Aeroflot Russian Airlines flying with pets

Are passengers allowed to travel with pets on Aeroflot flights?

Passengers may travel on Aeroflot flights with domesticated cats, dogs and birds. Other animals such as ferrets, meerkats, mini-lop rabbits, fennec foxes, lorises, polecats, pygmy hedgehogs, marmosets etc. will only be accepted for carriage if they are tamed. Pets may be transported in the passenger cabin or cargo hold.

The following animals are not accepted for carriage either in the cabin or as checked baggage:

  • Brachycephalic dog breeds.
  • Rodents (guinea pigs, rats, squirrels, gerbils, marmots, jerboas, etc.).
  • Reptiles (tortoises, turtles, frogs, iguanas, lizards, geckos, chameleons, snakes, etc.).
  • Arthropods (arachnids, insects, crustaceans, etc.).
  • Fish, fish seed and other animals that must be transported in water.
  • Wild animals or birds, large predators (untamed pets).
  • Sick or experimental animals.
  • Animals whose weight together with the container exceeds 50 kg.

Do I need to make advance arrangements when traveling with my pet?

If you intend to travel with your pet, you must inform Aeroflot at the time of booking, but no later than 36 hours before your flight. Passengers traveling with pets can check in only at the airport check-in desk.

Pets are accepted for transportation only if accompanied by an adult passenger and upon the consent of Aeroflot. Also, the passenger must provide the necessary documents that are stipulated by the applicable legislation of the Russian Federation, international treaties and laws of the countries included in the itinerary.

The required travel documents for pets are:

  • Veterinary passport
  • Medical certificate (issued at any state veterinary clinic and containing information on vaccinations administered to the animal at certain ages; the last anti-rabies inoculation must have been administered no earlier than one year prior and no later than one month before departure).
  • A certificate from either of the two licensed Moscow breeding clubs, SKOR or RKF, stating that the animal presents no breeding value (certificates obtained from any other club may result in delays at customs).

In some countries, very strict regulations apply for pet transportation, and it is recommended to find information about the regulations of the destination country in advance.

Pets in the Passenger Cabin

Only one pet cage per passenger is allowed for transportation in the cabin. Several birds of the same species can be transported in the same container. The weight of the pet, the weight of the container (cage) and the food intended for feeding the pets must not exceed 8 kg (18 lbs).

Pets should be transported in cages with free air access. The cage must be equipped with a strong lock. Maximum cage size (overall sum of three dimensions of the container) is 125 cm for rigid carriers and 135 cm for soft pet carriers. Passengers with pets must not be placed in the area of emergency exits or near the kitchens and toilets.

Pets transported in the passenger cabin are not included in the free baggage allowance, and their transportation must be paid by the passenger in accordance with the fee established by Aeroflot:

  • 3750 RUB – domestic flights.
  • 75 EUR/USD – international flights.

Pets in the Cargo Hold

If the weight of the pet plus cage exceeds 8 kg, the pet can only be transported in the cargo hold. Transportation of pets in the baggage compartment of the aircraft is only allowed inside a container with a maximum weight of 50 kg. Only one pet per cage is allowed for transportation as checked baggage.

Pets must be transported in a container (cage) that provides the necessary facilities for the duration of the flight, provides access of air and is equipped with a reliable locking device. The size of the container must allow the pet to stand up and turn 360 degrees. The bottom of the cage must be water-proof and covered with absorbent material. The container must exclude spillage of the absorbent material. Birdcages must be covered with a thick black cloth.

Pets transported in the baggage compartment are not included in the free baggage allowance. Aeroflot will charge an additional fee:

  • 3750 RUB – domestic flights.
  • 75 EUR/USD – international flights.

Service Dogs

Service Dogs are accepted for transportation upon the presentation of the documents confirming the passenger’s disability and the special training of the service dog to Aeroflot or its authorized agent. Service Dogs are transported free of charge in the passenger cabin, in excess of the baggage allowance and without consideration of its weight. Service Dogs must have a collar and muzzle, sit at the feet of the accompanied passenger and be tied to the chair. Seats at the rear of the cabin will be assigned to passengers traveling with a Service Dog.

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