Delta Airlines Dog Travel Policies
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OverviewDogs that are small enough may go under the seat in a carrier. Larger dogs must go as cargo. Due to seasonal weather conditions, they do not accept pets as checked baggage from May 15 through September 15.
Contact Information for people traveling with pets:
Pets traveling with passengers:
Pets traveling unescorted:
Dogs, cats and household birds can travel with you in the cabin for a one-way fee*, collected at check in, to the following destinations:
The following restrictions apply to pets traveling as carry-on baggage:
Follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth process when traveling with your pets.
A health certificate is required when shipping your pet as cargo, but Delta does not require a health certificate for pets traveling as carry-on or checked baggage. Some destination states may require a health certificate for your pet. Your veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or the Department of Agriculture for your destination state may provide you with more information.
If a health certificate is required, it must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of transport and must include:
Live Animal Checklist/Confirmation of Feeding
When you check in your pet, you will be asked to complete a live animal checklist. When you sign this checklist, you are confirming that your pet has been offered food and water within four hours of check-in. On the checklist, you must also provide feeding and watering instructions for a 24-hour period. If in-transit feeding is necessary, you must provide food.
The use of pet tranquilizers at high altitudes is unpredictable. If you plan to sedate your pet, you must have written consent from the pet's veterinarian. This information must be attached to the kennel. Please keep in mind that Delta agents cannot administer medication of any kind.
Seasonal And Weather Restrictions on Cargo Pets
Delta will not accept animals as checked baggage during extreme weather, if at any point (origin/transit/destination) during the animal's trip the high temperature for the day is forecast to be: (no exceptions to the temperature restriction)
Delta reserves the right to refuse live animals as checked baggage and as cargo if the animal's health is in question and/or if the health of the animal may be jeopardized by extreme conditions.
Summer Restrictions — May 15 through September 15
Winter Embargo — November 1 through March 31
Snub Nosed Dogs
Delta no longer accepts snub-nosed or pug-nosed dogs and cats as checked baggage. Certain breeds may be acceptable for transport as cargo via Pets First.
Hawaii requires that all live animals shipped or brought into the state have health and rabies inoculation certificates dated no more than ten days before travel begins. On Delta flights to Hawaii, pets will not be accepted as carry-on baggage.
Hawaiian quarantine facilities are located in Honolulu only; therefore, Delta cannot accept pets on nonstop flights to any other Hawaiian city. Delta does not participate in the Neighbor Island Dog and Cat Entry Program.
All cats and dogs are subject to a 120-day quarantine in Hawaii. If specific pre- and post-arrival requirements are met, your pet may qualify for a shorter (30-days or less) quarantine. Costs are charged to the pet owner and must be paid in full upon arrival. Payment methods include cashier's check, traveler's check, money order, personal check, or cash.
Seeing-eye dogs are accepted with certain provisions, including making advanced arrangements and verifying availability and cost. For further information, visit the Hawaii Department of Agriculture or call 808-483-7151.
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