Delta Air Lines' pet policy: Everything to know before flying with a pet on Delta

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Are you looking to fly Delta Air Lines and bring your dog — or cat or bird — with you on your next vacation? If so, you're in luck, as Delta allows these three types of animals to fly with you in-cabin for a small fee.

But before you go ahead and book your flight, you'll want to be extremely aware of the Delta pet policy . There are some confusing rules and Delta doesn't allow a pet to fly with you on board on all routes, aircraft and seats. Having all the information in advance will ensure that your pet can join you on your travels.

Here's everything you need to know about the Delta Air Lines pet policy.

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Delta Air Lines pet policy

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With the Delta pet policy, you can bring small dogs, cats and household birds with you in-cabin to select destinations. All pets must fit into a pet carrier and be at least 10 weeks old for domestic travel, at least 16 weeks old if traveling to the U.S. from another country and at least 15 weeks old when traveling to the EU.

Passengers are only allowed to bring one pet carrier on board, but in some cases, multiple pets are allowed per carrier. For example, one female cat or dog can travel with her un-weaned litter (with no cap) if the kittens or puppies are between 10 weeks to six months of age. Additionally, if you have two pets of the same breed and size between the ages of 10 weeks and six months, those pets are allowed in one pet carrier as long as they fit. In these situations, Delta will only charge you for one pet.

Delta also limits where you can sit if you bring a pet. Per the Delta pet policy, you'll need to avoid selecting seats at the bulkhead and in emergency exit rows. Likewise, avoid seats designated as "no stowage," which are rows 30 to 35 on the A330-200 aircraft, rows 30 to 43 on the A330-300 aircraft and center seats on the B757-200 aircraft. Also, know that carry-on pets are not allowed in any cabin with flat-bed seats, international business class, international Delta One or Delta Premium Select.

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There are also additional restrictions when flying with a pet on Delta outside the U.S.:

  • You can only bring household birds on domestic U.S. flights (excluding Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam).
  • You can't bring pets to Hawaii, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • You can't travel to or from Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand with pets.
  • The CDC currently bans dogs from entering the U.S. from high-risk countries for rabies, such as Egypt.

Since country rules can change at any time, make sure to review Delta's international pet travel restrictions .

Additionally, at the onset of the pandemic, the Delta pet cargo option was put on hold and has yet to come back. Per the Delta dog policy, your dog must fit in an approved pet carrier tha can fit under the seat in front of you — so larger dogs usually can't travel with you on Delta.

Related: A comprehensive guide to traveling with pets

Flying with a pet on Delta

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Delta Air Lines recently decreased the cost of bringing a pet on board with you. For tickets purchased on or after Feb. 28, 2022, the cost of flying with a pet on Delta is $95 for flights within the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For previously purchased flights, the cost is $125.

However, if you're flying internationally, the cost is slightly different. For all international flights — except to or from Brazil — the price is significantly more expensive, at $200. However, flying with a pet on Delta to or from Brazil is only $75.

All fees are one-way and are collected when checking in for your flight at the airport.

The Delta Air Lines pet policy limited the number of pets on board and within each cabin. So, you'll want to contact Delta as early as possible if you plan to bring a pet.

Finally, if one of Delta's partners operates your flight, you'll need to call the partner airline directly to learn more about its pet policies.

Related: 8 things to consider before flying with your pet

Delta Air Lines' pet carrier requirements

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All pets on a Delta flight must fit into a pet carrier or kennel , and that carrier or kennel must fit under the seat in front of you.

The pet carrier can be soft-sided or hard-sided, but it must be leak-proof and ventilated (three side ventilation openings or four sides for international travel). The pet also must be able to move around and not protrude from the sides. All pets must stay in their carrier while in the boarding area, on the aircraft and in Delta lounges.

Delta recommends a soft-sized kennel with a maximum size of 18 inches by 11 inches by 11 inches. But, some seats may feature more under seat storage and fit a larger kennel. The agent will record your kennel dimensions when you contact Delta to add your pet to your reservation.

When flying with a pet on Delta, remember that your pet carrier will count as one of your carry-on items. So, in addition to your carrier, you can also bring one personal item on board.

Related: How to change or cancel a Delta Air Lines flight

Bottom line

As long as you do your research regarding the aircraft and cabin you book, bringing a small dog, cat or bird with you on your next Delta flight is incredibly easy. While you can't bring larger dogs with you right now, Delta may resume the Delta pet cargo program in the future.

Make sure to review all of the rules before booking your flight. By doing so and paying a modest fee, you might be able to enjoy your next trip with your small dog, cat or household bird.

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Delta Airlines Pet Policy Guide [2022]

Traveling with a pet can be complicated if you don’t understand the rules and regulations of the airlines and the countries you are traveling to. In this guide, I will not only take you through all that you need to know about Delta Airlines’ pet policy, but I’ll share the requirements, restrictions, and limitations of traveling to some popular countries as well.

Table of Contents

What is the Delta Airlines pet policy?

Passengers can travel with their pets as a carry-on or ship them via Delta Cargo as long as they provide all the necessary carriers for the pet(s), supply any needed documents, and pay the fees. I’ll take you through all of these requirements in detail below.

Tip: Use the free app WalletFlo to help you travel the world for free by finding the best travel credit cards and promotions!

What are the fees for traveling with your pets as a carry-on with Delta Airlines?

Small dogs, cats, and household birds can all travel with you in the cabin for a one-way fee, collected each time you board a Delta Airlines flight. As per Delta Airlines policy, household birds are allowed on domestic U.S. flights only, excluding Hawaii, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. 

All animals must fit in a small, well-ventilated pet carrier that fits under the set in front of you. If your pet is too large to fit then you need to consider shipping through Delta Cargo which I have explained in a separate section later below.

Note: Pets in kennels brought in the cabin count as your one carry-on item. In addition to the kennel, Delta allows you to bring one personal item onboard the aircraft .

The following fees apply to/from the following destinations.

CAD amount will be charged to exit Canada, while EUR amount will be charged to exit Europe. These fees are established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance.

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How to avoid Delta Airline pet fees

One of the simplest ways to avoid pet fees at Delta is to use the right travel rewards credit card . The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is a great card for general travel expenses and since these expenses will often code as travel points, it can be used to offset airline pet fees. Other cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve have a $300 travel credit that could be used on virtually any type of travel purchase, including pet fees.

Tip: Use WalletFlo for all your credit card needs. It’s free and will help you optimize your rewards and savings!

Carry-on pet exceptions and embargos.

When traveling to or from the following destinations on Delta, pets are only permitted to travel as cargo. There is, however, an exception for service animals. When traveling to Hawaii, pets are strictly not permitted in the cabin and other restrictions may also apply. 

A good idea is to go through the current Delta pet travel restrictions based on your destination and/or connecting flights before you book your seats.

As of the date of publishing this post, there is a temporary suspension for dogs traveling within a 6 month period from countries that the CDC considers high risk for dog rabies . The only way around this is to obtain advance written approval from the CDC. This CDC Dog Import Permit applies to all carry-on pets, those traveling via cargo, and even service animals.

The following countries are on the exception list.

  • Brazil – Exit Brazil
  • Colombia – Exit Colombia
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates

If you have a ticket that was purchased for travel from Brazil or Colombia to the U.S. on or after June 7th, 2021, carry-on pets will no longer be allowed with you. Tickets purchased before this date will be honored, however. This embargo does not apply to trained service animals.

Delta Airlines carry-on pet rules

If your furry friend is going to be accompanying you on a Delta flight then here are the rules you need to keep in mind

Cabin Restrictions

For the safety and comfort of all passengers, Delta Airlines allows a fixed number of pets on their aircraft. This means that acceptance is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You should call Delta in advance at 800-221-1212 to arrange to bring your pet on board.

Also, keep in mind that those traveling with a service animal or an emotional support animal will not be allowed to carry an additional pet in the cabin. For your reference, here is the total fixed number of pets Delta allows on their flights depending on the ticket class and destination .

Additionally, carry-on pets are not permitted in the following areas:

  • Bulkhead , emergency exit rows
  • Seats designated as “no stowage”
  • Flat-bed seats
  • Rows 30-35 on the A330-200 aircraft
  • Rows 30-43 on the A330 -300 aircraft
  • Center seats on the B757-200 aircraft

Emotional support animals and Service Animals

Starting January 11, 2021, Delta Airlines no longer recognizes emotional support animals as service animals. You can of course still carry them as a regular carry-on pet as per the rules and regulations.

Also starting January 11, 2021, Delta now only recognizes dogs as service animals. Travelers with disabilities who require a service animal must fill out the U.S. DOT Service Animal Air Travel Form . You can find Delta’s complete guide to service animals here .

Military and Foreign Service Officer’s Pets

As a special policy, pets traveling with active U.S. Military or Active U.S State Department Foreign Service Officers (FSO) or their spouses with active transfer orders are transported as checked baggage. For detailed information on the rules and regulations for this category, you can visit here .

Pet Comfort

All animals must be small enough to comfortably fit in their kennel and they must not touch or protrude from the sides of the kennel. Pets must also be able to move around comfortably in their container. 

Please also note that the hard or soft-sided kennels must be leak-proof and have ventilation on 3 sides (4 sides if you are traveling to an international destination)

Sedation/ Tranquilizers

Sedating your animals is not recommended as the effects of pressurized cabins can be unpredictable. Sedation sometimes causes breathing issues with animals as well. In case you have sedated your pet please inform Delta Airlines crew before you board your flight.

Space and Size

All kennels must fit under the seat directly in front of you. Since the space under the seat in front varies from aircraft to aircraft, Delta recommends a soft-sided Kennel with maximum dimensions of 18” x 11” x 11” that will fit most aircraft.

Pet must always be in the container

Your pet must never leave the container whether you are at the airport, the Delta boarding area , a Delta airport lounge including Delta Sky Club , or onboard the aircraft. The doors to the kennel must always be secured properly.

Your pet’s age

For domestic travel, the pet must be at least 10 weeks. For travel to and from European countries, the pet must be 15 weeks or older. For all other international destinations, your pet must be at least 16 weeks old.

While there is no maximum age for your animal as it varies greatly from pet to pet, it is advised that aging pets should not be subjected to the stresses of air travel.

Animal breed restrictions

Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs and cats and their mixes are not permitted on Delta or Delta Connection flights. See Delta Cargo , for a full list of embargoed dog and cat breeds.

Counts as a carry-on item

Your pet’s kennel will count as one carry-on item, meaning you will be allowed to bring only one additional personal item onboard the aircraft. Everything else must be checked in.

Exceptions to the single pet per kennel rule

  • Exception 1: A female dog or cat is allowed per kennel with her un-weaned litter. The litter must be a minimum of 10 weeks old to 6 months of age. There is no restriction on the number of animals in the litter.
  • Exception 2: You are allowed 2 pets of the same breed and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months in a kennel, provided that they are small enough to comfortably fit into the kennel and are compatible. In this case, they will be charged as 1 pet.

Delta Sky Club

All the above rules that apply to pets onboard aircraft also apply to any Delta Sky Club. Pets may never leave the container and if required a Delta representative can help you find a pet relief area that is available at most airports.

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Delta Airlines cargo policy

Transporting your animal through cargo can be stressful for them. When you are bringing them along as a carry-on, at least you are there to comfort them. With cargo, they no longer have that comfort. 

However, if you are in a situation where you cannot accompany your pet for some reason or if your pet is too large to be carried in the cabin then you will have to use cargo. Please note that the Animal Breed Restriction and tips on Sedation/ Tranquilizers mentioned above in carry-on rules, also apply to sending animals through cargo.

