What Animals Can You Take on a Plane?


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If you are planning on flying with a pet, it may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people assume you can take any pet or breed with them. This is not the case. There are many animals that are allowed to travel by plane, but equally, there are some that are prohibited.

Wondering what animals you can take on a plane? Find out here.

Animals you can fly with

In the UK, our travel regulations for pets allow you to fly with a dog, cat, ferret or parrot. However, your pet cannot fly with you in the cabin unless they are a registered service dog.

When flying with a pet they will need to travel in the hold and the airline will need to be informed with plenty of notice. 

Remember, some airlines do not allow pets to travel at all! Check out our blog on pet-friendly airlines to find out which airlines do allow your pet to board their plane.

Animals you cannot fly with

Amongst the animals listed above that you can fly with, there are some animals that are not permitted to fly.

For dogs, this includes brachycephalic breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs and Shih Tzus. For cats, this includes Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan, Persian, British Shorthair and Scottish Fold.

This is for the safety of the animals as their facial structure means they are less able to breathe easily and regulate their body temperature, which can be problematic when flying by aeroplane.

Other rules

The rules for what you need to prepare when flying with a pet vary depending on the animal you are travelling with, so make sure to check up on what you need to do prior to booking your journey.

Now you know which of your four-legged friends you can bring along on your travels, it’s time to start planning your trip. If you have any queries about the rules for pet travel please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.


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