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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 WestJet Airlines

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Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? Yes
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? Yes
Can my pet fly without me as manifest cargo? Yes

If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in WestJet 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: small dogs, cats or rabbits

Reservations: You must notify WestJet Airlines that you are flying with a dog or cat. Reservations cannot be made online. There are only 4 pets permitted in the cabin per flight and one pet per passenger.

As long as allergic passengers give 48 hours advance notice of travel, the airlines must ensure a five-row minimum buffer zone between the allergic passenger and the cat in a carrier. That includes ensuring separation during boarding and deplaning as well as access to washrooms.

Carrier Requirements: If your dog, cat or rabbit meets the requirements listed in WestJet Airline pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need a compliant airline pet carrier.  Maximum carrier dimensions: 16 in. L x 17.5 in. W x 8.5 in. H (40 cm x 44 cm x 21.5 cm) (height can be adjusted with soft sided carrier). Carrier must be secure with a waterproof bottom and adequate ventillation. Pet's head may not extend from carrier.

Combined weight of pet and carrier cannot exceed 22 lbs. (10kg). Hardsided carriers are not permitted.

Forms Required: Proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to flight (international flights).

If your pet is too large to fit under the seat, it is an animal other than a dog, cat, bird or rabbit, or if it is a very long flight, WestJet Airlines may transport your pet in the cargo section of the aircraft as checked baggage according to its regulations. This section of the cargo department has the same temperature and pressure as the passenger cabin.

Pets Allowed: dogs, cats, birds, chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, and hedgehogs. Maximum weight of 100 lbs. (45 kg) for pet and carrier combined.

Route Restrictions: No animals are allowed to travel in the cargo hold to the following destinations: Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Hawaii, Ireland, Mexico (Huatulco, Ixtapa, Zihuatenejo or Merida) or Trinidad and Tobago.

Route Restrictions: No animals are allowed to travel in the cargo hold to the following destinations between May 15 and October 31: Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and Turks and Caicos.

Reservations: Contact WestJet to tell them you are traveling with a pet who will be checked. Maximum of 3 pets per flight (except December 11-January 10 when levels are reduced.)

Forms Required: Live Animals Handling Declaration and all forms required for destination country.

Crate Requirements: Click here for crate requirements.
Need an IATA compliant pet crate? Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate?

Two pets of the same species may travel in the same crate as long as they are of a similiar size up to 14 kg each and known to eachother.

Breed Restrictions: Pit Bull breeds are not permitted into, out of or through the Province of Ontario.

Weather Restrictions: Pets are not permitted to travel as checked baggage between the dates of May 1 and October 30 to or from the following locations: Bahamas, Bermuda, Curacao, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Turks and Caicos, United States (Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix and Tampa Bay)

Pets Allowed: most all domesticated pets.

Reservations: must be booked in advance and approved by WestJet. Only one cargo pet is allowed per flight. All weekend transports must be on direct flights. WestJet will not hold a pet overnight in any of its facilities.

Check-In: minimum of two hours in advance

Crate Requirements: Click here for crate requirements. Maximum weight is 160 lbs. (72.5kg). Two pets of the same species known to each other and of comparable size no more than 30 lbs. (14kg) can travel in the same crate.

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

Breed Restrictions: see checked baggage

Weather Restrictions: see checked baggage



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GOT COMMENTS??? It would be great of you to enter them below. Your experiences will provide insight to all pet travelers!!

