How to Book a Flight on KLM Airlines for Your Pet

CatBooking your pet's flight correctly is one of the most important parts of your trip.  After all, how else will your pet be able to join you in your new home? 

If you're currently considering all of your options, take a look at this step-by-step guide to booking a flight on KLM Airlines for your pet.

Accompanied Pets

Please Note:

If you are traveling with your pet to Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, South Africa or the United Kingdom, please skip this section and proceed to Unaccompanied Pets.

1)  First you will need to determine whether your species of pet can travel in cabin.  KLM only allows small cats and dogs up to 6 kg (13 lbs) including their carrier in the cabin.  If you have a dog or cat who weighs under 6 kg (13 lbs) with his carrier, go to step 2. If you have another species of pet, go to step 6.

2) Your pet will need to travel in a hard-shelled kennel no higher than 20 cm or in an animal travel bag (soft-sided) that expands to a maximum of 115 cm (L+W+H).  Your pet will need to be able to stand up comfortably in the carrier while traveling.  If your pet cannot fit comfortably in a carrier or kennel of this size, go to step 4. 

3) Call to Book Your Flight:  To make reservations by phone, please contact your country's KLM Telephone Reservations Line.

When you call to book your flight, you will need to notify the person making the reservation that you will be traveling with a pet in cabin.  While you can book your flight up until the last minute, KLM requires at least 48 hours advance notice for pets traveling in cabin.  Your pet will also need to fulfill the international pet travel requirements for your destination country (if traveling internationally).

4)  If your dog or cat cannot travel in cabin due to size or weight restrictions, your pet can travel underneath the plane in the air-conditioned cargo hold as “Accompanied luggage.”  Your pet must be transported in a hard-shelled pet travel crate approved for pets as cargo (see below).  Your pet and kennel combined may not weigh more than 75 kg (165 lbs).  If your pet weighs under 75 kg with his carrier, proceed to step 5.  If your pet weighs more than 75 kg with his carrier, proceed to step 6.

Travel Crates for Pets as Cargo:  Your pet's travel crate will need to be up to IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards.  KLM also requires pet travel crates to be equipped with a water dish.  We recommend attaching your pet's water dish to the inside of the crate door (see: All About Pet Travel Crates).

5) Call to Book Your Flight:  To make reservations by phone, please contact your country's KLM Telephone Reservations Line.

When you call to book your flight, you will need to notify the person making the reservation that you will be traveling with a pet in the cargo hold as accompanied luggage.  While you can book your flight up until the last minute, KLM requires 48 hours advance notice of pets accompanying their owners and traveling in the cargo hold.

Unaccompanied Pets (or Pets Traveling as Cargo)

6) Your pet should be transported as freight by Air France-KLM Cargo if:

  • Your pet and kennel weigh more than 75 kg (165 lbs). 
  • The kennel is larger than 292 cm (115 inches) (l + w + h). On some types of aircraft, the kennel must not be larger than 247 cm (97 inches) (l + w + h).
  •  The pet is travelling to Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, South Africa or the United Kingdom. 

For your pet to travel unaccompanied via Air France-KLM Cargo, a cargo account is required and pricing is based off a dimensional or volume weight.  If your pet is going to be traveling unaccompanied, it is best to obtain a quote from a Specialist by filling out our online consultation form.

Air France-KLM Pricing Structure for Pets

Accompanied:  For pets traveling within Europe on most AF-KL flights, the pricing per pet is EUR 70.  For all other international flights, the price per pet is EUR 200.

Unaccompanied/Cargo:  The pricing is based on dimensional weight and varies per pet.  Fuel surcharges and other fees also apply.

Note: Please Check with KLM for the most up to date information


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By Emotional support dogs on June 17, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Will my emotional support dog be allowed to fly in cabin with me into South Africa?

By on June 18, 2018 at 10:17 am

Hello & thanks for your question! South Africa requires that all pets arrive into the country as manifest cargo. Transport as excess baggage or in-cabin is not permitted. Feel free to review the requirements for moving pets to South Africa here and if we can be of assistance, please let us know!

