Travelling with animals

Transported in comfort

With us, you can take your pet with you on any route. It will travel safely and in comfort, either in the cabin or in the cargo section. Book your trip in plenty of time, and make sure you have all the required travel documents.

Travel documents and regulations

There are different rules and regulations for travelling by air with animals, depending on your destination. So book your travel in plenty of time, and present the original versions of your pet's documents. They include the import, export and transit papers and its health and vaccination certificates. If an animal is not allowed to enter a country because it has not had the required vaccinations, the owner must pay for the return flights. Our Service Center will be pleased to help you with bookings and to answer any questions.

Accomodation in the airplane

Whether your pet travels in the cabin or in the hold depends on its weight and the size of its transport container. Please note that animals travelling to the following countries can only be transported as freight: Ireland, Great Britain, Kenya, South Africa, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Transporting animals to India is strictly forbidden.

You will find all the information on the accommodation for your four-legged friend during the flight here:

Transport in the cabin (less than 8 kg)

  • The following animals will travel in the cabin

    Dogs and cats weighing up to 8 kg (weight including transport container). Larger dogs with protective or assistance functions (e.g. guide dogs for the visually impaired).

  • Requirements

    You must transport your animal in a soft container that is clean, escape-proof and scratchproof. The maximum container size is 23 x 55 x 40 cm.

  • There must be enough space in it for the animal, which must remain fully in the transport container for the entire flight. It is not allowed to run around in the cabin.

  • Your animal must be clean and healthy and must not annoy any of the passengers. It must not be dangerous or pregnant, and must not smell.

  • The transport container must remain stowed away under your seat for the duration of the flight. The nature of the seats on the Airbus 330/340 makes this impossible in Business and First Class. The crew will put the transport container in the wardrobe, in an overhead locker, or under an Economy Class seat for takeoff and landing.

  • There are no size and weight restrictions for dogs with protective or assistance functions. They travel free in the cabin, and do not have to be in a transport container.

  • Emotional support dogs are only accepted free of charge on SWISS flights to/from the USA (including direct connections). For flights outside the USA the emotional support dog will be transported in the cabin or cargo department depending on weight and size – additional charges apply.

Transport in the hold (more than 8 kg)

  • The following animals travel in the hold

    Dogs and cats as well as hares and rabbits that weight more than 8 kg (weight including transport container) bigger than the permitted size (max. 23 x 55 x 40 cm).

  • Animals other than dogs, cats, rabbits and hares are not allowed to travel in the hold. Certain species may be transported as cargo. Which species are affected you will find the detailed information under "Advanced regulations".

  • Information and special requirements for the transportation of breeds of fighting dogs as well as pug nosed dogs and cats can be found under "Advanced regulation".

  • Requirements

    Your pet must be clean, healthy and not dangerous. It must not be pregnant, and must not smell.

  • It must travel in a suitable container or crate, and must have enough food and water for the entire journey.

The conditions in the hold are similar to those in the cabin. The temperature and air pressure are also pleasant on longer flights. It is not possible to visit the hold during the flight. Check-in with your pet. You should be at our counter at least one hour before the latest check-in time.

Guidelines for transport containers

IATA, the International Air Transport Association, has defined various guidelines for transport containers. For the sake and welfare of the animals, SWISS adheres to these requirements very closely. They define the consistency, appearance and minimum size of transport containers. You must also attach the IATA "Live Animals" label to your container.

Kennel size
Dimensions in cm Weight in kg
Kennel size
1
Dimensions in cm
60 x 45 x 40
Weight in kg
4
Kennel size
2
Dimensions in cm
71 x 50 x 51
Weight in kg
6
Kennel size
3
Dimensions in cm
82 x 57 x 60
Weight in kg
8
Kennel size
4
Dimensions in cm
93 x 65 x 68
Weight in kg
11
Kennel size
5
Dimensions in cm
105 x 75 x 79
Weight in kg
14

Accomodation in the aircraft - Charges for transporting animals

The charges for transporting animals will vary, depending on the route. Animals are not included in your baggage allowance, and are always charged as excess baggage. The prices in transport containers refer to flights in the hold or in the cabin.

