Booking Emirates Airlines Pet Travel

There 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.

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 23kgUp to 59in / 150cm$500 USD
Between 24-32kgBetween 59in / 150cm and 118in / 300 cm$650 USD
Over 32kgBetween 59in / 150cm and 118in / 300 cm$800 USD
N/AOver 118in / 300cmCargo

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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By Sarah on November 16, 2018 at 9:47 am

Hi, i'm planning to move to dubai soon. I want to bring my 2 cats with me. How much will it cost and what is the procedure?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on November 26, 2018 at 9:53 am

Hi Sarah! Here are the requirements for moving pets to the UAE. Each of our moves are customized to fit the needs of our clients & their pets. Check out this link about costs for pet transport. If you'd like to get an estimate for your relocation,please fill out our Arrange A Move form and consultant will reach out to you. Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

By Miguel on October 18, 2018 at 12:13 am

Hi, We are planning to bring our dog in UAE from Philippines. May I know the requirements? and how long can the dog stay?

By Crishell on October 12, 2018 at 1:33 am

Hi. Thanks for this. I'm planning to travel from Dubai to Toronto via emirates airlines with three cats. My final destination is in New Brunswick. Would you know which local Canadian airlines allow pet as checked baggage during winter? Because I've read that some airlines there do not allow this. They will allow only by the cabin, but my concern is, are two people with 3 cats allowed in the cabin? There may be some restrictions on how many per cat per person in the cabin? Or if we can pay an additional seat for them? Appreciate your assistance.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 12, 2018 at 9:53 am

Hi Crishell! Have you tried looking into WestJet's pet program? They do have a seasonal embargo due to heavy holiday travel, so there is limited space available in the cargo hold. A seasonal embargo of all pets travelling as cargo will be in effect from December 15th to January 6th but any time outside of then should be okay for your cats. Hope this helps!

By Cindy on September 27, 2018 at 2:08 am

Best airline to fly dog from Japan to South-Africa. Can I book it myself

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 28, 2018 at 11:28 am

Hi Cindy! All animals must arrive into South Africa as "manifest cargo" which means you will be required to have an authorized pet shipper to book your pets flight on your behalf. Information about some of the best pet safe airlines with these airlines can be found on our blog here. Hope this helps!

By Tessa on September 23, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Hi, is there any Airline flying from Australia to Germany where i can take my cat with me in the cabin?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 28, 2018 at 11:25 am

Hi Tessa! Typically pets are required to travel as "manifest cargo" to, within & out of Australia. However, you can try reaching out to Lufthansa, Qantas, United, or Virgin. Information about booking with these airlines can be found on our blog here. Hope this helps!

By Crystal Gallon on July 25, 2018 at 9:41 am

Hi could somone please tell me what to do to get a monkey from packistan to Dubai and what document's I need and every thing els I need to do thanks

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 26, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Hi Crystal! There is an import ban on exotic animals & primates into the UAE. As far as we are aware, monkeys are illegal to have as pets & the only way to ship them internationally is if they are being used for research or educational purposes. If you are shipping a monkey for this purpose, please check with your importing institution for requirements. Thank you.

By Carole Smalley on May 19, 2018 at 4:51 pm

I want to bring my dog to Manchester airport from Srilanka. Do Emirates custom clear their animals travelling as cargo ? Or do I have to find an agent.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 11, 2018 at 10:48 am

Hi Carole! Emirates should have a designated customs broker in Manchester to clear customs for pets, as long as this is a Defra-approved route - hope this helps!

By vicki ali on February 28, 2018 at 5:52 am

are there any airlines that i can take my bird as a carry on under my seat, or purchase an extra seat for him?

By Christina at PetRelocation on February 28, 2018 at 10:41 am

Hi Vicki,

Most airlines don’t allow birds in-cabin, so depending on your departure and arrival airport this might be tricky. I believe Turkish Airlines accepts caged birds in-cabin. Best of luck with everything!

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