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 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!

By Chinwe Uwatse on June 7, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Hi, I am considering bringing my pet with me on holiday from Lagos, Nigeria to the Nice, France. She is a Samoyed, a medium sized dog. How do I handle changing planes in Frankfurt? Do I have to book a round trip ticket for my dog as well? Thanks.

By on June 11, 2018 at 9:26 am

Hi Chinwe! Thanks for your question! Nigeria is considered "unlisted" in the eyes of the EU, so in order to import pets to France, it will take at least 3-4 months of preparation time. Be sure to review the requirements here before booking a flight for your pet. If all import/export requirements are being met, you can book your pet to travel on Lufthansa. Just make sure to arrange a "comfort stop" at the pet lounge in Frankfurt. Here is the first point of entry into the EU and they will be reviewing vet paperwork to ensure all requirements are met for entry. Hope this helps!

By John Thomson on June 5, 2018 at 2:06 am

HiWe wish to bring our 4 month old Malteser dog from Glasgow to either Cologne or Dusseldorf. Firstly, is it possible and if so, what are the associated costs and procedures?

By on June 5, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Hi John! Thanks for your question. It is required that pets traveling from Scotland to Germany must be microchipped, have vaccinations up-to-date, have a valid EU pet passport, and health certificate issued within 10 days of travel. If you are needing assistance with your relocation, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here and an EU consultant will reach out to you. Thanks!

By Christie on June 4, 2018 at 3:43 am

Hi I’m searching in advance for flights on military orders from Germany to fly back to the states, east coast, my family including 2 large dogs both have to be in the giant kennels. I’m reading that you take no bigger than a xl kennel. Is this true or do you make excepts with military families. Or is there another way please help. TIA

By on June 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Hi Christie! Pets flying as "manifest cargo" can travel in Giant sized crates internationally (which is a size larger than XL kennels). If you are inquiring about Lufthansa's excess baggage program, feel free to reach out to their reservation desk here for additional information about accompanied pet travel. Hope this helps!

By Teresa on May 30, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Hello, I moved to Barcelona, Spain, a couple of years ago and I was not able to travel with my pets (two cats) One of them had lost her microchip, so she was not able to travel. The other one was not allowed to get into the plane because of temperature policy (I booked my trip at at American Airlines...!). A friend of mine has been taken care of them and I really wanted to return and pick up my cats. I had no idea about Lufthansa and the possibility to travel with my cats in cabin! But right now I'm in Barcelona and I have no idea when I will be able to go to Dallas. I have my job and it is a bit complicated for me. I know there is this possibility, but I would like to know how could bring my cats by Lufthansa Cargo. For me, to arrange a move with a company is unaffordable right now. I know I have to fill out some paperwork and visit the Vet for health permissions. But it would be good for me how to send my animals to Barcelona by Lufthansa Cargo, to whom should I contact, what to do. Any help is welcome!

By on June 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm

Hi Teresa! I'm sure you are ready to be reunited with your kitties! If hiring a service like ours is a bit out of your budget right now and are unable to arrange for someone to fly with them, you might try reaching out directly to Lufthansa cargo to book their flight. However, due to all the paperwork that is required for moving a pet overseas, Lufthansa will likely require you to use an authorized pet shipper. Hiring a company to relocate your pet might be pricey - but many of our clients believe it was worth the investment when there is an unexpected airline embargo or an issue with their pet's paperwork during customs clearance! If you run into any road-blocks, feel free to fill out our Arrange A Move form here!

By Irena Savic on May 29, 2018 at 7:50 am

Hi Lufthansa,I will be flying from Belgrade to Marseille on your airline with my miniature chihuahua dog in the cabin with me. I have 2 questions: 1. Can I book my ticket online and reserve the dog by phone later? 2. Can the dog be in the soft bag-type carrier often used for small breeds? Thank you in advance Irena Savic

By on May 29, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Hi Irena! You'll want to reach out directly to Lufthansa's Reservation Office here in regards to your specific questions about your pet travel. Hope this helps! Thanks!

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