Summer Pet Travel: 2017 Airline Embargoes

Planning Safe Summer Pet Transport

Dog on the beachTransporting pets during the summer can be a little extra challenging due to the possibility of high temperatures and resulting airline embargoes.

Some carriers limit their hours and impose restrictions when it comes to shipping pets in the summer, so if you're planning to move during this busier than average season, it's important to be aware of these possible changes.

Here's a look at this year's summer airline embargoes. We'll keep you updated if any changes occur, and remember you're always welcome to contact us if you have questions about how to plan your move!

Note: this list is not comprehensive and policies may change going forward. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist if you have questions about your pet's trip.

Aer Lingus

Summer Embargoes: No pets when the temperature exceeds 86°F (30°C). If temperatures are equal to or exceed 86°F (30°C) at any of the stations in the routing, pets may not be accepted and will therefore be rebooked for the next available flight(s).

Air New Zealand

Until further notice: No live animals can depart from Houston (only LAX, HNL and SFO)

British Airways

  • 3/22 - 10/31: No Pets in or out of PHX

  • 6/1 - 9/15: No pets in or out of AUS, DFW, IAH, DEN, AUS

  • LAS: No pets until further notice



  • No import or export of pets from DFW

  • No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers or Pugs


  • IAH: From 6/1 to 9/1, no pet imports. Exports are okay.

  • All airports (if greater than 80°F): No Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Bulldog (all breeds except America Bulldog), Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), or Shih Tzu.

Swiss Air

No heat embargo during the summer.


  • ALWAYS: No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Shorty Bulls/Bulldogs or their mixes unless under 6 months or under 20 lbs.

  • May 15th – September 15th: No Pugs, Boston Terriers, French/American Bulldogs unless under 6 months old.

  • September 16th – May 14th: Snub-nosed breeds are accepted if forecast temperature is 85°F or lower during departure/arrival times.

Additional Details Regarding US Pet Imports: Note that various airports may operate with restrictions. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn more.


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