Can I send my dog in Canada in cargo and not be on the same flight?
Posted on 2013-04-19 01:46:48.0
Can an 8 week old Golden not travel in cargo from Tampa, Florida during the month of June or July?
Posted on 2013-05-29 18:46:48.0
where can I get "pet declaration" stickers?
Posted on 2013-06-24 02:25:52.0
Try United or Delta
Posted on 2013-07-19 03:54:37.0
Yes, you can. You will need proof of rabies and a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel. You should either drop off or pick up your pet and be the owner of record else it may become a commercial shipment.
Posted on 2013-08-05 02:30:54.0
You can find them here: They are referred to as Live Animal Stickers, but a declaration sticker is included.
Posted on 2013-08-05 02:33:17.0
Why is the length shorter than the width of a pet carrier
Posted on 2013-11-28 17:19:30.0
I will go traveling with my cat from the U.S to Canada. What health certificate should I need?
Posted on 2013-12-02 13:28:24.0
The length of a pet carrier should be longer than the width unless it is for a very small animal.
Posted on 2013-12-03 04:00:02.0
I think WestJet requirements reflect that the longest dimension of the carrier should be 17.5". Good catch.
Posted on 2013-12-03 04:03:08.0
Your veterinarian should have a health certificate. If not, you can find one here under Instructions and Forms:
Posted on 2013-12-03 04:04:40.0
Is there a way to send your pet without the owner?
Posted on 2013-12-10 01:13:32.0
Yes, there is. You should contact the cargo department of your airline for the cost and to make a reservation. Your pet will travel in the same compartment as it does for checked baggage.
Posted on 2013-12-12 23:51:09.0
What if I already booked my flight through a website called on mid January and my mom just told me she bought me a puppie as a gift and I have to bring it from Ecuador (Guayaquil) to Canada (edmonton) and my flight is with American Airlines from Guayaquil to Las Vegas and with West Jet from Vegas to Edmonton, can I still bring my puppie with me?? American Airlines said is ok to bring it on their airplane, but they said I need to talk to west jet about their part
Posted on 2014-01-26 05:24:33.0
A breeder is shipping me a bird from Alberta to vancouver island in a couple weeks. In what weather conditions will my birds flight be cancelled ( not aloud to fly ) ? Cheers
Posted on 2014-01-31 10:35:22.0
Ariana - as you are changing airlines, you will most likely need to clear customs with your pet in Las Vegas, so you will need some layover time to do this. (if American and WestJet share the same terminal, and you and your puppy can stay in the secure area, then this may not be necessary.) Your puppy must be at least 8 weeks old to fly with WestJet and you need to contact them to verify that their Las Vegas to Edmonton route is not served by a codeshare partner. Dogs under 3 months are not subject to Canadian regulations, but you should carry a health certificate issued by a vet in Ecuador shortly prior to travel.
Posted on 2014-02-02 19:56:46.0
That is a good question for your airline, but generally, extreme heat or cold is usually the reason why the airline will not transport animals. Each airline has its limits, so contacting them would be the best thing to do.
Posted on 2014-02-02 19:59:48.0
I have two dogs 45 pounds each. Will I have to ship them on two separate flights?
Posted on 2014-02-23 13:12:40.0
Canada to Costa Rica in cargo only...
Posted on 2014-02-23 13:16:11.0
Hi Kate - no, you can transport them both on the same flight as long as the airline allows it. (obviously, they will be in separate crates.) If they are traveling with you as checked baggage in the hold, let the airline know of this because they limit the number of pets in the hold. If your pets are traveling as unaccompanied, then contact the cargo department of the airline. If you need requirements for traveling to Costa Rica, you can find them here:
Posted on 2014-02-24 21:15:29.0
I have contacted westjet and they do not allow pets to Costa Rica in luggage at any time of the year, and they don't have cargo to CR. So westjet is out. Air Canada okay for cargo but have said there is an embargo for CR right now and they don't know when it will be lifted.
Posted on 2014-03-01 15:14:30.0
Kate - where are your pets flying from?
Posted on 2014-03-03 01:48:36.0
From Toronto. Can't seem to find info online about the embargo. thanks!
Posted on 2014-03-04 17:14:17.0
Kate Szabone Not sure about the temperatures in CR right now, but if they are over 85 degrees F, then the airline is referring to the summer heat embargo. Delta and United will fly to select destinations when temperatures are this high. Also, you may want to inquire whether late night or early morning flights will permit pets. Let us know if this is what the airlines were referring to.
Posted on 2014-03-06 04:47:07.0
I'm looking to ship my cairn terrier from Vancouver to Ottawa- I'm getign mixed information regardign the temperature and am concerned it might not be warm enough in cargo for her? Has anyoen had any experience with this? Westjet costs a lot less than Air canada- hwoever I want it to be a good experience for her.
Posted on 2014-03-10 15:20:40.0
Kasandra - the cargo section of any airline transporting live animals is temperature and pressure controlled like the cabin. You can discuss this with the airline when you make your reservation and also with the crew when you board. Being a proactive traveler and alerting the crew to their precious cargo is a wise thing to do.
Posted on 2014-03-22 20:51:03.0
Can I send my cat from toronto to vancouver even if I am not in the flight? If yes, What airlines will do it?
Posted on 2014-06-28 15:44:58.0
Hi David - WestJet does not offer cargo services. Try contacting Air Canada's cargo department to inquire. They transport unaccompanied pets.
