Emirates Airline Pet Policy
Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? No
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? Yes (Certain Flights)
Can my pet fly with me as manifest cargo? Yes
Due to high heat and humidity in the United Arab Emirates, no birds (except some falcons) can be accepted for transit via Dubai as checked baggage or cargo between May 1 and September 30.
In-Cabin Pet Policy
Emirates does not permit any pets to travel in the cabin of their aircraft except guide dogs for the blind.
Checked Baggage Pet Policy
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, Emirates 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.
Falcons, cats, dogs (breed restrictions apply - see below) and pet birds (restrictions apply - see below) as long as the flight time is less than 15 hours. If the flight time exceeds 15 hours, then the pet must fly as air cargo. (see step #3)
Dogs and cats must be older than 4 months of age.
When transiting Dubai as checked baggage, the connection time must not exceed 6 hours. The total transportation time for birds must not exceed 17 hours. Between May 1 and September 30, birds will not be transported, with the exception of falcons.
Route must be less than 7 hours.
Pets are not permitted to fly as checked baggage into the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Australia, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.
See step #6 Banned Breeds.
*Length of crate = length of the pet + 50% of leg length +
7 cm (min. 17 cm additional)
Width=3 x pet width
Height = pet height + 10 cm.
Emirates will not permit the transport of non-acclimated, wild caught birds. Any species subject to CITES requirements must be transported in cargo with prior approval.
Air Cargo Pet Policies
In addition to unaccompanied dogs and cats (breed restrictions below), Emirates Airlines will transport warm blooded animals as manifest cargo with the exception of poisonous animals including reptiles and insects unless transported between quialified agencies. Additionally, animals known to product offensive odors such as skunks and minks will not be permitted. Sheep and goats will be accepted, however, only in limited numbers. Pigs of any size or breed will not be accepted.
Health certificate issued within 10 days of travel, proof of rabies vaccination and all forms required for your destination country.
All warm blooded animals whose total transportation time exceeds 17 hours will be subject to mandatory transit rest arrangements at the Dubai International Airport. Charges will apply and will be the responsibility of the shipper/consignee.
Emirates will not accept pets who have been sedated or tranquilized unless being transported between qualified agencies with a certificate from qualified veterinarian.
See checked baggage policies above.
See step #6 Banned Breeds.
Emirates serves over 140 locations worldwide in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, North and South America.
Emirates is also approved to fly into London Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester (accompanied pets) as well as Glasgow (accompanied pets), and Dublin (accompanied pets).
Puppies and Kittens
The age of your puppy or kitten permitted to fly on Emirates depends on age requirements of your destination country. Puppies and kittens should not be flown in the cargo hold prior to 15 weeks of age.
Emirates will not permit the transport of the following breeds. Mixes will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the local SkyCargo office: American Cocker Spaniel, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bulldog (all types), Bullmastiff, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua (Apple Headed), Chow Chow, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeauz, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Lowchen, Neopolican Mastiff, Newfoundland, Pekinese, Pit Bull Terrier, Pub (all types), Shar-Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel.
Cats: , Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Exotic Fold (Foldex), Himalayan, Persian, Scottish Fold, Selkirk Rex.
The following breeds will be accepted providing they are not being imported to the United Arab Emirates, are not banned either by the origination or destination countries, have the appropriate licenses or permits, and travel in reinforced crates such as CR 82 crates: Mastiff Dogs (Fila Braziliano / Brazilian Mastiff, Dogo Argentino / Argentinian Mastiff, any Mastiff or hybrid), Tosa (Japanese Tosa or hybrid), ottweiler breeds or hybrid, Doberman Pinschers, anario presa, Karabash (aka Kangal), Caucasian Ovchark or any mixed breed of the breeds of dog mentioned above, or hybrids.
Greyhounds that have been rescued or will be domesticated pets will be transported. Greyhounds used for racing will not.
Emirates Airlines will transport warm blooded animals as manifest cargo with the exception of poisonous animals including reptiles and insects unless transported between quialified agencies. Additionally, animals known to product offensive odors such as skunks and minks will not be permitted. Sheep and goats will be accepted, however, only in limited numbers. Pigs of any size or breed will not be accepted.
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