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 georgia on October 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Hi, I am emailing I am looking to fly myself and my husband to Romania with our pet parrot Willow. She is a conuore parrot and is small and only weighs 90grams. I am wondering if you could find us a airline we could fly with to get her to Romania. We would be willing to drive to France or another country to get the flight as I am aware flights from UK with animals in cabin is not avalible. Could you please let me know where I could fly from to have her in the cabin to travel and also how would I go about booking this and what would the proccess be. We can fly to anywhere in Romania. Many Thanks Georgia Sobaru.

By on October 12, 2018 at 10:10 am

Hi Georgia! Our services are specialized in pets traveling on their own plane ticket as "manifest cargo" however, we believe Delta still allows pets in the cabin and defines “pets” to include dogs, cats, and household birds. Although the first thing you'll want to do is to check if your bird's breed is a protected species. It typically takes about 6 months a lot of paperwork to relocate birds internationally. If you are looking for a company like ours to help, feel free to reach out to us directly! Thanks again!

By margaret on October 6, 2018 at 3:07 am

Hi. I am looking to transport a puppy from Rome to the UK who will have all required vaccinations and documentation. What is the cheapest airline? and how do I book.?

By on October 10, 2018 at 9:34 am

Hi Margaret! The UK requires all pets to arrive as manifest cargo on their own plane ticket. Each airline will have their own rates and typically they require you use a pet shipper like ours to book pets as "manifest cargo". Check out our booking guide and please let us know if we can be of assistance!

By Lori on September 30, 2018 at 10:32 am

How many cats or pets (total) are allowed on a plane as carry on. Not per person, but total. Also, if I reserve a flight and travel for my pets, does air temperature affect their ability to travel? Thank you.

By on October 1, 2018 at 1:53 pm

Hi Lori! Each airlines have their own rules & requirements for pets traveling in-cabin. but temperature restrictions are typically not an issue for in-cabin travel. There is not an exact number of pets allowed in cabin though the airline reserves the right to refuse any pet attempting to travel in cabin at check-in, based on the pilot's discretion. Our recommendation would be to call the airline reservation line and speak to the airline about in-cabin travel. Our services are specialized in pets traveling as "manifest cargo" so if you'd like more information about PetRelocation, please fill out our arrange a move form here. Thanks!

By Beate on September 30, 2018 at 7:15 am

Hi there ,I will relocate in December to Germany ( Munich ) and along my 2 cats with me . Both up-to-date with their vaccination and micro chipped . I would like to know the estimated cost and can I keep them with me in the cabin .Thank you and have a lovely day! Beate

By on October 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Hi Beate! Here are the requirements for moving pets to Germany. Each of our moves are customized to fit the needs of our clients. If you'd like to connect with a consultant, please fill out our arrange a move form here. Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

By Dario on September 21, 2018 at 5:22 pm

Hi, I´m planning to fly with my dog (small and less then 8kg) from Brazil to Ireland (Dublin), for the purpose of relocation, with transit in Frankfurt. Can my dog fly with me inside the cabin in both flights (from GRU to FRA and then from FRA to DUB)?

By on September 26, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Hi Dario! Thanks for your question; however, your pup will not be able to fly in-cabin. Ireland requires all pets to arrive into the country as "manifest cargo" which means they fly on their own plane ticket (not attached to a passenger's ticket). Cargo flights for pets must be booked by a company in the departure country, so you'll need to get an authorized pet shipper like us to book your pet's flight for you. Your pet will need to fly as cargo on Lufthansa from GRU to FRA to DUB, then you can retrieve your pet from customs in Dublin. Feel free to fill out our arrange a move form if you'd like our assistance. Hope this helps!

By Maya Janousek on September 21, 2018 at 7:23 am

I apologize in advance if this is a repeated question...I will be flying from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Arizona via Houston in late October. I have already called and booked that I will be with my cat, and I understand that the US and/or Arizona have documentation requirements that I need to gather. But my question is, does Lufthansa itself require documentation?

By Kirsty on September 18, 2018 at 10:15 am

Can I fly a puppy under 8kg from UK to Helsinki (via Frankfurt), in the cabin as hand luggage. If so can it be 8-10 weeks old as Finland do not equine rabies vaccination, thank you

By on September 18, 2018 at 4:01 pm

Hi Kirsty! Finland is part of the EU which does require a microchip and rabies vaccine (even if coming from a rabies-free country like the UK). Then your pet must wait 21 days before import. Because of the rabies vaccine requirement, you cannot move a puppy into the EU that's less than 16 weeks of age. Hope this helps!

By Paroma on September 13, 2018 at 10:58 pm

Hello! I will be flying from LA to Mumbai via Frankfurt with Lufthansa & I plan to take my cat with me in the cabin. She is under the 8 kg limit. The journey is very long - 21 hours - so obviously a bit nervous about such a long trip for my cat. Just a few questions that I'm hoping you can answer:1) The flight I'm looking at has a 2 hour layover in Frankfurt. Is this enough time - are there any special screenings I will have to go through in Frankfurt because I have a cat? 2) Are there any pet relief areas in Frankfurt airport where I can let my cat out of the carrier? 3) Also she is microchipped and has an AVID chip which I don't think is ISO compliant. Will the airport staff in India and Frankfurt be able to read her chip? Or do you suggest getting my own chip reader? 4) Apart from the Vet Certificate, vaccinations & NOC, do I need any more documents for India or Germany (transit)? 5) My cat has a bit of asthma - is in cabin travel safe for her? Any precautions I can take?Thank you:)

By on September 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Hi Paroma! Thanks for your questions! We specialize in pets traveling as "manifest cargo" which means they are not tied to passenger plane ticket & do not fly in-cabin. Typically, if you as the passenger are not changing airlines then you do not need to clear customs for your cat in Frankfurt, more info about this can be found here. This means you will not need to meet German import requirements.

To import into India, your cat's microchip should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. If it does not, we suggest bringing your own scanner to get through customs in India. Make sure you chat with your vet about any health related concerns & review import requirements for India before you go! If you are interested in more information about our services, feel free to fill out our Arrange a Move form and a consultant will reach out to you. Hope this helps with your planning!

By Paroma on October 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Thanks so much Maegan:) Much appreciated:)

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