Airline Pet Policy - Lufthansa 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
If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in Lufthansa 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.
Small dogs and cats
Lufthansa Airlines will restrict the age of pets carried in-cabin to conform to the destination country requirements.
Maximum measurements: 21.6" L x 15.7" W x 9" H (55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm). You must notify the airlines that you are traveling with a pet. The combined weight of your pet and its carrier cannot exceed 17 pounds (8 kg). Reservations for your pet cannot be made online.
Two puppies or kittens are allowed in a carrier as long as they have room to stand up and turn around.
Service and Emotional Support Dogs
Service dog (guide dogs, hearing assistance, seizure alert, etc>) dogs can travel with their owners in the cabin free of charge with advance notification. For flights that do not involve the United States, a certificate from a recognized training institute must be submitted in advance to Lufthansa Medical Operation Center, the Service Center or your travel agent. You must provide two copies of the pre-approval form that you receive from Lufthansa at check-in. A muzzle for your dog is requested but not required.
Emotional support animals are only permitted to fly in the cabin on direct flights either originating or terminating in the United States. This includes flights involving layovers. On portions of flights outside of the United States (or portions thereof), your ESA will need to fly in an airline-compliant pet carrier or an IATA-compliant pet crate in the cargo hold if too large to fly in-cabin. You must provide either a carrier or crate for your ESA to fly in for that portion of the trip that does not involve the United States.
Within 48 hours of deparrture, you must submit a medical certificate issued by a licensed physician confirming the need for your ESA to the centers listed above. You will receive a notification of approval and two copies must be presented at check-in.
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, Lufthansa 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.
Domesticated dogs and cats. Limit of 2 pets per passenger. The number of pets per plane will depend on cargo demands.
Pets will not be permitted to travel as checked baggage to locations that require they enter as manifest cargo such as the United Kingdom or Hong Kong.
Between two and three hours prior to departure.
€70 - €400
Pets traveling in the same carrier
For young animals (up to 6 months old) a maximum of three animals are permitted per crate.
A maximum of two animals of comparable size and weighing up to 14 kg each in one crate are permitted.
In all cases, your pets must be able to stand up and move around in the crate, and your pets must know eachother well.
Lufthansa 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 80°F or below 45°F.
Pets will not be permitted to fly in the cargo hold out of Houston (IAH) from June 1 to September 1. No animals are permitted in the cargo hold on flights to or from Hong Kong during this period as well.
All live animals that must be transported in a crate that is more than 28" high must fly as air cargo. (see step #3)
Air Cargo Pet Policies
Lufthansa Cargo services larger animals, animals other than those carried in the cabin or checked baggage. A licensed agent must book transport when your pet is flying as air cargo.
Larger or unaccompanied domesticated dogs and cats, hares and rabbits.
Health certificate issued within 10 days of travel, proof of rabies vaccination and all forms required for your destination country.
Lufthansa will not transport live animals from Kuwait.
See checked baggage policies above
Breeds known to be fighting breeds must be transported in IATA compliant CR82 airline pet crates. Find more information on airline pet crates for dangerous dogs.
Snub-nosed dogs will be transported in larger crates than normally required on routes where the temperature does not exceed 75°F. Lufthansa considers the following breeds and their crosses as snub nosed: Affen Pinscher, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Bulldog (all breeds, except American Bulldog), Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), Shar Pei, Shih Tzu and Tibetian Spaniel.
Lufthansa's Pet Lounge
For all pets transiting Frankfurt, Lufthansa offers first class care in its Animal Lounge. Pets can enjoy the benefits of watering, feeding and walking for layovers over 3 hours in duration. More about the Lufthansa Animal Lounge.
Lufthansa serves locations worldwide in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America including the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Lufthansa is also approved to fly into London Heathrow, Dublin (accompanied pets) and Edingurgh, Scotland which are approved Border Inspection Posts for the United Kingdom.
Puppies and Kittens
The age of your puppy or kitten permitted to fly on Lufthansa depends on age requirements of your destination country.
Lufthansa will transport fighting dogs in IATA compliant CR82 crates. The breeds considered to be aggressive are American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Pitbull Terrier, Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Rottweiler, Caucasian Owtscharka, and Karabash. No longer considered aggressive are: Filo Brasileiro, Mastiff / Bull Mastiff, Mastino Napoletano, Tosa Inu, Bandog or Dogue de Bordeaux.
Lufthansa will transport larger or unaccompanied domesticated dogs and cats, fish, fowl, horses, zoo animals and most warm and cold blooded animals as manifest cargo according to destination country import requirements.
Need more information?
To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com 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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