Do visit Delta’s International & Connections Pet Travel Guide for the latest rules and restrictions for all key international and long-haul destinations.

Health certificate

A current health certificate by a licensed veterinarian is required within 10 days of the travel date for your pet. It must have the following details.

  • Name and address of the shipper.
  • Tag numbers or tattoos assigned to the animal.
  • Age of the animal being shipped: USDA regulations require animals to be at least 8 weeks old and fully weaned before traveling by cargo domestically, at least 16 weeks old before traveling to the U.S. from other countries, and at least 15 weeks old for European travel.
  • A statement declaring the animal to be in good health (all animals that are pregnant must be declared in the statement).
  • List of administered inoculations when applicable.
  • Your veterinarian’s signature and seal (if applicable).
  • Date of issue of the certificate.

Live Animal Checklist/Confirmation of Feeding

You must complete a live animal checklist when you bring your pet in for cargo at Delta Airlines. In it, you must confirm that the animal has been given food and water within four hours of check-in. Additionally, you have to provide feeding instructions and if your pet needs to be fed again during transit, you must provide the food as well.

Weather Requirements

Delta Airlines has a policy of not transporting pets during extreme temperatures for the safety of the animals themselves. This includes temperatures exceeding 80˚F (27˚C) or temperatures falling below 20˚F (-7˚C), at any point during the route. A Certificate of Acclimation is required when temperatures fall between 20˚F (-7˚C) and 45˚F (7˚C).

The Delta Airlines pet travel policies are simple enough to understand. You will be paying between $75 and $200 depending on your destination. You must ensure to follow all the rules and observe the restrictions that we have listed above and you will be set to go.

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Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and the credit card app, WalletFlo . He is a former attorney turned travel expert covering destinations along with TSA, airline, and hotel policies. Since 2014, his content has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, and CNBC. Read my bio .

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When will delta resume travel for dogs from Palm Springs Ca to AVC which is Wilkes barre pa. Due to extreme weather temperatures? Do you have partners / regional airlines which can accommodate the dog kennels in their cargo areas? There are two smaller planes involved in that trip.

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Delta Pet Policy: 5 Things To Know Before Flying With a Cat

Delta Airlines Pet Policy: Flying With a Cat

Whether you have an upcoming flight on Delta Airlines or you’re trying to find the most pet-friendly airline, there are a few things you should know before heading to the airport with your cat. 

In this article, I’ll take a close look at Delta Airlines’ pet policy including how to book your flight with your cat, how much you can expect to pay for a carry-on pet fee, and what size cat carrier you should bring.

Flying With a Cat on Delta

Delta is one of the most popular airlines today, and with good reason. According to J.D. Power’s 2022 North America Airline Satisfaction Study , Delta airlines ranks among the top three airlines for highest customer satisfaction in all of the surveyed categories. Additionally, Delta is a pet-friendly airline.

You can fly with a cat on Delta Airlines for $95 per carrier each way. Additionally, you’ll have to get an airline-approved cat carrier for the trip.

Before you check into your flight, take some extra time to prepare for your trip. Here are five things you need to know about flying with a cat on Delta: 

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Below, you’ll find detailed information on how to fly with your cat on Delta and how you can best prepare for the trip.

Delta has a cat-friendly pet policy that allows you to fly with your cat in the cabin with you. Your cat will take the place of your carry-on during the flight , but you’ll still be able to bring a personal item as well. 

Delta’s pet policy outlines the requirements that your cat must meet in order to be able to fly. These rules are in place to help both you and your cat have a safe, smooth trip. 

Here are Delta’s Pet Policy requirements:

  • Your cat must be at least 10 weeks old for domestic travel
  • Your cat must be at least 16 weeks old if you’re entering the U.S. internationally or at least 15 weeks old if you’re entering the European Union
  • One cat per kennel unless you have a female cat with an unweaned litter between 10 weeks and 6 months old
  • Two cats of the same breed and size between the ages of 10 weeks and 6 months old can travel in one kennel if they’re small enough to fit and compatible (charged as one pet)

The only major exception to Delta’s pet policy applies if you’re traveling to or from certain international locations (and/or Hawaii). In these instances, pets can only travel as checked cargo and not in the cabin with you.

You can see a full list of these international destinations on Delta’s website . For more information on traveling internationally with your cat on Delta, visit the company’s International & Connection Pet Travel page .

No matter which airline you end up flying with, bringing your cat onboard with you won’t be free. However, Delta offers one of the most affordable pet fees compared to other popular airlines. So how much does it cost to fly with a cat on Delta?

The carry-on pet fee at Delta Airlines is $95 per kennel. This fee applies if your flying to/from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virigin Islands. The pet fee for international flights is $200.

You won’t be able to pay the pet fee when you book your flight online ahead of time. Instead, you’ll pay it at the airport during check-in. 

In addition to researching the pet fees at Delta Airlines, I also checked out the pet carrier fees at a few other popular airlines to see how Delta compares:

  • Alaska Airlines : $100
  • American Airlines : $125
  • Delta : $95
  • Frontier : $99 
  • Southwest : $95
  • Spirit : $125
  • United : $125

Fortunately, Delta is one of the cheapest airlines to fly with your cat. However, it’ll still add nearly $100 per kennel to the total cost of your ticket.

Long before you check in to your flight, you’ll need to get a cat carrier that’s airline-approved. You can check out my top picks for airline-approved cat carriers , but be sure to buy one that fits Delta’s specific requirements:

Delta recommends a soft-sided cat carrier no larger than 18” x 11” x 11” since this fits most aircraft types. However, you should check your flight’s aircraft dimensions to ensure your kennel will fit.

While Delta recommends a soft-sided carrier, you can still use a hard-sided kennel as long as it comfortably fits under the seat in front of you. You’ll have to contact Delta directly to add your cat to your plane ticket anyway, so when you do, be sure to ask the representative about the pet carrier size requirements on your specific aircraft.

In addition to making sure your carrier is small enough to fly, your pet must be comfortable and safe. Your pet carrier should be well-ventilated, and your cat should be able to stand up, turn around, and lay down in it. 

To learn more about how to choose the best cat carrier for your flight, check out my guide on how to tell if your cat carrier is airline-approved .

Is Your Pet Carrier Airline Approved? How To Find Out

If you plan on flying with your cat on Delta, you can book your ticket as normal for your flight. You won’t be able to pay for your ticket and the additional pet fee together. Instead, you’ll book your ticket in advance and pay the additional pet fee during check-in at the airport.

I went through the process of booking a ticket with Delta to see how it would go, and there was never an option during the booking process to indicate that I’d be bringing a pet carrier. 

Instead, you should contact Delta as soon as possible to let them know you plan on flying with a cat. 

You can add your cat to your trip by calling Delta at 800-221-1212. You can also contact Delta directly by sending them a message online or in the Delta app ( App Store or Google Play ). Assistance is available 24/7.

On the day of the flight, arrive at the airport extra early. When you check in with your cat, a Delta agent will make sure your cat and kennel meet all of the requirements to fly. Then, they’ll collect the pet fee .

Once you’re checked in, you’ll head to TSA like normal. There, you will have to take your cat out of their carrier. After you’ve made it through TSA, your cat can go back in their carrier. Then, they’ll have to stay in their kennel at the airport and on your flight. 

Once you’ve booked your flight, there are a few things you can do to help your cat prepare for the trip: 

  • Make an appointment with your veterinarian. Before you make plans to travel with your cat, make sure they’re healthy enough to fly. Book an appointment with your vet as soon as possible to get a checkup, make sure your cat’s microchip information is up-to-date, and get any necessary paperwork. For Delta, you’ll only need a health certificate if you’re flying to a destination with additional restrictions.
  • Get your carrier early. The airport and the airplane are both going to be stressful for your cat, especially if they aren’t used to being in hectic or new spaces. For this reason, it’s important to get your airline-approved cat carrier as soon as possible . The earlier you buy your carrier, the more time your cat will have to get used to it. Once you have your carrier, set it out in your house and encourage your cat to explore it with food and treats. 
  • Acclimate your cat to the car. If your cat isn’t a frequent traveler, they may be stressed just leaving the house. Start introducing travel to your cat as soon as possible before the flight. You can start by closing them in their carrier, picking them up, taking them outside, putting them in the car, and taking short trips around the neighborhood. Take it slow, and understand it may take days or weeks for your cat to get completely comfortable in the car. For more tips, check out my full guide on how to travel with a cat in the car .
  • Use a cat calming aid like Feliway. Many veterinarian offices and cat owners use Feliway to help cats stay calm. You can buy Feliway spray at Amazon and spray it in your cat’s carrier and your car to help them stay calm the day of the trip. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use it on the plane. If your cat is particularly anxious, talk to your vet during your cat’s appointment about a prescription sedative for the day of the flight.
  • Withhold your cat’s breakfast on flight day. To reduce the likelihood of your cat getting sick on the trip, withhold their breakfast the morning of. You can feed them a full meal no sooner than four hours before you leave, but avoid feeding them right before you head out the door unless told otherwise by your veterinarian. 

When it comes to the airport and plane, you’ll have to keep your cat in their carrier (outside of TSA). Consider packing some cat treats and small toys that they’re familiar with to help let them know they’re okay throughout the day.

Additionally, if you can pack a coat or familiar blanket, your cat may appreciate having their carrier covered in the airport or on the plane. This will help reduce some of the stressful stimuli around them, plus being surrounded by a familiar smell will be comforting for your cat.

Final Thoughts

If you have to fly with your cat, booking a trip with Delta is a great option. Your cat can fly with you in the cabin as long as their carrier fits comfortably under the seat in front of you. 

Delta’s pet fee is $95 per kennel . While that’s a lot to add to your total ticket price, it’s still one of the cheapest options for flying with your cat compared to other popular airlines. Plus, Delta’s overall customer satisfaction scores are exceptional.

While you’re getting ready for your flight, make sure you take your cat to the veterinarian. You may even consider talking to your vet about sedatives for your cat on the day of the trip. 

Additionally, contact Delta as soon as possible to let them know you’ll be flying with your cat. Figure out the size requirements for your specific aircraft, and then purchase your airline-approved cat carrier as early as possible to help your cat start getting familiar with it. 

As a general rule, Delta recommends a soft-sided carrier no larger than 18” x 11” x 11”.

More Content To Help You Prepare For Your Trip:

  • 6 Best Airline-Approved Carriers For Flying With Your Cat
  • How Long You Can Travel With a Cat Before Needing a Break
  • American Airlines Pet Policy: 5 Things To Know Before Flying With a Cat

Dallas is a proud cat parent of three (Kitten, Meera, and Jojen) and they love to travel. In addition to running Travel Tabby, Dallas also writes money saving tips on Clark.com.

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Delta Airlines Pet Policy: Everything You Need to Know Before Flying with Your Dog or Cat

posted on March 12, 2023 by James Brockbank | Last updated on March 13, 2023

Traveling with your pets can be pretty tricky and not to mention anxiety-inducing. Finding an airline ready to accommodate you is challenging, but their policies can be confusing, even if they accept pets. 

Luckily Delta’s pet policy is straightforward, and the airline tells you all you need to know about how it works and the requirements. The Delta pet policy allows some animals to travel as carry-ons based on their size and what types of animals they are. On the other hand, some pet passengers can ship as cargo.

Requirements for carry-on kennels

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As per Delta Airlines’ pet policy, small dogs, cats, and household birds can travel as carry-ons in the cabin with their owners. The in-cabin travel for carry-on pets requires a one-way fee that Delta will collect at check-in.

