Hainan Airlines flying with pets

What is Hainan Airlines’ policy on pet acceptance?

Only house-trained dogs and cats are considered pets by Hainan Airlines, no other animals being allowed for transportation. Moreover, a passenger is permitted to travel with two pets only.

However, not all Hainan Airlines flights will accept pets for carriage, so contact the airline before deciding to travel accompanied by your animal companion.

What pets are allowed in the passenger cabin and what as checked baggage?

As a general rule, no animals are usually accepted in the passenger cabin, with the sole exception of Service Dogs – and even they must meet certain specified conditions.

Consequently, all pets must be checked as baggage and carried according to special, pre-determined conditions.

What responsibilities do I have?

If you decide to transport your animal with Hainan Airlines, call their service hotline or contact your local ticket office at least 2 days prior to departure. After submitting your request and receiving their consent to travel with your pet, you must fill in an Animal Transportation Application form, whether by downloading it from Hainan’s official site, or by acquiring it directly from the airport’s ticketing office / check-in counter on the day of the scheduled departure. However, this application must be filled out in three copies.

You need to consider certain prior preparations when deciding to travel with your pet. First of all, in order to limit the amount of stress your pet will be exposed to, try to accustom it with the container in which it will be held during the flight. You can even try and place a special treat or favourite toy inside.

Secondly, you should consider taking a direct flight to your destination, as this will limit the amount of handling that your pet will have to suffer during loading and unloading procedures, and definitely not in extreme weather conditions (very hot or extremely cold periods). If, however, you must travel in a summer day, try and book your flight as early in the morning or late in the evening as possible, to avoid the high temperatures during the mid-day.

Thirdly, try not to give any medication to your pet, neither before nor during the flight, as this may negatively impact its health at high altitudes!

You will need to be present at the airport at least 2 hours prior to flight take-off, in order to allow yourself plenty of time to go through all the necessary procedures for your pet (check-in, container packaging etc.). If you need assistance with filling in the Animal Transportation Application form, the airport’s ground staff will definitely help you.

Checked Pets

All animals carried with Hainan Airlines are transported as checked pets, with only one exception – Service Dogs.


Deciding to travel accompanied by your animal friend involves certain responsibilities, informing the local sales office being the first of them. The following step involves preparing all the necessary documentation in advance, and in order to do this properly you might want to contact the embassies and relevant government authorities for more information, so that you would know exactly what is required of you.

There are certain important documents that you must have upon yourself if you decide to travel with a pet on a domestic route:

  • A valid Animal Quarantine Certificate issued by the Animal Health Supervision Authorities, attesting the transport carrier sterilization and with the animal health supervision and quarantine seal applied.
  • Pet vaccination certificate.

For international flights, you must provide the following travel documentation for your pet:

  • Valid health and rabies vaccination certificates, accepted by the government authorities of the countries of departure, transit and arrival, together with any additional documents required by those authorities.
  • Valid import and / or export certificates, issued by the government authorities of the countries of departure and arrival, and also of transit.
  • When leaving the country, a valid Animal Quarantine Certificate issued by the Animal Health Supervision Authorities, attesting the transport carrier sterilization and with the animal health supervision and quarantine seal applied.
  • Any other special documents the embassies or your local Hainan Airlines sales office mention that you should bring along for the journey.

Remember that each country may have its own inspection and quarantine procedures, so try to inform yourself thoroughly before travelling with your pet.

Size Restrictions

With Hainan Airlines, you can travel accompanied by two pets. Each pet will be transported as checked baggage and must be enclosed separately in a kennel specially designed for this purpose, so it could have a safe and comfortable journey.

First of all, the container in which you will decide to transport your pet must be made of solid materials, have a fixed top and a secure metallic door. Secondly, make sure the container is properly ventilated on three of four sides. These are just some basic requirements in order to make sure your pet’s journey will go as smoothly as possible.

