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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current KLM pet policies. We cannot predict how Delta 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 KLM

Airline Pet Policy KLM

Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? Yes (certain flights)
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? Yes (certain flights)
Can my pet fly without me as manifest cargo? Yes

Destinations Served: KLM has destinations in 133 cities in 66 countries worldwide including Europe, Indonesia, the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, Africa, Japan and the Middle East. Its cargo services are provided in cooperation with Air France.

If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in KLM 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: KLM  will permit the carriage of small dogs and cats in the Economy section of the cabin on all flights and in the Business Class of the cabin on EU flights.

Route Restrictions: KLM will not permit pets to fly in the cabin on flights to the UK, Hong Kong, Dubai,  or Australia. 

Reservations: Reservations must be made by phone at least 48 hours in advance of travel.

Carrier Requirements: The total weight of the pet including the carrier must not exceed 13 lbs (6 kg).  The carrier should be able to compress to a height of 7.9 inches (20 cm).

KLM 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, KLM 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 or cats

Route Restrictions: Between November 1 and March 31, pets cannot be transported in the hold of flights less than 2 hours.

Weather conditions: Summer heat embargo is enforced. The airlines will reevaluate the carriage of pets from or through any city along the route whose temperature exceeds 85°F.

Check-In: Check-in at reservation desk where you will pay excess baggage charge.
Three passengers with a dog or cat are permitted on each flight.

Age Restrictions: Your pet must be at least 10 weeks old.

Breed Restrictions: Snub-nosed animals may only be transported as cargo. Four breeds of snub nosed dogs will no longer be allowed in the cargo hold on KLM aircraft: English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Boston Terrier, and Pug. Other snub nosed breeds should travel in a crate that is sized larger than required.

Crate Requirements: Total weight of pet and carrier cannot exceed 165 lbs. (75 kg).  The dimension (l + w = h) of the crate cannot exceed 115 in. (292 cm) on larger planes and 97 in. (247 cm) on other types of aircraft. Three pets are permitted per traveling passenger. Each pet must travel in its own kennel. However, if 2 cats or 2 dogs of the same size each weighing not more than 9 kg (20 lbs), then these 2 pets may travel in 1 kennel. Pups or kittens younger than 4 months may travel in the same kennel as their mother.

KLM does not allow wooden crates. They must be made of hard plastic with built in metal door. There must be a pet pad, blanket or shredded newspaper on the floor of the crate. Door locks are not permitted. Click here for additional crate requirements.
Need an IATA compliant pet crate? Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate?

Tranquilizers: KLM strongly discourages the use of tranquilizers.

When you cannot fly with your pet or you are flying to a country that requires that your pet arrive as manifest cargo such as United Kingdom or South Africa. Note that KLM advises you contact a pet transporter when shipping your pet as manifest cargo. KLM and Air France have a partnership for cargo freight service.

Pets Allowed: Domestic pets and other animals  will be transported. KLM strongly suggests that no tranquilizer be given.

Breed Restrictions: see checked baggage.

Weather Restrictions: see checked baggage

Forms Required: Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian no more than 10 days prior to travel will be required. All forms required for your destination country should be attached to the crate.

