Pet Travel: Traveling via Cargo with a Snub-Nosed Pet

There are certain precautions every pet owner must take when your pet is traveling in the cargo area of a plane. You want to make sure your pet is acclimated to the crate, properly hydrated so your pet travels as safe and as comfortably as possible.

For the snub nosed pet owner, things can get risky. Here are dogbreeds that can be considered as snub-nosed depending on your airline: Affenpinscher, American Bully, American Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier/”Amstaff,” Belgian Malinois, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bulldog, American Bulldog, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Old English Bulldogges, Shorty Bulldogs, Spanish Alano/Spanish Bulldog/Alano Espanol, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel/Prince Charles Spaniel, Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff, American Mastiff, Boerboel/South African Mastiff, Bullmastiff, Ca de Bou/Mallorquin Mastiff, Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff, Dogo Argentino/Argentinian Mastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff, English Mastiff, Fila Brasileiro/Brazilian Mastiff/Cao de Fila, Indian Mastiff/Alangu, Kangal/Turkish Kangal, Neapolitan Mastiff/Mastino Napoletano, Pakastani Mastiff/Bully Kutta, Pyrenean Mastiff, Presa Canario/Perro de Presa Canario/Dogo Canario/Canary Mastiff, Spanish Mastiff / Mastin Espanol, Tibetan Mastiff, Tosa/Tosa Ken/Tosa Inu/Japanese Mastiff/Japanese Tosa, Pekingese, Pug, Dutch Pug, Japanese Pug, Shar-Pei/Chinese Shar-Pei, Shih-Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier/”Staffys,” and Tibetan Spaniel.

Also, the following cat breeds are also snub-nosed: Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan and Persian.

These short nosed (also called “brachycephalic”) pets have difficulty breathing and acclimating to certain weather conditions. Even though these pets are considered “at risk”, taking necessary precautions and using the proper flight itinerary on a pet-safe, pet friendly airline will help reduce the chances of an incident. Below is an airline chart to help pet owners who are considering traveling via cargo with their sub-nosed breed.

Most airlines require a health certificate within 10 days prior to your travel date for pets flying in the cargo hold. (International immigration requirements also apply if traveling outside country borders)

Weather restrictions: When temperatures exceed 80-85 degrees F (27-30 degrees C) in any airport on your pet’s itinerary, the airlines restrict animals that will be accepted as checked baggage or cargo. These restrictions are enforced for the safety of your pet. The restrictions are as follows:

Summer Heat Embargo: May 15 through September 15

Winter Embargo: November 1st through March 31st

Delta: Delta has changed their banned breed policies and will no longer transport dog or cat breeds considered as snub-nosed in the cargo hold.

United: United will no longer transport snub-nosed pets in the cargo hold. See their snub-nosed breed restrictions here..

American Airlines: American Airlines has issued a permanent embargo on all breeds of snub-nosed dogs and cats.

Frontier Airlines: Frontier no longer offers checked baggage or air cargo services for live animals. If you want to fly with your pet on this airlines, it must fit in an airline-compliant pet carrier that will fit under the seat in front of you.

Alaskan Airlines: snub-nosed breeds are no longer permitted to fly Alaska Airlines in the cargo hold.

Lufthansa: snub-nosed breeds will be transported as long as temperatures do not exceed 75 degrees F anywhere on the itinerary.

KLM Airlines: KLM will only fly snub-nosed breeds as air cargo.  Four breeds of snub nosed dogs will no longer be allowed in the cargo hold on KLM aircraft: English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Boston Terrier, and Pug

When your snub-nosed dog or cat are flying in the cargo hold, here are tips to keep them safe:

• Use a pet crate that is one size larger than is normally required
• Use a crate with ventilation on 4 sides. (If the kennel does not have ventilation on 4 sides, modify the kennel by drilling 7 holes in the rear top and 7 holes in the rear bottom of the kennel using a 3/4 inch keyhole bit).
• Acclimate your pet to its crate by letting the animal spend time in the kennel for several days before its departure
• Do not place food in the kennel during the flight, just water.
• Provide plenty of water to your pet. Frozen water bottles with tiny holes punched in the sides make a great watering tool for several hours when placed in the crate’s watering dish. Find the largest pet crate water bowl that you can.

It is always wise to call your airlines when making your reservation and disclose the breed of your dog. Also, it is a good idea to let the Captain know that you are traveling with a pet. Preparing in advance is an important part of pet travel.

More information on airline pet policies.


