Guidelines for Pets On Board

  • Types: Dogs, cats and birds only
  • Age: Must be at least 8 weeks old
  • Weight Limits : (combined weight of animal and carrier) 5 kg or less as a carry-on, between 5 and 32 kg in the cargo compartment. Your pet should be transported by freighter if the weight is over 32kg
    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.
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.

International Regulations

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.

See Country-Specific Regulations for Accompanying Animal.

Service Charge

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.

Fees for Pet Travel

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.