Flying with Pets
For many, pets are cherished members of the family and transporting them in the freight hold of a plane is not a consideration or even an option. Private charter provides a safe and secure, and sometimes the sole, means for transporting beloved pets.
While private charters must adhere to the laws governing the countries in which they operate, ultimately they provide significantly greater flexibility when flying with pets as compared to commercial travel.
To reduce the trauma of flight, for both pet and owner, flying together in the cabin of a private charter is the optimal solution.
Specifics of flying private charter with pets
Pets traveling in the cabin are at the discretion of the operator, so if you want to fly with your pet please inform your Travel Portfolio Manager. An operator and aircraft where this is permissible can then be secured.
Operators might require:
• The disclosure of the type, breed and weight of the pet
• A carrier or restraints
• An agreement/contract that applicable cleaning and damage fees be paid at the conclusion of the trip
Adherence to Laws
- Even with the increased flexibility of the operator, private charters must adhere to the laws governing the transport of animals within the area they are operating.
- United States
- European Union
- United Kingdom
For countries not listed above, please visit the official government website of the respective country into which you are traveling.
To begin, please make sure your animal meets the USDA definition of a pet. Dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs and most common domestic household pets meet this standard.
Definition of a Pet
Within the continental U.S.
- Rabies vaccinations must be current and proof may be required
- Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old and weaned for at least 5 days
- Cages and carriers must meet the minimum standard for size, ventilation, strength, sanitation, and design for safe handling
The State of Hawaii has more restrictive policies regarding the import of animals. Please check to make sure your pet meets its criteria.
Into the U.S. from a Foreign County
Your pet must meet U.S. federal entry requirements
For clarification of entry requirements contact the National Import Export Service by phone (301) 851-3300 or email.
Your destination state may also require specific health requirements.
From the U.S. into a Foreign Country
- Preparing your pet for travel to a foreign country can sometimes take months. Make sure that you allow ample time to complete all pre-travel requirements.
- Your pet must meet the health and export requirements of the country to which you are traveling.
- Determine the current pet travel health requirement of your destination country.
- Steps to obtain an International Health Certificate for Pets.
Two resources to assist in the safe and legal transport of your pet:
U.S. Department of Transportation, Traveling with Animals
USDA APHIS Pet Travel