Cathay Pacific Airways flying with pets

What is Cathay Pacific Airways’ policy on pet acceptance?

No pet or animal of any description will be allowed in the passenger cabin, except Service Dogs.

From June 2022 until further notice, Cathay Pacific does not accept bookings for pets traveling as checked baggage.

Assistance Dogs

Cathay Pacific cannot accept Service Animals other than dogs in compliance with regulations issued by the authorities. Assistance Dogs include guide, hearing, and service dogs. Assistance Dogs must be accredited by Assistance Dogs International, Assistance Dogs Europe, or the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF).

AFCD (the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department) has very strict regulations regarding the importation of dogs, including Assistance Dogs, into their territory. Dogs cannot transit through or be brought into Hong Kong unless a Special Permit to do so is obtained in advance from the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Additionally, prior approval from the authorities is also required for in-cabin transport of a Guide Dog.


Cathay Pacific only accepts Service Animals for travel in the aircraft cabin if:

  • They meet the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department’s definition of Guide Dog.
  • The passenger has a Special Permit for the Importation, Transit, or Transhipment of the animal.
  • The passenger has written approval from the authorities for in-cabin transportation of the Guide Dog.
  • All original copies of the documentation required by the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department are presented at check-in and on arrival into Hong Kong.

In-flight Requirements

Big dogs shall be accommodated on the cabin floor at the owner’s feet while smaller dogs may be carried on the owner’s lap. Service Dogs need to be properly harnessed, and the dog’s leash must be secured to the seatbelt at all times during the flight. The care and supervision of the dog is the sole responsibility of its owner. The crew will require that the animal relieves itself in a way that does not create a health or sanitation issue in flight. Cathay Pacific allows one Service Dog per passenger.

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