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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com 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

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IN CABIN TRAVEL: FLY WITH A SMALL DOG, CAT OR HOUSEHOLD BIRD
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.

CHECKED BAGGAGE OR CARGO TRAVEL: FLY WITH A LARGER DOG OR CAT OR OTHER ANIMAL
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.

HEALTH CERTIFICATE
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.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
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.

HOT AND COLD WEATHER RESTRICTIONS
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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john.sagnella
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
conor.o.reilly81
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
john.sagnella
id be willing to..
Posted on 2013-05-06 15:41:39.0
james.chong.18
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
PetTravel
Korean Air has an 11 lb. maximum for traveling in the cabin.
Posted on 2014-01-04 22:19:15.0
ayahna.bradley.3
Are guinea pigs able to travel with me on the plane too?
Posted on 2014-01-13 07:59:51.0
ayahna.bradley.3
With Korean Air
Posted on 2014-01-13 08:00:37.0
shannon.whittier
Can I bring a bull mastiff that is 95lbs? I couldn't leave him!
Posted on 2014-01-21 09:56:32.0
PetTravel
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
leila.willard
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
PetTravel
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
PetTravel
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
leila.willard
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
PetTravel
Leila Willard It does not have to be hard plastic. A flexible carrier like this one will do fine: http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Carriers-%26-Accessories/Pet-Carriers/
Posted on 2014-01-24 18:00:40.0
leila.willard
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
leila.willard
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
summer.maro
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
PetTravel
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
jacob.greer.1044
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
benjamin.kim.1232
Do my dogs need to be microchiped to enter the U.S.?
Posted on 2014-04-05 10:55:05.0
PetTravel
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
fabulousfantastic
My lay over in seoul is almost 12 hours. Would I be allowed to visit my dog if he is checked in cargo?
Posted on 2014-04-23 03:00:57.0
bunkai
Are you back home?
Posted on 2014-04-23 08:12:25.0
PetTravel
Raven - you will really need to contact Korean Air with your question. This a long layove and it depends on the facilities that Korean Air has at your layover airport. They may require that you claim your pet and recheck them which would require that you conform to the regs of Korea which are very strict.
Posted on 2014-04-24 02:43:09.0
jennifer.xu.142
I have one stop fight from Los angels to Seoul, and then fly to Wuhan, which is located in China. I want carry my 7lb Yorkshire for traveling. So it that allowed to carry her and let her under my seat? Is that possible my dog have to quarantine in Seoul for several days? And any other extra fees to pay? Thanks :)
Posted on 2014-04-27 01:33:00.0
PetTravel
Jennifer - as long as you are staying on the same airline through Seoul and don't have to clear customs, you can stay in the terminal and don't have to conform to Korea's requirements. Korea requires a microchip, rabies vaccination and blood titer test and veterinary certificate for pets entering from the US. It is best just to transit and continue on to Wuhan. Has your pet met China's requirements? They are listed here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/china.cfm. You will need to contact Korean Air to see if they will allow your pet to travel in the cabin.
Posted on 2014-04-28 03:17:33.0
doug.barnes.1272
Flying July, departure is 0920 am and arriving Atlanta o/a 1020 am. Korean Air Delta Code share. Since post below state international pets fly in the cargo hold of passenger jets that temp controlled. We shouldn't have to worry about 85 degree F restriction since flying in the morning and flying as cargo. Correct??
Posted on 2014-05-29 13:29:26.0
PetTravel
Doug - the risk to your pet is the time spent holding, loading, unloading and waiting on the runway. You need to confirm with Delta that they will be handling your pet in their air-conditioned vans and that they will fly animals into Atlanta should the temperature exceed 85 degrees.
Posted on 2014-05-30 13:39:34.0
tori.mitchom.3
I have a 60 to 70 pound yorkie that is almost a year old how much will it be to take him on the plane with me as a carry on
Posted on 2014-06-09 14:34:42.0
igotsunshineinabag
going back to los angeles, so do i need to buy the ticket at the airport prior to my leave and advise them that i want to travel with my pet? shes a husky, how much would she cost?