Pet Travel: Traveling via Cargo with a Snub-Nosed Pet — 396 Comments

  1. Hello I am desperately trying to ship my 14 month old English Bulldog from Hong Kong to Singapore. She was scheduled to go on a Hong Kong Airlines flight but they have since changed their rules and they will no longer accept her. All the usual carriers between HK and Singapore will not accept snub nose breeds. Does anyone know of any alternative? I am desperate – I am now in Singapore and have left my baby in Hong Kong. I don’t know where to turn? I had no idea it would be so difficult.
    RESPONSE: It is very difficult to ship snub nosed breeds in the summer. When the temperatures drop, you may find it easier. You will need to hire an agent in Singapore. I would suggest searching for a transporter on You can search by country.

  2. I have a 5 month old pug baby and I want him shipped within the USA, and I can’t find anywhere that can do this either due to no pets allowed or no snubbed nose dogs in cargo. I want him shipped from Mississippi to California also, most are way too expensive for my budget. What is a good way to ship my pug baby alone and is under or close to $300. I don’t have to have him right away just within the next 3wks. I miss him so bad.
    RESPONSE: Unless your Pug travels in the cabin with a passenger, it is hard to ship them in the cargo hold. Because they are a Bracychephallic breed, they have problems with breathing. You can try ground transport options like uShip or private transport.

  3. My girlfriend and I just purchased an 8 week old French Bulldog here in Southern California. We are wanting to take her home to Wisconsin for our Thanksgiving holiday. Since she will only be around 5 months old, do you think AA or Delta will allow her to fly as a carry-on since she will still be small enough to fit in a carrier under the seat?
    RESPONSE: Both airline will transport pets in the cabin. Your pet will need to fit in an airline compliant pet carrier like these Your pet must have enough room to stand up and turn around in the carrier.

  4. We are going to Philippines on December just for a 3-wk vacation, we want to bring our English Bulldog with us. What airlines can take her? Is it more advisable to take a direct 16-hr flight rather than with at least one lay over? Do they quarantine dogs in the Philippines or as long as we have proper heath documents…she should be ok? Thank you.

    RESPONSE: I do not have enough information to respond to your question because I don’t know where your pet is traveling from. The English Bulldog breed is one of the most difficult to transport due to its brachycephalic condition. Additionally, if you are traveling in the next several months, the temperature in the originating, ending and along the route should not exceed 75 to 80 degrees or the airline will refuse to transport your pet.

    Assuming you are traveling from the US, Canada or another country with a low incidence of rabies, your pet must be vaccinated for rabies. You will need to obtain an Import Certificate and have a licensed veterinarian complete the country health certificate for submittal to the Philippines Consulate. You can find complete instructions and forms for traveling to the Philippines here:

  5. Im taking my three Persian cats from Egypt to Toronto Canada what are procedures and best airlines to do this.

    RESPONSE: your cats must be vaccinated at least 21 days prior to entry to Canada. With regard to airlines, you will need to find an airline that serves the entire route as the airlines do not interline pets. Please be aware that many airlines will not carry Persians in their cargo holds because they are a snub nosed breed. You will need to inquire when speaking to the airlines.

    You can find complete instructions and forms for bringing your kitties to Canada here:

  6. First off thank you for the posted information, I have been searching for weeks on how to ship my dog, this article and comments are very helpful.

    I am trying to get my 3 year old American Staffordshire Terrier to Hawaii. I have reviewed the Quarentine laws and the paperwork is not the problem. The problem is that her breed is considered snub-nosed and Hawaii is never really less than 75 degrees. Is there any advice that you have on what airline I should book her flight with, I am willing to look into sea travel (as a last resort). Every pet mover I call the estimates are around 2,000$. But I don’t need the door to door. I just need some help with booking.

    Any information is greatly appreciated,
    From an Air Force wife trying to keep our family together. Thank you.
    RESPONSE: did you try United?

  7. I am wanting to take our french bulldog from the USA to UK i called Brisitsh Airways this morning and they said they do not take any bulldog breeds – has anyone got any adice on how to get her there either by land or sea?
    RESPONSE: You might try United. The only option by sea is the Queen Mary II and you must book far in advance.

  8. Hi Susan,
    I will be moving to Tokyo, Japan. I would greatly appreciate if you can suggest any airlines that can fly my French bulldog there.
    Many thanks!
    RESPONSE: if United serves your route, they may be an option. Also try a foreign based carrier as the snub nose ban is not as common as in US based airlines.

