Travelling with Pets: IATA Compliant Pet Crates


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There are many rules to follow when travelling with pets, and these are for the safety of your pet as well as other animals and passengers. Aside from country-specific rules for travel, there are also regulations for the journey.

In this blog we run through the rules and regulations for your pet travel carrier, making pet travel even easier for you.


Where will your pet be travelling?

Only small dogs and cats can travel in the cabin, and this is rare. Most airlines will require your pet to travel as special baggage in a heated and ventilated hold. 

Travelling in hold is in fact a better option as your pet will be able to rest in a quieter, darker environment. 

However, if your pet is travelling in the cabin then you will need a slightly smaller carrier as there is less space in the cabin.


Measuring your pet

As part of IATA regulations, your pet’s crate must be an appropriate size.

Your cat or dog must be able to stand up, lie down and turn around comfortably in their carrier, so it is crucial that you measure your pet accurately before purchasing your travel crate.

When measuring your pet for an IATA-compliant pet crate, make sure they are stood on a flat surface and they are standing in a natural position.

We have put together this handy guide for you to follow

guide showing how to measure your dog or cat for a kennel'

If you need any assistance, get in touch with us and we will be happy to guide you through the process.


Travelling with multiple pets

If you are travelling on a plane with multiple animals, they will each need their own IATA kennel, unless they are weaned puppies or kittens from the same litter that are not older than 6 months.

They will also need to weigh under 14kg each and no more than 3 animals are permitted to travel in a singular container.

Animals can become stressed and even aggressive when travelling by plane, as it is a completely new environment. So even animals from the same household should not be placed in the same container unless they are young.

We hope this has helped you to prepare for travelling with your pets! At TailWings we can even supply your IATA-compliant pet crates, helping you to take the stress out of pet travel. 

Happy travels!