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Travelling with pets

We know your pets are part of your family, which is why we treat every animal who flies with us like a VIP.

A boy with a dog.

British Airways flights

Assistance dogs

If you’re travelling with a recognised assistance dog, it can travel with you free of charge in the cabin of your British Airways flight. This service cannot be booked online and we might need to limit the number of dogs we can carry in the cabin. 

More about travelling with assistance dogs

Other pets and emotional support animals

All other pets, including emotional support animals, will need to travel in the hold as cargo but don’t worry, your furry friends will be just as comfortable in the carefully controlled environment.

All our cargo is handled by our sister company, IAG World Cargo. They have decades of experience transporting animals and will look after your pet as if it were their own.

More about transporting pets with IAG World Cargo

OpenSkies flights

OpenSkies is our subsidiary that operates direct flights between Paris and New York. If your cat or dog weighs less than 6kg (13.2lb) they can travel with you in Eco (economy) and Prem Plus (premium economy). If they weigh more than 6kg (13.2lb) they will need to travel in the hold as cargo.

More about travelling with pets on OpenSkies

Comair flights

Comair is our franchise partner operating flights in southern Africa under the British Airways brand. As on British Airways flights, only recognised assistance dogs are allowed in the cabin. All other pets must travel in the hold as cargo.

Comair pet policy (pdf, 1.62mb, English only)

Pet Travel Scheme

If you're entering the UK, your dog must meet the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme offered by the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). It allows cats and dogs to travel between some countries and UK airports avoiding quarantine.

If you're travelling to a different country, please check with the relevant embassy or consulate for any regulations or restrictions.

More about DEFRA's Pet Travel scheme