Posted on 2014-06-30 16:36:06.0
I live in Mexico but have a home in Alberta Edmonton also, I would like to take my pet German Shepherd with us when we vacation to Alberta and then back to Mexico, is that possible? We are looking at traveling in September for One month.
Posted on 2014-07-05 20:15:51.0
I have 4 dogs. All 2 to 4 pounds. Can I bring them on the same plane?
Posted on 2014-07-09 06:49:18.0
Carol - it is very possible to take your German Shepherd with you when you travel from Canada to Mexico. Your pet will need proof of rabies vaccination, veterinary certificate and a ticks and tapeworm treatment shortly prior to entering the country. You can find details here: Be sure the vet certificate is bi-lingual (English/Spanish) or accompanied with a Spanish translation. In order to return to Canada, you will can use the documents you use to enter Mexico.
Posted on 2014-07-15 04:24:44.0
Carolyn - according to WestJet's policies, only one pet per passenger is permitted in the cabin. However, they may fly them together in the hold as checked baggage.
Posted on 2014-07-15 04:26:16.0
You can send your cat from Toronto to Vancouver unaccompanied on most all airlines that serve this route. You will need to contact the cargo department for details. Start with Air Canada or contact WestJet.
Posted on 2014-07-15 04:29:41.0
I have a 26 lb Eskie. She is very shy and pants when nervous. I would like to fly from Ottawa to Fort Lauderdale at the beginning of Dec. and come back the first of March. I am concerned that she might get cold or overheat or that she will be thirsty in her crate.
Posted on 2014-08-02 14:22:46.0
Susan - the airlines require that a water/food bowl be attached to the door of the crate. You can freeze water in the bowl so that it will melt slowly. Your pet will travel in a pressure and temperature controlled part of the cargo hold. The airlines are very sensitive to temperatures when transporting live cargo. However, you need to get your pet's crate now and acclimate her to it so she will feel safe when traveling in it.
Posted on 2014-08-05 04:20:05.0
What is the fee for a medium sized dog? He is a purebred lab. Would love to know! TIA
Posted on 2014-08-15 22:10:27.0
Tia - you will need to contact WestJet for this information. Depends on weight, size of crate and where your dog is flying from and to.
Posted on 2014-08-17 01:10:04.0
What kind of carrier is requiredFor a dog in cargo?
Posted on 2014-09-10 21:21:55.0
A dog in cargo will need to travel in a crate like these:
Posted on 2014-09-13 20:43:22.0
Hi there I have 4 cats if 2 people travel can we put 2 cats in each crate and bring them?)
Posted on 2014-09-17 04:53:55.0
Hello Kylie, The following is WestJet's published policies on co-hab transport: "A maximum of two animals of comparable size, no more than 14 kg each, which are used to co-habitation, may be shipped in the same container. Animals over that weight must travel individually." "A maximum of three animals, up to six months old and from the same litter, may be shipped in the same container."
Posted on 2014-09-18 18:33:22.0
Can i travel with a 60 lbs boxer/mastiff in the cabin with me?
Posted on 2014-10-05 08:28:41.0
Em - we do not know of any commercial airline that will permit a dog that weighs 60 pounds to travel in the cabin. All live animals must be able to fit in an airline compliant carrier under the seat in front of you.
Posted on 2014-10-06 03:07:35.0
Can I travel with a little dog and A GSD WHO IS A SERVICE DOG BOTH IN THE CABIN
Posted on 2014-10-07 02:19:13.0
Michelle - you may want to direct your inquiry to the airline. For sure, you can bring your service dog with you. Not sure about the second dog unless another passenger is accompanying you.
Posted on 2014-10-09 02:47:22.0
Is it true that if you are a poor traveler, you can get a note from the doctor to allow your dog to sit on your lap?
Posted on 2014-10-30 02:04:14.0
Hi I will be travelling toronto to Halifax, do I need to show the vaccination card ? And I have what is said to be a cabin size carrier , soft , but the height is taller than the 8 inches at 11inches but it says something about allowing more height in a soft sider ??
Posted on 2014-10-30 14:22:16.0
Lisa - I believe that you are referring to classifying your pet as an Emotional Support Animal. You need to be under psychiatric care and provide a letter on your physician's letterhead that your mental well being depends on having your pet with you. You will need to notify your airline in advance that you are bringing an ESA with you.
Posted on 2014-11-01 14:27:33.0
Joyce - your pet should be vaccinated and you should travel with proof of that, but WestJet does not require that it should be shown. As for the carrier, the object is to get it under the seat. The airlines understand that carriers squish down to enable it to fit under the seat.
Posted on 2014-11-01 14:36:03.0
I'm shipping a pug from Manitoba to Alberta. She had her rabies vaccine a few months ago. Do I need to provide that paperwork or any other vet paperwork?
Posted on 2014-11-21 04:14:47.0
Candice - if your Pug is traveling unaccompanied, it will need proof of rabies vaccination and a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel.
Posted on 2014-11-22 19:01:13.0
Hi! So I am flying from Toronto to Washington state and I need to bring my hermit crabs. They can't go in cargo or as luggage or else they could be stressed out And possibly die, so I need to have all three of them to be in cabin with me
Posted on 2014-12-01 03:58:45.0
Hi! Is it possible to bring a dog from Cuba to the United States (FL)? I have a relative, he left his dog behind in Camaguey, Cuba.
Posted on 2014-12-01 23:07:41.0
Paris - we know of no commercial airline that will allow hermit crabs to travel in the cabin.
Posted on 2014-12-02 04:31:48.0
