Shipping an animal as cargo is a legitimate decision for anyone that needs to send an animal unaccompanied. China Airlines collaborates with veterinarians and animal specialists to provide safe and comfortable conditions for any animals. You can rest assured that your pet is in good hands and will reach its destination with flying as cargo with China Airlines.


Animal Restrictions

While many kinds of dogs and cats can fly as cargo, there are breed and species restrictions to be aware of for your animal’s safety.

  • Poisonous and venomous reptiles and insects are not allowed.
  • Fighting breeds and aggressive breeds.
  • Non-human primates or experimental animals.
  • Puppies and kittens under 10 weeks old.
  • Animals that smell strongly.
  • Tropical animals and cold-blooded animals will not be permitted to fly if the temperature is below 10°C (50°F).
  • Snub-Nosed dogs and cats are not permitted to be shipped as cargo on flights longer than six hours, or when temperatures exceed 21°C (70°F), as they are often find it hard to breathe and regulate their body temperature at elevated altitudes.


Crate Requirements

Dogs and cats must be able to sit, stand, turn around and lay down in the container for it to be acceptable. In some situations, animals may be permitted to share a crate is they are compatible.

The crate must be leak-proof and escape-proof. All containers must be well-ventilated and have handle spacers. For sizing of the crate, please refer to the images below.


In addition to any documents that may be required at your animal’s destination, you must also fill out the Shipper’s Certification of Live Animal form, which you can download for yourself at this page. You can also visit our main page of China Airlines Pet Policies.


* Images from China Airlines