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Don’t want to leave your dog, cat, ferret or canary behind when you go on vacation?
Here are some tips on how to make your pet’s airplane trip as comfortable as possible:
- Get your pet used to a carrier or cage at least five days before your trip if your pet will be traveling in the cargo hold
- Give your pet frequent but small quantities of water before take-off
- Feed your pet up to four hours before take-off and make sure it has enough food for the entire trip
- Check with your vet to see if your pet might benefit from tranquilizers
Not every aircraft has animal transport facilities and the maximum size of the pet carriers they can take on board varies. Please find out if your pet can travel with you by calling our Special Assistance service.
In order to travel within the EU, cats and dogs must have the following:
- A passport issued by a veterinarian listing the vaccinations your pet has received and attesting to its health
- Legible tattoo or microchip
- Pets that are younger than three months, and therefore have not yet had a rabies vaccine, cannot travel within Europe
- You should check any rules or restrictions for your destination country with its embassy or consulate, or by consulting the IATA Travel Information Manual
- No pets can travel to the United Kingdom or Ireland
- Transportation for recognized guide or assistance dogs accompanying blind and deaf passengers is free of charge
There may be other restrictions on bringing in certain animal species depending on the destination country.
In order to prevent the spread of avian (bird) flu, the EU and the Ministry of Health have placed a total ban on the transportation of birds from Asia, Turkey, Russia, South Africa, Romania, Croatia and the Balkan Peninsula. For public health and safety reasons, parrots and parakeets cannot be transported.
The following chart shows the fares* applicable to the transportation of pets:
|Italy||Europe, Eastern Europe, North Africa||Middle East||Japan and China||Canada, South America, Central Africa||From the USA to rest of the world||From the rest of the world to the USA|
(up to 10 kg including carrier and food)
(up to 75 kg including carrier and food)
Certain conditions must be met for the pet to be able to travel with you in the cabin:
- For the entire journey, the pet must remain in a carrier no larger than:
- 24 cm high
- 40 cm length
- 20 cm width
- The pet must be comfortable and able to turn around and lie down in the carrier. The carrier must be well ventilated, waterproof and sturdy, preferably semi-rigid or soft as long as it meets the previous conditions. If the carrier is soft or semi-rigid at the top may be slightly (2-4 cm) taller than indicated.
- The carrier may hold up to five animals of the same species as long as the total weight does not exceed 10 kg (including carrier and food)
These conditions must be met for the pet to travel in the hold:
- The body of the carrier must be made from fiberglass or hard plastic only
- If the carrier has wheels, these must be removed. If they are retractable, they must be locked with adhesive tape
- Carriers for dog transportation must have a metal door with a closure system that locks the closure points in the central part, above and below the door.
- The side air inlets of dog carriers must be made of metal, not plastic
Other criteria for the pet's comfort and safety
- The bottom of the carrier must be covered with a blanket, newspaper or other absorbent material. Straw is forbidden
- The pet must not have a leash or a muzzle. In addition, these accessories must not be left inside the carrier
- The pet must not show signs of physical tiredness. It must not be injured and must not have taken tranquilizers. We also recommend putting at least a bowl inside the carrier. This must be empty, fastened and accessible without opening the carrier
If these conditions are not met or if the pet disturbs passengers, the captain can transfer it to the cargo hold.
If you want advice and suggestions on the best way to plan your trip with your pet, please visit the Vacanze a 4 zampe (4-legged vacations) website.
*The currency used for payment of the excess baggage charge is as follows: EUR (from Europe, Eastern Europe, Japan and China), CAD (from Canada) and USD (from the USA and the rest of the world)