Maria - your problem may be routing your pet to the US. If you can find a charter plane to do so, then you will need proof of rabies vaccination and a health certificate. If your pet must route through the Bahamas, then it will be more complicated. You would have to verify export regulations from Cuba.
Posted on 2014-12-02 13:06:31.0
PetTravel Thank you!!!
Posted on 2014-12-02 13:11:18.0
I am bringing dog from Dominican Republic to Toronto Canada these dogs are adoptees. So I am only the travel Companion. There is no money exchanged as the pets are free to adoptee that pass our adoption policies. My question is are there any rules with respect to customs or taxes.
Posted on 2014-12-04 15:42:00.0
Jamie-Carol - generally, the re-homing of pets is considered a commercial transport as there is a change of ownership involved. For the commercial exportation of dogs and cats, an import permit from the General Directorate of Livestock of the Dominican Republic is required.
Posted on 2014-12-05 02:23:17.0
hello there, i have a 60 pound boxer that we are flying unaccompanied. how much will it cost to send her as cargo?
Posted on 2015-02-07 20:26:31.0
Emily - it depends on where you are flying from and to. Best to contact WestJet cargo directly as they should give you the quote.
Posted on 2015-02-11 03:58:08.0
I have a shih tzu...I am going to NB in June. I have a travel bag that zips on both sides and is cloth material....and.... I wonder if She can accompany me in the cabin.
Posted on 2015-02-24 16:34:34.0
Hi Elaine - your carrier must have a waterproof bottom, adequate ventilation on the sides, secure fasteners and must contain your entire pet. (the head cannot protrude) Your pup will also need to be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier.
Posted on 2015-03-02 04:31:24.0
Acct# 09-PomPomm I have two litter sisters 12 weeks of age, that I would like to ship to Kelowna on the 22nd March...may the two little puppies share the same crate? if there are flights to Kelowna on that day, could you let me know the times?
Posted on 2015-03-02 19:53:06.0
Del - we are not WestJet Airlines. You may want to direct your inquiry to them directly.
Posted on 2015-03-07 17:33:04.0
We are travelling united from Ecuador to Calgary with 2 miniature Schnauzersin in two seiries 400 crates. We need to fly from Calgary to Victoria with them. Will we be able to do this or do we have to take separate flights due to the one pet in cargo rule? Thank you
Posted on 2015-03-14 13:55:18.0
Addition to previous question. We would like to have them as checked baggage on Westjet is this possible
Posted on 2015-03-14 14:11:39.0
Limitations in size or cargo in the cargo hold will dictate the number of pets that travel in the hold. If you have spoken to WestJet and they have told you only one pet on a plane, then your other Schnauzersin will need to take the next plane. If it is feasible and you can fly out of a city that WestJet serves with larger planes, that may be an option.
Posted on 2015-03-20 03:39:14.0
We can find no WestJet restrictions on pets flying from Ecuador as checked baggage. You should contact WestJet directly with your inquiry.
Posted on 2015-03-20 03:40:36.0
Im am travelling from Toronto to montreal tonight and am planning on bringing my bengal kitten i have a travel bag for her can i bring her as carry on?
Posted on 2015-03-29 16:06:10.0
Wow, Alison - sorry we could not get back to you on time. Hope your trip went OK. It is a wise thing to speak to the airline prior to travel and let them know you are traveling with a pet.
Posted on 2015-04-03 03:24:46.0
just curious of what it would be like for my dog to fly in cargo from the maritimes to BC, as there are often connecting flights and it is a long day of travel
Posted on 2015-04-04 23:47:21.0
what i 'm wondering is if it is safe and how stressful this typically is for the animal, and also if/when she would be allowed out of the carrier?
Posted on 2015-04-04 23:50:26.0
I'm not sure, but I might try giving your pet some kind of help, there. We have our dog wearing a Thundershirt, but you may want to consider helping him/her sleep through the ordeal. That's a long flight, even for a person.
Posted on 2015-04-05 04:55:01.0
I just read that they recommend against any sedation. So perhaps making sure your dog is very comfortable in his/her crate is the best you can do. The thundershirt I mentioned in a previous reply has done absolute wonders for my dog, and perhaps if your dog is at all anxious it would help both of you feel better about the flight. Definitely test it in advance though.
Posted on 2015-04-05 05:07:48.0
Hi! I was wondering what the requirement are on flying a dog to Fredericton NB to Calgary BC. He weights 100lbs and I'm going to the vet and i have to know what needles he will have to have when flying or his up dated needles.
Posted on 2015-05-07 23:05:07.0
Jennifer Janzen Jennifer - many airlines will not allow Thundershirts in cargo as they may interfere with pet's breathing.
Posted on 2015-05-11 02:53:37.0
Luke Patterson Luke - it is stressful for a pet to travel, especially in the cargo hold. Keep layovers as short as possible and limit them if you can. Airlines personnel should check your pet's water bowl and maybe feed them if it is a very long flight, but there are no guarantees. The airlines will not remove your pet from the carrier unless they have kenneling facilities at the layover airport or a way to confine your pet. Depends on how long the layovers are and the airline you are flying and the facilities they have available.
Posted on 2015-05-11 02:56:21.0
Tammy - your pet should have current rabies vaccinations when travelings at a minimum. Also, if it is traveling as air cargo (an maybe checked baggage depending on your airline) it will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel.
Posted on 2015-05-11 02:57:45.0

