Emirates Pet Policy – Pet Travel Fee, Restrictions, & More

Emirates Pet Policy

A Short Guide to Emirates Pet Policy

Are you traveling with your pet on Emirates? You have made a great choice. And why not? With Emirates pet policy, your pet receives services especially designed for their safety and comfort. Moreover, the pet policy aims at a hassle-free trip for other travelers.

Wherever you travel to, Emirates makes sure to impart the best care and attention to your pet. Thanks to the Emirates SkyCargo department that enables convenient pet travel or transit. All in all, the airline assures safety and wellbeing of your pet through its smart pet policy.

To know more about this policy, go through the account below.

What is Emirates Pet Policy?

Are you traveling with your furry friends on an Emirates flight? Know the Emirates airlines pet policy for a streamlined experience.

Here are the major points of the policy –

  • Pets are not allowed in the cabin with certain exceptions.
  • Some animals are checked as luggage if –
    • The trip begins in Dubai
    • Other countries in the itinerary allow pets as Excess Baggage.
  • Transport your pets as per the specific rules of the route.
  • Routes that end in Dubai must have pets transited through cargo.
  • Blind travelers can bring their guide dog on board and are not charged for it.
  • You can also bring psychiatric assistance dogs (PSA) for free.
  • Falcons are allowed in the cabin for specific routes between Dubai and Pakistan.
Please note

Falcons can be transported as checked baggage or cargo on select flight routes.

Are Pets Allowed in Cabin of Emirates Flights?

As per Emirates pet policy, in cabin animals are not allowed. However, falcons and guide dogs are exceptions.

Does Emirates Allow Service Animals in Cabins?

Emirates allows service/guide dogs in its cabin depending on the flight’s-

  • Origin
  • Destination
  • Route

However, your service or guide animals can travel in-cabin on the following flights:

  • Between European Union countries and the USA
  • Direct flights between European Union countries and Dubai
  • Routes between New Zealand and Australia
  • With direct routes from Dubai to Canada and the USA

Can Your Pets Travel as Checked Baggage with Emirates?

Your flight route determines if pets will be allowed in the checked luggage section or not. The airline allows your pet dogs, cats, birds, and falcons as checked baggage. However, as per Emirates Airways pet policy, your pets can travel as checked bags in transit when the trip duration is within 17 hours. Moreover, fulfill other requirements.

What is the Emirates Pet Travel Fee as Checked Baggage?

The dimensions and weight of the pet carrier along with the animal determine the fee you have to pay. Take a look at how much Emirates charges for your pet’s trip.

Fees (in $)       Pet Carrier and Animal
Dimensions Weight
800 150 cm (59 inches) and 300 cm (118 inches) Over 32 kg
650 Between 150 cm (59 inches) and 300 cm (118 inches) Between 24 kg and 32 kg
500 150 cm/59 inches 23 kg

Now that you know about the Emirates pet travel fee, let’s see the booking process for your pet.

How Can I Book a Spot for My Pet on Emirates?

To make booking for your pet on an Emirates flight, follow the 4-step approach mentioned below –

Tentative Booking

Book the space for your pet on Emirates.

Get Quotation

The airline sends you an approximate quotation after checking –

  • The space availability
  • Chargeable weight on the flight


For approval, send the following documents of your pet to Emirates at least 72 hours before the flight.

  • A photo inside the kennel while standing
  • Passport with rabies vaccination records and microchip number
  • A Valid UAE MOCCAE Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Duly filled and signed acknowledgement form
  • Name, email address, and mobile number of the receiver
When flying on the same flight with your pet

As per Emirates pet policy, you must have the following handy –

  • Your flight confirmation copy
  • Name and email ID of the clearing agent at the destination
  • Additional documents/pictures as per your pet’s breed
Other Documents
  • EU health certificate (for EU destinations)
  • UK annexe (for UK destinations)
  • Import permit and Rabies blood test report (if required)

Final Steps

After the booking approval, the airline emails you a PDF file that guides you on the handover and payment process.

What is Emirates Pet Plus Service?

If your pet is catching its first flight from Dubai, avail Emirates Pet Plus service. So, when you make a booking, this service connects you to an Emirates’ contracted service provider who helps with your pet’s –

  • Pick-up/ collection from the destination of origin
  • Drop-off/ delivery at its final city
  • Required documentation and permissions for the journey

Which Pet Breeds are Not Allowed on Emirates Flights?

When flying with Emirates airlines, know the pet breeds allowed/prohibited as per the policy for international flights.

The airline doesn’t allow the following breeds and their crosses on Emirates SkyCargo.

Dog Breeds

  • Affenpincher
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Boston Terrier
  • Lowchen
  • Boxer
    Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Newfoundland
  • Bulldog (all types)
  • Pekingese
  • Bullmastiff
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Cane Corso
  • Presa Canario
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Pug (all types)
  • Chihuahua (apple headed)
  • Shar-Pei
  • Chow Chow
  • Shih Tzu
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin


  • British Longhair
  • Himalayan
  • British Shorthair
  • Persian
  • Burmese
  • Scottish Fold
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Selkirk Rex
  • Exotic Fold (Foldex)

Which Breeds Does UAE Restrict on Emirates?

As per Emirates airlines pet policy, Dubai doesn’t accept the following breeds. United Arab Emirates Government regulations have banned these breeds or their hybrids/mixed breed.

  • Pit Bulls
  • Mastiff Dogs
  • Tosa
  • Rottweiler breeds or hybrid
  • Doberman Pinschers / Doberman
  • Canario presa
  • Boxer
  • Karabash
  • Caucasian Ovcharka
Please note

These breeds may be accepted for carriage if –

  • Not imported into the UA
  • Allowed by the destination country

Important Information about Restricted Breeds

  • Emirates SkyCargo can accommodate these breeds if not traveling to the UAE. However, these breeds are transported only with permission of origin and destination authorities with  the correct permits/licenses, if applicable.
  • Reinforced and upgraded containers are a must for these dogs.
  • Emirates SkyCargo doesn’t transport greyhounds for commercial activities. Domesticated greyhounds and the rescued ones are transported.
Restrictions to accept cats and dogs

Minimum age – 15 weeks

From a ‘High Risk’ country, the age can be  27 weeks.

In Conclusion

Simply put, Emirates pet policy makes traveling for you and your pet convenient and streamlined. Moreover the policy aims to provide you with a host of benefits that enhance your experience with Emirates. There are no hidden charges, you have reliability at every stage, and assistance is provided from experienced staff. So, have peace of mind during your pet’s transit or traveling along on Emirates flights.

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