Pet Travel Question: Transiting through Frankfurt

Hi PetRelocation,

What are the requirements for traveling through Frankfurt Airport, Germany while in transit to Azerbaijan? Is there anything special I need to know?


Hello David,

Thanks for the question! Generally, when briefly transiting through an airport it's not necessary to meet that particular country's import requirements. Only if you're leaving the airport or changing airlines do you need to worry about meeting additional import requirements. 

If you're flying with Lufthansa and have enough time, you'll be able to take advantage of the Lufthansa Animal Lounge, where pets follow one of three routes and will be allowed to take a break from the confines of their travel crate, etc. It's a pretty nice set-up!

For your information, here are the pet import requirements for Azerbaijan.  You can also review pet export information from the USDA here

Hope this helps! Please contact us if you'd like some help arranging your move, and good luck with everything.

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: David
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
From: Houston, TX, USA
To: Baku Azerbaijan via Frankfurt Airport

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2011 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team






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By Audrey Gentry on March 26, 2018 at 12:48 am

Seems I am having trouble getting my 32 kg dog on any flights from singapore to LAX. Usually in the past it has not been a problem and I have even done the paperwork myself, including with the returns... This year it's an issue with SQ, ANA, UA... I have never flown through Frankfurt but hear it is a great animal transit airport. Either freight or cargo, please an you give me info on different requirements, and also if there is a Singapore Frankfurt and Frankfurt LAX (or) SFO flight or would I have to clear customs with dog at an East Coast usa port of entry...? Thank you,

By on April 4, 2018 at 4:59 pm

Hi Audrey!

Frankfurt is a great option for transit if you book a pet flight on Lufthansa. They offer international comfort stops at their Cargo Animal Lounge. For specific availability and routing, you would need to check with Lufthansa to see how you can get to LAX of SFO via Frankfurt. As long as you stay on the same airline and the layover is less than 24 hours, you will only need to fill the import requirements for the USA. Hope this helps!

By Alex on March 20, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Hello, I am flying Lufthansa from San Francisco to Oslo with a connection in Frankfurt. I am transporting a dog as excess cargo. Will I be able to see my dog during the Frankfurt layover? Or is it possible to call and check in on her? Thank you!

By on March 30, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Hi Alex, and thanks for your question! If your dog is traveling as manifest cargo through Frankfurt, you can’t personally visit but they do offer a premium service which includes photo updates and a personal contact available to answer questions.

By Emma on March 18, 2018 at 2:17 am

Hi. I am moving from Azerbaijan to ireland this summer and was wondering the best way to transit from Frankfurt to Dublin. How many hours should I put between my next flight? I have one small dog who will be traveling in cabin with me, although I believe he will need a medical check upon entry in Frankfurt airport, as it will be our first stop in the eu. Will he also be admitted to the pet lounge, and if so, is it located within the airport? Thanks very much.

By Savi Chakraborty on March 10, 2018 at 12:21 pm

Hi, I am travelling with my Golden Retriever from New Delhi to Toronto via Frankfurt on Lufthansa. We have a 6.5 hours halt at Frankfurt. Will we be allowed to meet our dog at the Pet Lounge?

By Pankhuri on April 13, 2018 at 11:42 am

Hey! When are you traveling with your doggie? I'm travelling in July (Mumbai-Frankfurt-Toronto) and if you're travelling before me, would love to hear about your experience! Thanks.

By on March 14, 2018 at 3:51 pm

Hi Savi, Thanks for the question! Since your pet will be transiting Frankfurt, you will not have access to them while at the Animal Lounge. For security reasons, Lufthansa only allows authorized personnel to see pets while transiting. Hope this helps!

By Mo on February 15, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Hello,(not sure if my previous comment went through)Im travelling with my dog (Staffordshire terrier) from Brazil to Egypt. with a 10hr Layover in Zurich airport. All vaccines, microchip and health certificate are done.Do i need to have the "Rabies Serology" ? is there any extra requirments for the transit?Thank you

By on February 16, 2018 at 10:27 am

Hi Mo,

Thanks for your question! Egypt does not require dogs to have a rabies serology but does require the rabies vaccine. You can find a list of requirements for importing pets to Egypt here. Hope this helps!

By Mo on February 15, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Hello,Im traveling with Swissair. from Brazil to Egypt , with a 10hr layover in Zurich Airport. all vaccines are done, Microchip and Health certificate. Will i need to do the "Rabies Serology" ? and is there extra documents needed?Thank you

By Alex on February 12, 2018 at 11:05 am

Traveling thru Frankfurt to USA, from Italy, trip will be in two legs, From Catania to Frankfurt, stay one night in airport hotel then next day to USA Plan to take dog with us to Germany We will have pet passport with microchip and vaccination from Italian vet. Do we need additional forms etc required by German authorities? (Dog in cargo for both flights

By on February 13, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Hi Alex,

If your layover is longer than 24 hours, you switch airlines, or you leave the airport, you will need to meet the import requirements for Germany, including an EU health certificate. You can view import regulations for Germany here. Hope this helps!

By Joanna on January 27, 2018 at 8:19 pm

I’m flying from USA to Poland with my in cabin dog. I will be transitioning in Frankfurt, do I need another set of dog documents for Germany or just the ones for my destination (Poland)? Thanks, Joanna

By on February 13, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Hi Joanna! For pets traveling in cargo, you do not usually have to fulfill the layover country’s requirements as long as you are on the same airline for both legs of your flight and the layover is less than 24 hours. Since we specialize in flying pets via cargo, we recommend contacting your airline for regulations regarding in-cabin layovers. Thanks for your question!

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