The pets you bring in cabin kennels will count as your carry-on item, meaning you can only bring one personal item onboard the plane. 

Delta Airlines allows passengers to bring only one pet carrier on board, while the pet must be at least ten weeks old for domestic travel. However, if you are traveling to the United States from another country, the pet should be at least 16 weeks old, and when traveling to a country in the European Union, at least 15 weeks old. 

Moreover, you can only bring one inside the carrier for the pet’s comfort, with a few exceptions. 

  • One cat or dog of the female gender can travel with their unweaned litter in a kennel, given that the litter is between ten weeks to six months of age. There is no limit on the number of animals in the litter.
  • Two pets of the same breed and size can travel in one kennel as long as they are small enough to fit into the same kennel. In this case, they will be charged as one pet. 

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You must ensure that your pet can fit in a small and ventilated pet carrier that will fit under the seat in front of you. The pet carrier also must meet the following Delta Airlines requirements: 

  • The pet must be small enough and fit comfortably in the carrier without touching or protruding from its sides. The animal should have the ability to move around in the kennel. 
  • Both soft or hard-sided kennels must be leak-proof and with ventilation openings on three sides (four sides for international travel).
  • The maximum dimensions for the carry-on kennel vary and are determined by your flight, as the space under seats varies by aircraft. Delta Airlines recommends using a soft-sided kennel with maximum dimensions of 18″ x 11″ x 11″ since it fits most aircraft types. 
  • As per Delta’s recommendation, you should check your flight’s aircraft dimensions to ensure the kennel will fit. 
  • The pet must remain inside its kennel with the door secured while in a Delta boarding area during boarding and deplaning. Also, the pet must be in the Delta airport lounge kennel and on board the aircraft. 
  • Delta requires that you fasten the top and bottom halves of your pet crate together. You should use either metal or plastic threaded nuts and bolts to secure both halves of the crate.

Besides your pet having to remain inside their kennel closed/zipped up for the entire flight, passengers with carry-on pets may not sit in the following areas:

  • Bulkhead seats
  • An emergency exit row
  • Seats designated as “no stowage”
  • Flat-bed seats
  • Rows 30-35 on the A330-200 aircraft
  • Rows 30-43 on the A330-300 aircraft 
  • Center seats on the B757-200 aircraft
  • Delta One® seats

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It is important to note that CAD will be charged for exiting Canada and EUR for exiting Europe. The one-way fee for carry-on pets at Delta Airlines is 

  • Fees to/from U.S./Canada/Puerto Rico/ U.S. Virgin Islands – USD/CAD 125
  • Fees for international flights are USD/CAD/EUR 200. 
  • Fees to/from Brazil are USD 75.

If you plan to travel to any of the destinations we mention next, all pets must travel as cargo and cannot be in the cabin, except for service animals. 

  • Barbados 
  • Brazil – Exit Brazil
  • Colombia – Exit Colombia 
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates

Additionally, the CDC has an ongoing, temporary suspension prohibiting the entry of dogs, and trained service animals, from high-risk countries for dog rabies into the United States. Per the CDC guidelines, dogs from high-risk countries must appear healthy, be microchipped, and be at least six months old. 

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Pets as carry-ons are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. After you check that your pet meets all the requirements set by Delta Airlines, you should contact Delta Reservations to arrange to bring your pet on board. 

Suppose you take a flight operated by one of Delta’s airline partners. In that case, you should check directly with the operating carrier to find out their policies about bringing the pet into the cabin on international flights. 

When contacting Delta Reservations, Delta Airlines also urges customers to have their kennel dimensions (length, width, and height) ready. With the intent of ensuring their passengers’ comfort, Delta puts a limit on the total number of pets per flight.

Once you get to the airport, you must head to the Special Service Counter to check in with your pet. At the Special Service Counter for check-in, a Delta agent will ensure the pet and kennel meet Delta’s requirements for the trip and collect the set pet fee.

It is important to remember to allow extra time at check-in for Delta to ensure your pet is ready for take-off. After you are checked in and get your cabin pet tag, you can proceed to the security checkpoint. Once you are at the checkpoint, you must take your pet out of the kennel. 

The pet must stay in the kennel in the airports except at the security checkpoint and the designated relief areas. 

delta international pet travel

If you visit a Delta Sky Club with your carry-on pet, Delta’s policies are the same as on board and aircraft. Your pet must remain in its appropriate kennel with the door secured while inside Delta Sky Club for the safety and discomfort of the animal and the rest of Delta Sky Club guests. 

You can ask one of Delta’s representatives to help you find a pet relief area. Pet relief areas are available at most airports for passengers with pets and trained service animals.

Delta Pet Policy: Shipping Your Pet With Delta Cargo

If your pet does not meet the requirements for carry-on travel, you can ship them with the airline’s special shipping service Delta Cargo. Delta Cargo provides reliable and safe year-round transportation to meet the needs of all pets shipped without their owners. 

  • You will need a separate booking from your flight itinerary for your pet. Additional fees and charges may apply. 
  • If you ship your pet domestically via Delta Cargo, you cannot book it until 14 days prior to departure. 
  • Your pet is not guaranteed to be shipped on the same flight or flight schedule as you. 
  • If you are shipping your pet, Delta requires you to drop it off at a Delta Cargo location at least three hours before departure time. The Delta Cargo location is separate from passenger check-in. 
  • You will need to pick up your pet at a Delta Cargo location. 
  • Delta Cargo accepts international pet shipments only from reputable shipping companies. Delta requires international passengers to use a pet shipper approved by the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association. 

delta international pet travel

Knowing the risks 

Often, traveling via cargo can be stressful for animals due to exposure to unknown environments, people, and movements. It can impact each animal differently, leading to injury, illness, escape, or death. 

Delta encourages passengers to discuss all the risks of air travel with their pet’s veterinarian when getting its health certificate. The most important things to consider are your pet’s age, medical history of pre-existing conditions, and if it has an anxiety disorder that cargo travel may exacerbate.

  • Age – Delta does not have a maximum age for air travel because life expectancy varies among breeds. But do keep in mind that impaired vision or hearing, liver, kidney, or heart disease, cancer, arthritis, senility, diabetes, and weakness can impact older animals more. 
  • Breed – Delta does not permit Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs or cats and their mixes on Delta or Delta Connection flights.

Health certificate

If you are shipping your pet, Delta requires you to take out a health certificate for it. A licensed veterinarian must issue the health certificate within ten days of transport and include.

  • Your name and address. 
  • Tag numbers or tattoos assigned to the pet. 
  • The age of the pet you are shipping. According to USDA regulations, animals must be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned before traveling domestically. For travel from other countries to the U.S., animals must be at least 16 weeks old, and 15 weeks old for European travel.
  • A statement that the pet is in good health. If you know your pet is pregnant, you must include it on the health certificate. 
  • List of administered inoculations when applicable. 
  • Veterinarian’s signature. 
  • Date of the health certificate. 

Live animal checklist 

At check-in, you will be asked to complete a live animal checklist. Signing the checklist confirms that your pet has been offered food and water within four hours of check-in. You must also provide watering and feeding instructions for a 24-hour period, and food in case in-transit feeding is necessary. 

delta international pet travel

Tranquilizers

Because using pet tranquilizers at high altitudes is unpredictable, you must have written consent from the pet’s veterinarian if you plan to sedate it. Delta requires that you attach the sedation information to your pet’s crate. 

However, sedation of household cats and dogs is not permitted, and you must remember that Delta agents cannot administer any medication.

Delta Airlines observes seasonal restrictions on pet travel to ensure your pet’s safety, meaning it does not ship pets during extreme weather. 

The restrictions include temperatures exceeding 80˚F (27˚C) or if the temperature drops below 20˚F (-7˚C) while your pet is on the ground at any point during the trip. Delta requires a certificate of acclimation when temperatures fall between 20˚F (-7˚C) and 45˚F (7˚C). 

Due to Hawaii’s unique ecosystems, the state takes extra care when bringing in live animals despite being part of the U.S. 

According to Hawaii’s regulations, all live animals shipped or brought into the state must have health and rabies inoculation certificates that date no more than ten days before traveling. For flights to Hawaii, Delta does not accept pets as carry-on baggage.

delta international pet travel

If you plan to travel internationally with your pet, you should prepare by familiarizing yourself with pet travel’s strict regulations. In order to be fully prepared, you should take the following steps before traveling:

  • Determine the pet travel regulations by contacting the embassy or consulate of the destination country. 
  • Gather all necessary paperwork for your pet’s travel. 
  • Contact your pet’s veterinarian to ensure the animal complies with foreign health regulations. 
  • About the importation of pets into the U.S., check with the CDC. 
  • For international animal export regulations, check with APHIS. 
  • Additional fees and charges may apply, including terminal handling charges, custom clearance fees, veterinarian service, kennel storage fees, and shipping rates upon arrival at the destination airport. You must pay all fees and charges in full before the release of your pet.

There you have all the details about the Delta pet policy if you are planning a trip with your pet. It is important to remember that your pet must be safe and comfortable during your flight to avoid health issues like anxiety. As long as you fully familiarize yourself with and follow Delta’s pet policy, you and your pet will have a comfortable journey to your destination.

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Whether your pet is traveling within the United States or to an international destination, we want to ensure a smooth travel experience. Remember, fees and rates can vary depending on whether your small pet is traveling as a carry-on  or if you’re shipping your large pet with Delta Cargo .

For aircraft that have only one class cabin, a maximum of 4 kennels per aircraft is allowed. Live animals are prohibited on all flights operating outside of the U.S. except Canada.

Animal Travel Outside the Contiguous U.S.

Travel with animals outside the contiguous U.S. is governed by strict regulations, so it’s best to prepare well in advance of your trip. Consider these tips before you travel:

  • Contact the embassy or consulate of your destination country for their animal travel regulations
  • Obtain all necessary vaccines and paperwork (such as health certificates or vaccination records)
  • Check for any regulations or advisories from the CDC or the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) about animal imports or exports
  • Know that additional charges may apply, such as veterinary bills, customs clearance fees, quarantine costs, and more

Exceptions may apply for customers traveling with trained service animals or those in the U.S. Military or U.S. State Department Foreign Service Offices.

Australian law does not allow pets as carry on or checked baggage. The only exception is for Service Animals   with correct documentation. All pets must enter or depart via cargo.

New Zealand law does not allow pets as carry on or checked baggage. The only exception is Service Animals   with correct documentation. All pets must enter or depart via cargo.

Trained service animals are not recognized as service animals by Cuban authorities and will be treated as household pets (dogs or cats only) upon arrival. Customers must request in advance, and have in their possession during travel, a household pet certificate from their local Cuban embassy/consulate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a temporary ban on dogs traveling from Egypt for the protection of public health. The CDC will review this suspension periodically and Delta will provide updates as they become available. To ensure the protection and safety of our customers and their animals, Delta will place a temporary embargo on pet travel to and from Egypt.

For pets traveling to or from other countries in the European Union, a veterinary certificate is required for domestic dogs, cats and ferrets entering the European Community for Non-Commercial Movement (Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003). They must also be microchipped, and only a microchip implant is an acceptable means of identification (tattoos are no longer acceptable).

Hawaii takes extra care allowing live animals into the state because of its unique ecosystems. Only trained service animals are accepted, with certain provisions. Hawaii requires all live animals that enter the state have health certificates and rabies vaccinations dated no more than 10 days before travel begins.  Quarantine facilities are located only in Honolulu; therefore, Delta can only accept animals on flights directly to Honolulu.  Delta cannot accept warm-blooded animals on flights that are longer than 12 hours. Delta does not participate in the Neighbor Island Dog and Cat Entry Program.

