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Airline Pet Policy - KLM

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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)
Can my pet fly with me as air cargo? Yes


In-Cabin Pet Policy

cat flying in-cabinIf 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.

Age Requirements:

The minimum age of dogs and cats traveling on KLM flights depends on the destination country requirements.


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

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).

Service and Emotional Support Dogs:

Service and emotional support dogs may travel with their handlers in the cabin. Advance notice is required for both service and comfort animals.

Route Restrictions:

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


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


Checked Baggage Pet Policy

checked baggage

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 are permitted to travel as checked baggage on KLM flights.


Pets must be at least 10 weeks of age to travel as checked baggage.

Route Restrictions:

Between November 1 and March 31, pets cannot be transported in the hold of Hokker aircraft because the hold cannot be heated.

Weather Conditions:

The 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.

Breed Restrictions

See  banned breeds below.


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


KLM strongly discourages the use of tranquilizers.

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.

Crates must be IATA compliant hard plastic crates (wooden crates are not permitted) with adequate ventilation. Metal hardware must be used to fasten the top and bottom halves of your pet's crate together. Click here for crate requirements.

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


Air Cargo Pet Policies

manifest cargo

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

Pets Allowed:

Domestic pets and other animals will be transported via Air KLM Air Cargo.


Pets must be at least 10 weeks old and weaned for domestic or international travel.

Forms Required:

A health certificate issued within 10 days of travel, proof of rabies vaccination and all forms required for your destination country should be attached to your pet's crate. Airline employees will assist you in filling out the airway bill associated with your pet's transport.


Locations will vary by airport depending on the location of the KLM Cargo office.

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?

More Information:

Airports 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.


Puppies and Kittens

UK puppy or kitten importKLM will transport puppies and kittens over 8 weeks of age (domestic in-cabin flights)10 weeks of age (checked baggage or cargo). For flights between France and French Guiana, your pet must be at least 15 weeks old.


Banned Breeds

KLM Banned BreedsSnub-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. KLM will no longer transport American Staffordshire Terriers or Pitt Bulls as checked baggage. They will carry this breed as air cargo.


Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animalsOrnamental fish, horses, day-old chickens, zoo animals, cattle, hatching eggs and insects can be transported by KLM Cargo.



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