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Turkish Airlines Pet Policy

Pet policy Turkish Airlines

Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? Yes (Certain Flights)
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? Yes (Certain Flights)
Can my pet fly with me as manifest cargo? Yes


In-Cabin Pet Policy

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If your small dog or cat and birds (goldfinches, budgies and canaries) meets Turkish Airlines 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 cats and dogs and household birds (goldfinches, budgies and canaries).

Age Requirements

Pets must be at least 10 weeks old to travel in the cabin.


All documentation for the destination country must be presented at check-in.

Cats and dogs are not permitted on the same flight. Cats and birds will not be permitted on the same flight. Policy is first come - first served.

Carrier Requirements

One carrier is permitted per passenger in the cabin. Maximum number of pets flying in the cabin is determined by the type of aircraft serving your route.

Maximum weight of your pet or combined weight of 2 pets of the same species traveling in the same carrier is 8kg.

Carriers must be secure, allow for your pet to stand up and turn around and must have a waterproof bottom. It must fit comfortably under the seat in front of you.

Maximum carrier size (softsided): 16"W x 22"L x 9"H. (30 cm W x 40 cm L x 23 cm H) Flexible carriers are suitable as long as they will compress down to 9" and hard carriers are allso permitted as long as they meet the maximum measurements.


You should contact Turkish Airlines before booking your ticket to make sure that your dog or cat will be permitted on your flight. Advance notification must be given.

Route Restrictions:

Pets cannot be flown in the cabin to destinations requiring pets to arrive as air cargo. (United Kingdom, UAE, Hong Kong, etc.)

Service and Emotional Support Animals

Service and emotional support dogs are permitted to fly in the cabin at no charge.

Service dogs must provide a training certificate, certificate of vaccination, identification card and all documents required by the destination country.

All service dogs must be harnessed and fly at passenger's feet.

On flights longer than 8 hours, documentation must be provided that your service or emotional support dog will not need to relieve itself or, if nees be, your dog can relieve itself in a way that does not create a health or sanitation issue during flight. (pad trained) You can outline procedures that will be taken or you can get a letter from your vet. Pet owners will be responsible for all damage done to the aircraft by their pet.

Emotional support dogs can fly on nonstop flights to or from Istanbul to the United States. If the flight is not nonstop, during any portion of the flight not involving the United States, your dog is subject to regulations imposed on other pets flying with Turkish Airlines and will be subject to a fee.

Within 48 hours of flight, owners of emotional support dogs must submit a letter in English from a licensed mental health professional stating that the passenger is under the care of the professional, that it has a DSM 4 or 5 disability according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and that the passenger needs the dog during air travel or at the destination. The letter must be dated within one year of departure on the health professional's letterhead. License information must be included. Passengers shall submit official documentation on a letterhead of a licensed mental health professional (e.g. a psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, including a medical doctor specifically treating the passenger’s mental or emotional disability) and the said document shall be dated within one year from the date of passenger’s scheduled initial flight. This document shall contain the following information:

Emotional support dogs should be trained and socialized. They must not occupy a seat and must be leashed. Should they show aggressive behavior, they may be refused. Pet owners may want to bring a muzzle.

All documentation required for the destination country must be provided at check-in.

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Checked Baggage Pet Policy

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If your pet is too large to fit under the seat or if it is a very long flight, Turkish 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.

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.

Pets Allowed:

Cats, dogs and small household birds.


All pets being flown as checked baggage must be at least 10 weeks of age.

Route Restrictions:

Pets cannot be flown as checked baggage to destinations requiring pets to arrive as air cargo. (United Kingdom, UAE, Hong Kong, etc.)


When flying as checked baggage, you will check in your pet at the passenger ticket counter in an IATA compliant pet crate at which time you will pay the fee for transport.

Breed Restrictions

See Breed Restrictions below.

Temperature Restrictions

If, at any point, (origination/transit/destination) during your pet's transport, the temperature for the day is forecast to be less than 10 degrees F (-12°C) or greater than 85°F (29°C), your pet may be refused transport as checked baggage. In periods of cold, try to fly at mid-day. In periods of heat, try to fly at night.

Forms Required

Turkish Airlines will require all forms required for destination country be presented at check-in when traveling internationally.

Crate Requirements

A maximum of 3 puppies or kittens born of the same mother can be transported in one crate. Animals must be of the same species each weighing maximum 14 kg, similarly sized and familiar with each other. If animals each weigh more than 14 kg, they must travel in one crate.

A maximum of 2 adult animals of the same species each weighing no more than 14 kg, similarly sized and familiar with each other can be transported in a single crate. If animals weigh more than 14 kg each, they will be must fly in their own crate.

The crate must meet all IATA standards. Click here for IATA pet crate requirements.

Metal hardware should be used to fasten the top and bottom halves of your pet' crate together. Click here for crate requirements.

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Manifest Cargo Pet Policies

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Larger pets and those who are traveling unaccompanied may be transported by Turkish Airlines as air cargo. This part of the cargo hold is pressure and temperature controlled like the cabin. An agent will be required to book the transport.

Pets Allowed

Cats, dogs and household birds


Pets must be at least 10 weeks old and weaned. If traveling to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cypress, the minimum age is 3 months.

Forms Required

A health certificate issued within 10 days of travel, proof of rabies vaccination and all forms required for your destination country. Turkish Airlines will require all forms required for destination country be presented at check-in when traveling internationally.


Locations will vary by airport depending on the location of the Turkish Airlines cargo office at the departing airport.

Breed Restrictions

See banned breeds below

Temperature Restrictions:

Owners should avoid routes where the groundtemperature for the day is forecast to be less than 10 degrees F (-12°C) or greater than 85°F (29°C).

Form Requirements:

Turkish Airlines Cargo will require an health certificate issued within 10 days of arrival. Also required is documentation required by the country your pet is traveling to (international travel only).

Crate Requirements:

See checked baggage category above. More info on crate requirements.
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Airports Served


Turkish Airlines has services to 308 destinations around the world, including North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. It's hub airport is located in Istanbul.

Turkish Airlines is also approved to fly into London Heathrow and Edinburgh which are approved Border Inspection Posts for the United Kingdom.

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Puppies and Kittens

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Turkish Airlines will transport puppies and kittens over 10 weeks of age.


Banned Breeds

Turkish Airlines Banned Breeds

Snub-nosed pets are encouraged to fly in the cabin as long as their size meets the requirements for in-cabin travel. All snub-nosed breeds flying in the hold should fly in crates larger than normally required.

The following breeds will not be transported on Turkish Airlines: American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Pitbull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro.

American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bandog Tosa Inu, Caucasian Ovcharka, Douge De Bordeux, Doberman (Pincher Doberman and all Doberman breeds), Presa Canario, Rottweiler; Mastiff (excluding Bull Mastiff), Wolf Dog Hybrid breeds are only accepted to flights provided that they are transported in the aircraft hold as air cargo.

African gray parrots will not be accepted on Turkish Airlines flights.


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