Quarantines

Quarantine facilities are located only in Honolulu; therefore, Delta can only accept animals on flights directly to Honolulu. Animals are inspected upon arrival in Honolulu International Airport (HNL) at the Animal Quarantine Holding Facility. If approved by Hawaii Department of Agriculture 7 days or more before departure, customers with trained service animals may request inspection at the HNL terminal between 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. daily. Quarantines are generally 120 days. If specific pre- and post-arrival requirements are met, your animal may qualify for a shorter (<31 days) quarantine. Owners must pay quarantine costs in full.

For more information, visit the Hawaii Department of Agriculture or call 808-483-7151.

Pets are not allowed in the cabin or as accompanied or excess baggage to/from Hong Kong. Special permit/import permit or quarantine permit is required for all animals and birds (including dogs & cats) applied before arrival in Hong Kong and they must be shipped as cargo covered by an air bill.

Pets are not allowed as checked baggage to or from South Africa due to concerns of animal safety and customs regulations. This restriction does not apply to service animals. South Africa recognizes service dogs and allows them in the cabin. All animals must travel as manifested cargo on an air waybill. Military exceptions do not apply.

When traveling to or from the United Kingdom, Delta will not accept any live animals as checked or carry-on baggage.

For traveling in the cabin to the Republic of Ireland, customers must notify the Department of Agriculture in advance at [email protected]. Find additional information at the Republic of Ireland Pet Travel Portal.

Service Dogs Traveling to London (Heathrow & Gatwick) or Manchester

Delta will transport service dogs to London (Heathrow & Gatwick) and Manchester with the proper documentation and compliance with U.K. guidelines.

  • Contact the appropriate Animal Reception Center in your destination city for more information on requirements to enter the United Kingdom.
  • Obtain a pre-approval letter from your destination Animal Reception Center to verify that your service animal has the appropriate documentation, microchip etc. Failure to present the pre-approval letter to Delta will result in denial of the service animal for travel.
  • Pay all appropriate fees as required by the Animal Reception Center in your destination city. For more information, please contact the appropriate Animal Reception Center below.

For questions about transporting a trained service animal, please call Delta at  1-800-221-1212  and ask to speak to the CRO Desk.

For other questions related to the U.K. Pet Travel Scheme, contact the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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12 Delta Pet Policy You need to know before traveling in cabin

Published by Wil on June 20, 2019 June 20, 2019

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We all know that Delta pet Policy exists, but what do these rules mean for people who are traveling with pets or with emotional support animals? These questions are just a couple out of many for millions of Delta travelers.

How would you handle some of these scenarios?

snub-nosed dog

Imagine that you’ve been planning a trip to Honolulu Hawaii but then find out you may not be able to take my pet along with you to your dream vacation? 

What if you have a sudden emergency and need to take an airplane but you are unsure if you can bring your emotional support animal onboard, you live in saint louis, mo and decided to fly 1,800 miles to pick up that beautiful pure breed persians flat face cat you’ve always wanted. will you be board delta cabin with the policies they have.

These are all questions you should ask yourself before traveling with animals.

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Well, guess what?! Traveling with pets isn’t a strange phenomenon anymore. In fact, pet travel is on the rise.  On average Delta airlines alone transports 700 animals in a day, and about 250,000 pets annually.

With such a high volume in pet transportation, it makes sense there’s a pet policy for Delta airlines. Not only do they have a pet policy in place to keep you and your pet safe, they constantly revisit and revise them whenever a need arises.

traveling with pet delta

There are two-ways Delta Airlines transport pets.

Delta allows pet travel either as a special shipment or as a cabin carry on depending on their size, weight, and other requirements.

Continue reading on to find out everything you need to know about Delta pet policy in the cabin. What you need to do before and during your trip with your pet. What travel documents are needed and the restrictions you need to know before buying a plane ticket for you and your pet.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

Carry-on pet requirements

Just like when traveling with toddlers, you need to plan and prepare yourself along with your pet for a flight.

You must ensure that your pet is small enough to comfortably fit in a pet carrier. Your pet should be able to sit and stand without its head touching the roof of the kennel. It should also be able to turn around and lie down naturally.

The carrier should be of the right size and need to be approved by Delta prior to boarding Delta cabin. The last thing you want is to have the wrong size and your pet protruding from the sides or being uncomfortable. This will make your pet very restless and horrible flight experience for both of you. A long flight with dog whining will have everyone on board ready to wring your neck!  Trust me, you don’t want that.

Pet as carry-on

According to the delta pet policy carry on each traveler on board are allowed 2 items. Pet carriers are considered a carry-on item. Delta Airlines allows 1 carry-on bag or pet carrier and 1 personal item (laptop bag, briefcase, purse) per passenger free of charge.

Carry-on must not exceed the following size and weight restrictions:

  • 115 centimeters (56 x 36 x 23 cm) or 45 linear inches (22 x 14 x 9 in) this is including handles and wheels.

CARRY-ON WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS

No maximum weight applies to carry-on baggage except in the below stations:

  • Singapore, Singapore – Changi International Airport ( SIN ) carry on should not exceed 15 lbs. (7kgs)
  • Beijing – Beijing Capital International Airport ( PEK ) Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) requires that domestic hand carry bags should not exceed 10kgs. Individual carrier rules apply for international flights.
  • Shanghai – Pudong International Airport ( PVG ) carry on should not exceed 22lbs. (10kgs)

Keep these restrictions in mind if traveling to any of these countries.

In addition, the Kennel must be in very good condition- no leaks, should be well ventilated and should be able to securely lock.

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Your pet will love that it’s comfortably spacious and you’ll be amazed at how freely the carry maneuver through the cabin.

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  • It doubles up as a pet bed
  • You can carry it as a backpack, or you can wheel it. The handle is very stable and the carrier itself is sturdy
  • It has a mesh on three sides, so you don’t have to worry about your pet suffocating.
  • Most of all it ___ with delta pet policy carry on.

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Check the dimensions of the under-seat here otherwise, contact Delta Reservations to know the required kennel size.

You should know that pets are not allowed in the following areas:

  • Bulkhead emergency exit rows
  • Flat-bed seats
  • Seats marked as “No stowage”
  • Center seats in 757-200 aircrafts
  • Rows 30-35 in A330-200 aircrafts
  • Rows 30-43 in A330 -300 aircrafts

In other words, these restricted areas are reserved either for emergency exit, disabled travelers are just aren’t suitable for your pet. Delta set these restrictions as a way to keep everyone on board safe including your pet.

Delta pet travel policy while on board cabin

You should know, delta pet travel policy while onboard state your pet should remain inside the carrier until you arrive at your destination. Pet policy Delta prohibit pets from roaming the airplane cabin. This rule is in place because Delta doesn’t want your pet bothering others or using the bathroom in the cabin. As a side note your pet isn’t allowed to roam freely in the airport lounge either. Total bonus tip for your trip!

Pet’s traveling with a liter

delta Pet as carry-on

Delta only permits one pet per traveler as delta airlines pet policy state. However, like everything else, there are exceptions to this rule. Female pet’s that are nursing with un-weaned liter are excluded.

The liter should be between 10 weeks and 6 months. A liter that is younger than 10 weeks will not be permitted on board. Here’s the liter breakdown, 10 weeks for domestic travel and 16 weeks for international travel. For some destinations like the European Union, it is 15 weeks.

There are no limits as to how many animals per litter, they’re all able to if requirements are met.

Another exception for two pets in one kennel is they must be of the same breed And they must be able to fit comfortably in the pet carrier. No worries, you will be a single charged for one pet. Everyone loves a two for one deal!

Delta in cabin fees

  There is a fee for Pets that are traveling in the cabin. Delta fees are the same whether you’re accompanied by a dog, cats, birds (household) or other small pets. The list below shows the breakdown fee for one-way when traveling with a pet. You will be charged as follows:

  • Within the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada: $125 USD/CAD
  • International travel and the Virgin Islands: $200 USD/CAD/EUR
  • Brazil: $75 USD

The fee is per pet carrier and this will be paid at the time of check-in, not during the reservation period.

I should note, although pets are accepted on almost every flight within the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, they are not allowed on flights to Hawaii. Sorry Fido, no walks at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Shipping your pet with Delta Cargo

  Delta cargo pride themselves as reliable and safe when shipping your pet to expected destinations. They have specially trained pet handlers who track your pets. Delta handlers make sure your pet is taken care of during the flight and end where they are supposed to end up.

However, before booking your pet on Delta cargo, it is important that you keep in mind the following factors:

  • Additional charges may apply depending on your destination.
  • Aside from your flight itinerary, you will need a separate plane ticket for your pet.
  • You will have to drop your pet off for shipment at Delta cargo location at least three hours before departure for domestic flights and five hours before departure for international flights.
  • There isn’t a guarantee that your pet and you share the same flight.
  • Pet cargo shipping should be 14 days prior to the travel date
  • You will be required to pick up your pet from the Delta cargo area at arrival destinations.
  • If the forecasted temperatures are either lower than 20°F or higher than 80°F at either the destination, origin or transfer point, shipment may not be accepted.

You should note that Delta cargo will only accept international pet shipment from known shipping companies. Delta encourages international customers to use a pet shipper. Here is the link to I.P.A.TA (International Pet and Animal Transportation Association) . From there you would then need to follow acceptance actions set by the shipper.

Breeds that are banned by delta

delta airlines dog policy

There are many animals Delta banned in their cabin. I mean how would you like it if you had to sit next to Bob and his pet goat. Crazy right! For this article, I’ll focus on cat and dog breeds that are banned.

Delta Airlines banned the transportation of pug-nosed breeds Snub-nosed cats and dogs. This move was unpopular by most travelers. Delta took a beating on Twitter and other social media platforms.

Brachycephalic breeds have smushed facial features (short nose) which makes it difficult for them to breathe. Their respiratory conditions fluctuate when they fly at high altitudes. You can read more about short snout breeds in articles flying short nosed dog breeds and dog breathing problems brachycephalic airway syndrome .

I am not in the group that is upset with the ban, I don’t feel the ban was decided in bad faith but in the best interest of the snort nosed dog’s safety.

Are pet passport required for dog to travel delta in cabin?

You do not need a pet passport if you’re traveling domestically to fly in Delta cabin. However, if you are traveling overseas you will need to get a few documents. A pet passport makes things easier especially in the case of an emergency.

Pet Travel Schemes (PETS)

Initially established in the United Kingdom, the pet passport program knowns as Pet Travel Schemes (PETS) is used by the following participating countries. The including countries are the United States and nations in the European Union.

Dog’s from the United States that are traveling abroad must first take the dog to a veterinarian certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The vet will provide the owner with all the necessary forms and devices needed for travel.

Vaccinations

Your dog must have a rabies shot and/or a certificate stating they are up-to-date rabies vaccination. The vet will also update the animal identifier with either an electronic microchip or tattoo.

delta pet policy international flights

Pet Passport for dogs

Some countries require proof of treatment for ticks and tapeworm as well. If owners have all of the requirements of PETS, dogs will not need to go through the quarantine period. This is implemented at the airport during entry to a country. The requirements of PETS policy apply to cats as well.

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Traveling abroad with your pet

  If you are planning an international trip with your dog, then there are a few arrangements that you need to make well in advance.

  • You will need to contact the embassy or consulate to find out what pet travel regulations they have
  • Get all the required paperwork in order- health certificates, acclimation certificate, pet passport, and other documentation.
  • Take your pet to the veterinarian to ascertain your pet compliance in foreign travel.
  • Also, contact Delta to find out if there are any additional fees such as terminal handling charges, customs clearance, kennel storage and so forth. Remember all charges must be paid in full for your pet to be released.

flying dogs on delta

If taking a flight longer than 8 hours, you will have to choose a connecting flight. Delta does not allow dogs on flights longer than 8 hours.

