Transporting animals in aircraft

Illustration zeigt eine Katze und einen Hund vor der Transportbox // Illustration shows a cat and a dog in front of the pet transport box

You can take your dog or cat with you on Lufthansa flights.1,2 Please read the following information carefully before booking a flight with your pet.

1 From 1 January 2020 restrictions will be imposed on the transport of dogs and cats belonging to snub-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds.
2 Existing, confirmed bookings, including those scheduled after 1 January 2020, remain valid.

Importing dogs to the USA

Restrictions concerning the importation of dogs to the USA from certain countries due to rabies-risk are applicable.

You can find detailed information about these CDC-restrictions and the possibility of gaining an exemption on the homepage of the United States Center for Disease Control.

If you have an existing booking confirming transportation of a dog, please contact the relevant Service Center.

For new bookings, please observe the new transport restrictions. You can find further information about these restrictions and the possibility of gaining an exemption on the homepage of the United States Center for Disease Control.

The restrictions apply to all dogs transported to the USA by aircraft, including assistance dogs. 

You can find further information about the transport restrictions here:

A good trip for your precious pet

Depending upon the kind of animal, its weight and size, and the regulations applicable in different countries, transport is possible at an extra cost either as additional carry-on baggage in the passenger cabin or as excess baggage in the aircraft’s air-conditioned cargo hold. Lufthansa Cargo also offers the transport of the above-listed animals and other species as air freight. Special rules apply to assistance dogs. Please note that because of local circumstances and restrictions, the transport of large animals in the cargo hold to certain destinations is not possible. You can find out more about this by contacting our Service Center.

General advice on transporting animals on Lufthansa flights

What travel options apply to which animals?

The transport options for animals with Lufthansa depend upon the kind of animal, as well as its weight and size. Further information is available on this page and the following pages.

Information concerning your pet’s welfare

  • If possible, get your animal used to its transport container at home before the journey by putting it into the closed transport container several times for about two hours at a time and rewarding it afterwards with a treat.
  • Many animals get very nervous both before and during a flight. Nevertheless, you should think very carefully before giving your pet a sedative. This makes it difficult to predict how your animal may react. It can, for example, cause circulatory problems during the flight. Please ask your veterinary surgeon’s advice about this.
  • Put your pet’s "comfort blanket" and its favourite toy in the transport container in order to soothe and calm it with familiar smells.
  • Ask your vet how to adapt your pet’s food needs for the flight.