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Travelling with Pets

Travelling with Pets

We understand that your pets are family to you. At Jet Airways we are committed to providing your precious pet with a comfortable journey.

Your pet can be transported either as 'Accompanied (part of checked baggage)' or 'Unaccompanied' (shipped via Cargo).

Pets booked as accompanied baggage or excess baggage

Pets booked as accompanied or checked baggage are transported in the cargo hold of the aircraft in a pet container, provided by the pet owner and approved by the regulatory authorities.To book your pet under this category, please contact any Jet Airways reservations and ticketing office or our call centre on IVR.

Pets booked as unaccompanied baggage (manifested cargo)

In case your pet is travelling 'Unaccompanied' you may contact our Cargo office for booking the travel.Both Accompanied and Unaccompanied pets will travel in the cargo hold of the aircraft.

Jet Airways policy with respect to carriage of animals

  • We accept domesticated dogs, cats, birds and rabbits on flights within India (except ATR-operated flights).

  • Domesticated dogs and cats only will be accepted on International flights. (Except flights to / from UK).

  • Female pets with suckling young and un-weaned puppies / kittens will not be accepted.

  • Weaned puppies or kittens under 8 weeks will not be accepted.

  • Pregnant animals will not be accepted.

  • Book your pet dog or cat at least 24 hours in advance as accompanied baggage for domestic flights and at least 72 hours in advance for international flights.

  • Live animals will be carried in the cargo hold only and cannot be carried in the cabin.

  • Jet Airways will accept a maximum of 3 pet containers on B737 aircraft and a maximum of 5 pet containers on A330 / B777 aircraft, subject availability.

  • One guest can carry a maximum of 3 live animals as Accompanied Baggage, subject to dimensions of all the 3 crates fitting in the aircraft hold.

  • Jet Airways is not liable in case of injury or death of the animal.

  • Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old for travel in India or a minimum of 4 months old for travel on International flights.

  • Live animals along with their respective container weighing up to 32 kgs, will be accepted as checked-in baggage. If the weight exceeds 32 kgs, the same will be accepted for carriage as cargo.

Some countries prohibit import of certain aggressive breeds of dogs, hybrid dogs / cats. These breeds will not be acceptable on Jet Airways to those countries with particular breed prohibitions.

Service animals accompanying a disabled guest in the passenger cabin do not fall under this category.

Forbidden breed of pets for carriage

Jet Airways will not accept the following breed of dogs and cats, including snub nosed, as these animals are susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke (when exposed to stress or temperatures above 21 degrees Celsius), breathing difficulties or increased stress due to travel

All snub-nosed dog breeds and their cross-breeds, including

  • Boxers

  • Bulldogs (all varieties)

  • Mastiffs (all varieties)

  • Spaniels (some varieties)

  • Terriers (all varieties)

  • Mastiffs (all varieties)

  • Akita

  • Brussels Griffin (Petite Brabancon)

  • Chow Chow

  • Dogo Argentino

  • Fila Brazillero & their crosses

  • Japanese Chin (Chin, Japanese Spaniel, Japanese Pug)

  • Lhasa Apso

  • Pekinese

  • Pit Bull

  • Pugs

  • Rottweiler

  • Shar Pei

  • Shih Tzu

  • Tosa

The following cat breeds and their cross-breeds

  • Burmese

  • Exotic

  • Himalayan

  • Persian

Container requirements


The container shown in the image should be utilized for carriage of animals.

The design and construction of the container must conform to the IATA Live Animal Regulations. Kindly ensure that the container meets these requirements prior to the day of travel.

Always ensure that the crate is large enough for your pet to sit, stand and turn around comfortably. This means an excess space of at least 3 inches on all sides and the top of the crate measured with your pet standing inside.


  • Bowls for food and water must be attached to the door of the crate

  • Funnel and pipe system, to ensure the airline can add water in the bowl without having to open the door of the crate.

  • Absorbent pad or mat at the bottom of the crate

  • Plastic ties to seal the door of the crate on all four ends

  • One extra feed for your dog or cat in a zip lock bag attached to the top of the crate in case of flight delay.

  • Details including pet's name, photo, basic nature and feeding instructions to be mentioned on the crate.

  • Emergency contact details of pet owner

  • Crate with ventilation on all four sides is preferred

  • Avoid crates with ventilation and openings at the top.

  • Crates with only clamp locking should be avoided

Portable kennels or a small container may be accepted provided the construction and ventilation is considered adequate and meets all size restrictions and general criteria.

An animal and/or container will not be accepted when

  • The container is not sufficiently sturdy or is in poor condition which may lead to the animal escaping easily.

  • The container or animal is unclean.

  • The animal appears diseased.

  • The animal is unduly savage.

  • The container could cause injury or suffering to the animal.

  • The container fails to meet the IATA regulations stipulating that the animal must be able to:

    • Stand up straight

    • Lie down without being cramped and

    • Turn around within the crate or kennel.



