Booking Emirates Airlines Pet Travel

shipping your pets on Emirates airlinesThere are some unique rules for booking pet travel with Emirates Airlines. For example, while regular domesticated cats and dogs aren’t permitted in the cabin, falcons are allowed to travel in-cabin between specific locations.

To help navigate through these unique rules and booking processes, we created a simplified guide below. Read on to learn more about how to book your falcon (or other pet) with Emirates Airlines.

Accompanied Pets

Pets Traveling In-Cabin

1. Can your pet travel in-cabin with Emirates? Only if your pet is a falcon flying between Dubai and some locations in Pakistan or if your pet is a trained guide dog for the blind. Traveling with a different type of pet? Skip to step 3.

2. If you own a guide dog, please read these instructions on how to book your dog’s flight. To book your falcon in-cabin, please reach out to your local Emirates office well in advance of your travels.

Keep in mind that even though your dog will be traveling with you in the cabin, you’ll still need to follow the pet import requirements for your destination country.

Pets Traveling as Excess Baggage

3. Dogs, cats, falcons, and pet birds can travel as checked baggage in cargo as an addition to your own ticket. There are no limits to the number of pets allowed on your Emirates flight as checked baggage. However, it’s important to be aware of any import rules restricting travel to unaccompanied cargo-only or limiting the number of pets allowed to enter prior to booking your pet as checked baggage with Emirates.

Additionally, up to two pets who are comparable in size up to 14kg and are used to sharing space together may travel in the same crate. All other pets are required to travel in their own crate. For excess baggage travel, the crate’s dimensions cannot exceed 118in or 300cm.

Lastly, if your flight is longer than 17 hours, your pet will be required to travel as unaccompanied cargo for safety purposes.

If you have multiple pets who cannot travel together, a flight longer than 17 hours, a pet other than a cat, dog, or bird, or if you’re pet will be traveling to a country that does not allow excess baggage travel for pet imports, go to step 5.


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4. Before you can book your pet as excess baggage, you will need to find an IATA approved travel crate for your pet to travel in. We have tips on how to find the right travel kennel on our on this page of our website.

When you’re ready to book your pet as excess baggage, contact your local Emirates office. The pricing for pets traveling as excess baggage are:

Weight (Travel Crate + Pet) Dimensions (Travel Crate) Price
Up to 23kg Up to 59in / 150cm $500 USD
Between 24-32kg Between 59in / 150cm and 118in / 300 cm $650 USD
Over 32kg Between 59in / 150cm and 118in / 300 cm $800 USD
N/A Over 118in / 300cm Cargo

Remember that even though your pet will be traveling with you as checked baggage, you’ll still need to follow the pet import requirements for your destination country.

Unaccompanied Pets or Pets Traveling as Cargo

All pets traveling as cargo with Emirates fly under Emirates SkyCargo. Traveling pets are offered the highest standard of care with SkyCargo through their special facilities (in Dubai) and dedicated staff members. All of SkyCargo’s processes and facilities were developed with the intention of making traveling pets feel safe and comfortable, while also providing their owners with a stress-free experience.

5. As with accompanied travel, your pet will need an approved travel crate to fly on its own. If you’re having trouble finding one on your own, Emirates does have kennels available for purchase in Dubai and other locations. Be sure to check inventory prior to bringing your pet in for check-in to ensure the right sized travel kennel is available for your pet.

To book your pet with Emirates SkyCargo, you need to contact your local office and ensure your pet will meet the necessary import rules for your destination. Please allow at least 4 business days for Emirates SkyCargo to process your request.

Having trouble booking your pet with Emirates SkyCargo? Contact us to help manage the booking details and more for your upcoming pet travels.


PetRelocation Team


Air Travel, Airlines



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