Thirdly, do not forget that the bottom of the kennel must be covered by an absorbent pad, so that the excrements of your animal would not leak out of the container. A blanket, a towel or even some white paper would be appropriate, but do not use newspapers, as the ink may contain certain harmful substances.

The container itself must meet a series of requirements, in order to be accepted for pet transportation:

  • You should enclose only one pet in a single container.
  • The kennel must be spacious enough and allow your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around.
  • All the container’s fittings must be sturdy, fastened in a proper manner, and in working condition. The eventual wheels must also be fastened, so the container wouldn’t glide during flight, and the door locked (you wouldn’t want your animal to escape during the journey).
  • The container’s bottom must be flat and stable, preventing it from sliding or turning upside down.


Keep in mind that not all Hainan Airlines flights permit the carriage of pets or assistive animals, so always contact them before preparing to travel with your animal companion. Only with their prior approval will you be able to board together with your pet.

There are several circumstances under which Hainan Airlines will not accept pets for transportation:

  • Categories and breeds of pets not suitable for air travel: flat-nosed dogs or cats (e.g., terrier, boxer dogs, bulldogs, Burmese cats, Persian cats, etc.), fighting dogs (e.g., Pitbulls, Tosa, Fila Brasileiro, etc.), breeds unsuitable for high temperature and/or high altitude environments (e.g.Samoyed).
  • Your pet shows symptoms or is suspected of having an infectious disease.
  • The animal, whether it is a canine or a feline, is less than six weeks old.
  • If your pet is pregnant or has given birth within 2 days of the flight take-off.
  • The animal which you intend to transport has been prohibited by the government of the countries from / to which it is being carried.
  • If your pet does not meet all the regulations of the countries of departure, transfer and arrival.
  • Transportation of pets is not permitted on Irkutsk, Chita, Okinawa, Malé, and Bali routes.
  • When your journey is divided into multiple segments sustained by more than one carrier, and your pet does not meet the requirements of all the carriers involved in the itinerary.
  • Sometimes, the aircraft model might not be fit for animal transportation (e.g. Airbus A340), due to lack of oxygen flow in the cargo hold or other issues, and in these cases contacting the airline in advance is imperious.


All pets will be considered excess baggage, and the transportation fee for them will be calculated depending on the total weight of the container, the animal inside of it and its food and water:

  • Domestic flights (Weight Concept) – the charge is total weight in kg x fee per kg (1.5% of a one-way direct Economy Class ticket).
  • International flights (Piece Concept) – the charge is the fee for one additional piece of checked baggage for Economy Class x multiplier according to the weight and size of the pet container:
Container Size The US, Canada All Other International Routes
Up to 32 kg Up to 23 kg 23-32 kg
Small 53 x 40 x 38 cm (20 x 16 x 15 in) 1 x Fee 1 x Fee 1 x Fee
Med-small 68 x 50 x 48 cm (27 x 20 x 19 in) 2 x Fee 1 x Fee 2 x Fee
Medium 81 x 58 x 55 cm (32 x 23 x 22 in) 2 x Fee 1 x Fee 2 x Fee
Large 91 x 66 x 60 cm (36 x 26 x 24 in) 3 x Fee 2 x Fee 3 x Fee
Extra Large 101 x 76 x 68 cm (40 x 30 x 27 in) 3 x Fee 2 x Fee 3 x Fee
Over Size 121 x 88 x 81 cm (48 x 35 x 32 in) 3 x Fee 2 x Fee 3 x Fee
Fee = the fee for one additional piece of checked baggage for Economy Class.

Service Animals

Hainan Airlines define Service Animals as certified guide dogs, or trained dogs for people with disabilities (hearing or visual impairments). The only assistive animals allowed in passenger cabin are canines – assistance dogs, guide dogs and hearing dogs.

Regardless of the fact that they will be accepted for carriage in the passenger cabin or as checked baggage, Service Animals will be transported free of charge.

However, try to make sure that, before embarkment, you have upon yourself all necessary travel documentation and valid qualification certificates for your Service Animal.

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