What is Air Canada policy on pet acceptance?
Air Canada allows cats and dogs to travel in the cabin or in the baggage compartment if you are traveling on the same flight operated by:
Do I need to make advance arrangements when traveling with my pet?
You must register your pet in advance by calling Air Canada Reservations. Pets will not be accepted at the airport if they have not been registered in advance.
First, you need to book your own flight. Than, call Air Canada Reservations to register your pet for travel on the same flight as yours and provide the required information (dimensions of the carrier, weight and breed of your pet). Because the number of pets accepted is limited by aircraft type, Air Canada recommends that you register your pet within 24 hours of completing your booking. Where your pet cannot be accommodated on your flight, your ticket can be refunded without charge. Any changes made to your booking after 24 hours will be subject to applicable change and cancellation fees.
If, after registering your pet, you change your reservation online or with your travel agent, you will need to change your pet’s reservation as well by calling Air Canada Reservations immediately afterward. If the change to your reservation is handled by an Air Canada Call Centre agent, your pet’s reservation will be changed at the same time.
Can I travel internationally with my pet?
You may travel with your pet on an international flight, but many countries place restrictions on the entry of animals. You must comply with all restrictions and have in possession all documents required by the destination country. Air Canada provides a partial list of countries with restrictions regarding entry of animals, but recommends you to contact the embassy or consulate of your destination country before travelling with your pet to another country.
Can I travel with my pet on a codeshare flight?
You cannot travel with your pet on a codeshare flight (a flight marketed by Air Canada but operated by another carrier). A codeshare flight bears an Air Canada designator code (e.g. AC5400) and displays a one-digit number next to the logo indicating the operating carrier.
You will be able to travel with your pet if your itinerary includes a flight that is marketed and operated by another airline (bears the operating carrier designator code, e.g. QF423) sold on aircanada.com. The pet travel policy of the other airline will apply, and you will need to contact make separate arrangements for your pet for that portion of your trip.
Pets in the cabin
When you registered your pet for travel on an Air Canada flight, you need to arrive at the airport at least 30 minutes prior to the recommended check-in time for your flight and check-in at the ticket counter. Web Check-in and Self-Service Kiosk Check-in are not available for passengers traveling with pets.
For travel in the cabin, Air Canada allows only one pet per passenger. You may not travel with your pet in the cabin in the following situations:
To be accepted for travel, your pet must be at least 8 weeks old, fully weaned and must remain in a closed carrier at all times, including head and tail. Soft-sided carriers are recommended for travel in the cabin, but hard sided carrier are also accepted.
The following requirements apply for the pet carrier:
The pet carrier counts as the one standard carry-on item which you are allowed to bring on board. Hence, pet restraint devices (e.g. car seats and pet strollers) must be checked (all checked baggage rules apply).
When you travel with your pet in the cabin, you have to pay the following charges plus applicable taxes:
Pets in the baggage compartment
When you travel with your pet as checked baggage, you cannot check-in online or at a self-service kiosk. You have to arrive at the airport 30 minutes in advance of the recommended check-in time for your flight and check-in at the ticket counter. Each passenger is allowed no more than 2 pets as checked baggage, even when the pets are traveling in only one kennel. Your pet must be at least 8 weeks old and fully weaned to be accepted for travel on Air Canada flights.
From June 20 until September 10, due to potentially high temperatures on the ground at some airports, no pets are accepted as checked baggage on any flights.
From November 1 until March 31 and at any other time when temperature is 0 °C (32 °F) or below, pets weighing less than 4.5 kg (10 lbs) are not accepted in the baggage compartment of any aircraft. Also, pets as checked baggage are not accepted on select Air Canada Express flights operated by Air Georgian and the following aircrafts: CRJ 100/200, CRJ 705, Embraer 175, Embraer 190, and Beech 1900D. Because the cargo compartment is not heated and temperatures can be as low as 2 °C (36 °F), it is not recommended to transport pets as checked baggage on Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircrafts.
To be accepted, your pet carrier must meet the following conditions:
When traveling with your pet as checked baggage, pet restraint devices (e.g. car seats and pet strollers) are accepted as checked baggage (checked baggage rules apply). You may also carry on board a pet restraint device as the standard article in your carry-on baggage allowance. Pet restraint devices cannot be gate checked.
The following charges (plus applicable taxes) apply for pets traveling as checked baggage:
Air Canada allows certified, professionally-trained service animals assisting customers with disabilities to travel, free of charge, in the passenger cabin at the passenger's feet. Service animals must be harnessed and certified as having been trained by a professional service animal institution (as required by Canadian Air Transportation Regulations). Also, you must pre-register your service animal through the Medical Assistance Desk at Air Canada Reservations 48 hours prior to your flight.
On flights between Canada and the U.S. and Air-Canada operated flights purchased through a US-based airline, only dogs are accepted as emotional support or psychiatric service animals, provided that the dog is harnessed and you present supporting documentation.