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Pets in the Cabin Services

Animal passport

Animal passports have been a legal requirement since 1 October 2004. Anyone wishing to take a dog or cat abroad will need the blue EU document for their four-legged friend. It is valid in all 25 member states of the European Union, and confirms that the animal has been inoculated against rabies. The international certificate of inoculation previously issued will apply for twelve months from issue.

For further information please contact your veterinarian or the Federal Department for Consumer Protection, Nutrition and Agriculture.

General Rules regarding Pets travelling in the cabin

If it does not exceed the permitted limited number of animals that can travel in the cabin, the airline company may take a dog or a cat weighing up to 6 kg (incl. container) per passenger in the cabin.

In the interest of all passengers airline companies accept a limited number of pets in the cabin, and that animals must stay on the floor in their locked container for the duration of the flight.

The size of the lockable container varies between airline companies however the pet can only travel in a lockable container.

Fighting dogs of the following breeds may not be transported by the airline company;

Pitbull Terrier, American Pitbull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bullterrier, Bullterrier, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasiliero, Kangal (Karabash), Kaukasian Owtscharka, Mastiff, Mastino Napoletano.

The transportation-exclusion involves only thoroughbred animals and crossings of these races among each other. However it is adviced that pet owners should contact their airlines for further detail.