Lufthansa: Pet Policy

What methods of transport does Lufthansa provide for my pet?

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

Does my pet qualify for travel in the passenger cabin?

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

  • Only domesticated dogs and cats are allowed.
  • Your pet can comfortably remain in its kennel, under the seat for the entire flight.
  • The maximum weight of animal and kennel is 18 lb/8 kg and may be a maximum of 55cm X 40cm X 23cm or 22in x 16in x 9in.
  • The kennel is specifically made for animal carriage and can fit under the 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:

  • Only domesticated dogs and cats are allowed.
  • The kennel meets all requirements (see below for more information).
  • Your pet has all necessary health documents required by your destination (see below for more information).

Does my pet qualify to be shipped as cargo?

If your pet does not meet the requirements for travel in the cabin or as checked baggage, or you would like your pet to travel unaccompanied contact Lufthansa Cargo for more information.

What are the fees associated with pet transport?

  • Small animals in the cabin traveling within Germany: 35 EUR/USD $50/CAD $50 per animal
  • Small animals in the cabin traveling within Europe and third countries: 50 EUR/USD $60/CAD $60 per animal
  • Small animals in the cabin traveling intercontinental: 70 EUR/USD $100/CAD $100
  • Medium animals in hold traveling within Germany: 70 EUR/USD $100/CAD $100
  • Medium animals traveling within Europe and third countries: 100 EUR/USD $150/CAD $150
  • Medium animals travelling intercontinental: 150 EUR/USD $200/CAD $200
  • Large animals traveling within Germany: 150 EUR/USD $200/CAD $200
  • Large animals within Europe and third countries: 200 EUR/USD $300/CAD $300
  • Large animals traveling intercontinental: 300 EUR/USD $400/CAD $400

What are the kennel requirements?

Below are some of Lufthansa's kennel requirements:

  • Be leak-proof and escape-proof.
  • Be properly ventilated, but not allow any part of the animal from protruding outside of the container.
  • Provide enough room for the animal to stand and turn around.
  • Be made of metal, wood, or a hard plastic/composite.
  • Contain absorbent material or litter.
  • Have functional handles on the kennel's exterior to prevent tilting and any direct contact with the animals.
  • Be closed securely, but not locked.

What health documentation is required?

Many countries require health documents. As it is the passenger's responsibility to be aware of all regulations, you should consult your veterinarian and the local embassy to where you'll be traveling to ensure that your animal will comply with all requirements.

Are there any other restrictions?

Lufthansa can refuse to transport an animal due to illness, aggressive behavior, poor kenneling, or extreme temperatures at origin, transfer, or destination airports.



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

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