Hi I wanna fly from Puerto vallarta to montreal with pitbull.. is it possible with westjet?
Posted on 2015-06-24 18:54:03.0

Mario - WestJet does not specifically ban Pitt Bull breeds.
Posted on 2015-07-03 16:09:08.0

Hello, can I send a dog (a beagle) as cargo (without his owner) from Cuba (Varadero or Havana) to Toronto with WestJet?
Posted on 2015-07-23 23:02:07.0

Hi!, I would like lo know how to bring my bitch to Miami. She is healthy and she has all her vaccines in order.
Posted on 2015-08-20 21:22:49.0

If you are traveling with your pup, then you need to contact WestJet's reservation number and tell them you will be traveling with a pet. Whether she conforms to regulations to travel in the cabin or as checked baggage in the hold, you will need a carrier or crate for her. If you are entering from Cuba, then you will need proof of current rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entering the US. A health certificate issued in English shortly before travel will also be helpful.
Posted on 2015-08-26 02:28:39.0

Jessie - the problem with Bulldogs this time of year is the temperatures. No airlines will transport a live animal in the cargo hold when temperatures exceed 85 degrees F anywhere on the itinerary. For snub-nosed, the temperature is generally lower. You will need to check with WestJet with your specific dates and route to see if they will carry your pup.
Posted on 2015-08-26 02:31:49.0

I want to travel with my 75 lb lab from Windsor Ontario to Calgary/Edmonton Alberta (haven't decided yet) can I have more information on how to bring him on the plane?
Posted on 2015-09-09 02:00:46.0

I usually travel with my pet dog but want to know if there is a non stop flight to Vegas on cargo flights
Posted on 2015-09-10 15:16:53.0

Hi, whats the live cargo head office ph number?
Posted on 2015-10-30 20:07:36.0

For 5 years now, West Jet has Lost Out on Several Thousands of Dollars of our travel money!! Due to us having 3 Chihauhau's and the Policy that we cannot put 2 of our's, Small. Sisters in one Carry One under a Seat, is Ludicris!! (STUPID) ! We will never Ship one of Ours Dogs in Cargo!! Not Happening!! So, each year we Drive for 3 days to the South!! You Can't FIX Stupid I have learned on this Subject!! We have 3 Dogs!! The Bozo's that make these RULES should be made to FLY in Cargo themselves!! That is where they BELONG!!!
Posted on 2015-11-21 14:13:26.0