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


Air Travel, Airlines


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By jasleen kaur on June 25, 2018 at 12:59 pm

hi ! i want to take my pet (pug dog) from punjab to texas . can i take him with me in cabin i would travel in lufthansa and there wll be stay in frankfurt for 2 hrs is dog passport is necessary?

By on July 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Hi Jasleen! As long as you are not clearing customs while transiting Frankfurt, your pup will not need to meet import requirements for Germany. According to Lufthansa, in order for your pet to be allowed in-cabin, it must meet the in-cabin rules above (be smaller than 8 kgs and fit in a crate no larger than 55 x 40 x 23 cm.) Since pugs vary in shapes & sizes, you'd want to check with Lufthansa on their in-cabin requirements. Hope this helps!

By Bella Isles on June 23, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Hey there! I'm planning on going from Los Angeles to London and I was wondering if Lufthansa allowed in cabin transport of a small dog for a flight like that? Thanks for your help!

By on June 25, 2018 at 9:53 am

Hi Bella! The UK requires all pets to arriving into the country as "manifest cargo" which means they are not able to be tied to a passenger's plane ticket as excess baggage or fly accompanied with you in-cabin. Please check out the requirements for moving pets to the UK. Most airlines will require you to have an authorized pet shipper book flights for your pup so if we can be of assistance, please fill out our Arrange A Move form and a member of our UK team will contact you. Looking forward to speaking with you!

By Jar on June 19, 2018 at 5:56 am

Hello,We are flying from Delhi to Washington via Frankfurt (Lufthansa). We have an in-cabin ticket for our pet. I'm aware that EU uses 15 digit microchips to import animals, but b/c we are only switching planes do we need to get an ISO approved chip. We currently have a 9 digit AVID chip. The vet in Delhi seems to think that we need an EU compliant chip or they will detain our cat.I haven't been able to get a knowledgeable Lufthansa member on the phone to answer this. Do you have any insights or at the least a good contact at the airline familiar w/ this type of question?

By on June 19, 2018 at 8:54 am

Hi Jar! We have pets transit the Pet Hotel in Frankfurt daily with AVID chips. Since Frankfurt is a huge pet hub, they can scan any type of AVID chip. If you get two microchips implanted into your kitty, then it complicates the paperwork process as both chips have to be listed on all the paperwork, so we don't typically recommend getting a new chip implanted if the current one is working. Hope this helps!

By isaac jefferson on June 14, 2018 at 4:24 am

Hi I'm interested in importing 4 4month old French bulldogs from Thailand, can you tell me if this breed is allowed on a flight to Kuwait from Thailand

By on June 16, 2018 at 5:29 pm

Hi Issac! It would depend on how your pup is traveling (in-cabin or in-cargo) as Lufthansa does have temperature restrictions for french bulldogs traveling in-cargo. Also, be sure to check out our tips for transporting snub-nosed breeds like your frenchie. Feel free to reach out directly to Lufthansa for specific routing information. Hope this helps!

By Annie on June 13, 2018 at 4:09 pm

We will be moving from the U.S. to Spain at the end of the summer with our 5 cats. Can we each take one into the cabin with us? What are the restrictions? We are considering traveling back to the states to pick up 2 of the others and paying for a friend's ticket so he can take the remaining cat on the same flight so we do not have to ship any in cargo. However, we might consider transporting the remaining 3 in cargo. Will they travel on Lufthansa planes, or will the flights (to Madrid) be Lufthansa flights but operated by another carrier?

By on June 15, 2018 at 6:07 pm

Hi Annie! According to Lufthansa's pet policies, each passenger is allowed to take a maximum of two animals with them. However, it would be important to have a contingency plan in place as Lufthansa has the right to refuse carriage to any pet because of non-compliance regulations, which means flights would need to be rebooked. In our experience, cats travel great in cargo because there are not any strange noises, smells, or people that could make them anxious. Also, they would be traveling together which would give them some peace of mind. If you'd like more information about our services and how your cats can travel safely in cargo, feel free to fill out our Arrange A Move form here and a consultant will reach out to you. Thanks!

By jazmin on June 13, 2018 at 6:14 am

We are flying from frankfurt germany to Charleston SC. our cat is a registered service pet. i have seen others that are allowed to take their pets out of carrier as long as they are registered. is this true for our cat as well? i am wondering if she is leashed and stays in our laps if were allowed to take her out of her carrier?

By on June 15, 2018 at 6:01 pm

Hi Jazmin! In our experience, airlines only allow service dogs out of their kennel in-cabin; however, our speciality lies in pets traveling as manifest cargo. Feel free to reach out to Lufthansa Airlines here for clarification about your cat traveling in-cabin. Hope this helps!

By Conni Pena on June 11, 2018 at 9:13 am

Hello,We would like to travel back to the US from Slovenia ( military orders) with our xl dog. He is in an xl crate 700 series. Would be his pet passport, includes dates of rabies and health certificate from vet. be sufficient enough?Conni Pena

By on June 11, 2018 at 9:38 am

Hi Conni! If the pet passport has a valid rabies vaccine (completed in the EU) you still have to get a APHIS 7001 issued by your vet, but it does not need to be endorsed by the USDA. Feel free to check with the USDA on specific export requirements here as well as with your vet on base (they are always a great resource to military members). Hope this helps!

By Attila on June 8, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Hi,We have an Amstaff without pedigree and would like to transport from Hungary to Ireland. Understood that all airlines considered about the breed as fighting dog (however she is not) therefore special crate required and she can transported as a cargo only :-( Is there any issue because of missing pedigree?Thanks.

By on June 11, 2018 at 9:31 am

Hi Attila! Unfortunately, breeds such as Pit Bulls and Staffordshire Terriers are often listed as "restricted" because of historic breed bans rather than health issues. Though you'll find plenty of evidence to support the fact that these breeds are no more dangerous than any other (as we're sure you already know), their size, appearance and possible strength still dictates the policies of many countries and airlines. So yes, Lufthansa requires that Staffys and a few other breeds travel in reinforced crates meeting IATA Container Requirement #82 Hope this helps!

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