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What are the rules and charges for traveling 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 for passengers with special needs).

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

  • For all itineraries ending in Dubai, animals must be transported as cargo according to UAE government regulations.
  • For more information on shipping animals as cargo, please contact Emirates SkyCargo(Opens in a new window) or your local cargo agent.
  • For itineraries that start in Dubai and traveling to countries that allow animals to enter as “excess baggage” (i.e., not as manifested cargo), falcons, cats, dogs and pet birds can be transported as checked baggage in the hold as long as the total journey time (including any transit time) is less than 17 hours, and all appropriate conditions are met.

For all routes, the charge for the animal(s) and container will depend on the combined weight and size of the animal and its cage. These charges will apply in all cases, even when no other checked baggage is being carried.

Please take note of the following weight and size restrictions for animals traveling as checked baggage.

Animal excess baggage charges
Animal + cagePrice
The animal and cage combined do not exceed 23 kg in weight and total dimensions of 59 inches/150 cmUS$500
The animal and cage combined weigh 24–32 kg and have total dimensions between 59 inches/150 cm and 118 inches/300cmUS$650
The animal and cage combined weigh more than 32 kg and have total dimensions between 59 inches/150 cm and 118 inches/300cmUS$800
The total cage dimensions exceed 118 inches/300 cmCargo
When traveling into DubaiCargo
If the total journey time exceeds 17 hoursCargo
When destined for a country that DOES NOT allow live animal as check-in BaggageCargo

Please note that rates and document requirements and costs for transporting animals is different from the usual excess baggage requirements. Please visit or write to SkyCargo for more information.

Emirates is not responsible for transporting pets on itineraries that include other airlines. 

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

There are no restrictions on the number of pets you can carry on Emirates flights. However, please be aware that some countries impose restrictions on the number of pets that can be carried into or out of the country. For example, the import of animals into India is restricted to two pets per customer. We advise you check your destination’s rules before traveling.

A maximum of two adult animals of comparable size weighing up to 14 kgs each may be shipped in the same container, providing they are used to cohabitation. Animals weighing more than 14 kgs each must travel in separate containers.

Additional information for transporting animals with Emirates

Please book and pay for the transportation of animals as checked baggage before your departure date.

There are some restrictions on 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.

For their safety, live animals (including service dogs) that can be accepted as baggage per the rules above must be transported as cargo if the total journey time is more than 17 hours. Total journey time includes approximately 1 hour for airport check-in before departure and 1 hour until delivery of the animal at the arrivals hall in the final destination. Animals transiting through Dubai must also be transported as cargo if the flight connection time is more than 6 hours. 

While connecting in Dubai, pets will be kept in an air-conditioned room and customers, ground handlers and agents will not have access to them. Animals that need to be fed, provided with water or administered pills while being transported must be booked as cargo with a flight connecting time of not less than 6 hours.

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 May 1 and September 30.

All animals accepted for transportation on 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 traveling on Emirates, a 24-hour emergency contact number and 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; no animal will be accepted that has given birth within 48 hours of travel.