet crates.  We also suggest that you consider crate hardware for your pet's crate as more airlines are requiring it. Once you receive your crate, you will need to acclimate your dog or cat to it before traveling. Our guide for preparing your pet and its crate for travel is helpful, especially for first time pet travelers. Download Preparing Your Pet and Its Crate for Travel.

JAL Pet Policy

JAL will not permit snub-nosed dogs on international flights including but not limited to the following breeds: Affenpinscher, Boston Terrier, Bordeaux Mastiff, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, French Bulldog, Chow Chow, Italian Corso, Japanese Chin, King Charles Spaniel, Lasa Apso, Mastiff, Pekingese, Perro de Presa Canario, Pit Bull, Pug, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Tibetan Spaniel.

Many airlines require a health certificate indicating that the pet is healthy enough for travel, is free of diseases communicable to humans and has been properly vaccinated, especially when traveling in the cargo section of the aircraft. A Health Certificate completed by your veterinarian within 10 days of travel is required by JAL when your pet is traveling as manifest cargo.

If you are traveling to another country, Japan Airlines will want to see that you have the proper documents to enter that country with your pet. Most countries have their own version of a Veterinary Certificate. In addition, some countries require an Import Permit. Find pet passport forms and instructions in the Pet Travel Store.

When runway temperatures are above 84F (29C) degrees at the departure airport, Japan Airlines may refuse to board your pet as cargo or checked baggage. When the weather is very cold with a runway temperature below 45F (7C) degrees at the time of departure, Japan Airlines may require what is called an Acclimation Certificate. Learn more about the pet travel airline temperature restrictions.

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JAL does not accept French bulldogs and bulldogs since 2007.
Posted on 2013-09-23 08:07:33.0
Traveling November 23 this month and it may be close to 45 degress or below. Will they allow our dog to travel?
Posted on 2013-11-05 01:54:45.0
You may need to get an Acclimation Certificate from your veterinarian stating that your pet can withstand temperatures below 45. Some airlines will accept this. You should ask your airline.
Posted on 2013-12-03 04:23:33.0
Anyone can recommend me a pet agent from Japan that can do air freight paper work and collection of dog and i will arrive at my airport to self clearance for my dog?
Posted on 2014-08-14 10:34:51.0
Alvin - you can find a licensed pet transport agent at Search by country or airport.
Posted on 2014-08-17 00:22:26.0
Hi, im flying from Hanoi to USA, but transit in Narita with JAL> would i still need to comply with japanese animal laws or because its a transit, i comply with american airlines?
Posted on 2014-10-29 08:36:01.0
Hisiui - are you changing airlines in Narita from JAL to American? If you are staying on JAL, you will need a transit permit to transit Narita. Make sure the airlines will move your pet from plane to plane. If you are changing airlines, then you will need to check to see if you have to claim your pet and re-check it on the next airline. This will complicate things in terms of having to enter Japan.
Posted on 2014-11-01 20:36:51.0
I am to change airlines in Narita from JAL to AA. I am finding it hard to find out if AA staff are responsible for the transfer since my luggage will go directly to the States from Hanoi. Also i am wondering if japanese quanatine rules apply if it is just a transit?
Posted on 2014-11-05 10:24:24.0
Hisui - if you are changing airlines in Narita, then you will have to claim your pet and re-check it on AA. This will cause you to clear customs and enter Japan and abide by their regulations. Always best to stay on the same airline if at all possible.
Posted on 2014-11-29 16:04:13.0

Just received a call that ANA Tokyo, Narita will not fly my pets in two weeks because of temperatures. However for days ago they would. Did not get this info from ANA tho... any suggestions/advice
Posted on 2015-07-24 16:00:30.0

Anyone know the fees for an 8kg dog Bangkok to LAX on JAL? I can't get a person on the phone at their reservation office.
Posted on 2015-11-15 06:34:14.0