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Lufthansa will transport your animals either in the cabin or in the cargo hold of the aircraft depending on their weight and size. Please note that the valid import and export by-laws of the respective countries have to be observed. For some dog breeds special transport regulations apply.

Timely reservation is necessary

If you like to take your pet along on your Lufthansa flight, please notify us when you make your booking but at the latest 24 hours before the departure date by contacting the Lufthansa Reservation Office.

Contact Information

In the US:1-800-399-5838

In Germany: +49/1805 805 805

For Other Countries:

Small dogs and cats into the passenger cabin

You may take a dog or cat into the cabin, if the weight of the animal (including transport container) does not exceed eight kilograms. The animal has to be kept in a box measuring not more than 55 x 40 x 20 cm. You may use your own transport box if it has the necessary measurement and is watertight. In addition, Lufthansa offers you a "Pet Box" at the check-in counters free of charge.

Larger animals in the cargo hold

Animals that can not be transported inside the cabin will be transported by Lufthansa in appropriate containers in an air-conditioned area of the cargo hold. You may use your own transport container for your animal if it complies with the respective IATA (International Air Transport Association) regulations. The crate size has to ensure that the animal can stand up straight and has sufficient space to move.

Tariffs for the transport of animals

The transport of cats and dogs in the passenger cabin on inner-German flights are free of charge as long as the free baggage allowance is not exceeded. When flying to destinations outside of Germany animal are considered excess baggage. Animals which may not be transported inside the cabin are categorically calculated as excess baggage. 

On European and long-haul flights (apart from Canada, Mexico and the USA) the tariff for the animals is calculated based on the weight concept. On flights to Canada, Mexico and the USA the piece concept applies. The animal does not count as one of the free piece of baggage but will be calculated in any case as an additional piece. Here you find detailed information on the calculation of fees for excess baggage:

Your Lufthansa Reservation Agent will be able to quote you the current cost of transporting your pet.

Guide dogs and other service dogs

Disabled passengers and passengers with reduced mobility are carried in agreement with the EU Regulation No. 1107/2006 of 5 July 2006 on the rights of disabled passengers and passengers with reduced mobility.

Guide dogs for the blind and deaf as well as other service dogs that you depend on are transported free of charge on Lufthansa flights and may also travel inside the cabin. Please remember to notify us of your guide dog ahead of time. 

Further information

The Lufthansa Reservation Agent or the Lufthansa airport ticket team member will provide you more information or go online to:



The airline Health Certificate is attached.


If you are traveling to another country the airline 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 sometimes called a Zoo Sanitary Certificate. In addition some countries require an import permit. These forms are available here:


When runway temperatures are above 84 degrees at the departure airport the airline may refuse to board the pet in the cargo (checked baggage) section of the aircraft. When the weather is very cold with a runway temperature below 45 degrees at the time of departure the airline may require what is called an acclimation certificate that is available here:

To learn more about the hot and cold weather restrictions visit this page:

Small cats and dogs and that travel in the cabin must be small enough to fit in an approved under the seat carrier. Each airline has different rules regarding pets in the cabin. To see the approved in cabin pet carriers visit this page:


If your pet is too large to fit under the seat or if it is a very long flight the airline may transport your pet in the cargo section of the aircraft. This section of the cargo department has the same temperature and pressure as the passenger cabin. TIP: Be sure to tell the aircraft’s cabin that you have a pet in cargo so that he can be sure to keep the temperature at the proper level.

If your pet is traveling in the cargo section, sometimes referred to as check baggage it must be in a pet crate that is APHIS/IATA compliant. You can view these pet crates by visiting:
To learn more about IATA compliant pet crates visit this page:

  1. Never give your pet a medical (prescription) sedative. If you want your pet to be more relaxed, then give it a natural relaxing agent such as HAPPY TRAVELER (this would be a link)

  2. Always purchase your pet carrier well in advance of your trip so that the pet can get used to it.

  3. Be sure to tell the airline you will be flying with a pet as they impose restrictions on the number of pets on a specific flight.

  4. Even though air travel can be stressful for your pet both you and your pet, you will be happier if the pet gets to go with you on your trip.


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