  9. Hi, I currently live in the UK and plan to go back to my home country in Japan by Sept time. I have a 6year-old French bulldog and although I was originally planning to bring him back with us by KLM airlines, I was recently told that KLM has banned to transport the Snub-Nosed breeds by 12th July with immediate effect. Does anyone know if this embargo is just for a summer period or for indefinitely? Also, if anyone can help me to find alternative airline companies which may help me to transport my French bulldog to Japan, I will really really really appreciate it as he is a member of my family. Many thanks in advance.
    RESPONSE: KLM’s ban is permanent. If you would tell me where you are flying to in Japan, I can see which airlines serve your route.

  10. I am moving from the US to France with my American Bulldog mix. He looks very bully but is really a mutt; his DNA test says that he is American Bulldog mixed with Kerry Blue Terrier and Italian Greyhound, among several other breeds. France has banned the importation of Pit Bulls and Mastiffs, and I have plenty of documentation from vets and his DNA report of the specific breeds he is mixed with, none of which are Pit Bull or Mastiff breeds. Are American Bulldogs definitely ok to be imported into France? I have looked at their customs and embassy websites, and the breed regulations are rather vague. Also, I know about the health certificate and microchip requirements, but is there anything else I will need for him before I leave?
    Thanks so much for your help,
    France does not ban the import of the American Bulldog breed but it would be better to list it as mixed breed on the Annex II vet certificate. The greater problem may be finding an airline that will transport it as checked baggage as some airlines do ban the American Bulldog. You may have better luck with one of the foriegn flagged carriers such as Air France or Lufthansa.

  11. Hello 🙂
    My question is with regards to safety when travelling with a Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso mix. My dog, Mishka, is almost 2 yrs old and weighs 20lbs so she would definitely only be allowed to fly in the cargo or hold with the airlines we are considering, we’re flexible. We are going from Toronto, Canada to Greece which is about a 9-11 hr direct flight, otherwise with a stopover would take us longer and she could also get a break, but I have heard sometimes it’s less stressful for them without the stopping and switching planes and all that. We would be travelling in August for about 2 months, if she were to come of course, otherwise it would be a much shorter trip like a few weeks. She seems to take more from the Shih Tzu (which is considered snub nose – Lhasa Apso’s aren’t on that list but Pekingese are and I believe Lhasa’s are from the same family as Pekingese) but as mentioned she looks more like a Shih Tzu with the small face and tiny little nose. She’s always had some difficulty breathing or so it seems (she even snores or makes funny noises when sleeping which I’m assuming is due to her shorter face and small nose) Also, she tends to pant very easily in the summer time and for long, so it’s takes a while for her to cool down. She is easily frightened by loud noises, in fact she’s absolutely petrified of trucks especially dump trucks when she hears the beeping, screeching noises they make) Also she doesn’t like to be left alone, and she’s never been crate trained. I know the cargo areas of most, if not all, airlines that take dogs are pressurized and temperature controlled, so I wondered why does flying with ‘snub nosed’ pets still pose as a health risk? Then, through some research, I discovered it is because the stress causes them to breath rapid or pant and they can suffer from strokes etc. I spoke to someone from the department of Air and Land Travel in Toronto whose job is to transport goods and pets as cargo and works alongside airlines so has a lot of knowledge where that’s concerned; She said to just go for it as thousands of people fly their pets without harm and the horror stories are few compared to the successful ones, she also flies her own dogs. Finally I spoke to Mishka’s vet about my dilemma, he has a Pekingese and said he’d never fly his dog even on a short flight to Mexico. He didn’t recommend it, as you never know what can go wrong and he felt 9hrs is too long a flight for her. By now I’m pretty much convinced that the risk is not worth it, but I’m curious to hear of anyone else’s experience when travelling with Shih Tzu’s in the cargo/hold for a longer period of time like over 8hrs. How was their health/breathing prior to travelling? How were they when you finally saw them after the flight? Were they traumatized? How about sedatives? My vet said it won’t actually put her out she’ll just be dozed out sort of which is not necessarily any safer he said, as they can’t move much even though they’re awake, and the sedatives don’t last longer than 4 hrs. Are sedatives safe for Shih Tzu’s or ‘snub nose’ dogs? Also I should mention, she is not fixed, not sure if this has any impact on anything. I know I don’t have to travel with her, the other option is having someone take care of her here, but I don’t have the heart to leave her she’s my little girl and how would she feel! She’d think I abandoned her, she’s so attached to me and what if something happens while I’m gone, she’s always getting sick my poor little pup, she must’ve been the runt of the litter! Okay I have written a lot here, I so appreciate whoever will take the time to read this and offer some insight. I keep doing research and keep coming across info on how to fly with your Shih Tzu but no reviews on actual experience in terms of health risks, safety..etc. Most likely, I will not be travelling with her but I appreciate the input nonetheless.
    Thanks so much!