Crate Requirements: see checked baggage

ADDITIONAL AIRLINE PET TRAVEL INFORMATION

AIRLINE PET TRAVEL TIPS
TIPS FOR AIRLINE PET CARGO TRAVEL
PREPARING A PET CARGO CRATE FOR AIR TRAVEL

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rahayu.setyawati.5
My friend in Warsawa will give me the kitten when their cat give birth. it will be ready to ship to Jakarta in June. Is KLM allow them ship the kitten from Warsawa to Jakarta? what shall they fulfill so they able to ship those kitten to us? thanks to reply my email.
Posted on 2013-04-08 02:19:23.0
nadine.doss.9
I am traveling from Frankfurt via Amsterdam to Dallas/ Ft. Worth on June 28th 2013. I would like to bring a puppy back with me from Germany. he will be over 12 weeks old so I know he will need his rabies vaccine. How long will he have to wait to travel after the vaccine and do you transport dogs as checked luggage in June? What are the fees? He will be too big to fit under the seat so will have to be in am medium or intermediate kennel in cargo. What are my options? if we vaccinate for rabies at 12 weeks old he will be one day shy of being 15 weeks old- would it be better to vaccinate him a day early to meet the three week window? Or do we have a day leeway on that? Thank you , Nadine.
Posted on 2013-04-16 19:47:51.0
veronafoy
Looking for an approx price to fly my cat unaccompanied from Scotland to Miami early August please
Posted on 2013-06-27 14:07:08.0
PetTravel
Try United. They can give you the cost. They avoid Heathrow.
Posted on 2013-08-15 01:38:38.0
david.winston.31
Relocating to Ghana. Would like to bring my pet, German Shorthair Pointer as excess baggage. Have had very different replies from people companies that should have definitve answers. Houston, Amsterdam, Accra possible to travel with pet as excess baggage?
Posted on 2013-08-21 07:45:39.0
monica.fisher.1238
I am travelling from Jakarta to Heathrow via Amsterdam. on KLM. is 2.5 hours enough time for transit in Amsterdam ? Thanks
Posted on 2014-01-01 07:58:02.0
louise.mccullough.359
Yes, I have transitted in Amsterdam in one hour before. 2.5 hours is more than enough time. Safe travels x
Posted on 2014-01-01 08:19:13.0
peterjane.ashington
yes more than enough time
Posted on 2014-01-01 11:19:17.0
peterjane.ashington
Hi Monica when will you be traveling back to Canada .And yes it would be great to get together some time . Pete
Posted on 2014-01-01 13:59:46.0
PetTravel
I agree with Louise. Anytime around 2 hours is perfect. KLM will hold your pup and move it to the next plane. Be sure and confirm that your pet has been loaded on the next plane and let the crew know that there is a live animal in the hold so they will monitor conditions there. (they do that anyway, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as they say...)
Posted on 2014-01-02 03:47:31.0
monica.fisher.1238
will there be enough time for the dogs to be watered and attented to before the next flight to London?
Posted on 2014-01-04 01:04:24.0
PetTravel
Should be enough time to water and walk. Amsterdam is KLM's hub. They have facilities there and pride themselves on taking care of their live cargo. Verify with them to be sure.
Posted on 2014-01-04 21:36:40.0
monica.fisher.1238
Hi PetTravel. Do you have a contact number in Amsterdam for the person's I can confirm with?
Posted on 2014-01-27 08:52:10.0
PetTravel
Here you go: http://www.af-klm.com/cargo/portalb2b/contact
Posted on 2014-01-29 03:39:17.0
monica.fisher.1238
hi pet travel. Can I fly my dogs as excess baggage from Jakarta to Amsterdam and then cargo onto London. My export agent says them would send them cargo all the way.
Posted on 2014-02-02 02:39:46.0
PetTravel
No reason why you cannot do that at all as long as the airline allows it, but you will have to claim your pet and recheck it into the airline's cargo facility. You may want to consider taking the ferry from Amsterdam to Newcastle, then take the train. Either way, your pets will need a microchip, proof of rabies vaccination after chip insertion and a Blood Titer Test at least 90 days prior to entering either the EU or UK as well as an Annex II form for both the UK and the Netherlands. If your final destination is the UK, your dogs will need tapeworm tests between one and five days of arrival.
Posted on 2014-02-05 02:44:16.0
monica.fisher.1238
i will send cargo with the agent here in Jakarta. The vet here will give Drontal Plus for tapeworm 1-5 days before travel. they already have the microchip, and blood test so just need to have annual rabies shot. I'm sure my agent will know about the Annex form, but I will check. Thanks for all your info
Posted on 2014-02-05 03:13:02.0
patti.ross.391
Can my small dog fly in the hold as checked baggage from Amsterdam to Newcastle, UK all legistaion and medical requirements in order.
Posted on 2014-05-21 14:57:14.0
PetTravel
Patti - All pets flying into the UK must do so as manifest cargo. Your pet cannot fly directly to Newcastle; it must be cleared in London first.
Posted on 2014-05-25 00:25:15.0
jasminka.hidanovic
How much would it cost to take my cat in the cabin from dubai to amsterdam?
Posted on 2014-06-02 00:00:55.0
PetTravel
Jasminka - according to KLM's calculator, it will cost 200USD to transport your pet from Dubai to Amsterdam.
Posted on 2014-06-03 03:09:18.0
ceri.sansbury
Please can someone tell me all the requirements for a puppy to travel from uk to Amsterdam with klm airlines. Need the help
Posted on 2014-06-20 23:41:43.0
PetTravel
If your puppy is younger than 3 months and not vaccinated, you should get a declaration of the owner that the animal stayed in the place in which it was born since birth without contact with wild animals likely to have been exposed to the infection. KLM will require a health certificate if the puppy is traveling unaccompanied. Your puppy must be at least 10 weeks old to travel in the hold.
Posted on 2014-06-25 03:22:26.0
elena.sarkisyan.9
Can i fly from Bahrain to Rome With my chihuahua in the cabin?
Posted on 2014-07-01 12:35:52.0
col.elcome
I have a Staffs Bull Terrier. Can I take him on a flight to Amsterdam from London? He will be vacanated etc. Thanks
Posted on 2014-07-04 12:29:25.0
jeanie.holmlund
Hello, we are flying from canada to south africa with our cat. Can she fly with us in the cabin all the way?
Posted on 2014-07-05 23:58:05.0
PetTravel
Jeanie - your pet must be transported as manifest cargo to enter the South Africa; however, if your airline approves in-cabin pet travel, then it will be allowed, but the classification will remain the same. In other words, your pet will travel as manifest cargo (according to the airlines) even if it is in the cabin.
Posted on 2014-07-06 13:47:18.0
PetTravel
Col - You will need to have your Bull Terrier microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days prior to entering the UK. Have your vet record the details in your EU pet passport. Your pup will also need a tapeworm treatment between one and five days of entering the UK. Details can be found here if you need them: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/UnitedKingdom.cfm.
Posted on 2014-07-06 13:50:21.0
cassandrayashpal
I am looking to travel with my pet from Vienna, Austria to London, UK and back again over Christmas. Is this possible? Thanks in advance!
Posted on 2014-07-07 13:50:20.0
PetTravel
Cassandra - to import your pet from Austria to London, you will need to have it microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days prior to entering London. (assuming it is a cat or dog) It will also need a tapeworm treatment between one and five days of entry (dogs only) and an updated EU pet passport. You can find details and links to instructions and forms if you need them here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/England.cfm.
Posted on 2014-07-15 05:07:19.0
PetTravel
Elena - you should contact KLM directly to confirm that your pet can travel in the cabin on this route. Neither of the countries prohibit pets in the cabin.
Posted on 2014-07-15 05:10:10.0
athenaleigh.bassett
I am looking for a airline that will transport my dog he is a Pin-Tzu weighs 15 lbs it would be from Ohio to Heathrow Airport United Kingdom i am aware of the pet scheme will have all of that in place but i am confused about which airline to use. Also I will not be traveling with him
Posted on 2014-07-17 20:20:33.0