Travelling with pets

There is no one better to share your trip with than your beloved pet.

 Notice: Temporary suspension of entry of dogs into the U.S.

More details on these restrictions and how to apply for a special permit can be found on the US Centers for Disease Control website. Here are the links:

Are you travelling with your pet?

Travelling pets must be accompanied by their owners or authorised representatives at all times. You must arrive at the departure airport with sufficient time to carry out the necessary procedures. 

Each passenger can be accompanied by up to 5 pets between the cabin and the hold. If you need to travel with more than 5 pets, you can do so by contacting our Cargo Department by calling 934 90 40 38.


If you fly to/from the UK, our Cargo Department will help you with transport.

If you are travelling with your pet, remember to inform yourself about the standards that must be met and protect yourself against rabies. Pets may travel on board or in the aircraft hold depending on their species, breed and weight:


Animals on board

  • The following are permitted on short- and medium-haul flights: dogs, cats, small birds (except birds of prey), fish, aquarium turtles and some rodents (hamsters, guinea pigs, and small rabbits).
  • On long-haul flights, only dogs and cats will be allowed to be transported, except in the business cabin, where it is not permitted to transport animals of any kind.
  • All pets (dogs and cats) must have all the necessary vaccinations.
  • On medium and long haul flights, pets must be at least 3 months old to fly.       
  • They must travel in an approved carrier with ventilation.
  • The maximum number of animals allowed in one container is 3, provided that they are the same species, and they do not exceed the permitted dimension/weight limits.
  • They may travel in the cabin for an additional fee depending on the destination.
  • Non-refundable service.
  • Prices subject to possible tax surcharges in certain countries.

Maximum measurements of carrier:  55 x 35 x 25 cm
Maximum weight: The weight of the pet may not exceed 8 kg. The overall weight of the container and the animal may not exceed 10 kg.

Mainland Spain, Balearic Islands, and Canary Islands EUR 25
USD 27
GBP 18
CHF 25
Europe and Africa EUR 50
USD 55
GBP 36
CHF 50
Long haul EUR 150
USD 165
GBP 110
CHF 150
Canary Islands/Balearic Islands EUR 9
USD 10.4

Animals in the hold

  • Only cats and dogs will be accepted. To transport other animals in the hold, please contact Air Europa Cargo (phone: 934 90 40 38).
  • All pets (dogs and cats) must have all the necessary vaccinations.                   
  • They must travel in an approved carrier with ventilation.
  • The maximum number of animals allowed in the same container is 2, provided that they are similar in size and do not exceed 14 kg. Furthermore, they must also be accustomed to being together;  it becomes 3 if they are from the same litter and no older than 6 months.
  • For those cases where the weight limit is exceeded, you can contact our Cargo Department by calling 934 90 40 38.
  • They will travel in the hold for an additional fee according to the destination and acceptance conditions.
  • Pets must be transported in rigid carriers with metal doors that are suitable for air transport and approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Wire mesh or welded mesh containers are not permitted.
  • Non-refundable service
  • Prices subject to possible tax surcharges in certain countries.
  • On connecting flights from a non-EU country:
    • The connecting airport must be Madrid or Barcelona, as only these airports have a Border Inspection Post (BIP) in Spain.
    • The minimum connection time must be 3 hours. Given that at the first point of entry into an EU country you must collect the pet, pass through customs for the documentation check and return to check-in. 

Warning: Between 15 June and 15 September, checked animals cannot be accepted in the hold connecting in Madrid between 11:00 and 20:00 local peninsular time.

Maximum weight of pet + carrier: 50 kg.

Mainland Spain and Balearic Islands EUR 90
USD 100
GBP 64
CHF 90
Canary Islands, Europe, and Africa EUR 100
USD 110
GBP 71
CHF 100
Long haul EUR 300
USD 350
GBP 260
CHF 350
Canary Islands/Balearic Islands EUR 20
USD 20.2
GBP 17.7
CHF 20

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You can buy a carrier for travelling with your pet on board the plane at the following airports:

  • Madrid, Palma, Bilbao, Barcelona, Las Palmas, Tenerife Norte, Lanzarote, Málaga, Ibiza, La Coruña and Vigo.

Certified by IATA standards |     Price 25 euros

Transporting certain brachycephalic breeds (short-muzzled or flat-faced) can pose a high risk of these animals suffering respiratory problems and overheating due to the stress of the flight. Therefore, they can only travel as companion pets in the cabin, provided that they do not exceed 8 kg, including their container.

The following will be considered brachycephalic breeds:

  • Dogs: Affenpinscher, American Bully, Boston Terrier, Boxer (all breeds), Bulldog (all breeds), Cane Corsican, Pug (all breeds), Chow Chow, Dogo (all breeds), Griffon Bruxellois, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff (all breeds), Pekingese, Pitbull, Shar-Pei, Shih-Tzu, Cocker / Spaniel (all breeds), Staffordshire bull terrier.
  • Cats: Birman, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian, British Shorthair.

1. Travel within Spanish territory

  • It is not compulsory to have a veterinary passport. However, passengers must be in possession of the Official Health Card or Certificate of Good Health issued by an official veterinarian within 10 days prior to the flight's departure, for both the outbound and return flights.
  • As regards vaccinations, only the rabies vaccine is required; although it may be voluntary in some autonomous communities.
  • For pets under 3 months, passengers must request special authorisation for carriage.


2. Travel to Spain from a Member State of the European Union

To bring a dog or cat into Spain, it must:

  • Be identified with a microchip or tattoo (if it was done before July 3, 2011) provided that it remains legible.
  • Be vaccinated against rabies with a valid vaccine at the time of the trip. Said vaccination must be reflected in the passport.
  • Have a European passport for travel of companion pets. The passport must include the sections "Owner", "Description of the Animal", "Tagging", "Passport Issuance" and "Anti-rabies vaccination". 
  • Request special transport authorisation from Air Europa for pets under 3 months.


3. Travel to a Member State of the European Union from Spain

Companion pets must be accompanied by a passport stating that:

  • They have been identified by means of an electronic identification system (transponder) or a clearly legible tattoo applied before 3 July 2011, the alpha numeric code of which corresponds to the one stated in the passport.
  • They have been vaccinated or revaccinated against rabies. When flying to Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway and travelling with a dog, in addition to the aforementioned requirements, they must be treated against Echinococcus between 120 and 24 hours prior to entering the destination country.

    For flights to/from the United Kingdom, pets must travel with Air Europa Cargo.


4. Travel to third countries

  • To travel to a third country, you must consult the requirements with the Embassy or Consulate of that country or the website of the competent Ministry.
  • Passengers are not allowed to fly with pets that have not reached 3 months of age.

    More information:  Travel with companion pets

Service animals

If you need to fly with your service animal, you will need to contact the Air Europa Customer Service at least 48 hours before the flight's departure.

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Check-in time limit

The time limit for checking in, unless otherwise specified (Lima: 90 min, Caracas: 120 min) will be a minimum of 60 minutes before the scheduled departure of intercontinental flights and 45 minutes for all domestic and European flights.

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Prohibited objects

Blunt, spiked or sharp objects are some of the prohibited items in the aircraft cabin. For more information please see our section on "Prohibited objects".

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Are you carrying any liquids in your baggage?

Items containing liquids or substances of similar consistency may be carried, with up to a maximum of 10 containers of 100 ml (1 litre in total).

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Child restraint systems

Minors travelling in their own seat may use fastening devices suitable for their age, provided that they are certified and fit the seat. 

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Prohibited objects

Blunt, spiked or sharp objects are some of the prohibited items in the aircraft cabin. For more information please see our section on "Prohibited objects". .

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