    RESPONSE: We would not suggest that you give your pet a sedative of any kind as it will affect their breathing. All said, the decision you make would be to decide what is best for your pet. From your description, your pet is not prepared for travel.

    There are risks for a pet when traveling. If your pet is skiddish and terrified of loud noises, you may want to consider not bringing them along. Your veterinarian can advise you on your pet’s health.

  12. I am looking to transport my english bulldog to a friend of mine from San Jose, CA to San Diego, CA. Are there any airlines that will take him during the summer months? What are my best options to transport him?

    RESPONSE: United has a fllight through LAX and Delta flies through SLC. Both of these airlines have programs to deal with summer heat. Be careful with SLC, however. It is not on Delta’s list of participating cities this year.

  13. Hi,
    We are Americans currently living in the UK. We are thinking about buying a French Bulldog. I was wondering if it is possible to fly the dog back to the states when we move back in aprox. year or so. If so, which airlines let you fly a snub nose from UK to USA? I would hate to buy a new dog for our family & then not be able to take it back with us.


    RESPONSE: Bulldogs are one of the toughest breeds to transport due to their snub nose classification. Travel during the summer months is especially difficult as many airlines require that the temperature cannot exceed 75 degrees in any city along the route.

    It is doubtful that a bulldog can travel as checked baggage, but they are permitted as cargo on many airlines. Lufthansa and KLM would be two of them. When you are ready to travel, you will have to see which airlines serve your route and contact them for details.

  14. We are moving to London from Greece and we are looking for a way to transport our two dogs. A 4 years old Boston terrier which weights 6 kl and a three year old English bulldog which weights 30 kl. do you have any suggestions? Thanks.
    As you probably know pets can only enter the UK as manifested cargo on one of several approved air carriers which is a fairly expensive process. The alternative is to fly into France and then take a ferry into the UK. If you need the complete pet passport rules and forms for taking your pets into the UK they are available here and can be emailed to you:

  15. Hi
    We are planning to move in London from Greece and we have two dogs we are desperate to take with us. A 6kg four year old Boston terrier and a 30kg three year old English bulldog. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks a lot!

    RESPONSE: the UK has a list of approved carriers they will allow to transport pets into the country: The challenge is finding one that will transport a snub nosed breed as many of them do not. Narrow down your list to those airlines serving your entire route as the airlines will not interline pets. A direct flight is best.

    Another option might be to fly into Paris, rent a car and enter the UK through the Chunnel. It may be easier to find an airline that will carry your pets.

  16. Hi am moving from NY to California and i have a pekinesse, i will like to know which r the requirements to travel with my dog in the cabin with me plz ?

    RESPONSE: First of all, you will need to find an airline that will allow pets in the cabin. Most airlines serving US routes do allow pets in the cabin, but some do not. You will need to contact the airlines when you make your reservation and tell them you are traveling with a pet as they limit the number of pets on each flight. Ask them whether they require a health certificate as some do and some don’t.

    Your pet will travel in an airline compliant pet carrier like these found here: Be sure and measure your pet carefully when choosing your carrier as the airlines will require that your pet can stand up and turn around in the carrier. It will be counted as a carry on piece of luggage and there will be a cost involved which varies from airline to airline. Your pet carrier must fit under the seat in front of you for take off and landing, and your pet must remain in the carrier for the duration of the flight. Have a great trip!

  17. Hey
    Im moving from dubai to Malaysia
    Actually I am Planing to take my Cat along with me.
    Which airline does allow to take my pet in cabin
    which airline is comfortable?
    will my cat be comfortable//
    What all should i have to do?
    regarding paper works.
    I am not too rich..but i cant leave him anywhere.
    He is like my son.
    anyway can u give me some sugesstion.
    Breed : Persian
    Weight : 5 kg.
    Age : 4 years
    Destination : Malaysia(Kuala Lumpur)

    I hope this information will help you to make estimation.


    You will need to speak with an airline that flies between the two cities to get a quote on the cost of transporting your cat but it generally runs between $100.00 US and $250.00 US.
    I am sorry but we do not recommend airlines.

    Malaysia requires that your pet be vaccinated for rabies and bea accompanied by their certificate of good health. You must also obtain an import permit well in advance of the travel date.

    The cat will be placed in a quaratine center for 7 days on arrival in Malaysia.

