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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 Virgin Atlantic Airlines

Airline Pet Policy Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic currently flies pets to the following locations: Antigua, Barbados, Boston, Chicago, Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, JFK, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Miami, Narita, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, St Lucia, Vancouver and Washington.

IN CABIN TRAVEL: FLY WITH A SMALL DOG OR CAT
Virgin Atlantic Airlines will not allow your dog, cat or other animal to travel in the cabin of the aircraft.

CHECKED BAGGAGE OR CARGO TRAVEL: FLY WITH A LARGER DOG OR CAT OR OTHER ANIMAL
If your pet is flying Virgin Atlantic Airlines to selected cities**, it is an animal other than a dog or cat, or if it is a very long flight, Virgin Atlantic Airlines 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.

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.

Temperature Restrictions: Virgin Atlantic does not permit pets leaving Orlando and Miami from June 1 through to and including September 30.

Route Restrictions: Pets traveling from South Africa or to Japan will need an agent to book the flight. Pets are not permitted on flights to the UK from Hong Kong.

**Destination Cities that Virgin Atlantic Airlines will transport your pet as cargo: Barbados, Boston, Chicago (seasonal), Cape Town (seasonal), Dubai, Hong Kong, JFK, Johannesburg, London. Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, Sidney, and Washington.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines Pet Policy

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 Virgin Atlantic Airlines when your pet is traveling as manifest cargo.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
If you are traveling to another country, Virgin Atlantic Airlines 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, Virgin Atlantic Airlines 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, Virgin Atlantic Airlines may require what is called an Acclimation Certificate. Learn more about the pet travel airline temperature restrictions.

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jivamukticat
hello...is there an airline that would allow a small dog to fly from london heathrow to san francisco or even new york? thanks
Posted on 2014-01-03 17:10:28.0
PetTravel
I am assuming that you want your pet to fly in the cabin with you out of Heathrow. Although there are no commercial airlines that will fly IN to Heathrow due to procedures after landing, flying OUT is simply a policy of the airline. American, Delta, Air France or KLM serve the route between LHR and JFK. I would start with these.
Posted on 2014-01-04 21:52:04.0
jivamukticat
PetTravel hi yes, is it possible for her to fly in the cabin? i always use virgin so i have never seen anyone with a pet but am willing to use a different airline if they permit a small dog in the cabin. can you tell me more about "no commercial airlines that will fly IN to Heathrow due to procedures after landing"...i read about this and wondered how people who live in london got around it, other than i guess having the dog in cargo?
Posted on 2014-01-07 12:25:05.0
jivamukticat
thank you!
Posted on 2014-01-07 12:25:39.0
PetTravel
Cat Alip-Douglas There are several ways to get around it, but none are easy. You can charter a private jet into England (expensive) or you can fly into Paris and take the train or ferry from Calais (you will need a car or a service to pick you up) or fly to Amsterdam and take the ferry to Newcastle, then a train (long trip). To fly to the UK, your pet must arrive as manifest cargo, but this is not the case for the rest of the EU.
Posted on 2014-01-08 03:22:13.0
denise.zacaropoulos
Hi, Is it possible to fly a cat in cargo from Houston or LAX to Hong Kong without going through a pet relocation service as long as I acquire all the necessary paperwork?
Posted on 2014-05-14 22:17:08.0
PetTravel
Hi Denise - you should be able to book the flight from the US to Hong Kong with Virgin Atlantic cargo department as Hong Kong requires that your pet enter as cargo and as long as it does not transit in London. There are routes they restrict booking, but they do not list this one. You can contact to confirm.
Posted on 2014-05-15 04:11:31.0
tone.anderson.7
Does Virgin Airlines fly dogs unaccompanied from LA to Heathrow?
Posted on 2014-08-12 12:57:52.0
StephanieRoxDavis
If the cargo hold is temperature controlled, then why would they refuse to board pets on high or low temperature days? Is it temperature controlled or not?
Posted on 2014-10-09 03:58:34.0