Air Tahiti Nui: Pet Policy

What methods of transport does Air Tahiti Nui provide for my pet?

  • Travel in the passenger cabin.
  • Checked as accompanied baggage in pressurized and temperature controlled area of your aircraft.

Does my pet qualify for travel in the passenger cabin?

Pets that meet the following qualifications can travel in the passenger cabin:

  • Only cats, dogs, small tame birds (i.e. canaries, budgerigars) in cages covered with a piece of fabric, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits.
  • The following breeds of dog are not permitted for travel in the passenger cabin: Stafforshire terrier, mastiff (boerbull), tosa, and pitbull. This includes any dog that is a mix of one of the breeds mentioned with any other breed.
  • Small rodents can not travel in the passenger cabin with unaccompanied minors.
  • One pet per passenger is permitted.
  • Pet must be under 5 kg. / 11 lb. and fit under the passenger's seat.
  • Your pet has all necessary health documents required by your destination (see below for more information).

Does my pet qualify for travel as checked baggage?

Pets that meet the following qualifications can travel as checked baggage:

  • Pets over 5 kg. / 11 lb. must travel as checked baggage.
  • Your pet must remain in its kennel for the duration of the flight.
  • Your pet has all necessary health documents required by your destination (see below for more information).

What are the fees associated with pet transport?

  • Fee for animal in the passenger cabin: $80 from Los Angeles to Paris, 80 EUR from Paris to Los Angeles.
  • Fee for animal checked as baggage: $110 from Los Angeles to Paris, 120 EUR from Paris to Los Angeles.

What are the kennel requirements?

In addition to the size and weight maximums, the USDA and Air Tahiti Nui require that kennels meet the following requirements:

  • Maximum dimensions: 45x35x20 cm. / 17.7x13.8x7.9 in.
  • Be properly ventilated, but not allow any part of the animal from protruding outside of the container.
  • Be made of metal, plastic, or wicker, but not cardboard.

What health documentation is required?

While Air Tahiti Nui does not require a health certificate for your animal, some States and Countries do require health documents. As it is the passenger's responsibility to be aware of all regulations, you should consult your veterinarian and the Department of Agriculture to ensure that your animal will comply with all requirements.

Are there any other restrictions?

Only four animals are permitted to travel in the passenger cabin per flight. Australia, French Polynesia, Japan, and New Zealand do not permit the importation of animals.



Please contact the airline directly for information about traveling with a service animal.

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