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General Information

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.

  • All pets must be checked-in and travel in a kennel. Please note that snub-nosed dogs and cats are not accepted
  • Only guide dogs and search dogs on official search and rescue missions may travel in the cabin. Please contact American Airlines Reservations
    for assistance
  • There is a maximum of two checked kennels per passenger
  • The minimum age is eight weeks old. There is no maximum age
  • The combined weight of the pet and the kennel can not exceed 45kgs / 100lbs
  • Up to two pets may travel in the same kennel, providing they are of the same species and of comparable size and weigh less than 9kgs / 20lbs each
  • The maximum kennel sizes allowed varies by aircraft contact American Airlines Reservations to check which aircraft you will be travelling on
  • The total number of pets accepted on an aircraft is determined by the airport ticket office 2 hours before flight departure, based on aircraft and cargo
    load specifications
  • Pets will be accepted on a first come, first served basis
  • Please note that pets can not be checked through between American Airlines and another airline. The pet must be claimed and rechecked and each carrier will collect applicable pet charges
  • Checked pets can only connect through one of the following cities:
Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Chicago O'Hare, IL (ORD)
Dallas Fort Worth, TX (DFW) John F Kennedy New York, NY (JFK)
LaGuardia, NY (LGA) Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
Miami, FL (MIA) Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
Phoenix, AZ (PHX) Washington Reagan, DC (DCA)

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XClose Temperature Restrictions
  • 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
  • Please contact American Airlines Reservations for up-to-date information on destinations where a pet embargo or temperature restrictions are in place

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XClose Pet Charges From France
  • To any destination: $200 per kennel

For charges to any other destinations, contact American Airlines Reservations.

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XClose Kennel Information
  • The kennel must be made of wood, metal, hard plastic or similar material that is leak and escape-proof
  • Collapsible kennels (those which can fold down flat) can not be accepted due to the risk of collapse during transport
  • The kennel must contain absorbent, non-toxic material and bedding
  • Empty kennels are considered as baggage. The pet charge does not apply when an empty kennel is checked in
  • The pet must be able to stand up, turn around and lay down within the kennel
  • The entrance and exit of the kennel must fasten securely
  • The kennel must have ventilation on 2 sides with room to stand and turn around
  • The kennel must be outfitted with separate food and watering dishes securely attached inside the kennel so that the animal can be fed and watered without opening the kennel if necessary

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XClose Health Requirements
  • 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

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