Choosing to fly your pet as checked baggage is a sensible and convenient choice for passengers who wish to have their animal travel on the same flight. Japan Airlines collaborates with veterinarians and animal specialists to be able to provide your pet with a proper environment that will cause the least amount of stress, while keeping your pet safe. Your pet’s fee will depend on their weight and destination,


Acceptable Animals

You can fly many different kinds of animals in checked baggage with Japan Airlines. Along with dogs and cats, you can also fly other small animals such as birds, and different types of mammals rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, marmots, squirrels, chinchillas. To ensure their safety, there are breed restrictions for snub-nose dogs and cats. All animals must be at least two months old, not pregnant, and in good health.



An advanced reservation is required to ensure your pet has a place in the cargo hold. When making your reservation, you will need your pet’s age, it’s crate size and total weight when the animal is inside. Due to the different plane types flown through Japan Airlines, reservation approvals cannot be made immediately, and may take a few days. You can make your reservation and find more information here. When you check in your pets, it’s good to bring them to the desk at least two hours prior to departure.


Environmental Information

In an effort to create transparency, Japan Airlines has created a list of environmental conditions your pet will experience while in transit. Animals are held in a climate controlled area while they await boarding, but while on the tarmac, they will briefly be subject to winter weather and summer temperatures.

Things like mechanical noise, decreased air pressure, and the sound of high wind might be disruptive to your animal and cause stress. To help, it’s good to leave a towel or blanket in their container with them that they will recognize as familiar and comforting.


Passenger Responsibilities

When you fly your pet with Japan Airlines, you are accepting all responsibility for any import and export requirements that your animal may be subject to. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the regulations of your destination and your place of departure. Some places to check with would be your embassy or consulate. Some places also have a quarantine office, which would also be good to check with.


Crates and Containers

Your crate must be well ventilated, strong, and able to accommodate the size needs of the animal within. Additionally, crates should have a lock, and be impossible to escape from. Crates must also be leak-proof and made of solid material such as plastic, wood, or fiberglass. It is possible to rent a suitable container through Japan Airlines. You can find out more about this program here.


Letter of Consent

Along with any paperwork you may need to properly document your pet at your destination, you will need to bring a completed Letter of Consent form, which can be found here. You must print it off and fill it out, and bring it to the check-in desk on the day of departure.



When you land at your destination, a representative from Japan Airlines will bring your pet directly to the arrival lobby and hand-deliver your animal to you. From there, you must proceed to the animal immigration area of the airport to complete your import procedure.

Japan Airlines has created a helpful dossier for passengers flying their pets as checked baggage. You can read it here to get more information about how your pet’s trip will progress.

You can also visit our main page of Japan Airlines Pet Policies.