By Cynthia Stella on June 15, 2018 at 12:00 am

I am trying to bring a puppy I am buying in England to my home in Costa Rica without having to put him in the hold. If I fly from London on KLM to Amsterdam, for the first leg of the trip, can the puppy fly in the cabin? (Under 13 Lbs and in correct carrier.). British Airways does not allow it and I see that KLM does not allow it on flights to England. But what about FROM England to Holland? Thanks for clarifying this. Cynthia

By on June 18, 2018 at 10:21 am

Hi Cynthia! The reason in-cabin travel for pets is not permitted into London is because the UK requires all pets to arrive as manifest cargo. Travel as excess baggage or in-cabin is not permitted for pets entering the UK. From a country import perspective, generally in-cabin travel is ok for pets arriving into Amsterdam, but you'd want to check with the KLM booking office on specific requirements. Here are the requirements for importing pets to Holland and Costa Rica. Hope this helps!

By Alice Edwards on March 15, 2018 at 5:48 am

We are hoping to travel to Cyprus from Manchester later this year with our two tiny Yorkshire Terriers. Both of them together weigh less than 8 kilos. Could you advise me if you would carry them to and from Cyprus in the cabin? Regards.

By julie on March 4, 2018 at 1:48 am

Looking for information on flying a dog from Chennai (India) to France.

By on March 7, 2018 at 10:31 am

Hi Julie,

Thanks for your question! First, it is important that you’re aware of France’s pet import requirements. You can find an overview of them here. If you are organizing your pet’s travel on your own, we have several airline booking guides on our website, including instructions for Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM (above), and United Airlines.If you would like to speak with one of our relocation consultants about this move, please fill out this form and someone on our team will contact you shortly!

By Joanna on March 3, 2018 at 4:12 am

My husband and I want to take our 4 dogs to Amsterdam from Turkey 2 can go in cabin as tiny breed 2 in the hold Is this possible And is this class as international flight costing 200 euro ?

By on March 7, 2018 at 9:46 am

Hi Joanna, thanks for your question! You can find all of the requirements for bringing pets in-cabin and as freight on the KLM Traveling with Pets page. If you have specific questions about pricing for this flight, we suggest contacting the airline directly as they will have the most accurate information for you.If you require professional assistance with moving your pets from Amsterdam to Turkey, we offer complimentary consultations so that you can determine whether our services are the best fit for you. Please fill out this form and a pet relocation expert will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you!

By Anna graffen on February 19, 2018 at 11:20 am

Would like to ship my dog home from Philadelphia airport to Glasgow Scotland UK .lhasso apso 24 lbs 4 years old ,brought him over 3 years ago ,still have crate supplied ,company he flew with only ships out from UK and not in ,looking for a quote please .

By on February 19, 2018 at 11:38 am

Hi Anna!

We’ve received your quote request and someone on our UK team will be contacting you shortly!

By Bettina Barker on January 27, 2018 at 8:47 am

I'm travelling from Atlanta to Billund , connecting in Amsterdam. Where do I check in my dog, who is travelling in the hold. Do I check him in where I check in myself? And if not where and hopefully not too many hours ahead of myself, since it is already a long time for him to sit in the crate. Thanks

By on January 29, 2018 at 11:52 am

Hi Bettina,

Thanks for your question! If you have booked with KLM, please contact the KLM Telephone Reservations line for details regarding your departure airport check-in procedures and time requirements. Since you are connecting in Amsterdam and your pet is flying as cargo, you can have peace of mind knowing he will get a break at the KLM Pet Hotel during the four-hour minimum layover.

If you are flying an airline other than KLM, please contact that airline for any questions regarding check-in. Each airline has different rules regarding check-in and layovers, and they will be able to tell you exactly what you’ll need to do. Best of luck with everything and happy travels!

By Gregoria da rocha on January 26, 2018 at 5:40 am

Hi , I would like to travelling with my dog Manchester to Hong Kong on the same flight

By on January 26, 2018 at 10:36 am

Hi Gregoria!

You can book travel for yourself and your dog on the same flight. Keep in mind that a pet traveling to Hong Kong must be transported as manifest cargo, so you will need to book your dog through KLM Cargo. The steps for doing this are listed above to help simplify the process!

Always check the import requirements when traveling to another country with a pet to avoid unexpected hang ups. Here are some rules to be aware of before going to Hong Kong. If you are planning to return to the UK, you will also need to prepare to import your dog there as well. Here is a simple guide to bringing dogs and cats into the UK. Hope this helps, and happy travels!

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