Turkish Airlines flying with pets

Does Turkish Airlines accept passengers traveling with pets?

Passengers may travel with pets on Turkish Airlines flights, and pets can be transported in both the passenger cabin and cargo compartment. Pets must have vaccination and health certificates, all necessary entry permits and any other documents required by the countries of transit/destination.

Which pets are allowed on Turkish Airlines flights?

Only cats, dogs, and small birds (budgies, canaries, goldfinches) can be transported as pets.

Dogs that are considered dangerous (e.g., Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Rottweiler, Mastiff, etc.) will not be accepted.

Pregnant pets and kittens/puppies younger than 8 weeks old will not be accepted. Also, kittens/puppies, as well as mothers, will not accepted until they are fully weaned.

Pets

For both carry-on and checked pets, passengers must receive approval at least 6 hours before departure time and are required to complete all acceptance procedures at the check-in counter. Turkish Airlines will accept no more than 2 cages per passenger, from which a maximum of one may be carried into the cabin. Cats and dogs who suffer from respiratory problems (Persian, Burmese, Shar Pei, Chow Chow, etc.) should be carried in the passenger cabin. According to the type of aircraft, the maximum number of pets that Turkish Airlines will accept on a flight may vary.

For pets transported in the cabin, cages/bags must have the maximum dimensions of 23 x 40 x 55 cm (W x H x L) and a maximum weight of 8 kg. Pets will be accepted in the passenger cabin only if there are no passengers allergic to animals who have provided us with a doctor’s note stating that.

Pets that cannot be accepted in the cabin for any reason must be transported as checked baggage in special cages of an adequate size, with good ventilation, and a waterproof floor.

Only pets of the same sex who are accustomed to living together can travel in the same cage, and their combined weight must not exceed 15 kg, including cage. Over 15 kg, pets must be transported separately.

Fees

Because pets are not included in the passengers’ free baggage allowance, Turkish Airlines will always charge an excess baggage fee according to the combined weight of the pet plus cage/bag.

Guide Dogs

Passengers needing assistance may bring their Guide Dog (including dogs who give emotional support) in the cabin free of charge. In order ensure space for a Guide Dog, Turkish Airlines requires to have the reservation approved at least 48 hours prior to the flight time. If the reservation has not been approved in advance, the Guide Dog may still be permitted to board depending on space availability on the flight. All necessary travel documents such as vaccination certificates or identity cards, as required by the country of destination, must be provided by the passenger in order for the Guide Dog to be permitted on the flight. Guide Dogs should be kept on a leash and wear a muzzle.

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