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Emirates Airline

Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East and one of the fastest growing carriers in the world. From their central hub in Dubai, they serve some 132 destinations in 77 countries. They currently offer regular flights to North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and Asia Pacific.

There are a number of restrictions and regulations you should be aware of if you plan on travelling to the UAE with your pet. To begin with, you must obtain advance permission from the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries within 30 days of your planned departure. Once you have the secured the necessary permission, Emirates Airline also has certain rules governing animal transportation.

Animals are not permitted in the cabin of any Emirates flights, with the notable exception of falcons (between certain destinations only) and certified service animals. All other animals must be transported as checked baggage or as manifest cargo in the hold of the aircraft.

Fees for transporting pets will be charged according to either a piece system (charged a flat rate) or a weight system (charged per kilogram), depending on where you are travelling from and where you are travelling to.


  • Travelers are reminded that every country has different rules and regulations governing the acceptance and transportation of animals. It is strongly recommended that you contact the consulate, embassy, or government authority for any country (or countries) you will be visiting to ensure that you have met all entrance requirements.
  • Space for pet travel is limited. Please call before you travel to ensure that your animal friend will be able to travel with you.
  • For itineraries terminating in Dubai, animals must be transported as manifest cargo due to regulations set by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
  • Connection times for animals travelling through Dubai must not be longer than 6 hours. In the event that the connection time exceeds 6 hours, animals will only be accepted for transportation as manifest cargo.
  • For health and safety reasons pet travel may be suspended during periods of extreme weather.

If you are unable to travel with your pet

If your pet will be travelling unaccompanied, Emirates SkyCargo may be able to help. They offer trained personnel, a dedicated team of animal experts, and specialized facilities designed with your pet's comfort and safety in mind. Please contact Emirates Reservations or Emirates Cargo for details.

Codeshare flights

Pets may not be accepted on flights operated by codeshare partners. It is strongly recommended that you contact any codeshare partners or other airlines directly to familiarize yourself with their individual policies regarding pet travel.

Contact Information

  • Emirates Reservations (Canada/USA): 1-800-777-3999
  • Emirates SkyCargo (USA): 1-800-366-6845
  • Emirates website: Click Here
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