Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flying with pets

Are pets allowed on SAS Airlines flights?

On all SAS Airlines flights, pets may be transported in the cabin or cargo hold with a few exceptions:

  • In SAS Business class, pets are not permitted in the cabin.
  • When flying to or from UK or Ireland, pets and animals are not allowed to be in the cabin or as checked baggage. Only Guide / Service Dogs are accepted for travel in the cabin with the exception of flights to/from Aberdeen and Manchester.

Which pets are allowed to travel on SAS Airlines flights?

In the cabin, SAS Airlines will transport only cats and dogs. Pets other than cats and dogs are welcome to fly with SAS Airlines, but will be transported in the cargo hold. Assistance Dogs or other Service Animals like Rescue Dogs always travel for free in the cabin.

Puppies and kittens must be at least 8 weeks old. Remember that kittens up until the age of 13 weeks must also have a veterinary certificate that demonstrates that they are approved for transportation.

Are there any special requirements when traveling with pets on SAS Airlines flights?

Passengers should book a space for the animal as soon as possible and no later than 24 hours after booking the flight ticket through SAS Customer Contact Center. There is a fixed price per cage and per itinerary, and having the cage dimensions readily available is a must so that SAS can determine if the cage can be transported in the hold on the desired flight.

In certain cases, there are specific conditions that must be fulfilled in order to bring a pet into another country. Passengers must secure proper documentation of the pet’s health for entry and transfer for all countries en route, and also provide the animal with a tattoo or microchip, where applicable, and an animal passport when traveling within or entering the EU.

When traveling with pets, the owner must fill out a form before departure. The form is not required for domestic travel in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Pet in Cabin

A limited number of animals are allowed per flight. Each passenger can bring on board one pet cage/bag, which can hold maximum two pets, and no additional cabin baggage.

The pet must be placed in a transport bag/cage under the seat in front of the passenger during takeoff and landing. The cage/bag (e.g., a small Sherpa bag or soft-sided pet carrier) must be approved for flight transportation. It is not permitted to bring on board animals in a normal bag.

The transport bag/cage must be large enough for the pet to be able to turn, stand and lie down naturally, otherwise check-in staff can reject the box. The animal bag/cage must conform to the following requirements:

  • Weight including animal – maximum 8 kg (18 lbs).
  • Dimensions – maximum 40 x 25 x 23 cm (16 x 10 x 9 inches).

Pets in the Hold

Pets that are checked in as cargo must travel in transport cages that are solid, tight, clean, and disinfected. The cage must be made of fiberglass, metal (not wire or metal mesh) or hard plastic and equipped with handles on the sides. The cage must also be equipped with containers for food and water and the bottom should be covered with a layer of newspaper or sawdust (not hay or straw).

Two animals, each weighing up to 14 kg, can be transported in the same cage if they live together on a daily basis, but animals over 14 kg must travel individually. A maximum of three animals can be transported together if they are under 6 months old and come from the same litter.

When pets are transported in the hold, the pressure and temperature are the same as in the passenger cabin, but the availability of oxygen in the cargo hold for live animals limits the number and size of the animals that are transported at the same time. On flights of over 3 hours operated with Airbus A319, A320, and A321 aircraft, the maximum weight is 30 kg (66 lbs) for each animal and 60 kg (132 lbs) for all animals.

There is a fixed price per cage and per flight segment to bring an animal as checked baggage. Remember that large animal cages are not permitted on Boeing 737 aircraft.

Animals are not accepted as checked baggage on flights between Copenhagen and Boston operated by Privatair.


Guide or Service Dogs and Search Dogs always travel free of charge with SAS Airlines.

Pets are not included as part of the free baggage allowance, but shall be considered excess baggage, for which the applicable fee must be paid. An additional minimal fee at airports outside Scandinavia may apply.

Travel with petsNordic DomesticScandinavia, Europe,
Turkey & Tel Aviv
(the US & Asia)
Pet in cabin€50 / £40 / $65€70 / £55 / $90€95 / £75 / $130
Pet in the hold€67 / £55 / $85€87 / £70 / $100€110 / £90 / $140

Passenger should check with the other airline to see what rules apply if they are traveling onward with one of SAS partners on a codeshare flight.

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