Flights Small Transport in cabin (Max. 8 kg) Medium Transport in the hold (Kennel size 1) Large Transport in the hold (Kennel size 2-5)1
Flights
Switzerland-Europe
Small Transport in cabin (Max. 8 kg)
CHF 60
Medium Transport in the hold (Kennel size 1)
CHF 120
Large Transport in the hold (Kennel size 2-5)1
CHF 240
Flights
Switzerland-Intercontinental
Small Transport in cabin (Max. 8 kg)
CHF 90
Medium Transport in the hold (Kennel size 1)
CHF 180
Large Transport in the hold (Kennel size 2-5)1
CHF 360
Flights
Within Europe
Small Transport in cabin (Max. 8 kg)
EUR 50
Medium Transport in the hold (Kennel size 1)
EUR 100
Large Transport in the hold (Kennel size 2-5)1
EUR 200
Flights
Europe-Intercontinental
Small Transport in cabin (Max. 8 kg)
EUR 70
Medium Transport in the hold (Kennel size 1)
EUR 150
Large Transport in the hold (Kennel size 2-5)1
EUR 300
Flights
Intercontinental-Europea
Small Transport in cabin (Max. 8 kg)
USD 100
CAD 100
Medium Transport in the hold (Kennel size 1)
USD 200
CAD 200
Large Transport in the hold (Kennel size 2-5)1
USD 400
CAD 400
Flights
Intercontinental-Intercontinental via Europe
Small Transport in cabin (Max. 8 kg)
USD 100
CAD 100
Medium Transport in the hold (Kennel size 1)
USD 200
CAD 200
Large Transport in the hold (Kennel size 2-5)1
USD 400
CAD 400

Transport as cargo

  • The following will be transported as freight

    Animals that are travelling without a human companion.

  • Animals travelling to countries where they are required to travel as cargo.

Your animal will also be safe and comfortable if it travels as cargo. Whether it travels on the same flight as you depends on loads. For bookings and if you have any questions, please contact SWISS WorldCargo. For telephone information, please ring +41 44 564 5454.

Travelling to Switzerland with dogs and cats

If you fly directly to Switzerland, your pet will be checked by Customs at the airport. If the animal fails to meet the entry requirements, it will be confiscated by the Border Veterinary Service and must immediately return to its country of origin. This will be at the expense of the person who brought the animal into the country. If it is not possible to return the animal within 10 days, it will have to be put down. For further information, please refer to the website of the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office.

Federal Veterinary Office

  1. Kennel size 5 is not permitted on Avro ARJ 100 and C Series aircraft due to height limitations.

Short-nosed animals

Cats and dogs that belong to the short-nosed races of animal are particularly sensitive to temperature and stress. Please leave your dog at home if the temperature in the departure, transfer or arrival airport is greater than 27°C. Failure to comply with this regulation could lead to your pet suffering health issues during the journey, which may result in death.

Animals Races
Animals
Dogs
Races
Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bulldog (all breeds except the American Bulldog), Chow Chow, Brussels Griffon, Japanese Chin, English Toy Spaniel, Pug, Pekingese, Shih Tzu
Animals
Cats
Races
British Shorthair, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian, Scottish Fold

Regulations for dangerous dog breeds

The following races and cross-breeds are classified as dangerous dogs:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier (Miniature Bull Terriers are not considered fighting dogs)
  • American Bulldog
  • Caucasian Ovcharka (Caucasian Shepherd Dog)
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Karabash (Kangal Dog) (Anatolian Shepherd Dog)
  • Rottweiler

Cargo crates for dangerous dogs

Dogs that are considered dangerous breeds may only be transported in a suitable cargo crate and are not allowed to be carried in the cabin. Dogs aged between 3 and 6 months old are exempt from this regulation. In line with the IATA Live Animals Regulations container Requirement 82, the cargo crate must comply with certain criteria, which are detailed in the graphic and listed specifications.

Cargo crates for dangerous dog breeds must comply with the following criteria:

  • The cargo crate must be made from wood, metal, synthetic materials, welded wire mesh or standard wire mesh.
  • Additional requirements apply to the frame, sides, floor, roof and door of the cargo crate. Please consult the graphic "Cargo crates for dangerous dog breeds".
  • No part of the crate is allowed to be made from plastic.
  • The door must be made from a heavy duty wire mesh, metal or reinforced wood and must be equipped with a safety lock that prevents accidental opening.