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Travelling with animals and birds

We know how important your pets are to you, which is why we strive to extend our world-class service to your furry and feathered friends when they travel. Qatar Airways accepts domesticated dogs, cats and birds as checked baggage, either on your flight or on a separate one, in accordance with international air travel regulations. 

To allow us to comply with the rules of different countries on your travel route, we advise that you notify us of your requirements to travel with pets at the time of booking. If this is not possible, please notify us at least 48 hours before departure, to avoid any inconvenience or delays.

Travel regulations require you to make all necessary documentation for your pet available before travel. Such documents include their health certificate (signed by your veterinarian, indicating that the animal is fit to fly) and identification or pet passport.

Service dogs

On certain routes, Qatar Airways allows service dogs in the passenger cabin, free of charge, to accompany a passenger with a disability. On all other routes, service dogs will be accepted free of charge as checked baggage within the aircraft hold.

Not all countries allow service animals/emotional support animals to arrive in the passenger cabin of the aircraft. Please contact our Call enter to verify any limitations that may exist for the countries in your itinerary. 

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You can carry one falcon in the Economy Class cabin of an aircraft, and a maximum of six falcons are permitted within the Economy Class cabin of any one aircraft (country regulations may apply). 

For your pet’s well-being, Qatar Airways reserves the right to refuse the transport of any animal if we find the container is too small.

Travelling cost of pets as checked baggage

Domesticated dogs, cats and birds are accepted as checked baggage provided that the animal is in good health and all transport requirements are met. 

Service dog(s) can be transported in the cabin free of charge when travelling on specific routes.

If a falcon is transported as checked baggage and not in the cabin, travelling cost of animals as checked baggage will apply.

For cost information, see our excess baggage page.

Pet containers

Your pet's travel container must be of an adequate size and be equipped with sufficient openings for ventilation. It must also be of suitable design and sufficient strength to prevent escape.

There are also limits on including more than one pet per container. 

For your pet’s well-being, Qatar Airways reserves the right to refuse the transport of any animal if we find the container is too small.

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Pet food

We recommend that you provide enough food and water for your pet’s journey in the travelling container or kennel, as you will not be able to access your pet during the journey.

When preparing your food and water containers, consider the below:

  • Food and water containers must be present and affixed within the shipping container with provision to fill it from the outside that does not require the opening of the shipping container.
  • Water bottles or similar dispensers that are attached inside or outside the shipping container are not considered suitable for refilling. 

If food is not provided by the owner, our ground services staff will provide your pet with food every three to four hours (up to two hours before departure), while water is changed every hour (provided that the water container attached to the kennel can be refilled from the outside). 

Pet care during transfer in Doha

We aim to give your animals the utmost care during their journey with us, including any time on the ground between connecting flights.  

If your transfer time in Doha is more than 3 hours, our ground staff will make sure that:

  • Animals are allowed out of their kennels to walk and stretch;
  • Animals are observed for signs of sickness and stress;
  • Kennels are cleaned;
  • Dogs are walked;
  • Animals are provided a larger, more comfortable kennel during transit.

If your transfer time in Doha is less than 3 hours, including if your planned transit changes to less than 3 hours due to operational reasons, these services will not be provided. Rest assured, all animals are monitored by our ground staff in the dedicated holding area between connecting flights. 

Health, breed or age restrictions

Qatar Airways does not permit transport of certain breeds of dogs and cats as these animals are normally susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke when exposed to stress or temperatures above 21°C (69.8°F).

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Does your itinerary include other airlines?

Qatar Airways does not accept transporting animals transferring from flights operated by other airlines. However, transporting animals from Qatar Airways to other airlines is permitted. 

If you plan to connect onwards after your Qatar Airways flight when travelling with your pet, you must ensure all the necessary arrangements are made with the carriers involved.