    If you would like the complete pet passport package for Malaysia that contains detailed instructions and all of the necessary forms it is available here and can be emailed to you:


  18. Im moving from Korea to Florida, September 5th. My husband insisted we get an English bulldog while he did his year tour here, and now that im attached, im worried i won’t be able to fly her home. Any flight suggestions? And is it safe to fly her for about 20 hours? PLEASE HELP! DX,’ (She’s about 6-7 months now)

    RESPONSE: Delta may be a choice as they serve a route through Dallas to Atlanta. There is a concern for summer heat and your dog must travel as manifest cargo. Delta has a program to deal with these restrictions. They may also be able to transport your pet to its final destination.

  19. Dear All,

    We are living currently in Thailand and we moving back to UK. Can you give me any advice which airline allow to flight her to London, please? Im worried so much.
    Thank you very much

    RESPONSE: here are some of the approved airlines that fly between Bankok and Heathrow: British Airways, Aeroflot, Finnair, Emirates Sky Cargo, Austrian Airways Cargo, Cathay Pacific, and Lufthansa. Your pet will travel as manifest cargo according to DEFRA requirements.

    If you need instructions and forms for taking a pet to the UK, you can find them here:

  20. Hi I am moving from Puerto Rico to NY and i have try every single airlinr including aa delta united continental and no one will allow me to travel with my 15 months english bulldog if some one have any idea please help I am desperate thanks in advance

    RESPONSE: Did you try Delta Cargo? Delta will not carry snub nosed pets as checked baggage, but try their cargo department. I have looked at all other airlines flying from San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and cannot find one that is suitable. Sorry I cannot be of more assistance.

  21. Hello,
    I am moving from NY to Cyprus in September/October of this year and I’m having a hard time finding an airline who will allow me to fly my Pug in cargo – he’s too big to fly in the cabin. Do you have any ideas? I think I can fly Continental but their flight route is not ideal, it would take us 30’ish hours to get there.. Thank you in advance for any help!

    RESPONSE: Most of the options for your route flew into Larcaca, although KLM flies from JFK to PFO with a stop in Amsterdam. Flight time is 15 hours. The options into Larnaca are Aeroflot (through Moscow – 16 hours), Alitalia (through Milan – 16 hours), Austrian (through Vienna – 14 hours) and KLM (through Amsterdam – 16 hours). There are airlines that will not transport snub nosed pets as checked baggage, but they will transport them in cargo. KLM is one example of that. It is more expensive, but the transport is tracked and more controlled than checked baggage. Your pet can travel in the same plane as you do when traveling as cargo. You can contact the cargo department of the airlines for additional details.

    You will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel and, of course, the appropriate documents for Cyprus. Your pet will need to be micro chipped, then vaccinated at least 21 days prior to travel. Within 10 days of travel, your veterinarian will complete the Annex II form for Cyprus for endorsement by the USDA office in your state. Should you need instructions and forms for traveling to Cyprus, you can find them here:

    I am not sure if these routes are what you are looking for and where you want to land in Cyprus, but it may be a start for you. Let me know if you have further questions.

  22. I am a Bulldog lover. My adorable Emily is a French Bulldog, now 3 y.o., 30 lbs. I just LOVE HER so much I cant imagine myself moving out to Brazil and leaving her behind. Since all the airlines dont travel snubbed nose overseas any longer because it’s not safe for them, I’d like any information someone who cares can provide me in how can I take Emily with me to Brazil. I appreciate any help. THANK YOU.

    RESPONSE: Try TAM Brazilian as their routes are not crazy. Delta Cargo may carry your pet (not checked baggage) Contact the cargo department of either airline.

  23. I’m desperAte to transport my French bulldog from Australia to the U.S. and can not find an option. Does any international airline allow pets on board (am prepared to go any way I can to the States)? I’m getting anxious as I never dreamt this would be an issue. Any advice/help appreciated. Thanks

    RESPONSE: Have you tried Australian air Express? Http://

  24. We are pcsing from Okinawa,JP back to the united states. We have a 3 year old english bulldog. Military flights are booked until july and we have to leave in may. united does not accept them over the age of 6months, delta no loger accepts them, nor does american airlines. Does any one know a way I can get him to the states?

    RESPONSE: you did not say where you were going in the states, but Air Canada flies from OKA to LAX. You may find more of a problem with US based carriers than foreign based carriers. Delta should accept them, but not as checked baggage.

  25. I am flying fro Korea to United States. What are my options getting my English Bulldog home? I understand the restrictions but is there any way? Seems like my only option is to abandon my pet which doesn’t seem very fair on all accounts. Please help! Will to send my pet now before the summer months to family.

    RESPONSE: Neither Korean Air nor Cathay Pacific state that they ban snub nosed breeds. Both airlines fly between Soeul and Los Angeles or New York. I don’t know what your final destination is, but these routes may help get you home.

