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

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Airline Pet Policy Virgin Atlantic Airlines

Airline Pet Policy Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic currently flies pets to the following locations: Antigua, Barbados, Boston, Chicago, Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, JFK, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Miami, Narita, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, St Lucia, Vancouver and Washington.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines will not allow your dog, cat or other animal to travel in the cabin of the aircraft unless it is a certified service animal.

If your pet is flying Virgin Atlantic Airlines to selected cities**, it is an animal other than a dog or cat, or if it is a very long flight, Virgin Atlantic Airlines 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. 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. Find more tips on airline pet travel in cargo.

If your pet is traveling in the cargo section, whether through the cargo department or as checked baggage, it must be in a pet crate that is IATA compliant. Learn more about IATA compliant pet crates.  We also suggest that you consider crate hardware for your pet's crate as more airlines are requiring it.

Once you receive your crate, you will need to acclimate your dog or cat to it before traveling. Our guide for preparing your pet and its crate for travel is helpful, especially for first time pet travelers. Download Preparing Your Pet and Its Crate for Travel.

Temperature Restrictions: Virgin Atlantic does not permit pets leaving Orlando and Miami from June 1 through to and including September 30.

Route Restrictions: Pets traveling from South Africa or to Japan will need an agent to book the flight. Pets are not permitted on flights to the UK from Hong Kong.

**Destination Cities that Virgin Atlantic Airlines will transport your pet as cargo: Barbados, Boston, Chicago (seasonal), Cape Town (seasonal), Dubai, Hong Kong, JFK, Johannesburg, London. Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, Sidney, and Washington.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines Pet Policy

Many airlines require a health certificate indicating that the pet is healthy enough for travel, is free of diseases communicable to humans and has been properly vaccinated, especially when traveling in the cargo section of the aircraft. A Health Certificate completed by your veterinarian within 10 days of travel is required by Virgin Atlantic Airlines when your pet is traveling as manifest cargo.

If you are traveling to another country, Virgin Atlantic Airlines will want to see that you have the proper documents to enter that country with your pet. Most countries have their own version of a Veterinary Certificate. In addition, some countries require an Import Permit. Find pet passport forms and instructions in the Pet Travel Store.

When runway temperatures are above 84F (29C) degrees at the departure airport, Virgin Atlantic Airlines may refuse to board your pet as cargo or checked baggage. When the weather is very cold with a runway temperature below 45F (7C) degrees at the time of departure, Virgin Atlantic Airlines may require what is called an Acclimation Certificate. Learn more about the pet travel airline temperature restrictions.

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