How to Book a Flight on Lufthansa for Your Pet

Lufthansa PlaneIf you plan to travel with your pets, Lufthansa Airlines allows pets either in the cabin or in the cargo hold of its passenger aircrafts, depending on the pet's weight and size. 

Your pet can also travel unaccompanied via Lufthansa Cargo. Here's how to book a pet flight on Lufthansa.

Accompanied Pets

1)  First you will need to determine whether your species of pet can travel in cabin. Lufthansa only allows dogs and cats in the passenger cabin of their aircraft. If you have a dog or cat, go to step 2. If you have another species of pet, go to step 4.

2) You may take a dog or cat into the cabin if the weight of the animal (including transport container) does not exceed eight kilograms. If your pet and their carrier exceed these weight limits, go to step 4.  

Travel Carrier for In-Cabin Pets:  Your pet will need to be kept in an appropriate travel carrier measuring not more than 55 x 40 x 23 cm. You may use your own carrier if it has the necessary measurement and is watertight and bite-proof. Pets must remain inside the travel container throughout the entire flight.

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

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, Lufthansa requires 24 hours advance notice of pets traveling in cabin. “Several countries only allow specific types of pets,” says Martin Riecken, Head of Corporate Communications for Lufthansa.  “Passengers will be informed about this during the reservation process.”

4)  If your pet cannot travel in cabin due to size or weight restrictions, or if you have a pet other than a dog or a cat, your pet can travel underneath the plane in the temperature-controlled and pressurized cargo hold. 

Travel Crates for Pets as Cargo:  Your pet's travel crate will need to meet IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards. Lufthansa 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 (learn more about measuring your pet and choosing the right pet travel crate).

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

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.  While you can book your flight up until the last minute, Lufthansa requires 24 hours advance notice of pets accompanying their owners and traveling in the cargo hold.

Lufthansa German Airlines Pricing Structure for Accompanied Pets

As for pricing, the fare for pets is calculated based on the size concept listed below. For more information take a look at Lufthansa's website

lufthansa pricing

Unaccompanied Pets

There is also the option of unaccompanied animals being carried by Lufthansa Cargo, which is primarily how PetRelocation books pets on Lufthansa for international flights. A cargo account is required and pricing is based off a dimensional or volume weight. 

If your pet will be traveling unaccompanied, it is best to set up a pet transport consultation with us. We'd be happy to assist! 


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2010 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


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By Marija on July 30, 2018 at 10:16 am

Hi! I want to travel from Dublin to Zagreb with my small Yorkie terrier. Can I when I buy the ticket to reserve the place for her? I saw that price is 50 euro in one way? Thank you in advance. Marija Pedic

By on August 2, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Hi Marija! You'll want to use the contact information in the blog above to contact Lufthansa directly to book your pet's flight. Thanks!

By Cynthia on July 29, 2018 at 6:58 am

I need to know if I can take my shih tzu to Japan without having her quarantine for 180 days. She has her pet passport and she has had her titration test but not at one on the list. She had it done in Mexico and it was fine when I brought her in from Ecuador to Spain. She has had all her vaccinations and microchipped. I understand there is a mandatory 12 hour quarantine but I am not prepared to leave her for 180 days. Do you have a website in Japan where I can send her titration results to see if they will accept this?Thank You, Cynthia

By on August 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm

Hi Cynthia! When you move a pet from one country to another, it is considered a full export from one country and import into a new country. The procedures completed for your pup's move to Spain are no longer relevant since your pup now lives in the EU. Now you must consider this movement from the EU to Japan and follow these requirements as well. In our experience, Japan is one of the most strict countries to relocate pets to and you must follow directions exactly as they are stated.

There are blood testing laboratories designated by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) in Japan and Mexico is not recognized as an official lab. Your pup will need to get a new blood test in Spain and the blood serum must be sent to an approved lab. Your pup then must wait 180 days in Spain before importing into Japan. Here are the requirements for moving pets to Japan. Hope this helps!

By Philip Murray on July 27, 2018 at 11:52 am

Hi all I will be travelling to Panama with my dog. In addition to a pet passport Panama requires a codicil stamped by the Panamanian Embassy, there is no embassy in Ireland where I can get this done....any suggestions? Thanks

By on August 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm

Hi Phillip! You might need to send the paperwork to another office or reach out to theDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade here. Hope this is helpful!

By Deborah on July 25, 2018 at 10:13 am

Hey, does lufthansa carry little kitties (younger than 2 moths old) without vaccination as a result of a young age? I'm specifically interested in importing it to germany.

By on July 26, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Hi Deborah! According to Germany's rules & requirements, all pets are required to have a rabies vaccination that is at least 21 days old by time of import. Hope this helps!

By Carlo on July 24, 2018 at 5:05 am

Dear Sir/Madam,I just want to check if i can carry a pet dog from Frankfurt to Bangalore through Lufthansa via cabin mode. Please give me your comments accordingly i need to plan my booking, thanks and appreciate your support.

By on July 24, 2018 at 8:43 am

Hi Carlo! India does allow pets to arrive in-cabin - here are the requirements for import. However, it is up to Lufthansa whether they will allow pets in-cabin so you'd want to check with the reservation office when you call to book your own flight. Hope this helps!

By Linda on July 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

Hello, I will be travelling to Canada in December. I have booked and informed them I will be taking 2 cats. They didnt mention that if it was too cold they couldn't take a cat in the cargo. I am now worried and do not know what to do. I am sure the temperature in Canada in going to be below 45F.

By on July 24, 2018 at 8:39 am

Hi Linda! As far as we are aware, Lufthansa does not have cold temperature restrictions for pets traveling in-cargo. If you are concerned, it would be best to follow up with the Lufthansa reservation desk on any potential embargoes. If we can be of any assistance planning your cats' move to Canada, please fill out our Arrange a Move form. Hope this helps!

By Sonali C on July 19, 2018 at 10:38 am

Hello! I am traveling from India to Canada on 4th October 2018. I have already booked a flight with Lufthansa. How do I notify the airline regarding my cat who will be accompanying me on board? She is a small doll faced persian cat.

By on July 20, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Hi Sonali! You will need to call the Lufthansa reservations office listed above to add your cat onto your booking. Good luck on your big trip!

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By Thalia Agroti on July 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Hello,I plan to fly with my cat (5kg max) from London to Berlin and I'd like to have him with me in the cabin. Is a fabric container allowed as long as it meets the size restrictions? Also is a passport etc needed as with most cases? Thank you!

By on July 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Hi Thalia! When moving from the UK to the EU, a pet passport is typically the best way to complete your pet's paperwork. Check out the requirements for moving your pets to Germany here. According to Lufthansa, the in-cabin travel kennel must be escape-proof, leak-proof and bite-proof. The inside of the container must be lined with absorbent material. We recommend a blanket or old clothing. Newspaper, cardboard and straw are not permitted. Feel free to reference their site here. Hope this helps!

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