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Travelling

with pets

Find everything you need to know about travelling with trained service animals, falcons, cats and dogs with Etihad Airways.

Please make sure that you have all the correct documentation for your service animal or pet before you travel.

How to book

Submit a booking form at least seven days in advance, and email all required supporting documents no later than 72 hours before your flight.

If you’re flying to Abu Dhabi, you must also complete a UAE Health Certificate. This must be signed and stamped by a government-accredited health official in your country of departure within five days before your flight.

You must also apply for a release permit for your pet before your flight if Abu Dhabi is your final destination.

Remember, you must bring all original documents for your pet for verification at the airport. Your pet will not be permitted to fly otherwise.

Rules for pets

You can pay to bring your cat or dog on board Etihad operated flights to and from Abu Dhabi. For all other destinations, please check with the relevant country authorities if your pet can be exported or imported in the cabin.

All other pets must be transported as manifested cargo with Etihad Cargo.

  • Your ticket must be issued on Etihad ticket stock (i.e. ticket number starts with 607)
  • If you are travelling in Economy, your pet will sit in their carrier under your seat, or you can purchase an adjacent seat for them to sit in their carrier next to you. The pet travel bag or kennel must not exceed 40 x 40 x 22cm (L x W x H) to fit under your seat or 50 x 43 x 50cm (L x W x H) if you have purchased an adjacent seat
  • If you are travelling in Business or First, you can purchase an adjacent seat for your pet to sit in their carrier next to you. The pet travel bag or kennel must not exceed 50 x 43 x 50cm (L x W x H)
  • Your cat or dog must be at least 16 weeks old and weigh no more than 8kg including their carrier
  • Pets will not be accepted on flights operated by our partner airlines.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to travel with a pet

How much does it cost?

Economy

It costs $200 or 29,000 Etihad Guest Miles each way to travel with your cat or dog.

If you are transiting, the combined price will apply.

If you’d prefer to book an adjacent seat, our normal fares apply. Please make sure to book in advance.

To pay using Etihad Guest Miles, please call us

Business

If you’re travelling in Business or First, you must purchase an extra seat in advance for your pet. 

To pay using Etihad Guest Miles, please call us

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Checklist for travelling with animals in the cabin

Before you travel with an animal in the cabin, please make sure that:

  • You have checked all entry and exit regulations for the countries you are flying to and from
  • All applicable veterinary examinations or treatments have been completed
  • You have asked your vet about any medication that may need to be administered to your pet during the journey
  • Have all the official documents required for your pet to travel
  • Your pet is familiar with the travel bag or kennel
  • You have a lead and a suitable harness or collar available
  • You have dry pet food in a sealed container in your cabin baggage

To help to keep your pet calm as they fly, we suggest placing a blanket, an old item of your clothing or your pet’s favourite toy in the travel bag or kennel with them. 

Important information about travelling with pets

Guests with allergies and other animals on board

If someone is allergic to animals and a guest with a trained service dog requests to travel on the same flight, the trained service dog will take priority, regardless of the time of reservation. Allergies must be proved by a medical report submitted before the flight.

If a guest with a trained service dog and a guest with a pet request to travel in the same cabin on the same flight, the trained service dog will take priority, regardless of the time of reservation.

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