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 Neil Radulski on July 1, 2017 at 3:38 am

Hello, I am flying from Chicago to Stuttgart through Frankfurt with my dog as checked luggage under the plane. I know that I have to go through immigration at Frankfurt but that I do not have to pick up my checked bags until I get to Stuttgart. However, do I have to collect my dog in Frankfurt or can I collect him at Stuttgart as well? Thanks, Neil

By on July 5, 2017 at 9:05 am

Hi Neil, thanks for your question.

You'll want to double check with the airline to be sure, but if you're flying your dog via cargo then he will be brought to the second plane by cargo staff.

Again, we can only speak based on our experience, which is to fly with a pet friendly airline like Lufthansa or KLM, so we do recommend reaching out to the airline(s) you'll be using.

Let us know if there is anything else we can do! Good luck and safe travels.


By raffaella on July 21, 2017 at 7:55 am

Hi,I am travelling from Birmingham International (UK) to Milan (Italy) with my cat in the cabin; we are flying with Lufthansa, with a 1 hour stop in Frankfurt. Can you please confirm that my cat will not have to go though security again at Frankfurt? He is a rescue cat, who gets extremely scared when forced out of the pet carrier, so I am hoping that once he gets through security at Birmingham Airport that will be it until we get in Milan! Thank you.

By on July 21, 2017 at 10:41 am

Hi Raffaella, thanks for your question! Unless you're changing airlines (and it sounds like you're not), you shouldn't have to go through security again. You're welcome to double check this by contacting the airline directly if you want to verify any questions about their policy. Hope that helps, good luck!

By Vanessa acosta on October 28, 2017 at 2:56 am

HI! !My name is vanessa i'll traveling from Minsk (belarus) to maracaibo (venezuela) it's gonna be a very challenging journey with my 2 boys and my cat

By on October 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Hi Vanessa!

If you're looking for help with moving your cat, we'd be happy to provide you with our service options and a quote. Please fill out our free online consultation form here.

Thanks, Vanessa! We look forward to hearing from you.

By Becky on January 8, 2018 at 11:42 am

Hello, I will be transiting through Frankfurt on Lufthansa with my cat who will be checked as excess baggage. I read on Lufthansa's website that only pets traveling as unaccompanied cargo have access to the Lufthansa Animal Lounge. So where will my cat be during my layover (which is 5 hours)?Thank you!

By on January 9, 2018 at 5:06 pm

Hi Becky,

Thank you for your question! You will want to check with Lufthansa to confirm what will happen on your cat’s layover as excess baggage. We arrange our pet travel through Lufthansa cargo, so we can only provide insight based on our experience with that method. They should be able to tell you what to expect—best of luck with everything and safe travels!

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