Posted on 2014-06-11 17:24:09.0
PetTravel
Tori - do you mean 6-7 pound Yorkie? 60 pounds is very heavy for this breed. The cost will depend on where you are flying from and to.
Posted on 2014-06-13 13:18:31.0
PetTravel
You need to notify Korean Air in advance if you are traveling with a pet. As you are traveling with your pet, contact their reservations number. They can tell you the cost.
Posted on 2014-06-13 13:21:01.0
nanjoo
1. I am planning to travel to seoul from jfk in september. My dog is 3 month old at 8pounds. I am not sure how heavy he will be at 6 month old. How lenient is korean airline with their regulations on 5kg limit including carrier? 2. I will then transfer domestic to pusan after few hours of layover. Does the dog (if he is in cargo hold) transferred straight to cargo space in domestic or can i then carry him onboard?
Posted on 2014-06-16 03:38:46.0
PetTravel
Nanjoo - to answer your first question, the airlines are a bit more strict with their policies on international flights and many of them will weigh your pet with its carrier. Another concern is whether your pet will have adequate space in the carrier. It must have room to stand up and turn around. As for your second question, you need to remember that you will need to custom clear your pet after landing in Seoul prior to taking your second flight to Busan. The regulations for South Korea call for your pet to be detained between one and seven days for observation. It is highly likely that you will not be able to make your connection. You may want to consider an agent to clear your pet in South Korea (or at least inquire as to whether they can reduce the holding time.) You can find several agents that serve Seoul at IPATA.org. (click on Search for a Pet Transporter) Hope this helps.
Posted on 2014-06-17 03:07:42.0
maddie57
I have an akita 120 pounds. I see that they require a wooden crates, what exactly is that and can that be used for other airlines as well
Posted on 2014-06-30 08:37:16.0
PetTravel
Jennifer - a few airlines do not accept wooden crates, but most will as long as they adhere to IATA standards. You can find them here: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/live-animals/Documents/pet-container-requirements.pdf
Posted on 2014-07-06 13:53:18.0
PetTravel
Alisha - according to Korean Air requirements, two dogs can be transported in the cabin if they are of the same breed, under 6 months of age and total weight of dogs and carrier is no more than 5kg. Otherwise, the maximum number of pets traveling in-cabin per passenger is one. If your client is staying on Korean Airlines in and out of Incheon and the pets are in the cabin, then she would stay in the same terminal and not clear customs and enter the country. If the pet(s) are traveling as checked baggage, the layover should be no more than 2 hours. She will not want to clear customs in any case as there will be quarantine involved.
Posted on 2014-07-06 14:17:47.0
ann.gough.7
I work for Care for Dogs Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand and responsible for our international adoptions. I have a flight volunteer that is willing to travel early August with one of our dogs being adopted to the USA. Do you know if there are flight from Chiang Mai to Seoul, then to San Francisco and do they charge by KG. Thank You
Posted on 2014-07-08 07:16:19.0
ted.gent.5
Hello Ann, Koran airline does, will I'm 98%sure. My wife and I are Moving to Chiang Mai our 4 dogs , and we will be flying from LAX to CNX 1 short stop in Soul then on to CM. I'm sure its about the same in reverse.
Posted on 2014-07-11 00:50:54.0
PetTravel
Ann - Cathay Pacific also flies through Hong Kong with a short layover.
Posted on 2014-07-12 03:28:29.0
tuscher
Does Korean airlines allow for cavalier King Charles spaniels of 9.5kg travelling Hong Kong to Los Angeles?
Posted on 2014-09-08 09:05:44.0
maria.fernandez.73157
My ShihTzu is 11.4 lbs.. Is he allowed in the cabin, from Incheon South Korea to the Philippines?
Posted on 2014-09-09 23:35:10.0
PetTravel
Gabrielle - Korean Air does not have any published restrictions on Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Your pet should be accepted to travel as accompanied checked baggage in the hold of the aircraft. Always be sensitive to temperatures at originating and destination cities.
Posted on 2014-09-10 03:32:51.0
PetTravel
Maria - the combined weight of your pup and its carrier must be 11 lbs or less to travel in the cabin on Korean Air.
