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 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!

By Suzanne on May 28, 2018 at 11:40 am

I'm wishing to fly my 3kg cat to Manchester, UK from Rabat, Morocco, or from Paris or Amsterdam to Manchester if Rabat isn't possible.

By on May 29, 2018 at 11:24 am

Hi Suzanne! Thanks for your question. Here are the requirements for moving pets to the UK from an "unlisted country" such as Morocco.

The UK requires all pets to arrive as "manifest cargo" on their own plane ticket. However, our most current information on Morocco exports state that pets cannot leave Morocco as "manifest cargo" because as export permits are not available. It would be best to meet requirements for import into the EU, fly with your pets from Morocco to Paris or Amsterdam as "excess baggage" - get a EU passport issued, then fly with your pets as "manifest cargo" from the EU to the UK.

This process is quite complex so we'd suggest hiring a company like ours to manage the process. In order to get a quote for our services, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form Here. Looking forward to hearing from you!

By Cindie on May 25, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Hi Can you tell me a flight from Frankfurt Germany to Montreal I'm allowed to put a dg in cargo cause it exceeds 8kg.Is there any breed restrictions ?Thanks Cindie

By on May 29, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Hi Cindie! Dogs are allowed to travel in-cargo from FRA to YUL. There are special restrictions for pets considered "dangerous breeds" and snub-nosed breeds. If we can assist, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Hope this helps!

By Holly on May 23, 2018 at 9:55 pm

Do you assist with pet travel from Comox BC Canada to Naples Italy. My dog can only fly from Vancouver and being as this move is for work, another agency is booking my flight and only then can I book for my Dog. Concern is that there may not be space on the flight that is booked for me and they won't book my pet.

By on May 24, 2018 at 11:46 am

Hi Holly! Sure, we'd be happy to help! When hiring a pet shipping company like ours, you will not need to be on the same flight as your pup, as pets travel as "manifest cargo" on their own plane ticket. Traveling on their own makes them easily traceable & trackable during their trip. This is extremely safe as long as your pet is healthy. If you'd like for a consultant to contact you, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form Here. Looking forward to helping with your pet's journey!

By Lesley on May 22, 2018 at 10:02 am

Hi, could you please advise if Dubai to Paris (via Zurich or Frankfurt) is a route where Lufthansa would accept dogs in the cabin. I have two small dogs who meet all the weight/age requirements. Thanks.

By on May 24, 2018 at 11:38 am

Hi Lesley! According to the the import requirements for France pets can arrive into CDG in-cabin. However, whether Lufthansa will accept them in-cabin will be up to the discretion of the airlines. Airline restrictions limit the size and weight of a pet traveling in cabin to less than 8 kg and your pet must be inside his travel crate and be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you. Additionally, the airline reserve the right to refuse any pet attempting to travel in cabin at check-in, based on the pilot's discretion. Hope this helps!

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