Travelling with animals and birds

We know how important your pets are to you, which is why we strive to extend our world-class service to your furry and feathered friends when they travel. Qatar Airways accepts domesticated dogs, cats and birds as checked baggage, either on your flight or on a separate one, in accordance with international air travel regulations.

To allow us to comply with the rules of different countries on your travel route, we advise that you notify us of your requirements to travel with pets at the time of booking. If this is not possible, please notify us at least 48 hours before departure, to avoid any inconvenience or delays.

Travel regulations require you to make all necessary documentation for your pet available before travel. Such documents include their health certificate (signed by your veterinarian, indicating that the animal is fit to fly) and identification or pet passport.

Service dogs

On certain routes, Qatar Airways allows service dogs in the passenger cabin, free of charge, to accompany a passenger with a disability. On all other routes, service dogs will be accepted free of charge as checked baggage within the aircraft hold.

Falcons

We allow you to carry one falcon in the Economy Class cabin of an aircraft, and a maximum of six falcons are permitted within the Economy Class cabin of any one aircraft (country regulations may apply). 

Travelling cost of pets as checked baggage

Service dog(s) can be transported in the cabin free of charge when travelling on specific routes.

If a falcon is transported as checked baggage and not in the cabin, travelling cost of animals as checked baggage will apply.

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Pet containers

Your pet's travel container must be of an adequate size and be equipped with sufficient openings for ventilation. It must also be of suitable design and sufficient strength to prevent escape.

 

For your pet’s well-being, Qatar Airways reserves the right to refuse the transport of any animal if we find the container is too small.

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Pet care during transfer in Doha

During your transfer in Doha, our ground staff will make sure that:

  • Animals are allowed out of their kennels to walk and stretch;
  • Animals are observed for signs of sickness and stress;
  • Kennels are cleaned;
  • Dogs are walked;
  • Animals are provided a larger, more comfortable kennel during transit.

Pet food

We advise that you provide enough food and water for your pet’s journey in the travelling container or kennel, as you will not be able to access your pet during the journey.

If food is not provided by the owner, our ground services staff will provide your pet with food every three to four hours, and only up to two hours before departure while water is changed every hour. 

Health, breed or age restrictions

Qatar Airways does not permit transport of certain breeds of dogs and cats as these animals are normally susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke when exposed to stress or temperatures above 21°C (69.8°F).

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