Pet Policy Korean Air
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, Stafford Bull Terrier, and Rottweiler.
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.
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.
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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