what are the foundations for flying with a pet?

Individuals planning to journey to or from France by aircraft with their pet needs to be conscious that completely different airways impose completely different circumstances of carriage.

The Path générale de l’Aviation civile (DGAC) advises that passengers test these circumstances earlier than shopping for their flight ticket, and inform the airline that they’re planning on touring with their animal as some corporations solely permit a sure variety of pets on every flight.

It’s usually doable so as to add a pet to your flight on-line by managing your reserving after paying for the fundamental ticket.

It’s also doable to name the airline at the very least 72 hours earlier than the flight to substantiate that your pet will likely be touring with you.

Most airways will solely permit canines or cats so in the event you want to journey with a hen or a hamster, it’s worthwhile to test with the provider in query.

Canines included inside Class 1 on France’s harmful canines checklist – similar to pit bulls or mastiffs – will not be allowed to journey by aircraft.

Snub-nosed canine breeds similar to boxers and bulldogs ought to solely journey if a vet decides that it’s protected to take action as they usually endure from respiratory difficulties.

You should additionally make it possible for the animal has a legitimate European pet passport or equal, and that it has had all the vital vaccinations and/or checks for the nation you’re visiting.

Some airways will permit small animals – in addition to information canines – into the cabin. You will discover out whether or not that is the case by getting in contact with the airline. You need to ask too for the utmost permitted animal weight.

Pets not allowed within the cabin must journey within the maintain, not with the baggage however with a pressurised, heated and ventilated area the place their cages will not be allowed to maneuver about.

The cage wherein your animal travels will need to have air flow holes and be large enough that the pet can flip round and lie down comfortably. Chances are you’ll wish to repair feeders or animal water bottles to the within, however keep away from bowls which might spill their contents.

You can even label the within of the cage with the title of the animal, their microchip quantity, your title, phone quantity and vacation spot tackle. It needs to be famous that chains will not be allowed when touring by air.

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Particular person airline guidelines

Air France-KLM

Air France-KLM states that an animal have to be greater than 15 weeks previous and have had all required vaccinations updated with a view to journey.

Canines and cats who weigh lower than 8kg – together with their carry case – could journey within the cabin.

Inflexible cages will not be allowed within the cabin so this bag have to be of a particular sort: sealed however with air flow holes and never exceeding 46 x 28 x 24cm in measurement. This bag is taken into account as further hand baggage and so will likely be chargeable.

For journey within the maintain, the animal have to be contained inside a inflexible cage with air flow holes.

Every passenger could solely journey with one animal, and pets will not be allowed in Enterprise class cabins on intercontinental flights.

Snub-nosed canines and cats could not journey within the maintain, Class 1 harmful canines are banned and people in Class 2 – similar to Rottweilers and Tosas – are solely permitted on freight flights.

Passengers will likely be charged:

  • €80 for placing an animal within the maintain and €40 for bringing one into the cabin on home flights

  • €75 for the maintain and €30 within the cabin on intra-Caribbean flights

  • €200 within the maintain and €55 within the cabin for European and Europe-North Africa flights

  • €75 within the maintain and €55 within the cabin for flights to sure abroad territories

  • €400 within the maintain and €125 within the cabin for all different flights.

Delta Airways

Small canines, cats and home birds can journey within the cabin on Delta flights, usually for the value of a single ticket, to be paid at check-in.

The animal have to be able to touring calmly in a carry case positioned beneath the passenger’s seat.

They need to even be at the very least 16 weeks previous if touring to the US.

Passengers could solely carry one carry case every. Snub-nosed canines and cats will not be permitted.

The cost for pets is usually round €200 on worldwide flights.


Ryanair solely accepts information canines and different help canines, and even these animals are banned on flights to or from Morocco and Israel.


EasyJet solely permits information canines to journey on its planes, and never on flights to or from Egypt, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Morocco or Turkey.

British Airways

Information canines can journey freed from cost on British Airways flights, though solely a restricted variety of them can come into the cabin.

Any pets getting on board have to be within the maintain, and their transport is organized by a service referred to as PetAir UK. Costs rely on the animal measurement and sort.

It needs to be famous that emotional help canines are classed as pets by British Airways and so can not journey within the cabin.


Vueling will take canines, cats, birds (besides birds of prey) and tortoises within the cabin, however they have to be carried in a comfortable case whose dimensions don’t exceed 45 x 39 x 21cm and which doesn’t weigh greater than 10kg with the animal inside.

These pets are solely allowed to journey if they won’t disturb or show harmful to different passengers. Due to this fact, if they’re more likely to have accidents through the flight – for instance – they need to not journey.

Information canines are allowed on Vueling flights and are topic to completely different guidelines.

It needs to be famous that no animal is allowed to journey within the maintain of a Vueling aircraft.

Vueling expenses €40 for pets on home flights and €50 for worldwide flights.


Transavia permits pets older than three months and 21 days to journey on board its planes. Within the cabin, pets have to be in a versatile provider beneath the seat in entrance of the passenger, and shouldn’t be moved through the flight.

The provider ought to measure 40 x 30 x 24cm most and will weigh not more than 8kg with the animal inside. It must also be totally closeable, with air holes and plastic home windows permitting you to see the animal.

For a single flight, the value of bringing a pet on board is €45.

Pets can even journey within the maintain in a inflexible cage at a value of €70. Nonetheless, Transavia will solely take two maintain animals per flight, so it’s doable to ebook as far prematurely as doable.

It needs to be famous that snub-nosed animals can solely be transported within the cabin.

‘Preventing canines’ similar to mastiffs or pit-bulls could not journey within the cabin or within the maintain.

Have you ever flown from France with a pet? How did the airline concerned deal with the journey? Share any suggestions and your expertise through [email protected]

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