Lufthansa flying with pets

What is Lufthansa’s policy on pet acceptance?

Lufthansa will accept pets for transportation either in the cabin, or in an air-conditioned area of the cargo hold of the aircraft, depending on their weight and size. Pets will be accepted as baggage only when accompanied by a passenger traveling on the same aircraft. Lufthansa reserves the right to determine the manner of carriage and to limit the number of animals which may be carried on a flight. Acceptance of pets is subject to the availability of space at departure time.

All carriage of pets is subject to Lufthansa’s approval and is contingent on the fact that the animals are properly crated and accompanied by valid health and vaccination certificates, entry permits, and any other document required by countries of entry or transit.

Which pets are allowed to travel on Lufthansa flights?

Small dogs and cats may be transported in the passenger cabin. Dogs, cats, domesticated birds and other pets that cannot be transported inside the cabin may be carried as checked baggage.

What responsibilities do I have?

Advance arrangements must be made for your pet. If you like to take your pets along on your Lufthansa flight, you must notify Lufthansa when you make your booking, but no later than 24 hours before the departure, by contacting Lufthansa Service Center by phone or Lufthansa Airport Ticket Team in person. In case of selecting a codeshare flight where the operating carrier is not Lufthansa, you must contact Lufthansa Service Center before purchasing the ticket because the booking procedure, requirements and policies are different for different carriers.

Also, you must assume responsibility for complying with any regulations, requirements or restrictions that apply in the country, state or territory to which the animal is transported, and all financial obligations involved in transporting the animal (including but not limited to the cost of obtaining health certificates, quarantine charges, etc.).

Pets in the cabin

Lufthansa will accept small dogs and cats to be transported in the passenger cabin if the weight of the pet (including container) does not exceed 8 kg. The pet has to be kept in a watertight and bite proof container measuring no more than 55 x 40 x 23 cm. The container must be stored under the seat directly in front of the passenger.

Fees

Pets are not included in the passenger’s free baggage allowance and a charge will have to be paid:

  • Flights within Europe and third countries – 50 EUR (70 USD/CAD).
  • Intercontinental flights – 70 EUR (100 USD/CAD).

Checked Pets

When transported in the cargo hold of the aircraft, pets must travel in a container which meets the specifications of the IATA Live Animals Regulations. Suitable containers that guarantee sufficient ventilation and are equipped with an internal floor lining with an absorbent bottom layer are available for purchase from Lufthansa Cargo Offices in four different sizes:

  • Size 1 – 60 x 45 x 40 cm (24 x 18 x 16 in), 4 kg (9 lbs).
  • Size 2 – 80 x 55 x 55 cm (31 x 22 x 22 in), 6 kg (13 lbs).
  • Size 3 – 100 x 65 x 70 cm (40 x 26 x 27 in), 13 kg (28 lbs).
  • Size 4 – 125 x 75 x 85 cm (49 x 29 x 33 in), 22 kg (48 lbs).

If it complies with the relevant IATA regulations, you may use your own transport container for your animal. In any case, the container must be large enough to ensure that the animal can stand up and has sufficient space to move. Containers shall be equipped with a water dish (empty). For the transportation of breeds of fighting dog, the animal must be carried in a special cage which meets the requirements laid down by IATA.

One container can accommodate more than one animal, but no more than two adult animals of comparable size and weighing up to 14 kg each or three puppies up to 6 months old per container.

For the transportation of fighting dogs (breeds and crossbreeds: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Anatolian/Caucasian Shepherd Dog, Dogo Argentino, Rottweiler), the animal must be carried in a special cage which meets the requirements laid down by IATA (does not apply to puppies between 3 and 6 months old). It is forbidden to bring into Germany dogs of the following breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, and Bull Terrier (does not apply to export and transit).

The weight restriction of maximum 32 kg per item of baggage does not apply to the transport of animals in the cargo hold. When traveling with your pet, you must arrive at the airport in plenty of time before departure. At Frankfurt airport, you should be at the check-in counter at least 90 minutes, but not earlier than 3 hours before departure.

Fees

Checked pets are not included in the baggage allowance but counted as excess baggage. The amount charged depends on the size of the cage:

  • Cage size 1:
    • Flights within Europe and third countries – 100 EUR (150 USD/CAD).
    • Intercontinental flights – 150 EUR (200 USD/CAD).
  • Cage size 2-4:
    • Flights within Europe and third countries – 200 EUR (300 USD/CAD).
    • Intercontinental flights – 300 EUR (400 USD/CAD).

Assistance Dogs

You have the option of taking an Assistance Dog with you free of charge. However, the number of animals allowed in the cabin is limited, so a timely reservation is necessary if you wish to travel with an Assistance Dog. Because special regulations apply to the entry of animals in some countries, Lufthansa recommends that you find out about the rules in advance. The dog’s suitability for transport in the aircraft cabin may be checked. Assistance Dogs, together with containers and food, will be carried free of charge (in addition to the normal free baggage allowance).

On Lufthansa flights to/from the US, it is also possible to transport a Psychiatric Service or Emotional Support Dog free of charge in the cabin, but you will be required to provide to Lufthansa current documentation. For Lufthansa connecting flights outside the US, the dog will be transported as a pet in a container, in the cabin or as checked baggage, and additional charges will apply.

Arrangements regarding the dog’s hygiene must be made when traveling on long-haul flights (written confirmation that the animal can defecate and urinate on command is required).

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