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Baggage policies and rules

What are the rules and charges for travelling with animals?

Animals are not permitted in the cabin of Emirates flights, with the exception of falcons between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan, and Guide Dogs for the Blind – please see our information on passengers with special needs.

All other animals must be transported according to regulations specific to your route: 

  • For all itineraries terminating in Dubai, animals must be transported as cargo, due to UAE government regulations.
  • For more information on shipping animals as cargo, please contact Emirates SkyCargo or your local cargo agent. 
  • For all other itineraries, falcons, cats, dogs and pet birds can be transported as checked baggage in the hold, provided the total journey time (including any transit time) is less than 17 hours, and all appropriate conditions are met. Please contact your local Emirates office well in advance of travel for more information.

Emirates charges normal excess baggage rates for animals transported as checked baggage, based on the combined weight of the animal(s) and container. These charges apply in all cases, even when no other checked baggage is being carried.

For routes where the Piece Concept applies, the charges for the animal(s) and container will be twice the normal excess baggage charge per container. These charges will apply in all cases, even when no other checked baggage is being carried.

If your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply for these flights – learn more.

Additional information for transporting animals with Emirates

There are some restrictions as to which animals can be transported with Emirates.  All animals listed under CITES, including pets, must be transported as cargo.  Further restrictions, including import bans, apply to certain species of cats and dogs – please contact your local Emirates office for more information on restricted species.

Animals, which can be accepted as baggage as per the rules above, but with a total journey time exceeding 17 hours must also be carried as cargo. Due to high heat and humidity in the UAE, no birds (except some falcons) can be accepted for transit via Dubai as checked baggage or cargo between 1st May and 30th September.

The minimum connecting time for animals transiting Dubai and carried as baggage may be no more than six hours; if the minimum connecting time is more than six hours animals will be accepted for transportation as cargo only.

All animals accepted for transportation with Emirates must have a valid Import permit issued by the destination country and a valid health certificate (including any applicable vaccination records).

Certain countries, however, restrict importation of animals as baggage. Please contact your local Emirates office for more information.

For animals travelling with Emirates a 24-hour emergency contact number and the optimum temperature requirement must always be shown on the animal’s travel container.

Emirates will not accept a pregnant animal for transportation if it is beyond one third (1/3) of its normal gestation period or has given birth within 48 hours of travel.

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