Also, find out if your pet will be allowed in the cabin otherwise Fido will have to travel in Delta Cargo.

Even when flying dogs on Delta those same rules apply to all animals traveling whether it’s in within the cabin or Delta air line cargo area.

Pet health documents required

  Just like human passengers, pets require specific travel documents for both domestic and international travel.

Delta airlines dog policy when shipping your pet

Delta dog policy requires that you get a health certificate when shipping your pet. The health certificate must be issued 10 days before the scheduled travel date by a licensed veterinarian. The health certificate must be valid for the travel to and from the destination. Make sure your pet certificate is within those 10 days, otherwise a new pet health certificate will need to be issued in order to travel with your furry friend.

You will not be required to get one if your pet is traveling in the cabin however, your destination state may need to see health certificate. To be on the safe side, check with the state consulate or confirm from Delta Airlines.

You will also be required to provide the following:

  • The weight of your pet
  • And the kennel dimensions

All these requirements are applicable for both pets traveling in cargo and in the cabin.

The health certificates must be original; dated, signed and stamped and if they are digital certificates they must be digitally signed.

All the documents must be in English or translated to English.

If you are traveling when the temperatures are between 20°F (-6°C) and 45°F (7°C) then you will need an acclimation certificate.

Again, if you have a pet passport your vet will put all health information in your passport booklet.

Does delta limit the number of pets allowed in the cabin per flight?

There are obviously limits to the number of pets allowed on each Delta flight. You are allowed only 2 pets in domestic first class, two in the business Elite class and only 4 in the main cabin. However, further restrictions may apply, and acceptance is on a first come first served basis.

Delta Airlines Emotional Support Animal in the cabin

delta service dog

They do not charge any additional service fees for emotional support or service animals.

delta pet policy emotional support

The Delta pet policy emotional support does come with guidelines. The expectation comes as following:

If traveling with your ESA- Emotional Support Animal, it will have to be small enough to fit it on the floor right in front of your feet. You can also carry ESA in a pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you or on your lap if it is a small animal (lap sized- in comparison to a full grown Golden Retriever). Big Emotion Support Animals are not permitted to sit on the passenger’s seat.

Requirements to board Delta cabin with Emotional Support Dog

  • The service animals must be fully trained- they should not be a nuisance, distraction or disturbance to the other passengers on the flight. They should also pose no danger to humans or themselves.
  • The size of your pet must not exceed the size of the passenger’s seat. And when placed on the floor, it should equally not extend to the next passenger’s foot space or to the aisle.
  • Your ESA must be with you at all times while on board and within the airport’s premises.
  • Luckily, you are also allowed to carry your pet’s food, toys, blankets, and other similar items provided they are not bulky.
  • You will be required to provide proof as to why you need the animal for emotional support. This document can be obtained from your doctor or your psychiatrist.
  • Your doctor should draft a form explaining that you need the pet for emotional support. The document should be signed by your doctor and have their contact information as well.

However, the letter should not be more than a year old and should have a professional stamp and letterhead. If it is a digital document, it should be signed and/or stamped as well.

Note that Delta has a right to accept or reject any letter if they find it to be questionable.

Delta may call you or email you to verify the information you provided. They might also inquire about the license details of your doctor or psychiatrist to find out this info beforehand.

Delta recently made changes to their ESA policies stating that:

  • All ESAs must have a signed document to confirm that they are trained and can behave accordingly when on-board.
  • All ESAs must also have a signed document showing that the animal is vaccinated, and vaccinations are up to date.
  • The passenger must obtain an official letter from a mental health professional 48 hours prior to the flight to show the need for the emotional support animal.

However, emotional support animals under the age of 4 months will not be allowed to fly. This is because they have no vaccinations. Also, Delta does not allow ESAs to fly longer than 8 hours unless you book them on connections.

Additionally, they no longer accept pit bull dogs as ESAs.

Any restrictions on Emotional Support Animals?

Yes, there are restrictions when flying with an emotional support animal.

Disruptive behaviors such as jumping on passengers, growling, biting, peeing or pooping in the cabin area and excessive barking is not allowed. As much as people are understanding and sensitive toward others with emotional anxiety, most people are unwilling to deal with a disruptive animal for a whole flight.

Here are some emotional support animal delta no longer accept

The following ESAs are not allowed as they pose a danger to the public:

  • Animals improperly cleaned and/or with a foul odor
  • Sugar gliders
  • Non-household birds (farm poultry, waterfowl, game bird, & birds of prey)
  • Animals with tusks, horns or hooves

Unfortunately, your Emotional Support goat Igor will no longer be permitted to travel onboard delta cabin with you.

You don’t believe me? Then watch the video below!

As you can see from the video above Delta will no longer accept animals they deem as dangerous or animals without proper documentation from a licensed doctor. Some states have penalties, for people caught trying to pass their pet’s as an Emotional support animal Delta will report them to the authorities. Depending on the state, that person can spend time in jail and or have to pay a hefty fine.

Other restriction that will keep your pet out of Delta cabin

Other reasons why your pet may not be allowed to fly in the Delta cabin are if:

  • Your pet is sick
  • an animal is showing aggressive behaviors on board
  • The kennel does not meet the required conditions
  • Temperatures are extreme at the point of origin, in transit or at the destination. Check the Delta’s temperature guide to see the recommended temperatures. Some dog and cat breeds (pugs or snub-nosed) become hostile, restless and can even get heat stroke in temperatures that are over 70 degrees.
  • Your pet is a snub-nosed breed
  • Pet is traveling on itineraries that have two or more connections.
  • The Destination airport does not allow pets such as:

Although no country in the world has officially banned dogs, many Islamic countries make it near impossible to have pets, let alone dogs. Iran is one such example. Many of the other countries that have restrictions have their own reasons for “banning pet’s”.

It is ironic considering these same countries will use sniffer dogs at airports and have a canine squad in their armies but having a pet dog is considered ‘western’ concept and is frowned upon.

Can Emotional Support Dog’s Still travel to countries that they are banned in?

If you have an Emotional Support dog that is on a banned list by a country they are not allowed to travel to that territory.

There are some dog breeds that are not allowed in certain countries because of the belief these breeds are “violent”. It doesn’t matter whether you have a well-trained, harmless service dog they will not be allowed into that country. It is your responsibility as Support animal owner to make sure your pet is allowed in those territories. Most countries that have pet bans will send your pet back at your expense or, in some cases your pet will be euthanized if unable or unwilling to send your pet back.

Emotional Support dog breeds on the ban list

Although each country has different breeds they deem as dangerous. These dogs are the most likely to be banned, Pit Bulls, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Rottweilers, Dogo Argentinos, Japanese Tosa Inus, Fila Brasilieros, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Yes, Delta pet policy is in place to assure the safety and comfort of all Delta travelers in the cabin. It’s tough to swallow if you’re traveling with an animal on the banned list. These policies allow Delta passengers to travel with their pets but with limits.

It is best to check with Delta Airlines prior to traveling to reduce any chance of rejection. It’s better to be safe than sorry! The last thing you want is to be stranded in an unfamiliar county with an animal, follow their policies and should be fine to travel in Delta cabin.

Otherwise, let your pet travel and see the world with you!

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The Delta Air Lines’ pet policy

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Delta Air Lines passengers who plan on flying with pets have a few options, depending on their animal’s size and species and their destination. If your furry companion requires a pet carrier size that won’t fit under the plane seat in front of you, one alternative is Delta Air Lines pet cargo.

Before shipping your pet, here are the Delta pet policies to be aware of.

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If you’re planning a trip with your pet, be familiar with Delta’s pet policy ahead of time to be prepared when the embargo is lifted. Only small dogs, cats and household birds can be brought into the cabin as a carry-on. Delta pet cargo allows a wide range of species, with a few exceptions. That means you’ll need to use Delta’s pet cargo if you intend on traveling with your pet chinchilla.

The Delta pet policy also has other requirements. For example, your pet must meet age requirements, and the use of certain items on your pet is restricted during transport (for example, choke collars or radio-controlled collars).

Your pet must meet all of Delta’s pet policy rules for a safe and comfortable journey.

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Pet carrier size matters

Your pet’s carrier has to meet Delta’s guidelines, too. An appropriately sized carrier will not only keep them physically secure during the flight, but can also reduce stress.

To fly Delta, your pet’s carrier must be big enough so that your pet can sit and stand without having to crouch. Its ears must not be able to touch the roof of the carrier in these positions. Additionally, the carrier must be large enough to let your pet turn around without effort, as well as lie down comfortably and naturally.

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International pet travel rules differ

Flying with pets overseas on Delta has another set of rules and regulations. Notably, the airline's cargo doesn’t offer shipping of warm-bodied pets for flights longer than 12 hours.

Also, research the international pet travel guidelines of your destination country. For example, Australia doesn’t allow animals transported in the cargo hold into the country, and Delta permits only dogs, cats, ferrets, insects and fish between the U.S. and U.K.

Upon arrival at your destination, pets might also be required to quarantine. Pets arriving in Hawaii , for example, need to quarantine for 120 days in Honolulu, where the only quarantine facility in the state is located.

Before finalizing your travel arrangements, read up on the most current regulations for your destination.

Delta Air Lines pet cargo requires its own booking

Unlike a piece of luggage you can check without notice, animals flying in Delta's pet cargo need a reservation. If you’re flying domestically, you can book a reservation up to 14 days ahead of your departure. Contact Delta at 800-221-1212 to make arrangements.

Passengers with an international itinerary must arrange a Delta pet cargo reservation through a third-party pet shipper. Shippers must be approved by the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association.

So, how much does it cost to fly dogs on Delta? What about other animals?

The Delta pet cargo cost varies depending on factors like the size of your pet’s kennel, the origin and destination and the size and weight of your pet. Contact the airline or pet shipping service directly to get an exact rate.

Compare that with bringing your pet on board as a carry-on (if possible), which has fees of $95 each way if you’re flying to or from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In our most recent analysis on flying with pets , we ranked the major U.S. airlines on various factors including fees, types of animals allowed, whether you can bring pets in cargo and number of pets allowed per passenger, among other facrtors.

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With Delta's pet cargo service on embargo indefinitely, you’ll need to make other arrangements if your pet doesn’t meet carry-on requirements. This might include flying on another airline that offers pet cargo service. At this time, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines offer limited pet cargo service to their passengers.

If Delta’s dog policy and rules for other pets don’t work for you, consider an alternative travel method, like driving, or leave your pet under the care of a friend, relative or pet-boarding facility for the duration of your trip.

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Traveling With Pets: Airline Rules

  • Last updated Jul 14, 2024
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Melissa Carey

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Travelling with pets by plane can be stressful for both owners and their furry friends. There are many factors to consider, such as the pet's breed, size, age, and health, as well as the airline's specific requirements and restrictions. Most airlines allow small dogs and cats to travel in the cabin, provided they fit in a carrier under the seat. However, some airlines may transport pets as cargo in a heated and ventilated hold. It is important to research the airline's policies and plan ahead to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for your pet.

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Health and vaccination requirements, in-cabin vs cargo travel, choosing the right pet carrier, preparing to fly with your pet, airline-specific guidelines.

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The health and vaccination requirements for pets travelling on airlines vary depending on the destination and airline. However, there are some general rules that are worth noting.