  26. We are moving back to America from Thailand. We have a Shitzou and a Beagle that we’d love to bring home to America with us for our sons’ sakes. Are there any of the cheaper airlines like Ewa, or China Eastern, or Kuwait that will allow us to bring both dogs home in the proper crates in the cargo hold? What time of year must they fly? Thanks.

    RESPONSE: You will have to verify with the airlines that they will transport your Shih Tzu via cargo as that is a snub nosed breed. I don’t know where you plan to travel to in the US, but if it is in the warmest part of the country, you will need to be careful about traveling in the summer. Best time of year to travel is Spring and Fall when the temperatures are not at their extremes.

  27. I have a 13 pound Brussells Griffon and want to fly him from LAX to Denver, Colorado. It is a straight flight and I am traveling on United. Does anyone know how much they charge, who I contact, and if he would be able to fly in the cabin? Thank you for your help.

    RESPONSE: You will need to contact United for the cost of transport. You will be able to transport your Brussells Griffon in the cabin if it will fit in an airline compliant pet carrier. Your pet must be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier. Measure your pet from tip of nose to base of tail and from top of head to the ground when your pet is standing. With those measurements, you can select a size of pet carrier. All of the pet carriers on this page are airline compliant:

  28. Hi,

    I’m moving from London to Dubai and would love to take with me my Persian cat (6 years old, 5 kg, tiny nose). Could anyone please help me to find an airline or combination of airlines that would take the cat?

    I’ve tried it with Emirates but after long deliberations they refused to take him.

    RESPONSE: I would try Turkish Airways as they allow pets in the cabin. Their flight out of Heathrow to Abu Dhabi International has a connection in Istambul. You should be able to transit Istambul with your cat.

  29. Hi,

    I’m travelling from Dubai to the Philippines on May and would like to bring my 1 year 6 mos. old shih tzu with me.
    Which airline can I contact? CAn someone please help.
    To take your pet into the Philippines it must be vaccinated for rabies and you must obtain an import permit in advance as well as the official veterinary health certificate. You can contact any airline that flies between the two cities. Your pet must remain on the same airline the entire trip or you will need the immigration papers for the intermediate country. Call the airlines reservations office to make the arrangements. If you need the complete pet passport forms and instructions for taking pets into the Philippines they are available here:

  30. I am moving to Costa Rica from Vernon, CT on 6/1/12. I have a 5 year old male Brussels Griffon. He is about 25 lbs. and really will not fit in the passenger cabin. I am concerned about the date due to the weather restrictions on most airlines, even if they will accept snub nosed dogs. If they are in a climate controlled section of the cargo, is that still a problem? We usually travel on US Air.
    There should not be a problem flying from Connecticut that early in the summer as it generally does not get that hot. See if you can find a flight that leaves either at night or very early in the morning. You will need to speak with US Airways to see if they can accommodate that breed in the cargo hold. I do not see it listed in the snub nosed breed list. If you need the complete pet passport forms and instructions for Costa Rica they are available here:

  31. Hi
    I’ve just started to find out the snub nose dog situation. I have a Shih Tzu who I want to take to the UAE from Greece (Europe). So far every direct flight airline to UAE or near UAE has a complete ban on sub nose dogs. Im having a terrible time trying to get answers and assistance. Im transporting him from Greece (EU) to UAE. Does anyone have any help or advise? He has already been transported from the USA perviously, with no issues or problems. I cant comprehend the idea of giving him away and my boys health and welfare is my greatest concern. Im sure it would kill him if I gave him away (as well as me). If I could give him to family I would, but all my family are in the UK. If anyone can help, please let me know. Thank you.
    If the pet is small enough some airlines will allow it to travel in the cabin of the aircraft, not to the UK but to France where you could then take the ferry or drive with it into the UK.

  32. Hello~

    We are planning on taking our Boxer with us when we move from Europe to Korea this summer. Do you have any recommendations as to what airline can accommodate this transfer?

    RESPONSE: Can you say where in Europe you will be flying from?