Posted on 2014-09-10 03:35:00.0
maria.fernandez.73157
Thank u so much for the information...
Posted on 2014-09-10 03:37:08.0
tuscher
PetTravel thank you so much!! This is most helpful. I will ensure your advisement is taken seriously and that he makes a safe transit to his new home! Much appreciated!!
Posted on 2014-09-11 04:14:03.0
rebecca.slettevold
I will be flying Korean air with my in cabin pet from sfo to phnom penh. I have a 1 hour layover in Seoul do you think that is enough time to clear customs in Korea? Will I even need to clear customs since I'm going to phnom penh?
Posted on 2014-09-14 17:56:30.0
PetTravel
Rebecca - If you are flying Korean Air both in and out of Seoul and you are not changing class of service for your pet from in-cabin to checked baggage or cargo, there should be no need to clear customs. You will only stay in the same terminal and change gates. Clearing customs will mean entering Korea and that will complicate things significantly.
Posted on 2014-09-16 01:34:15.0
rebecca.slettevold
PetTravel Thank you so much!!
Posted on 2014-09-16 18:06:45.0
ltfenner5
We are flying to Korea, but my neighbor will be sending my dog separately from us. I am just trying to find prices. He is 17lbs and up to date on all his shots and meets the requirements. I would like to purchase his ticket before we leave so we have a set date.
Posted on 2014-09-18 00:02:09.0
PetTravel
Hello Lauramarie, For pricing on unaccompanied cargo you will want to get in touch with Korean Air's cargo department at the departure airport: http://cargo.koreanair.com/ecus/cts/servlet/CustomerSupportServlet?pid=20&version=eng
Posted on 2014-09-18 19:09:03.0
glua.khansai
Hi, My flight is YYZ- INC- BKK . Cat in cabin either or Cat in cargo, Should I prepare any document for quarantine at INC? Where can I get it? Thank you.
Posted on 2014-10-17 19:33:48.0
rochelencaesar.jacinto
What is the policy for a shih tzu mix that is a service dog due emotional needs for my teenage boy?
Posted on 2014-10-19 23:13:57.0
PetTravel
Glua - whether you will need documentation at INC (or is it ICN?) depends on several factors. If you are staying on the same airline in and out of INC and if your cat is with you in the cabin, and if you stay in the terminal, then you do not need to clear customs and enter China (or South Korea). If your cat is flying as accompanied checked cargo in the hold, and if you are staying on the same airline in and out of INC and if your layover is 2 hours or less, the airlines will transfer your cat from plane to plane and you do not need to enter the layover country. Either way, if you are changing airlines, you will most likely have to clear customs and enter the layover country.
Posted on 2014-10-20 21:26:12.0
PetTravel
If you are changing airlines in Korea, you will most likely need to clear customs to check your pet into the Delta flight. You need to check with the airlines and/or airport personnel to inquire. Korea's requirements to import a pet are strict. You can find them here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/korea.cfm.
Posted on 2014-10-20 21:27:43.0
PetTravel
It is likely that your son's Emotional Support Dog (ESA) can travel with him in the cabin, but you should confirm that this will be permitted on your route. Also, if your son is traveling alone and younger than 18, verify that there will be no problem bringing his ESA on board. You will need to give Korean Air advance notice of the transport.
Posted on 2014-10-22 14:05:28.0
ddoolin
I'm returning to the US via Korean Air from ICN to LAX and then US Airways from LAX to CLT. I haven't seen anyone ask or any info about the costs of changing airlines...do I need to pay both airline's pet fees? Also, I know have to re-check luggage (clearing customs?) when I re-enter the US, and I know US Airways doesn't do the cargo deal, so in the case that Korean Air requires me to have my cat in cargo, will I just be keeping him with me when we're clearing customs and have him as carry-on on the second flight?
Posted on 2014-10-28 16:49:36.0
PetTravel
Devin - when you change airlines in LAX, you will need to claim your pet, clear customs and re-check your pet on US Airways. This will incur another pet fee. Korean Air does fly pets in the cabin on international flights. If there is a problem with this particular route, then your cat should be able to travel with you as accompanied checked baggage in the hold. In this case, you will pick up your cat at baggage claim and clear customs before boarding the US Airways flight. Hope this addresses your questions.