Firstly, it is important to ensure your pet is healthy enough to fly. Some pets may not be able to handle travel due to illness, injury, age, or temperament, so it is recommended to consult a veterinarian before booking a flight. Airlines will not transport animals that are violent, ill, or in physical distress. In addition, all pets must be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned before flying.

Secondly, it is crucial to have the necessary documentation for your pet. This includes a health certificate, which must be issued by a licensed veterinarian and may need to be endorsed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The health certificate should indicate that the pet is free of infectious diseases and meets the import requirements of the destination. Some states and foreign countries may also require a Rabies Vaccination Certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian. It is also recommended to have your pet microchipped and to bring proof of vaccination and other illnesses.

Thirdly, the carrier or kennel your pet will be travelling in must meet certain requirements. It should be large enough for the animal to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably, with adequate ventilation and a leak-proof floor. The kennel should also have a solid floor covered with an absorbent lining, and be made of non-toxic, safe materials. Food and water dishes should be attached to the inside of the kennel door, and the kennel should be labelled with "Live Animal" and directional arrows.

Finally, there may be specific vaccination and health requirements for the destination country or state. For example, all dogs entering the United States must have a valid certificate of rabies vaccination, completed at least 30 days before arrival. Some states may also have their own vaccination and health certificate requirements. It is important to research the specific requirements of your destination and airline before travelling with your pet.

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When it comes to flying with pets, there are two main options: in-cabin and cargo travel. In-cabin travel allows you to keep your pet close by, but there are restrictions on the number of pets allowed and their size. Cargo travel, on the other hand, can accommodate larger pets, but they will be separated from you during the flight. Here are some key considerations for each option:

In-Cabin Travel

In-cabin travel is often the preferred choice for pet owners as it allows them to keep their furry friends close by and monitor their well-being. Most airlines allow small cats and dogs to travel in the cabin, as long as they meet specific size, age, and destination requirements. Some airlines may also permit other small animals, such as rabbits and household birds. It's important to reserve a spot for your pet in advance, as there are usually limits on the number of pets allowed in the cabin. Additionally, you will need to provide a health certificate and ensure your pet is well-behaved and not causing any disruptions. Fees for in-cabin travel vary across airlines, ranging from $95 to $150 each way per pet.

Cargo Travel

Cargo travel is typically reserved for larger pets that cannot fit under the seat in the cabin. This option involves checking your pet into the cargo hold of the plane, where they will be separated from you during the flight. Cargo travel can be stressful for both pets and owners due to the various stimuli and long waiting periods involved. However, cargo holds are generally climate-controlled and pressurised, ensuring your pet's comfort and safety. Fees for cargo travel can vary based on the size of the animal and kennel, destination, and other factors. Some airlines may also have restrictions on certain breeds, especially brachycephalic or "short-nosed" dogs and cats, due to respiratory concerns.

The decision between in-cabin and cargo travel ultimately depends on the size of your pet and your personal preference. In-cabin travel provides peace of mind by keeping your pet close by, while cargo travel can accommodate larger animals but may induce more stress for both you and your pet. Be sure to research the specific policies and requirements of your chosen airline, as they can vary significantly.

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Size and Weight Restrictions:

Firstly, ensure you are aware of the size and weight restrictions of the airline you are travelling with. Generally, pets up to 18 inches long (from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail) and weighing about 11-12 pounds should be compliant with most airline policies. However, it is crucial to verify the specific requirements of your chosen airline, as these may vary. Some airlines also have restrictions on the number of pets allowed per flight, so booking your flight early is advisable.

Soft-sided vs Hard-sided Carriers:

Soft-sided carriers are often preferred for in-cabin travel as they can fit more easily under the seat in front of you and are more flexible in terms of fitting into various spaces. They should be secure, padded, made of water-repellent material, and have ventilation on at least two sides. Hard-sided carriers, on the other hand, are typically required for pets travelling as cargo and offer more support for larger animals.

Comfort and Ventilation:

Your pet's comfort is paramount. Ensure the carrier is well-ventilated, with mesh openings for airflow and visibility. Your pet should be able to stand, sit, turn around, and lie down naturally without touching the sides or top of the carrier. A padded base or a removable, washable liner can also enhance your pet's comfort.

Ease of Cleaning:

Accidents can happen, especially during stressful travel situations. Opt for a carrier with a waterproof or water-resistant bottom to prevent any leaks, and consider adding absorbent pads for extra protection. Removable and machine-washable liners can also make cleaning more convenient.

Additional Features:

Some carriers come with special features such as expandable panels for more space, built-in pockets for travel documents, padded shoulder straps, and locking zippers for added security. These extras can make a significant difference in your travel experience.

Acclimating Your Pet:

It is essential to familiarise your pet with the carrier before your trip. Place the carrier in a familiar space, allowing your pet to explore and become comfortable with it. You can also take them on short rides in the carrier, gradually increasing the duration, and rewarding them with treats. Including their favourite blanket or toy in the carrier can also help ease their travel anxiety.

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First, research the specific requirements of the airline you are flying with. Different airlines have different rules about whether and how a pet can travel. Some may allow your pet in the cabin, while others will only transport them as cargo in a heated and ventilated hold. Some airlines may not allow certain breeds in the cabin, such as pit bull breeds, and may have restrictions on "brachycephalic" (short-muzzled) breeds in cargo.

Schedule a vet appointment 7–10 days before your departure. Your pet will need to be examined to ensure they are healthy enough to fly and get any necessary vaccinations, boosters, and a rabies certificate. This is also a good time to ask your vet for advice on your pet's diet and medication during the trip, as well as any prescription medications they may need.

Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork for your pet, including health certificates, vaccination records, and import forms if you are flying internationally. Microchips for identification may also be required.

Get a well-ventilated, size-appropriate carrier that meets your airline's requirements. Your pet will need to remain in the carrier for the duration of the flight, so ensure they can stand, sit, and turn around comfortably. Carriers for pets travelling in the cabin will need to fit beneath the seat in front of you, so check the specific dimensions allowed by your airline.

Acclimatise

Get your pet used to its carrier before the flight. This will help to minimise their stress during travel. The International Air Transport Association recommends giving your pet at least a month to become familiar with the travel carrier.

When booking your flight, consider choosing early morning or late evening flights in summer, and afternoon flights in winter. This will help avoid extreme temperatures, which can be dangerous for pets.

Do not feed your pet for about four to six hours before the trip, but do give them bottled water. If possible, put ice cubes in the water tray attached to the inside of your pet's carrier.

Collar and ID

Fit your pet with a collar that can't get caught in carrier doors, with two pieces of identification: a permanent ID with your name, address, and phone number, and a temporary travel ID with contact information for the duration of the trip. Ensure your pet's microchip information is up to date.

Consider your pet's comfort throughout the process. For example, if your pet is allowed in the cabin, check in as late as possible to reduce stress. If your pet will be transported as cargo, check in early so they can rest in the quiet and dimly lit hold.

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American Airlines

American Airlines allows pets to travel as carry-on or through American Airlines Cargo. Carry-on pets are limited to cats and dogs that meet the size, age, and destination requirements. The airline also accepts checked pets at the ticket counter for active-duty U.S. Military and U.S. State Department Foreign Service personnel travelling on official orders. Additionally, fully-trained service dogs may fly in the cabin free of charge if they meet the requirements.

American Airlines has specific requirements for carry-on pet carriers. The carrier must be small enough for the pet to fit comfortably inside when closed or zipped. The maximum dimensions for soft-sided collapsible kennels are 18 x 11 x 11 inches (46 x 28 x 28 cm). These kennels must be secure, padded, made of water-repellent material, and have nylon mesh ventilation on at least three sides.

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines allows small dogs, cats, and household birds to travel in the cabin for a one-way fee. Pets must be at least eight weeks old for domestic travel, 15 weeks old when travelling to the European Union, and 16 weeks old when travelling to the U.S. from another country. The airline has specific seating restrictions for passengers travelling with carry-on pets. Delta recommends a soft-sided kennel with maximum dimensions of 18 x 11 x 11 inches, as this fits most aircraft types.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines allows pets in the cabin, including dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds. Pets must be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned. The airline charges $100 each way per pet. The main cabin can accommodate up to five pet carriers per flight, while First Class can take one pet carrier. Up to two dogs are allowed per carrier, provided they fit properly and are not in distress.

Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines permits carry-on pets on all domestic flights and flights to/from the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The airline requests that pet owners do not give their dogs food or water during the flight. The fee for carry-on pets is $99 each way.

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines allows pets in the cabin on certain flights. The total weight of the pet and carrier must not exceed 25 pounds. The airline charges a fee of $125 each way for pets in the cabin and $225 each way for pets travelling in cargo or checked baggage.

JetBlue allows small cats and dogs in the aircraft cabin for a fee of $125 each way. The combined weight of the pet and carrier must not exceed 20 pounds, and only one pet is allowed per carrier.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines permits carry-on pets on domestic flights, excluding international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight. The airline allows up to six pet carriers per flight and charges a fee of $95 each way per carrier. Up to two pets of the same species may travel in a single carrier.

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines allows carry-on pets on domestic flights only. Pets must be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned. The airline permits one pet carrier per guest, with up to two pets per carrier. The combined weight of the pet and carrier must not exceed 40 pounds, and the fee is $110 per pet carrier each way.

Finding Your ESC's Travel Midpoint

Frequently asked questions.

Air travel can be dangerous for pets, especially those with "pushed in" faces, such as bulldogs, pugs, and Persian cats. Their short nasal passages make them vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke.

Driving is usually a better option. If you can't travel by car, consider leaving your pet behind with a pet-sitter or boarding kennel.

Most airlines will allow you to take a cat or small dog in the cabin for an additional fee. However, there are limits to the number of animals allowed in the cabin per flight, so be sure to call the airline well in advance. Your pet must be able to stand, sit, turn around, and lie down in their carrier, which must fit under the seat in front of you.

Your pet must travel in a sturdy container with enough room to stand, sit, turn around, and lie down in a natural position. The container must also have adequate ventilation and be made of materials such as wood, metal, or plastic.

It is recommended that you get a health certificate for your pet, issued within 10 days of travel, and ensure that their vaccinations are up to date. Research the requirements of your destination, as your pet may need to be quarantined or have specific import forms.

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Delta Airlines Pet Travel Policy for Flying with a Dog

Delta Airlines offers several different ways that dogs can travel on its flights, both with and without their owners accompanying them on the same flights. There are certain requirements you must meet, of course, for your dog to travel on a Delta flight, as well as certain limitations and restrictions to be aware of before you book or travel. It’s also important to note that Delta’s travel policies for dogs differ depending on whether the dog is a pet or a service or emotional support dog.

As you read through the details on Delta’s dog policies for travel under all these conditions below, keep in mind that in addition to airline dog policies, there may also be airport dog policies and dog travel policies specific to particular points of arrival and destination to consider.

Ways Your Dog Can Travel on Delta

Your dog can fly on Delta Airlines in cabin with you as a carry-on item, in “hold” as a checked pet and shipped as freight with Delta Cargo. Not all options, however, are available for all dogs on all flights. Read on to learn the specific Delta pet policy carry on dogs, checked dogs and dogs shipped as freight must comply with.

Dogs in Cabin

Dogs in cabin fees, carrier requirements, destination matters.

Dogs traveling in cabin with you are considered one of your allowed carry-on items. You do have to pay an additional fee each way, however, as follows:

  • Between the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico – $125
  • To or from Brazil – $75
  • To or from the U.S. Virgin Islands or internationally – $200

Again, each of these fees is one-way.

