Important recommendations for travel from / to the European Union* (E.U.)
All cats and dogs travelling from / to the E.U.* must have a number tattooed or chip implanted by a veterinarian that matches the number in the vaccination card
Pets without the tattoo or chip will not be allowed to enter any E.U. country
If a pet arrives in a E.U. country without the tattoo or chip, the government of that country will either send the pet back to the U.S. or possibly destroy the pet
* European Union (E.U.) countries include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Additional restriction for travel from / to the United Kingdom
American Airlines will only accept pets (cats and dogs only) for travel from the United Kingdom to the U.S. and beyond. As American Airlines does not accept pets to the UK, only pets that will remain permanently in the U.S. can be transported from the U.K.
In order to ensure the safety of all animals, American Airlines may refuse transportation to destinations subject to extreme temperatures during the Summer or Winter months
Heat restrictions: Pets cannot be accepted when the current or forecasted temperature is above 85F / 29°C at any location in your itinerary
Cold restrictions: Pets cannot be accepted when the current or forecasted temperature is below 45F / 7°C at any location in your itinerary unless the pet has a veterinarian's statement of low temperature acclimation.
When temperatures fall below 20F / -7°C, pets cannot be checked even with a statement of low temperature acclimation
In case of extreme weather, the final decision to transport your pet can only be made at the airport on the day of departure
All animals must be examined by a veterinary surgeon prior to travel and have the proper health documentation certificate to their final destination
You are required to show a health certificate for your pet if you are checking it in. The certificate needs to be issued by a vet not sooner than 10 days before the flight departure and no sooner than 60 days for the return flight. If the return is booked on a separate ticket, the 10 day restriction applies
You will need to contact your local U.S. consulate for the most up-to-date regulations and required documents to your destination
All U.S. states require proof of current rabies vaccination for dogs over 12 weeks old and some require proof of rabies vaccination for cats
American Airlines does not restrict the transportation of sedated animals, but suggests seeking advice from a veterinary surgeon
In most cases cats and dogs should not be given sedatives or tranquilizers prior to flying. An animal's natural ability to balance and maintain equilibrium is altered under sedation which can be dangerous when the kennel is moved. When flying, animals are exposed to increased altitude pressures which can create respiratory and cardiovascular problems for dogs and cats that are sedated or tranquilized