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Delta Airlines Dog Travel Policies

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For The Full Delta Airlines Policy: Delta Airlines Complete Pet Travel Information

Overview

Dogs 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:

  • 800-221-1212 for flights within the United States
  • 800-241-4141 for international flights

Pets traveling unescorted:

  • 888-736-3738 (Delta Pet First) to book your pet's travel arrangements

Carry On

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:

  • U.S./Canada: $125 USD/CAD
  • Virgin Islands: $125 USD/CAD
  • Puerto Rico: $125 USD/CAD
  • Outside the U.S.: $200 USD/CAD/EUR
  • Brazil: $75 USD

The following restrictions apply to pets traveling as carry-on baggage:

  • Your pet must be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel under the seat directly in front of you. Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight. You must contact Delta Reservations to determine the appropriate kennel size.
  • Your pet must remain inside the kennel (with door secured) while in a Delta boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), a Delta airport lounge and while onboard the aircraft.
  • Your pet must be at least 10 weeks old for Domestic and International travel.
  • Your pet counts as one piece of carry-on baggage.
  • One pet is permitted per kennel with the following exceptions:
    *One female cat/dog may travel with her un-weaned litter if the litter is a minimum of 10 weeks old to 6 months of age.
    *There is no limit on the number of animals in the litter.

Health Requirements

Follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth process when traveling with your pets.

Health Certificate

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:

  • shipper's name and address
  • tag numbers or tattoos assigned to the animal
  • age of the animal being shipped (USDA regulations require animals be at least 10 weeks old and fully weaned before traveling)
  • statement that the animal is in good health (If the shipper knows that the pet is pregnant, it must be noted on the health certificate)
  • list of administered inoculations, when applicable
  • signature of the veterinarian
  • date of the certificate

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.

Tranquilizers

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

Year-round Restrictions

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)

  • Below 10F (-12C)
  • Above 85F (29.4C)

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

  • Pets cannot be checked as baggage on Delta and Aeromexico operated flights.
  • Pets may be shipped as cargo; see year-round temperature restrictions below.

Winter Embargo November 1 through March 31

  • Animals will not be accepted as checked baggage on flights operated between Sun Valley, ID (SUN), Twin Falls, ID (TWF) or Jackson Hole, WY (JAC).

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

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.

Quarantines

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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