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 Natalie on July 19, 2018 at 7:38 am

Hi, I’m currently in Casablanca Morocco. I found kittens that I want to bring with me to the USA. They are two young to get rabies shots so I will have to land in Newark New Jersey. The only flight going from Casablanca to Newark is a connection flight with Lufthansa. Stopping in Germany. Will I be able to do a layover in Germany with out them being vaccinated again rabies?

By on July 24, 2018 at 8:52 am

Hi Natalie! Thanks for your question. In our experience, because Morocco is such a high-risk rabies country, your cats should definitely not board a flight out of Morocco without a rabies vaccination. If they do, they could possibly be detained upon arrival. Hope this helps!

By Sammi on June 18, 2018 at 11:07 am

I'm traveling with my cat in cabin from frankfurt to las vegas - but i have a 5 hour layover in frankfurt from when we arrive on the train to the airport - is there a pet relief area I can set up our travel little box and have him go? some airports have a little area for this and I wondered if FRA did -- separate to the animal lounge as they wont be open when we are there

By on June 19, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Hi Sammi! We only know of the Animal Lounge, but feel free to contact the Frankfurt Airport concierge here for additional questions or concerns. Hope this helps!

By MM on June 8, 2018 at 1:18 pm

So glad to have found this thread! I am planning to travel with my cat from Istanbul to Canada next week, with a 3 hour layover in Munich, Germany. I'll be changing from Turkish Airlines to Lufthansa, different airlines but since they've both Star Alliance I'm not sure if that means I'll be going through customs or not. My cat (who will be with me in the cabin) has her vaccines but no microchip and didn't do the titer test. Any info or insight greatly appreciated - I've had trouble figuring out what the set up is at Munich Airport.Thanks, Marie

By on June 11, 2018 at 10:55 am

Hi Marie! We only specialize in pets traveling as “manifest cargo” on their own plane ticket so we are not as familiar with in-cabin travel for pets. Since she is tied to your plane ticket, you will be responsible for all customs & paperwork. I know this process if very confusing which is typically why people hire a service like ours to help navigate this process! We would choose different routing so that airlines would not change in Munich. If we can be of assistance, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Looking forward to speaking with you!

By Tamara on May 23, 2018 at 10:41 am

Hello! I'm planning to take my cat with me to Canada. On my way I'll have a layover in Frankfurt. My cat was vaccinated against rabies but doesn't have a microchip. Will it be a problem? I'm not going to leave the arport just changing airplanes.

By on May 24, 2018 at 11:33 am

Hi Tamara! If you are changing airlines & clearing customs, then your cat will need to meet import requirements for Germany. If you are staying on the same airline, customs clearance is not required. Here are also the import requirements for Canada. Hope that helps!

By Dirk on May 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Hello! I am planning to fly with my cat to Hanover (Germany), but looking at tickets, I will have to transfer via Frankfurt. Will I have to clear my pet in Frankfurt or can I book my pet all the way through to Hanover and clear there? Not sure if clearing is required at first point of entry into Germany and if I need to allow enough time between fligts to first go out and clear before re-checking animal in. Many thanks!

By on May 4, 2018 at 9:14 pm

Hi Dirk! If you are flying with your cat on Lufthansa, then the flight will likely transit Frankfurt as that is Lufthansa's hub. Since Frankfurt will be the first point of entry into the EU, you will both need to clear customs. We recommend a layover of at least 4 hours in Frankfurt. When you call to book your flight, we recommend asking the booking agent of the specific procedure for you & your kitty in FRA. If you are looking for a company like ours to help with these logistics we do have a team dedicated to relocations to the EU. Feel free to fill out our Arrange A Move Form and someone will be in touch! Hope this helps!

By Zhaleh on April 27, 2018 at 4:35 pm

Hello, I am travelling with my dog as excess baggage in cargo hold from Philadelphia to Iran through Frankfort . Our layover is 7 hours and we are with the same Lufthansa flight to and from Frankfurt. I got all my final destination (Iran) required health document , I was wondering I need Germany specific document (Bilingual EU form) ? If yes the problem would be the rabies vaccine, my dog got the vaccine last week with meets Iran's requirement but does not meet Germany 21 day rule. Would appreciate the response.

By on April 30, 2018 at 4:01 pm

Hi Zhaleh and thanks for your question! As long as you're staying on the same airline and simply changing planes, you are simply transiting through the layover country with your pet. In that scenario, you will only need to fulfill the import requirements for your destination country (Iran). You can read more about international layover and transit requirements here.

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.

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