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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 Korean Air

Korean Air dog

If your dog, cat or household bird meets the requirements of Korean Air, you will need a compliant airline pet carrier. You must notify Korean Air that you are traveling with a pet. Reservations cannot be made online.

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, Korean Air 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.

Note: Korean Air does recognize breed restrictions and the following breeds and their mixes are not permitted transport: Tosa, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and Rottweiler. Other dogs that are displaying aggressive behavior will not be permitted.

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.

If your pet weighs over 66 lbs, Korean Air requires that it travel in a wooden crate.

Korean Air Pet Policy

Breed Restrictions: Keorean Air will not permit the transport for the following breeds or their mixed breeds: Japanese Tosa, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Rottweiler.

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 Korean Air when your pet is traveling as manifest cargo.

If you are traveling to another country, Korean Air 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, Korean Air 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, Korean Air may require what is called an Acclimation Certificate. Learn more about the pet travel airline temperature restrictions.

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im curious to see exactly the conditions of the cargo area before puting my dog in it would Korean Airallow a dog on board,
Posted on 2013-05-06 07:14:50.0
there was a dog on our lufthansa flight from Frankfut. Gave out more than Claire. You'd probably have to buy it a seat though....
Posted on 2013-05-06 08:18:13.0
id be willing to..
Posted on 2013-05-06 15:41:39.0
More comfortable if pet is with us in cabin. Have all the paper works for my 13 lbs shih szu, how much extra need to pay for the trip, one way, from US to philippine?
Posted on 2013-10-02 03:24:51.0
Korean Air has an 11 lb. maximum for traveling in the cabin.
Posted on 2014-01-04 22:19:15.0
Are guinea pigs able to travel with me on the plane too?
Posted on 2014-01-13 07:59:51.0
With Korean Air
Posted on 2014-01-13 08:00:37.0
Can I bring a bull mastiff that is 95lbs? I couldn't leave him!
Posted on 2014-01-21 09:56:32.0
Guinea pigs can travel as checked baggage in the cargo hold. They will travel on the same plane as you.
Posted on 2014-01-23 04:02:30.0
Will a 14 lbs tabby cat in a soft cat carrier be allowed under my seat? (It is a flexible cardboard and fabric carrier from pet co. - not hard plastic. It has been allowed on other flights within the USA. Will it be okay for our flight to S. Korea?)
Posted on 2014-01-23 17:28:41.0
Bull Mastiffs are not on Korean Air's banned breed list. However, they reserve the right to reject any dog that is displaying aggressive behavior. Due to your pet's weight, you should contact KA cargo department for details of transport.
Posted on 2014-01-24 02:26:15.0
Leila - Hard plastic carriers are great for little, teeny animals, but not a cat that is 14 pounds of weight. In-cabin carriers can be rigid or flexible. What the airlines are concerned about is whether your pet is in a secure carrier, whether the bottom is waterproof and whether the carrier will fit under the seat in front of you. (and also whether there is sufficient room for your pet in the carrier.)
Posted on 2014-01-24 02:30:09.0
PetTravel Hmmmm I don't know if it is water proof. It does fit under the airplane seats. She's traveled that way before. Do they require the carrier to be hard plastic? (If I missed something, I'm sorry. I have a LOT going on right now.)
Posted on 2014-01-24 03:55:30.0
Leila Willard It does not have to be hard plastic. A flexible carrier like this one will do fine:
Posted on 2014-01-24 18:00:40.0
PetTravel Okay, great! Thank you so much. Planning a move is so hard sometimes! (Especially when I don't have all the answers)
Posted on 2014-01-24 18:03:22.0
PetTravel If there is an 11lbs limit, will my cat be required to go into the cargo hold? (Even if she can fit under my seat? She isn't a large cat. She's just very long.) haha
Posted on 2014-01-24 18:05:27.0
We will fly non-stop from Seattle to Seoul, and my dog will ride in cargo. Will he be permitted food and water in his kennel?
Posted on 2014-02-02 04:38:12.0
Summer - your dog will be permitted water in a bowl attached to the door of the crate (you need to provide this - freezing the water is a good way to make it last without spilling) You can tape food to the top of the crate, but airline employees may or may not feed your pet during the layover. It is better to feed your pet when you get to your destination unless you have a long layover and then only lightly.
Posted on 2014-02-04 05:02:32.0
Could I put my cat underneath the seat ? Would it cost only as much as a carry on? And on average for a dog that is a border collie how much would that be to send her ? To South Korea
Posted on 2014-02-12 13:03:59.0
Do my dogs need to be microchiped to enter the U.S.?
Posted on 2014-04-05 10:55:05.0
Sorry, Leila, your post was hidden and we just caught it. If your kitty is over 19" long, most likely she will not fit into an airline compliant carrier. Your pet needs to be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier.
Posted on 2014-04-08 03:56:29.0