Posted on 2014-10-30 02:22:21.0
alexis.wolf.33
I'm returning to the US from Bangkok with a 5 hour layover in Seoul. My cat will be traveling in cargo for the entirety of the trip. I'm a bit nervous, as I've never done this before and am worried for her. I was reassured by Korean Air that my cat will be taken care of by staff during the layover, but they wouldn't say what is done with her during the layover. They did say I wouldn't be able to see her during the layover though, and that she would be rechecked on the next flight by staff. Any experience with this? Where will she go during the layover? Will I be able to confirm with staff that she has safely made it into the cargo in Bangkok, taken off the plane in Seoul, and then rechecked to the US? Thank you so much!
Posted on 2014-10-30 17:08:47.0
alexis.wolf.33
Also, will Korean provide me with "live animal" stickers to put on my cat's crate??
Posted on 2014-10-30 18:01:18.0
PetTravel
Alexis - Korean Air will keep your pet in a holding area for the layover. They will make sure your cat has water. They may feed your cat if you attach dry cat food to the crate. You should verify prior to your next leg that your cat has been loaded on your airplane. Ask them to confirm at the gate. The airline should supply you with Live Animal stickers, be we are not familiar with their procedures out of BKK..
Posted on 2014-11-01 20:31:35.0
PetTravel
PS We would suggest calling back again prior to traveling and speak with another agent to confirm they will hold your pet. That is a long layover.
Posted on 2014-11-01 20:32:19.0
allen.s.golden
I was told I had to send a request that could take 24-48 hours I'd that normal?
Posted on 2014-11-06 15:59:47.0
lyn.patelough
Do you know if Korean Air has flight length restrictions like American? As checked baggage, do we just brings dogs to ticket counter like a suitcase? We're going to mainland China and this has been a painful process trying to get the same answers from different places. TIA
Posted on 2014-11-07 03:55:24.0
PetTravel
Lyn - Korean Air is not subject to the Animal Welfare regulations like US based airlines are, and they will transport pets as checked baggage on (somewhat) longer stretches. You need to notify them and tell them you are traveling with a pet as accompanied checked baggage. You will check your pet in at the check-in counter and pay for their passage at that time.
Posted on 2014-11-09 23:31:28.0
PetTravel
Allen - are you talking about a request to notify Korean Air that you are traveling with a pet? As there is most likely a time difference, it is understandable that they allow some time for a response.
Posted on 2014-11-09 23:33:03.0
xer.mil
Our maltepoo (9#) is a lap dog. Can she be on our lap during an international flight? Chicago to Seoul to Cebu Philippines. If she goes under the seat, what if she cries? We are also willing to buy an extra seat for her.
Posted on 2014-11-10 20:16:36.0
PetTravel
Xer - most likely, flight attendants on Korean Air will allow you to put her carrier on your lap during the flight. They do not offer their customers the option to purchase another seat. On all commercial airlines, your pet must be stowed under the seat in front of you during takeoff and landing. You need to get your pet used to its carrier prior to flying if it is not already. It is the best thing you can do for your pet to make the trip easier.
Posted on 2014-11-11 16:56:51.0
coycoycoycoy
Do you know how much is the fee for traveling a big dog from Busan to Fukuoka?
Posted on 2014-11-30 10:58:52.0
real.sinner
My dog broke veterinary certificate, now i'm in Seoul and I'm going to go Bangkok and then to Cambodia. Where I can get the veterinary certificate in Seoul ?????
Posted on 2014-12-01 12:36:12.0
PetTravel
Kathrina - you will need to contact Korean Air directly for the cost. If you are traveling with your pet, contact the reservations department and ask for the price for accompanied checked baggage. If your pet is traveling without you, contact the cargo department.
Posted on 2014-12-02 04:16:41.0
PetTravel
Find a licensed veterinarian in Seoul and have them fill out the veterinary certificate.
Posted on 2014-12-02 04:17:55.0
real.sinner
Thx I found acris
Posted on 2014-12-02 22:51:49.0