To be approved for travel in cabin, a dog carrier must be small enough for it to be completely stowed beneath the passenger’s seat in front of you without sticking out into the aisle or in your lap without intruding on neighboring seats.

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Dogs in Hold

If you are an active-duty U.S. military member or State Department Foreign Service Officer (FSO) or the spouse of one, your dog can fly on the same flight as you in checked baggage. You must present active transfer orders, however, to be able to do so. For your dog to qualify, it must meet all federal guidelines, including possessing proper documentation according to active Delta policies and procedures at the time. Your dog can also fly Delta in hold as checked baggage if you are traveling with a service dog or emotional support dog that is, for one reason or another, unable to fly in cabin.

To travel with your dog in hold as checked baggage, you must notify Delta Airlines a minimum of 48 hours prior to your ticketed departure time. You may check up to two kennels in hold in any given Delta flight. If a dog must travel in a giant-sized kennel, however, it can only fly as freight using Delta Cargo.

Dogs in Hold Fees

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To check in your dog as baggage to fly in hold, Delta charges the following in each direction:

  • Domestically inside the US or between the US, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico – $200
  • Between the US and the Caribbean, Canada and other international destinations – $200
  • Between the US and Brazil – $150

Once again, remember that these fees are charged in each direction.

Each time you check in your dog at another airport, you are charged another pet travel fee based on the next leg of your flight. No additional fees are charged for dogs of excess size or weight.

If your itinerary includes any layovers longer than six hours, exceptions to fees may apply. Dogs traveling in hold as checked pets are not counted among your free baggage allowance. Likewise, a checked dog does not qualify for the free baggage allowance with the Delta American Express Card.

Delta prohibits certain breeds of dog from flying in hold as a checked pet, namely snub-nosed, or brachycephalic, breeds, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Affenpinscher
  • American Bulldog
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Boston Terrier & Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Brussels Griffin (Petite Brabancon)
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Douge de Bordeaux
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin (Japanese Spaniel)
  • King Charles Spaniel (Cavalier King)
  • Mastiff (except Great Dane, aka German Mastiff)
  • Presa Canario
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tibetan Spaniel

Delta does not accept dogs for travel in hold on routes with more than a single connecting flight. Delta will not check dogs through onto collecting flights when the itinerary is comprised of separate tickets. In such instances, you are responsible upon landing for a connecting flight to collect your dog from the initial flight and check your dog in for the subsequent flight. Anytime you are required to collect your dog from one flight and check in your dog in for another, be certain to allow 45 minutes during your stopover to complete the transfer.

If, however, your separate tickets are issued on DL006 stock and all flights are operated by Delta, an exception could be made. The only other airlines to which Delta can check dogs through on connecting flights are fellow SkyTeam partners. For such itineraries, contact Delta Reservations for assistance regarding transferring your dog between your Delta flights and SkyTeam partner airline flights.

Delta also does not accept dogs in hold during certain seasons and forecasted weather conditions. No dogs can travel in hold on Delta flights between May 15 and September 15 and must, instead, be shipped as cargo. Delta also does not allow any dogs to fly in hold to or from Sun Valley, Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho, or Jackson Hole, Wyoming, between November 1 and March 31. No matter the season or destination, Delta also prohibits dogs from traveling on any flight where the projected temperatures in flight or at points of destination or departure fall below 20 degrees or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Required Documentation

For your dog to travel in cabin as a carry-on item or in hold as checked baggage, you are required to provide proof of the dog’s breed and weight and, if you’re military personnel, your dog’s SSR. You must also provide the dimensions of your dog’s travel kennel ahead of time.

Delta Cargo Shipping

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Dogs that do not qualify to fly in cabin as a carry-on item or in hold as checked baggage can only fly Delta as freight through Delta Cargo. Dogs are handled with personalized care by specially-trained handlers. They are kept in temperature-controlled holding areas and transported between flights in temperature-controlled vans. Furthermore, Delta Pet Cargo reviews your dog’s whereabouts at all times, tracked by the agents at Delta’s Cargo Control Center.

To ship your dog as freight using Delta Cargo, you must book that arrangement separately from your flight (if you will be flying Delta to that same destination at the same basic time as well.) To ship your dog domestically within the US, you can only book that flight with 14 days of the intended flight. That said, dogs are never guaranteed to be sent on a particular flight or schedule, whether their owners are on that flight or itinerary or not.

To ship your dog using Delta Cargo, you must drop off your dog at a Delta Cargo location a minimum of three hours prior to departure for domestic flights and at least five hours prior to departure for international flights. During this time, Delta Pet Cargo reviews your documentation to make sure you have everything you need to ship your dog. When picking up your dog at your destination, you will also do so at the nearest Delta Cargo location.

Delta Pet Cargo Cost

The Delta pet cargo cost for shipping your dog varies depending on your points of departure and destination and your dog’s size and weight. Call the Delta pet cargo phone number to find out the specific cost to ship your dog. The Delta pet cargo phone number is 1-800-352-2746.

Delta Cargo Restrictions and Requirements

If the temperature at any point in the flight or on the ground at any point of origin, transfer or destination is expected fall outside of the range of 20 degrees to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Delta will not ship any dogs will as freight, even with a proper booking.

Only shippers known to Delta are permitted to ship dogs internationally. Therefore, to ship your dog outside of the US or from a foreign country into the US, use an International Pet and Air Transportation Association (IPATA)-approved pet shipper.

Delta Cargo Health Matters

For a dog to be accepted for shipment as freight through Delta Cargo, you must present a health certificate verifying the dog’s fitness to travel that has been signed and dated by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of the intended departure. Certain digitally-signed dog health certificates are accepted.

In addition, the same breed restrictions applying to dogs traveling Delta in hold apply to shipping dogs as freight with Delta Cargo.

Delta Pet Carrier Dimensions

The maximum allowable Delta pet carrier dimensions for any air travel on Delta flights varies depending on the aircraft. Call Delta Reservations or Global Sales Support to find out in what type or types of aircraft you’ll be flying on your itinerary to determine the proper Delta pet carrier size under seat.

Another factor of the Delta pet carrier size carry on requirements are that the Delta pet carrier size under seat must still be large enough for your pet to move around and lie down without touching the carrier’s sides or protruding from them.

You may only bring one kennel carrying one dog on a flight. Exceptions to the rule on one dog per kennel are as follows:

  • A female dog may travel in the same kennel as her un-weaned litter of any number, as long as the litter is between 10 weeks and six months old.
  • Two dogs of the same size and breed between 10 weeks and six months of age can fly together in a single kennel, as long as the dogs are compatible with one another and can both fit comfortably together in an allowable kennel. In such an instance, the passenger would be charged as if traveling with just one pet.

In each of these cases, however, the Delta pet carrier size carry on requirements still apply.

Moreover, not all Delta aircraft can accommodate dogs in cabin, so be sure to check with Delta before you book your flight to make sure you’ll be flying in an aircraft that can accommodate a dog.

While you and your dog are in the Delta boarding area, your dog must remain in the carrier at all times. That includes while boarding and deplaning. Your dog must also remain in the carrier at all times while in any Delta airport lounge and throughout the entire duration of the flight.

Delta Cargo Restrictions

Only dogs at least 10 weeks old are permitted to travel on Delta’s domestic flights. Dogs must be at least 15 weeks old to travel to or from the European Union and 16 weeks old to travel from outside the U.S. into the U.S.

Under no circumstances does Delta allow any dog on a flight lasting longer than 12 hours uninterrupted.

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Find guidance below on your service animal eligibility, step-by-step form instructions and generally what to expect when flying with a service animal.

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Submit a Service Animal Request

1. review eligibility.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable journey for all, your service animal must adhere to our eligibility requirements. Your service animal must:

  • Be a dog fully-trained to assist a person with a disability (service animals in training are not eligible)
  • Be up-to-date on all vaccinations
  • Fit within the foot space (“footprint”) of your seat and not intrude into the aisles or space of other customers
  • Refrain from displaying aggressive or inappropriate animal behavior , Go to footer note

Emotional support animals are not recognized as service animals. Please review the Pet Travel Guidelines for how to travel with your pet.

2. Download and Complete DOT Service Animal Forms

The DOT requires the Service Animal Air Travel form for all service animals. Flights that are 8 hours or more also require the Relief Attestation form. Submit completed forms and a service request to Delta at least 48 hours before departure. If you need help with the forms, please bring printed copies on your day of travel to the airport, where an agent will assist you. (If you prefer not to print the form, first download a free Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete the form on your computer, and then submit it to Delta electronically).

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3. Submit Forms and Service Request to Delta

Review service animal guidelines.

All traveling service animals must be fully vaccinated and at least 4 months old. (Puppies may be vaccinated for rabies at 3 months old, and then a 30-day wait period must apply for the vaccine to become fully effective before they’re allowed to fly at 4 months). If the dog is older than 15 months and previously vaccinated for rabies, but the vaccination has since expired, they are allowed to fly immediately following a rabies booster shot without a 30-day wait period.

Please complete the DOT Service Animal Air Travel Form  to attest to the animal’s health and vaccine status.   

You may not sit in an exit row when traveling with a service animal. If an exit row seat is selected, you’ll be reassigned to another seat at the gate.  Service animals may not occupy another customer’s space at any time and should be placed in your lap or on the floor (foot space) in front of you. Animals are not permitted to eat from tray tables. 

If a single seat cannot accommodate both you and your service animal without causing an obstruction, you may:

  • Purchase an additional ticket to allow your service animal to occupy the floor space in front of the purchased seat (tickets should be purchased together to receive the same rate)
  • Check your service animal to a holding area below the cabin without additional charges

Your service animal will not be permitted to fly if it displays disruptive or aggressive behavior, such as:  

  • Jumping on others
  • Relieving itself in any area not designated as an approved animal relief area
  • Barking excessively (except when in response to a handler’s needs)
  • Eating off seatback tray tables

Understand Travel with a Service Animal

With a service animal you can check in as usual, whether from home on the Fly Delta app or at the airport. You’re not required to visit the check-in counter for your service animal, but we recommend having the necessary DOT form handy to help you save time at the airport. For assistance filling out forms, feel free to speak to a Delta agent.  

Service animals do not count against your carry-on allowance. We don’t charge fees for transporting trained service animals or their assistive devices, even if they are checked. Your service animal’s kennel, whether occupied or not, is considered an assistive device and exempt from baggage fees. Additional but essential items for your animal, such as a bed or food, travel free of charge.

Pet Relief Areas

All airports in the U.S. offer designated animal relief areas. Delta agents can help you find these areas and also escort you through security if needed.

If you had assistance boarding, an airport representative can also assist you in deplaning.

To find the nearest animal relief area or for additional support, please speak with a Delta agent.

Frequently Asked Questions

In most cases, a service animal in training does not qualify as a recognized service animal. However, a service animal in training may travel with a professional trainer en route to the owner.

The Delta Sky Club policy for trained service animals is the same as the policy on a Delta aircraft. Review the Service Animal Guidelines , Go to footer note above to understand our animal behavior policies for admittance.

A maximum of 2 service animals are permitted to travel. Before traveling you must: 

  • Ensure you’ll have adequate floor and/or lap space to accommodate both animals, which may require purchasing additional tickets
  • Complete and submit the required DOT documents for each animal, ideally 48 hours or more before departure

Our policies and procedures still apply to customers with NSAR memberships. If you still have questions after reviewing the guidelines here, please call our accessibility assistance line at  404-209-3434 (dial 711 for relay services).

