Online information about Istanbul Airport pet relief areas is sparse. Most international airports do not have designated pet relief stations at indoor, post-security locations, so this is not surprising. The Istanbul Airport pet policy webpage does not provide any information specific to the airport, and the terminal maps do not include any locations for indoor pet relief.
That said, the airport’s website has a page for “pet rooms,” which appear to be temporary lodging for animals traveling through. Rather than a quick place to stop for a bathroom break, these pet rooms look like they are designed to hold animals while you wait for your flight. The Istanbul Airport pet policy says there is a designated check-in counter and that this amenity is available free of charge.
Unfortunately, we cannot confirm whether these pet rooms are open to the public yet. The airport is still under construction with a projected finish date of 2025. This indicates that there is still a lot of work to be done on the main terminal building. We also cannot confirm the eventual locations of these rooms. If you find yourself in an emergency and need an Istanbul Airport pet relief station, however, ask an airport attendant about the pet rooms. They may be able to provide you with more information.
Until we have more information about these pet rooms, we recommend traveling through Istanbul Airport as you might any other European air travel hub: Using only outdoor, pre-security areas for pet relief.
What to Expect from an Istanbul Airport Pet Relief Area
The airport-provided Istanbul Airport pet relief area photo features a small, tiled room with a linoleum and faux grass floor. There is a faucet by the grassy section of the room, which we suspect is used for cleaning. It also appears that food and water are provided by airport personnel. If these rooms are available to the public when you visit Istanbul, they should be impressive, even when held up to the most pet-friendly American airports.
However, for the next couple of years, we caution travelers from expecting this level of luxury from an Istanbul Airport pet relief area. Because we cannot confirm if these rooms are complete, you will likely need to use an outdoor green space prior to traveling through security. Luckily, there appears to be space widely available outside of the main departures area. Remember to bring a bag and dispose of all waste.