  33. hi! im flying from Manila to Texas this coming 1st week of March with my 6 year old shih tzu. I am concerned with the weather in minneapolis during March. I am flying with Delta airlines and i was just wondering if they would allow my dog to come with me during that month because i am unsure if during he 1st week of March is if the temperaure goes below 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Anyone from Minneapolis could enlighten me with weather or temperature conditions during the month of March.
    It would be impossible to predict the weather but if you choose a flight that leaves in mid-afternoon it should be okay for the pet to travel as checked baggage. However Delta does sometimes not allow the breed in the cargo hold as it is considered a snub nosed breed and can exhibit breathing problems. It is probably too long a flight for the pet to travel in the cabin but you might ask them. You must call Delta’s reservations office to find the information you need and to make the booking. It cannot be done online. You will need the pet passport for the Philippines which includes all of the instructions and forms required including the import permit application here:


  34. I wanted to ask Jerry Lohman how his experience went with his shih tzu? Health, regulations, best way to travel, etc. I’m doing the reverse, US to Bangkok with my 7mth old shih tzu. Looking at end of March. I’ll eventually be coming back to US. Oh, for the person who may have been asking about US Mainland to Hawaii, its rabies shot, 120 days of quarantine once arrived, papers.
    RESPONSE – Hawaii does not require quarantine if you follow the preparation procedures. Thailand requires the usual vaccinations and health certificate but you also must obtain an import permit well in advance of arrival.
    If anyone would like the correct information for Hawaii and Thailand you can find it here:

  35. Hi everyone,
    I am moving from Atlanta, Ga back to California. I have called every airline to take my American Bulldog with me. I’ve called United, US Airways, American Airlines, Delta and AirTran, neither accept any kind of bulldog or if he doesnt fit under my seat he cant go on. Do any of you have any idea which airline would be flexible or have any of you traveled with Pet Airways. If so can you please tell me your experience.
    The bulldog is considered a breed with a snub nose and the airlines are reluctant to take them in the cargo due to breathing problems. Pet Airways has been in business for a couple of year. However, you can only ship your pet on them, you cannot travel on the plane. You might check with them.

    Thanks Y’all

  36. Hi there,
    Did any of the owners of French Bulldogs manage to find a solution for bringing a Frenchie from mainland Europe (Belgium, but we can drive to France, Germany, Holland etc and get a flight form there) to the States? We don’t mind if she’s with us in the cabin or as hold luggage.
    But she is 24lbs, more than most airlines will accept as cabin luggage.
    We cannot fly AA or Continental for this reason.
    Delta does not transport bulldogs at all.
    Your pet is too large for in cabin travel so will need to travel as checked baggage. Not sure why AA or Continental might not be good choices

  37. We have an English bulldog and are moving to London from New York on March 1st. We were told that KLM and Air France still took bulldogs and we were planning to book this and then drive from Paris to London (take ferry). We just saw on the KLM website that they do not take bulldogs. Help! Any confirmed airlines that do? I’ve heard possibly British Airways and Luftansa? We need to book the flight and are nervous we re running out of options and that the policies may change since the airlines appear to be waivering.
    Lufthansa may be a good choice but most airlines have banned bull dogs from traveling in the cargo department. You are doing the right thing – just keep calling the airlines reservations offices. If you find an airline that accepts them I suggest you ask them to email or fax you an approval to avoid problems at the time of departure. I assume your pet has been microchipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip and has the proper EU form 998 for France. The pet must travel in an IATA compliant pet crate. You may wish to visit this online store as they have the pet passport packages and all of the other items you will need:

  38. Hello,
    My husband and I live in Spain and own a 3 year old Pug (9kg). We will be moving to San Diego in May and are very concerned regarding the restriction for flying with short nosed dogs. We wouldnt consider having our pug transportes in the cabin for safety reasons and would prever to have him in the cabin with us. Do you know of any airline that would accept this?
    You might try American Airlines. Technically it is about a pound and a half over the weight limit but they have shown some flexability. The greater problem is the height of the pet which generaly cannot be more than about 10 1/2 inches tall. It must fit in an approved carrier under the seat. You will need to call the airlines reservations office to get approval and make the booking, it cannot be done online.

  39. My fiance and I are considering moving to Europe in the next few months and have our French Bulldog to bring with us. It is sounding very difficult and exhausting to get something like this accomplished. I see Delta won’t take them as it is now. I looked at British Airways and it appears you have to have them qualified under the “PETS” program, which takes a ton of effort over a period of 6 months with vet visits etc to get the certificate etc. Does anyone know or have recent experience (successful)flying from US (West Coast) to Europe with a dog like ours?
    There is no six months requirement to take your pet into any part of Europe except for Norway. Your pet needs to be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip, then vaccinated for rabies and then your veterinarian will complete the EU form 998 for the country you are entering. All of this can be accomplished in a week or two. I am not sure why Delta told you they would not accept the pet but you will find that other airlines do accept them as checked baggage. This is really not a difficult process. If you need the pet passport forms and instructions for any country in Europe they are available here and will guide you through the process:

