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Pets

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Small cats, dogs, rabbits and rodents may be carried in the cabin on Finnair scheduled flights, with certain restrictions. Pets weighing more than 8 kg (17 lb) with the container must be transported in the hold of the aircraft. On Finnair leisure flights (AY1000 series), all animals must be transported in the hold, with the exception of guide dogs and duty dogs

Birds, snakes, lizards and insects must be transported as cargo.

The regulations on these pages apply to flights operated by Finnair. If your ticket includes flights operated by other airlines, please check their baggage regulations.

Please note that there are country-specific restrictions concerning pets carried on flights, both as baggage and as cargo. For more information, contact the Finnair customer service or visit Finnair Cargo’s website.

Pet transportation fees

Pets are not included in your baggage allowance, so you will always need to pay a fee for their transportation at the airport. The only exceptions to this rule are guide dogs and duty dogs, which may be transported free of charge.

The table below contains pet transportation fees for Finnair flights (those operated by Finnair and bearing a Finnair flight number). These fees apply to the transportation of pets as baggage, and each fee is for flights in one direction only. For details regarding the cost of transporting pets as cargo, see the Finnair Cargo website.

Fees per one direction Short HaulLong Haul
Pet in the cabin EUR   40 EUR   75, USD/CAD 100
Pet in the hold, maximum combined weight with the container 50kg EUR 10/kg,
minimum EUR 60
EUR/USD/CAD 30/kg, minimum EUR/USD/CAD 100
Pet as cargo For details regarding pricing, see the Finnair Cargo website.  


Pets carried in the cabin

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Small cats, dogs, rabbits and rodents may be carried in the cabin on Finnair scheduled flights, with certain restrictions. On Finnair leisure flights (AY1000 series), all animals – except guide dogs and duty dogs (for example, police and customs dogs) – must travel in the hold of the aircraft.

Pets must be transported in a suitable transportation container, which must be a bag or a box. Finnair has the right to refuse transportation if the animal’s container is too large for the cabin or if the animal is too large for its container. The animal may also be moved to the hold if its container exceeds the maximum allowed dimensions.

  • The total weight of the pet and its container may not exceed 8 kg (17 lb). The maximum dimensions for a soft pet carrier are 55x40x20 cm (21x15x9 in). The maximum dimensions for a hard carrier are 35x30x20 cm (14x12x9 in.).
  • Only one pet carrier per passenger is permitted.
  • The animal must remain fully in its container for the entire duration of the flight.
  • If you are transporting a dog, a cat or a rabbit in the cabin, we recommend that you carry it in a soft bag, as it will fit more easily under the seat in front. However, you need to make sure that the animal has sufficient space in the bag to stand, to sit erect and to lie in a natural position and to turn about normally while standing. All pet transportation bags must have a solid bottom and be suitable for animal transport. Rodents must always be transported in a hard carrier.
  • You may not carry a pet in the cabin if you are travelling in Business Class on an intercontinental flight, as there is no room under the reclining seats.
  • If you are allergic to animals, please see Passengers allergic to animals.

Pets carried in the hold

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  • A pet weighing over 40 kg (88 lb) must be transported in a strong transportation box.
  • The transportation box must be large enough to allow the pet to stand up straight and turn around.
  • A maximum of three puppies less than six months of age may be transported in a single box, provided that each of the puppies weighs less than 14 kg (30 lb).
  • A maximum of two animals over six months of age may be transported in a single box, provided that each animal weighs less than 14 kg (30 lb).
  • If the total weight of the pet and its box exceeds 50 kg (110 lb), the pet must be shipped as freight.

Planning your trip when flying with a pet

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  • If you intend to fly with a pet, you should make a reservation for the pet at the same time as your own reservation, whether you do this through your travel agent or via Finnair customer care. Each flight has a pet quota – we will let you know if there is room on the flight for your pet when you make your reservation.
  • You must give us the dimensions of the pet transportation container as well as the total weight of the container and pet when you make the reservation.
  • When transporting pets, country specific restrictions regarding animal welfare must be taken into consideration. For example, in Finland, puppies younger than eight weeks may not be transported by air. For country specific regulations concerning documentation requirements and animal age restrictions, please contact the relevant authorities in your destination country.
  • According to a directive issued by the European Union, a dog, cat or ferret carried by a passenger on a flight within the EU must be identifiable by a microchip or a clearly readable tattoo. In addition, the pet must be accompanied by a certificate (known as a pet passport), which bears its rabies vaccination status, along with other health information. Further information is available on Evira’s website (the Finnish Food Safety Authority).
  • If you are moving to a country outside the European Union with a pet, please check the requirements for re-entry before your journey.
  • Only one pet carrier per passenger is permitted.
  • The animal must remain fully in its container for the entire duration of the flight.
  • If you are transporting a dog, a cat or a rabbit in the cabin, we recommend that you carry it in a soft bag, as it will fit more easily under the seat in front. However, you need to make sure that the animal has sufficient space in the bag to stand, to sit erect and to lie in a natural position and to turn about normally while standing. All pet transportation bags must have a solid bottom and be suitable for animal transport. Rodents must always be transported in a hard carrier.
  • You may not carry a pet in the cabin if you are travelling in Business Class on an intercontinental flight, as there is no room under the reclining seats.
  • If you are allergic to animals, please see Passengers allergic to animals.

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