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Korean Air Pet Policy

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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

A total of 3 pets per passenger per flight are permitted depending on aircraft. No pets are allowed on Boeing 737 international flights.
Korean Air announces its SkyPets Program, a frequent flyer program for flying pets that rewards pets that fly frequently with opportunities to either fly for 50 percent off or completely free. One stamp for every domestic flight and two stamps for international. Redeem 6 stamps for 1/2 off pet fees for domestic and 12 stamps for 1/2 off international flights. Or, get all pet fees waived for 12 stamps (domestic) and 24 stamps (international). Stamps expire in 3 years, so your pet will literally need to be a frequent flyer to take advantage of this program.



In-Cabin Pet Policy

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If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in Korean Air 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. The carrier must be able to fit under the seat in front of you. Your pet must remain in the carrier for the duration of the flight.

Two pets of the same breed and less than 6 months can fly in one carrier as long as there is room in the carrier.

Pets Allowed:

Small dogs, cats and birds weighing less than 7 kg (15 lbs.) including their carrier are accepted to fly in the cabin of Korean Air flights. Pets must not be unruly or noisy. Pet owners may be required to muzzle their pets if they cause a disturbance to other passengers.

Age Requirements:

Pets must be a minimum of 8 weeks of age.

Route Restrictions

Pets cannot fly in the cabin to destinations that require that they arrive in the cargo hold. (Australia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, etc.)


The cost ranges from $100USD for travel - Korea to or from from Japan, China, Taiwan, Macao and Mongolia to $200USD for travel from Asia to or from the US. Domestic flights within Asia are $150USD.

Forms Required

All documentation for destination country is required. Pets should travel with current health and rabies certificates and export certificates, if required.

Service and Emotional Support Animals

Korean Air will accept service and emotional support animals (ESAs) on their flights according to their regulations. All emotional support animals will need a letter from a licensed physician on their letterhead issued within one year of travel stating the need for the ESA. Owners of ESAs should contact Korean Air in advance of travel.

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Checked Baggage Pet Policy

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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, Korean Air 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.

Pets Allowed:

Dogs, cats and birds. Weight of crate and carrier must not exceed 32 kg (70 lbs.).

Route Restrictions:

Korean Air will not fly live animals to countries that require that they enter as air cargo such as Hong Kong, Australia, United Kingdom, etc.

Aircraft Restrictions

No live animals are accepted on flights served by Boeing 737 aircraft.

Forms Required

All documentation for destination country is required. Pets should travel with current health and rabies certificates and export certificates, if required. Health certificate should be issued within 10 days of travel or according to destination country regulations.


Costs for animals weighing less than 32 kg including crate range between $10USD and $200USD depending on route. Costs for pets weighing between 32 and 45kg including crate range between $300 and $400USD depending on route.

Breed Restrictions

See banned breeds below.

Temperature Restrictions

Pets will not be accepted when actual or forecasted temperatures are above 85°F (29.4°C) or below 45°F (7.2°C) at any city on the itinerary. Pets may be accepted at temperatures below 45°F with an acclimation certificate.

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 (Air) Cargo Pet Policies

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For unaccompanied pets or those weighing between 32 (70 lbs.) and 45 kg (99 lbs.) including crate, Korean Air may transport them as air cargo according to their regulations.

Pets Allowed

Korean Air will accept dogs, cats and birds as air cargo. Rabbits, hamsters, mice, moles, squirrels, beavers, chinchillas, guinea pigs, and snakes are not allowed to fly on Korean Airlines flights. Weasels, some species of monkeys, various reptiles, hedgehogs and other animals are accepted.


For flights to the United States for non-commercial reasons, the pet must be at least 4 months old and vaccinated for rabies. For commercial shipments (adoption and resale), the pet must be at least 6 months old and fully vaccinated. For other countries, the minimum age is 3 months depending on the requirements of the importing country.


The cost of transport is figured through dimensional weight. You need to contact a Korean Air Cargo Facility for cost information.

Forms Required

All required import permits, rabies and health certificates, export permits, rabies titer tests, quarantine reservations and other documentation for the destination country must be presented.

Pets should be microchipped and the microchip number should be present on appropriate documentation.

Health Certificate issued within 10 days of travel. Also required are proof of vaccinations and pet passport documents for the country your pet is traveling to (international travel only).

Breed Restrictions

See banned breeds below.

Temperature Restrictions

See checked baggage above.

Crate Requirements

All crates must be IATA-compliant. Dogs weighing over 65 pounds must travel in a wood crates similiar to the ones shown here. (scroll down)

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Airports Served


Korean Air serves airports in the EU, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Fiji, Guam, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.


Puppies and Kittens

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Pets must conform to the import requirements of their destination country. Puppies and kittens must be at least 90 days old to fly air cargo.


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in UK

The following snub-nosed dog breeds may not fly in the cargo hold. They will be carried in the cabin if small enough to conform with in-cabin regulations: Affenpinscher, American Bully, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bulldog, Cane Corso, Chihuahua, Chow Chow, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel ( King Charles Spaniel), Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Newfoundland, Pekingese, Pug, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel. Newfoundland, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux, Lhasa Apso, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bulldog, Brussels Griffon, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, American Bully, Affenpinscher, English Toy Spaniel, King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Japanese Chin, Chow Chow, Cane Corso, Pug, Pekingese, Tibetan Spaniel

Cats: Burmese, British Shorthair, Scottish Fold, Exotic, Persian, Himalayan

The following dog breeds and their crosses are not permitted on Korean Air flights: Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Laika, Ovtcharka, Kangal and Wolfdog.


Other Animals

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Korean Air will accept dogs, cats and birds. Rabbits, hamsters, mice, moles, squirrels, beavers, chinchillas, guinea pigs, and snakes are not allowed to fly on Korean Airlines flights. Weasels and hedgehogs are accepted as air cargo.


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