The weight of the pet along with the container is taken into consideration when charging excess baggage.

  • Weight Concept: The weight of the pet plus the container will be charged, irrespective of the owner's baggage being within the Free Baggage Allowance or not.

  • Piece Concept: The container inclusive of the pet is considered as an additional piece of baggage, irrespective of the number of baggage pieces the guest is carrying. Excess baggage charges for such additional baggage is twice the standard excess baggage charges applicable per piece. If the piece of baggage is overweight or oversized, additional excess baggage charges will apply.

Within India

  • Jet Airways will levy a flat fee of INR 5,000 per container for carriage of pets on domestic journeys within India. This fee will not apply to Service Animal accompanying a disabled guest.

International Customs and Quarantine requirements

  • It is the responsibility of the guest to check and comply with all local regulations at the departure airport, transfer point (if any) and destination. This includes (but is not limited to) Customs, Quarantine and Health Regulations, Quarantine stay fees / reservations, Pet Travel Schemes, e-tagging or micro-chipping, import and export formalities, Landing Permits, Transshipment permits, vaccinations, health inspections, Inspection fees, certificates, animal passports, tests and treatments, restrictions on the breed and number of pets that can be imported and foodstuff import or export regulations if carrying food for the animal.
  • The responsibility of clearing the animal through Customs and Quarantine at the destination lies with the guest.
  • Jet Airways does not accept pets on flights to and from the United Kingdom.
  • For international flights into India, pets can only be transported to the four metros - Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai where animal quarantine officers are present. In case of live animals being transported to other destinations, the guest or shipper must clear Customs and Quarantine formalities at the above-mentioned airports and rebook the pet on the onward domestic flight.
  • The guest must inform Jet Airways at least 48 hours in advance to enable us inform the Animal Quarantine officer at the destination.

Documentation for carriage of dogs, cats, birds and rabbits

The following documents are required for carriage of dogs, cats, birds and rabbits as checked–in baggage or cargo on domestic flights.

  • Fitness certificate from a veterinarian
  • For carriage of birds and rabbits, a letter from the State Forest or Wildlife department stating that the species of bird or rabbit is not endangered and is allowed to be carried on a domestic flight from the origin city to the destination city.
  • Guests arriving from an International flight and travelling onward on a domestic flight on the same day or within 24 hours of arrival, shall produce a copy of the export health certificate for AVI (live animal) issued by respective country.

Note: Dogs and cats are categorized as domestic animals and pets and do not require a letter or certificate from the State Forest or Wildlife department.

Documentation for live animal import into India

  • NOC (Import Permit)
  • Vaccination records
  • Govt. Health certificate
  • India protocol (Annex II)
  • Fitness certificate from a veterinarian

Note: All documents must be in English.

Documentation for live animal export out of India

  • Health certificate from he authorized agency at point of origin.

  • Vaccination record with all vaccinations up to date (as per rule of the destination country).

  • For Bahrain, the documents, including the up-to-date Immunization report must be faxed to +00973-17645218 for approval, along with the guest's contact details and the Jet Airways and Bahrain Office contact details.

To download click on the relevant form below

Clearance procedure at destination for International flights

  • The quarantine officer will inspect the animal and verify its health. Fees may apply for some countries.

  • Based on the physical condition of the animal and the health certificate, a 'No objection for import' will be issued by the quarantine officer.

  • Based on the No Objection Certificate and other supporting documents required by the local Customs, the pet will be cleared through Customs and handed over to the guest

  • Pets that do not clear requirements may be shipped back to the country of origin, vaccinated or quarantined.

Policy for carriage of service animals

Tips for flying with pets

  • It is a good idea to take your pet for a health checkup prior to flying. You will want your veterinarian to make sure that your pet is in good health and all vaccinations are up to date. It is mandatory to see your veterinarian if you are flying internationally.

  • Never give your dog or cat a medical (prescription) sedative. If you want your pet to be more relaxed, then provide them with a natural pet calmer.

  • If your dog or cat is prone to motion sickness, limit their food intake until you have reached your destination. Ensure that your pet gets some hydration prior to travel.

  • Always purchase your pet carrier or pet crate well in advance of your trip so that the pet can get used to it. Measure your dog or cat from tip of nose to base of tail and from top of head to floor in order to select the proper size carrier. We will require that the dog or cat be able to stand up, sit and turn around in the carrier.

  • Be sure to tell us you will be flying with a pet when you make your reservation as they impose restrictions on the number of pets on a specific flight. You cannot make reservations for your pet online.

  • Though air travel may be stressful for your pet, advance planning and preparation will make things easier for both of you.

  • For consultancy on documentation,required for transportation of pets,kindly contact,Furry Flyers (Pet relocation worldwide)

    Queries for travel within India

    • +91 22 4295 5520 / 21 / 22

    • (Monday - Saturday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm)

    Queries for International travel

    • +91 98198 80222

    • (Monday - Friday: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm)

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