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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.

Not all countries allow service animals/emotional support animals to arrive in the passenger cabin of the aircraft. Please contact our Call enter to verify any limitations that may exist for the countries in your itinerary. 

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Falcons

You can 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). 

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.

Travelling with pets as checked baggage

Domesticated dogs, cats and birds are accepted as checked baggage provided that the animal is in good health and all transport requirements are met. 

  • 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.

For cost information, see our excess baggage page.

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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Restrictions on dogs from high risk countries into the U.S. and Canada

Travelling to the United States

There is a temporary suspension for dogs arriving into the United States from countries that CDC considers high risk for dog rabies. This includes dogs that have been in any high-risk country during the previous 6 months.

Dogs from high-risk countries may be brought into the U.S. only with CDC’s advance written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit) which must be provided at the time of requesting a dog either as a service animal or as checked baggage. 

View more information on the CDC website.

Travelling to Canada

Effective 28 September 2022, commercial dogs from high-risk countries for dog rabies will no longer be permitted entry into Canada. Personal or assistance dogs originating from high-risk countries will continue to be permitted entry provided all import and documentation requirements are met. View more information on the Canadian Government's website

Does your itinerary include other airlines?

Qatar Airways does not accept transporting animals transferring from flights operated by other airlines. However, transporting animals from Qatar Airways to other airlines is permitted. 

If you plan to connect onwards after your Qatar Airways flight when travelling with your pet, you must ensure all the necessary arrangements are made with the carriers involved.

Travelling with our partners?

Find more information here if your journey includes a flight with one of our partners.

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