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International air and cruise travel with pets require advance planning. Travelers taking a companion or service animal to a foreign country must meet the entry requirements of that country and follow transportation guidelines of the airline or cruise company. Additionally, upon reentering the United States, pets that traveled abroad are subject to the same import requirements as animals that never lived in the United States (see Sec. 4, Ch. 9, Bringing Animals & Animal Products into the United States ).

See general information about traveling with a pet . For destination country requirements, travelers should contact the country’s embassy in Washington, DC, or the nearest consulate. The International Air Transportation Association also lists the requirements for pets to enter countries . Airline and cruise companies are another resource for travelers; most have webpages dedicated to traveling with pets.

Traveling With Pets Outside the United States

People planning to travel outside the United States with a pet should contact their local veterinarian well in advance of departure for assistance with completing all necessary paperwork and ensuring animal health and medical requirements are met. Depending on the destination country, pets might be required to have updated vaccinations and parasite treatments, International Standards Organization–compatible microchips implanted, and serologic tests prior to travel. Some countries require a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) test for pets prior to importation.

Completing the stringent testing and permit requirements for some countries (e.g., Australia) can take up to 6 months. People who plan to transport animals should consider the animals’ species (e.g., cat, dog); mode of travel (e.g., airplane, cruise ship); season of travel (some carriers will not transport animals during the hottest or coldest parts of the year); and vaccination and testing requirements of the destination country and of transiting countries, if applicable. Transportation carriers might have additional requirements (e.g., breed restrictions for pets traveling in cargo, health certificates), so travelers intending to take pets outside the United States should contact air and cruise lines for information as soon as they are aware of their travel plans.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) lists international export regulations for pets . Pet owners are responsible for making sure requirements of the destination country are met. USDA APHIS often is required to endorse a health certificate prior to an animal leaving the United States; certificates must be accurate, complete, and legible. Failure to meet destination country requirements can cause problems gaining certificate endorsement or difficulties upon arrival in the destination country (e.g., animal quarantine or retesting).

Travelers should be aware that long flights can be hard on pets, particularly older animals, animals with chronic health conditions, very young animals, and short-nosed breeds (e.g., Persian cats, English bulldogs) that can be predisposed to respiratory stress. The US Department of Transportation offers tips for traveling with animals by plane .

Traveling With Service Animals Outside the United States

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, including an intellectual, mental, physical, psychiatric, or sensory disability. DOJ does not recognize emotional support animals as service animals, and airline carriers are not required to recognize emotional support animals as service animals.

Air Travel with Service Animals

The cabins of most commercial airplanes are highly confined spaces; passengers are seated in close quarters with limited opportunities to separate passengers from nearby disturbances. Animals on airplanes can pose a risk to the health, safety, and well-being of passengers and crew, and could disturb the safe and efficient operation of the aircraft. Accommodation of passengers traveling with service animals onboard a commercial airplane must be balanced against these concerns.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 developed minimum standards for service animals. Airline carriers can require passengers traveling with a service animal to document whether that animal has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks to assist the function of the passenger with a physical or mental disability; has been trained to behave in public; is in good health; and has the ability either not to relieve itself on a long (>8 hours) flight or to do so in a sanitary manner.

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) provides 2 forms to document a service animal’s behavior, training, and health: Service Animal Air Transportation Form  [PDF] and Service Animal Relief Attestation Form for Flight Segments Eight Hours or Longer  [PDF].

In addition to the requirements already mentioned, airlines might require health certificates and vaccination records. Although airline carriers cannot restrict service dogs based solely on the breed or generalized type of dog, they might limit the number of service animals traveling with a single passenger with a disability, or require service animals be harnessed, leashed, or tethered unless the device interferes with the service animal’s work or the passenger’s disability prevents use of these devices; in which case, the carrier must permit the passenger to use signal, voice, or other effective means to maintain control of the service animal.

Cruise Ship Travel with Service Animals

Travelers should contact the cruise company they will be traveling with to learn more about each company’s service animal policy. Some cruise lines are unable to accommodate animals onboard. Pets, service dogs in training, and emotional support dogs might not be allowed. People traveling aboard a ship with a service dog should consider rules or requirements at ports of call. For instance, many ports of call have strict entry requirements for animals. Travelers with service animals should visit the USDA’s pet travel website or their service animal’s veterinarian to determine each destination country’s policy regarding admission of service animals. Some locations do not recognize 3-year rabies vaccines, and annual vaccination might be required; consult with the service animal’s veterinarian for more information.

Some locations require that service animals receive parasite treatment prior to arrival, and this information should be included in the service animal’s health records. Some locations require that service animals travel with documentation (e.g., an import license), regardless of whether the service animal will disembark the ship. Check with the cruise company or country of destination for details.

Some locations have breed restrictions per the country’s dog ordinances. Restricted-breed service animals might not be allowed to board the ship due to the destination country’s laws. Travelers should check with the cruise line and country of destination for more information.

Travelers should hand-carry (i.e., not pack in baggage) all of their animals’ required documents, including vaccination records. Service animals traveling without proper documentation might not be permitted to board the ship at embarkation.

Reentering the United States With a Pet or Service Animal

Once a pet or service animal leaves the United States, it must meet all entry requirements to reenter, even if the animal has lived in the United States previously (see Sec. 4, Ch. 9, Bringing Animals & Animal Products into the United States  and CDC's Bringing an Animal into the United States webpage).

Bibliography

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traveling with your pet. Available from: www.cdc.gov/importation/traveling-with-pets.html .   

FAA reauthorization act of 2018; public law 115–254—Oct 5, 2018. Sec. 437: Harmonization of service animal standards. Available from: https://uscode.house.gov/statutes/pl/115/254.pdf .

Traveling by air with service animals. 85 FR 6448: 6448–76. Available from: www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/05/2020-01546/traveling-by-air-with-service-animals .

US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Frequently asked questions about service animals and the ADA; July 20, 2015. Available from: www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.pdf .

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CDC issues regulations to control the entry of dogs into the United States from other countries. These rules apply to all dogs, including puppies, service animals, and dogs that left the United States and are returning. They also apply whether you are a U.S. citizen, legal U.S. resident, or foreign national. Starting August 1, 2024 at 12:01AM ET, new rules go into effect.

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If you don't follow CDC's rules, your dog won't be allowed to enter the United States. If denied entry, your dog will be sent back to the last country of departure at your expense. Country of departure is where the last trip originated—not where the dog was born or where it lives.

In addition, you must comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) and your U.S. destination's regulations . Please be aware that dogs imported for commercial (resale or adoption) purposes have additional requirements from USDA .

Determining what is needed to bring a dog into the United States

The requirements to bring a dog into the United States depend on:

  • when your dog will arrive in the United States
  • where your dog has been in the 6 months before arriving in the United States
  • where your dog received its rabies vaccination (if required)

To enter the United States, your dog will be required to meet specific criteria.

Why entry of dogs to the United States is controlled

Rabies is over 99% fatal and is 100% preventable. The United States eliminated dog rabies in 2007, but dog rabies is not controlled in over 100 countries—creating a risk to the United States in imported dogs. Through regulations, CDC strives to protect America’s families, communities, and pets by preventing the reintroduction of dog rabies into the United States. Preventing infected dogs from entering the United States is a public health priority. Each dog imported with rabies could infect people and other animals and could cost more than half a million dollars to contain.

Why it’s important now: CDC updated its dog and cat importation regulation in 2024 to protect the health and safety of people and animals and prevent the reintroduction of dog rabies to the United States. The updated regulation will help keep Americans and their pets safe. It addresses recent challenges seen with international dog importations, including the challenges posed by fraudulent documentation.

Standardization of the dog importation process, including standard requirements for the minimum age of imported dogs, microchips, the CDC Dog Import Form , and other documentation, will streamline the importation process and allow for safer and more efficient entry of dogs into the United States.

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Atlanta Field Office CBP advises traveling public of new dog importation requirement to take effect on Aug. 1

ATLANTA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Atlanta Field Office is advising the traveling public that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements for dogs entering the U.S. will change August 1. 

“Summer travel season remains at full speed and travelers with dogs need to be aware on August 1, CDC’s new dog importation requirements will be implemented to safeguard public health,” said Gregory Alvarez, CBP Director of Field Operations Atlanta. “We urge everyone to familiarize themselves with the new requirements to ensure a smooth and efficient travel experience.”

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On May 13, CDC published its new dog importation regulations, available on  the Federal Register. The Rule will not go into effect until August 1st after the temporary suspension ceases on July 31. More information can be found at  www.cdc.gov/dogtravel . CBP encourages the public to utilize the website to access CDC’s new DogBot tool to determine what rules apply to your dog based on the dates of travel and where your dog is traveling from. Failure to meet all entry requirements must result in the dog being denied entry and returned.

For example, a dog originating from Mexico, and which has not visited a rabies high-risk country in the last six months will need to meet the following requirements: It will need to be at least 6 months old, have an International Organization for Standardization (ISO)-compatible microchip at the time of travel, A CDC Dog Import Form receipt AND:

  • Certification of Foreign Rabies Vaccination and Microchip  form endorsed by an official veterinarian of the dog rabies-free or low-risk country where the dog has been located; AND EITHER (1) a valid rabies serology titer OR (2) veterinary records (including the microchip number) for the dog in that country rabies-free or low-risk for the previous six months. The form must be completed within 30 days before arrival to the United States: OR
  • Certification of U.S.-issued Rabies Vaccination form endorsed by USDA before dog departed the United States: OR
  • Valid USDA-endorsed export health certificate  that EITHER (1) Is for the dog rabies-free or low-risk country where the dog's return itinerary originated (the form will only be valid for 30 days and one U.S. entry if it does not contain rabies vaccination information) OR (2) Documents a valid (unexpired) rabies vaccination administered in the United States (the form will be valid for the duration of the rabies vaccination (1 or 3 years)); OR
  • Certification of Dog Arriving from DMRVV-free or Low-Risk Country  form endorsed by an official veterinarian in the exporting country; AND valid rabies serology titer OR veterinary records (including microchip number) for the dog in that dog rabies-free or low-risk country for the previous six months; OR
  • Foreign export certificate that documents the dog is at least six months of age and its ISO-compatible microchip number and has been certified by an official veterinarian of the exporting country; AND veterinary records (including microchip number) for the dog from the exporting dog rabies-free or low-risk country for the previous six months.

The new regulation is an effort to expedite and standardize the process at arrival as required documentation is to be gathered prior to arrival. Travelers can utilize the CBP One mobile application when available, to declare their pets prior to arrival at the port of entry. Providing advance information and scheduling appointments may expedite travelers’ CBP clearance upon arrival.

If you are a frequent international traveler and have not already become a member of a trusted traveler program, sign up now. For more information, please visit:  Official Trusted Traveler Program Website | Department of Homeland Security (dhs.gov).

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    DOT Service Animal Air Travel Form. DOT Relief Attestation Form. 3. Submit Forms and Service Request to Delta. Select "Submit Completed Forms" below to send us your DOT forms and complete your service request. Be sure to check the "Trained Service Animal" box in Step 4 as you complete all the steps. Submit Completed Forms.

  25. Traveling with Pets & Service Animals

    Author(s): Emily Pieracci, Kendra Stauffer. International air and cruise travel with pets require advance planning. Travelers taking a companion or service animal to a foreign country must meet the entry requirements of that country and follow transportation guidelines of the airline or cruise company.

  26. Bringing a Dog into the U.S.

    The updated regulation will help keep Americans and their pets safe. It addresses recent challenges seen with international dog importations, including the challenges posed by fraudulent documentation. Standardization of the dog importation process, including standard requirements for the minimum age of imported dogs, ...

  27. Atlanta Field Office CBP advises traveling public of new dog

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