  40. Getting things set to bring our 4 year old Shih Tzu back with us from Bangkok to Chicago on a United flight via a layover in Narita. I she has had her rabie shot and will get a screw worm check up. I printed out forms for Ohare immigration and United at check-in. I believe she is small enough to fit in a carry-on (Jet Blue carrier) size is within United standards. CBP and CDC websites are vague and other than a mention of rabie and screw worm it seems nothing else is required. Does anyone knowledgeable in int’l pet travel have any suggestions or can offer any advice. Thanks in advance.
    If your pet has been vaccinated for rabies, checked for screwworm and is accompanied by a health certificate then nothing else is needed to enter the US. You mention a layover in Narita. If you are changing airlines or going through immigration then you will need to comply with Japan’s immigraion rules for pets which are quite stringent. Be sure to check with United when you make a reservation for your pet that it will accept it on a flight of that duration.



  41. Aloha all,

    Coco, our french bulldog, arrived safely in Honolulu mid-September. My brother transported Coco on Alaska Airlines ($100 for Coco) from Minneapolis to Seattle and Hawaiian Airlines ($225 for Coco) from Seattle to Honolulu. Coco traveled in the temperature controlled baggage compartment on both flights. We decided to break the trip up with a two-day layover in Seattle where my brother and Coco stayed in a pet friendly hotel. Coco was released from the airport holding station shortly after landing. I would highly recommend both airlines for pet travel. Best wishes!

  42. Do boxers count as snub-nosed? Will I have a problem with any airlines flying with a boxer from Mexico to NY any time of the year or at all?
    Boxers are considered a snub nosed breeds and many airlines are reluctant to carry them in the cargo hold of the aircraft. I suggest you try both Continental Airlines and Delta Airlines as they both have special handling procedures for pets and may be able to assist you. You will need to call their reservations number for more information.

  43. I am shipping a bulldog to the Congo mid September. I have the fans for the crate and going to use the frozen water bottles. I am fly Air France. Has anyone had experience with them before? Any other suggestions to keep him cool during this?
    I assume you have spoken to Air France Air Cargo regarding their shipping a bull dog. Sometimes they do not wish to ship them as they are considered a snub nosed breed. Are you aware that in addition to a rabies vaccination, and health certificate they also require the ticks and tapeworms certificate?

  44. Lisa, I just wanted to find out if you found an airline that transported your bulldog safely? I have to transport an english bulldog this october to hawaii. I hope you get this messge because I would like to hear how the trip was for your pet.
    Lisa I hope we hear from you. Everyone is having problems getting snub nosed breeds transported by air.

  45. Looking to ship my little Pocket and Teacup Persian cats domestically. Can someone tell me which one is the safest airline to use?
    Are you shipping the pets un-accompaned or are you traveling on the same flight. The reason that I ask is that the procedure is different. If you are planning on shipping or taking the pets during the summer months there are a limited number of airlines that will accept them due to the runway heat problem. We do not recommend specific airlines.

  46. i have a blue nose pitbull named shadow she is about to be 5 months this summer i will be traveling to puerto rico this june14 i am planning on staying to live with my dad and i do not want to leave her behind ive looked at many airlines and i cannot find one that will take her because she is classified as a subnosed dog and there will be harm or something like that my dog is very healthy and friendly but where can i go?
    I believe you will get the same response from all airlines and there is no alternate method of traveling to Puerto Rico that I am aware of.


  47. Try contacting Hawaiian Airlines. They told me that they can fly our Boxers from San Francisco to Honolulu during the summer months. Most airlines that I have talked to are willing to fly snub-nosed dogs to/from San Francisco year-round (but you would need a non-stop flight to/from SFO).

    Thanks for the input, very helpful

  48. I would am interested in this information also as I will be trying to ship our Frenchie from Texas to Honolulu in mid-September.

  49. Our family is trying to find the best way to transport our french bulldog, Coco, from Minnesota to Honolulu, HI. Coco will be staying on the Mainland until mid-late August when her AQS requirements are fulfilled. I am finding out that most, if not all, airlines have a summer travel embargo for snub nose pets (May-September) or will no longer transport bulldogs (Delta & American), leaving fewer travel options. In addition, Hawaii’s hottest months are August-October. Understandably, airlines will not ship pets if the departure or arrival city is forecasted 85 degrees or higher (sometimes 75 degrees or higher). Also, on flights to Hawaii, animals may not travel in the cabin, unless the dog is a service dog, which our dog is not. If anyone any viable suggestions of getting our dog safely to Hawaii, please post your suggestions. Thank you for your help.

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