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 Erin on August 14, 2018 at 8:02 am

Hi,I am traveling with 2 cats (both under 8kg) from miami to Berlin. I will travel with another person and would prefer to carry them with me on he plane, as they are nervous cats. Can you tell me if there is a good airline for this?

By on August 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Hi Erin! If you are looking to manage your cats' relocation on your own, feel free to check out our booking guide here on the best pet friendly airlines. Hope this helps!

By thelma scudi on August 13, 2018 at 9:04 pm

need to ship a cat from LAX to VRN (Verona). the cat came from Verona eight months ago. do I need to completely re-certify the health data for this shipment? please and thank you,

By on August 14, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Hi Thelma! As long as the rabies vaccination isstill valid, your pet will need a new health certificate issued by your USDA accredited vet within 10 days of flight. Here are the requirements for moving pets to Italy. Hope this helps!

By Hayley on August 13, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Hello! I will be traveling from London to Los Angeles with a small dog. Will the dog be allowed in the cabin in premium economy?Thank you!

By on August 14, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Hi Hayley! In our experience, you would need to get approval from Lufthansa on in-cabin routing. Their contact information for their booking service is listed above. Hope this helps!

By Carol Jones on July 31, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Hi, I'am planning on taking my Maltese dog as carry on baggage with Lufthansa airways and travelling from saudi Arabia too the UK, Will i be able to travel straight too Uk or break up my journey ? i will have all my documentation & pet passport sorted.

By on August 2, 2018 at 12:25 pm

Hi Carol! It is a government rule that pets must arrive into the UK as manifest cargo and cannot travel in-cabin or as excess baggage (tied to a passenger's plane ticket). Also, since Saudi Arabia is not "rabies free" - there is a 4 month planning process to get your pup into the UK from Saudi Arabia. Feel free to check out our UK Import Guide here for additional clarification on the rules. Hope this helps!

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!

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