Guidelines for Pets On Board
- Types: Dogs, cats and birds only
- Age: Must be at least 8 weeks old
- Weight Limits : You can carry a pet on board if the total weight of the pet and kennel is 5 kg or less; a pet must travel in the cargo compartment if the total weight is between 5 kg and 32 kg.
- We can carry a pet in our cargo compartment if the total weight is between 33 kg and 45 kg, but please note that certain countries do not permit the carriage of pets in this weight classification due to their regulations. You can contact our service center for information about the applicable countries and restrictions. (Your pet should be transported by freighter if the total weight is over 45kg.) Click to see info about the service center Open in new window
Restriction for Pets
- Number of pets per person: You (except for Unaccompanied Minors) are allowed a maximum of three if one is a carry-on and two travel in the cargo compartment. The one exception of being allowed two as carry-ons is if they are the same breed and under 6 months of age.
- Number of pets per aircraft: The number varies by aircraft, but all are restricted due to safety reasons. Please note that no pets are allowed on Boeing 737 international flights.
- Transportation of pets can be restricted depending on your destination.
- Restrictions on the brachycephalic breeds(Dogs, Cats) transportation of domestic flight operated with narrow body aircraft from July to September.
- Dog : Dogo Argentino*, Mastiff*, Boston Terrier*, Boxer*, Bulldog*, Brussels Griffon*, Shih Tzu*, Spaniel(English toy)*, Japanese Chin*, Chow Chow*, Pug*, Pekingese*, Lhasa Apso, Shapei, Affenpinscher, Tibetan Spaniel, Pit Bull (* All Breeds)
- Cat : Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan, Persian
Service Animals (Dog only)
- Permitted on board at no cost for passengers with special needs. The dog must sit in front of the passenger and quarantine certificates are still required.
- According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, mentally handicapped people with an emotional support animal must carry a medical statement issued within a year of their departure date; emotional support animals are only allowed in flights departing/arriving in America. Please contact the Korean Air Service Center for details.
Rules surrounding pet travel vary around the world. Please contact the embassy or consulate of your destination country to confirm all necessary documents such as quarantine certificates, health certificates and rabies immunization reports. We have some helpful tips — but please note that all information is subject to change.
Fees vary depending on departure country and destination.
Departures from Korea will have KRW as standard, while departures from the U.S. use USD , departures from Canada use CAD prices and departures from Indonesia use IDR prices. Departures from other countries will use USD standard price converted based on the exchange rate of the day.
Contain ample space for your pet to move around.
- Be made from firm materials such as metal, wood or plastic (cloth and leather carriers permitted for carry-on pets).
- Come equipped with proper ventilation.
- Be water resistant.
- Carry-on kennel dimensions: No larger than 115 cm (45 in; for economy class, the height should be less than 20 cm (8 in) (soft cages can be 26 cm high (10 in)).
- Cargo compartment dimensions: No larger than 246 cm (97 in)
Making your pet comfortable
Be sure to give your pet food and water no more than two hours before departure; include absorbent bedding inside the carrier; and avoid sedatives because they can have an adverse affect on the animal.
In case of emergency
Please ensure your name and telephone number are written in English and attached to the kennel and that your pet’s carrier can be unlocked easily.