LATAM Airlines flying with pets

What pets can travel on LATAM Airlines flights?

Dogs and cats can travel in the cabin (on select aircraft) or in the hold. Other pets should travel with LATAM Cargo. Not all pets can handle a flight. Because snub-nosed (Brachycephalic) dogs and cats usually have breathing problems, they will not be accepted as checked baggage.

Because the conditions of the airline with the greater restrictions will apply on codeshare flights, you should check these conditions and restrictions before requesting this service.

Are advance arrangements required in order to travel with my pet?

Transportation of pets is subject to availability. Passengers should reserve space for their pet at least 48 hours prior to the flight departure. Reservations for pets can be done at the time of purchase at a Sales Office or, when booking through latam.com, by calling the Contact Center. At this time, you must provide the age, weight, size and breed of the pet, as well as the type and dimensions of the cage in which the pet will travel.

Only pets aged over 8 weeks, over 4 months if traveling to the United States, are accepted.

Pets are not accepted on flights to the following destinations: the UK, Galapagos Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Papeete and South Africa.

It is the passenger’s responsibility to find out about the legal and sanitary requirements and restrictions both in the destination country, as well as in connecting and stopover countries in their itinerary.

Pets in the Passenger Cabin

Transportation of pets in the passenger cabin is only available in Economy Class. The total weight of the pet and the container can not exceed 7 kg (15 lbs). You may only travel with one dog or one cat at a time, and the pet must travel inside a pet container that has the following maximum dimensions:

  • Hard-sided container – 36 x 33 x 19 cm.
  • Soft-sided container – 36 x 33 x 23 cm.

For a pet traveling in the passenger cabin, LATAM Airlines will charge the following fees:

  • Flights within Colombia – USD 20.
  • Flights within Ecuador, Peru – USD 45.
  • Flights within Chile and Argentina – USD 75.
  • Flights within South America – USD 200.
  • Other international flights – USD 250.

In countries where they apply, sales taxes will be added to this charge. If your flight includes a stop that permits you to leave the airport, you must pay for the service again at each stop until your final destination.

Pets in the Hold

Maximum size allowed for a pet container is 300 linear cm with maximum 115 cm height. The cage must be waterproof, firm and with an absorbent floor, with a safety lock that can only be opened from the outside. The pet must be able to stand without touching the roof (at least 5 cm between your pet’s head and the top of the cage), and there must be sufficient space for the pet to turn round, equivalent to twice its body width.

The maximum total weight – including both the cage and the pet – is 45 kg, except on routes to/from Argentina, Europe, Aruba or Oceania where it is 32 kg.

Pets are not accepted for transportation in the hold between December 15 and March 15 on all routes to New York and Boston.

Fees

There is always an additional fee charged when you travel with your pet because pets are not counted as part of the free baggage allowance. The fee will depend on the weight of the container with the pet inside:

Weight
(pet +
cage)
Domestic FlightsRegional
Flights
International
Flights
Colombia, EcuadorChile, Argentina, Peru
0-23 kgUSD 50USD 60USD 125USD 150
24-32 kgUSD 65USD 80USD 200USD 225
33-45 kgUSD 80USD 100USD 275USD 300

Service Animals

Emotional Support Dogs and Guide Dogs can travel free of charge, but they must be certified and have documentation. Transportation of Service Animals is permitted on all routes except to the Galapagos Islands.

LATAM allows dogs trained to be used as a guide by a person with a disability, whether they are blind, deaf or people with balance problems, to board the plane, as long as the animal can be placed in the cabin without obstructing the aisle or other areas used as emergency exits.

For Emotional Support Dogs, passengers should give 48 hours prior notice to the airline and make sure they comply with the following requirements:

  • Present an original medical certificate issued no more than one year ago by the treating psychiatrist or psychologist, or, in the case of the United States, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
  • The pet should have a muzzle.
  • The dog must also be on a leash and fit between the front seat and legs.

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