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Aer Lingus Pet Policy

Airline Pet Policy Aer Lingus

Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? No (Service Animals only)
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? Yes (Certain Flights)
Can my pet fly with me as manifest cargo? Yes


Aer Lingus Pet Policy - In-Cabin

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Aer Lingus does not accept pets in the cabin of the aircraft with the exception of trained and certified assistance dogs. Assistance dogs flying within the EU must be trained by an organization associated with Assistance Dogs International or International Guide Dog Federation serving disabled passengers.

On flights to or from the United States, requirements of the Air Carrier Access Act and DOT Rules(14CFR Part 382) will preside.

All assistance dogs must provide an Assistance Dog Identification Card. No restricted dog breeds will be accepted as assistance dogs.

All harnessed service dogs flying with their disabled passengers will carried at no charge, however, at least 48 hour advance reservations must be made with the airline. Notification must be provided to the Departure of Agriculture if your dog is entering or leaving Ireland in the cabin.

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Aer Lingus Pet Policy - Checked Baggage

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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, Aer Lingus may transport your pet in the cargo section of the aircraft according to its regulations on transatlantic flights. This section of the cargo department has the same temperature and pressure as the passenger cabin.

Pets Allowed

Domesticated dogs and cats.

Route Restrictions:

Pets are permitted to fly as checked baggage only on transatlantic flights to Boston, Newark, Washington, New York, Miami, Orlando, Chicago and Toronto. Flights within the Europian Union must be arranged as air cargo (see step #3) through a registered freight forwarder. Flights on Aer Lingus from any North American city must terminate in Dublin.




All cats, dogs and rabbits need to be at least 10 weeks old when flying with Aer Lingus.

Temperature Restrictions

Aer Lingus understands the additional risk to live animals transported during the higher temperatures of summer and lower temperatures of winter. Your pet may not be granted boarding if the temperature in any city on your itinerary is forecasted to be above 85°F or below 45°F.

In periods of colder weather, an Acclimation Certificate may be accepted. You will want to contact Aer Lingus about this.

Crate Requirements

The maximum weight of a pet including its crate must not exceed 64kg/141lbs. One pet is permitted per crate.

Your pet must travel in an IATA-compliant pet crate. Have a crate already? Is your crate IATA-compliant? Need accessories for your crate? Click here for more information on crate requirements.

For maximum safety for your pet, hard plastic crates should be fastened together with metal hardware and the door should be zip-tied closed after inspection. Click here for more information on crate requirements.

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Aer Lingus Pet Policy - Air Cargo

For flights within Europe, to Ireland, within Ireland and between Ireland and Britain, Aer Lingus will transport cats and rabbits as manifest (air) cargo through the services of IAG Cargo and an agent is required to book the transport. Contact us if you need assistance with an agent.
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Pets Allowed

Domesticated dogs, cats and rabbits.

Forms Required:

Health certificate issued within 10 days of travel, proof of rabies vaccination and all documentation required for the destination country.

Route Restrictions

Pets will not be carried on flights to and from Ireland and Jersey or Ireland and Rennes.

Temperature Restrictions

See checked baggage policies above.

Breed Restrictions

See step #6 below.

Crate Requirements

See step #2 above.

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Airports Served


Aer Lingus flies all over Europe as well as to destinations in the United States and Canada. Pets are only permitted on certain flights between Ireland and North America, Spain, Portugal, France, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.


Puppies and Kittens

UK puppy or kitten import

Puppies and kittens flying on routes within the European Union must be at least 10 weeks of age to fly. Puppies and kittens flying to other EU Member States served by Aer Lingus must be accompanied with an EU Pet Passport reflecting a microchip and rabies vaccination administered no sooner than 12 weeks of age and at least 21 days prior to travel.


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in UK

Aer Lingus will not transport the following breeds or their crosses: Akita, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazilerios, Mastif, American Pitbull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler or Japanese Tosa.

The following snub-nosed breeds will not be accepted: All Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxers, and Persian/Exotic Cats.


Other Animals

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Aer Lingus will transport only cats and dogs as checked baggage and cats, dogs and rabbits as air cargo.


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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given airline may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to deny your pet boarding privileges. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the airline your pet is flying.

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