It is possible to fly an animal on China Airlines in a variety of ways. Although China Airlines pet policies does not offer the option to fly your pet with you in the cabin, your animal can ride comfortably and safely on a cargo plane or on your plane as checked baggage. Like all major airlines, an exception is made for passengers that require a service animal. In these situations, your service dog or emotional support dog may ride with you in the cabin. When flying internationally, especially with an animal, it is important to be aware of the import and export laws of both your point of departure and your destination. You can read more about China Airlines pet policies here.
- Flying Pets in Checked Baggage: China Airlines offers the option to fly your pet in the cargo hold as checked baggage. This service can accommodate a wide variety of breeds and species. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the equipment requirements and species restrictions before booking your pet’s flight. Certain restrictions apply for snub-nose animals, so be sure to verify your breed qualifies to fly as checked baggage.
- Flying Pets as Cargo: When you need to send an animal to another destination unaccompanied, you can send it on a cargo plane. This is a practical and safe way to fly your animals, but be sure that it is fully documented. Fees are calculated based on animal weight, destination, and time of year, so be sure to get a quote from China Airlines when you book your animal’s travel.
- Service Animal Policies: If you are a passenger that requires the assistance of a service dog, it can accompany you on your trip free of charge. When you are traveling to or from Guam and the United States, you are also permitted to bring an emotional support dog. These are the only times when pets are allowed in the cabin. If traveling internationally, be sure to check the requirements of that country. Please note that only dogs are recognized as service and emotional support animals.
Animal Import and Export Regulations
All passengers assume full responsibility for understanding and carrying out the international requirements of traveling with their animals. When traveling internationally, there are several animal import and export regulations you need to be aware of. Some countries have quarantine regulations, for example. Whether it’s a short-term visit with a common household pet or a longer-term relocation with a more exotic breed, we recommend consulting the following agencies about what the specific requirements for your animal and on your travel dates.
- The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service offers specific information about traveling to and from China with an animal.
- The Center for Disease Control is another potential source of information with regulatory authority over animal importation into the United States.
- China Airlines also recommends checking in with your embassy or consulate located at your destination to go over the required health documentation and how to lawfully import an animal.
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