Miami International Airport Service Animal Policies

Assistance animals are welcome to travel with passengers who have disabilities. Certain exemptions are provided to these animals, but some rules and restrictions still apply. To determine if your dog qualifies to be certified as a Psychiatric Service Dog and can be accepted as such for air travel, you can visit Pettable’s PSD service.

Miami International Airport Pet Relief Areas

There are seven pet relief areas at the Miami Airport. This airport offers a combination of pet relief areas for passengers traveling with animals to use, including three outdoor animal relief areas and four indoor relief areas. You can find the outdoor areas on Level 1/Arrivals/Bag Claim across from Door #5 (open area), Door #15 (fenced area), and Door #28 (fenced area). You will find the four indoor pet relief areas near the following gates: D34, F7, G5, and J3.  The Miami Airport pet policy requires that you keep all animals—other than service and emotional support animals—in their carriers at all times.

MIA Airport Pet Policy and Cargo Facilities

If you’re flying with a pet as checked baggage, you’ll drop the pet off at the ticketing counter when you check-in and/or you’ll pick the pet up at your airline’s excess bag claim. You might also be transporting your pet via airline cargo. On the day of the flight, you can check on the cargo flight status. Due to the climate, it may take a couple tries to safely fly your pet or animal into Miami, especially during the summer. We recommend using a GPS tracking system when available as well. 

When it’s time to pick up or drop off your pet, you’ll need to visit the designated cargo facility. We’ve got the relevant information below for the major U.S. domestic carriers that provide pet cargo service to Miami, but you can also find a complete directory of Miami Cargo Airlines in case you’re flying a pet internationally or using a less common carrier service.  

United Airlines Cargo
1851 NW 68th Ave, Bldg 706
Miami, FL 33126 US

American Airlines Cargo
714, 6150 NW 17th St
Miami, FL 33126

Virgin Atlantic Cargo
AGI Alliance Ground International
1651 NW 68th Ave, Building 706
Miami, FL 33126

International Animal Transportation at MIA

At the Animal Plant Health Inspection Station (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) all livestock and exotic animals entering and departing the United States are inspected and cared for by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarian. Miami International is one of only two airports in the nation with an on-airport animal quarantine center with loading ramps, saving importers and exporters, valuable time and money. 

More Miami International Airport Pet Policies

Wondering about what other Miami Airport pet policies may apply to your travels? Miami Airport offers several pet travel tips based on external links and travel resources from the DOT, USDA, FAA, and TSA. Apart from the climate restrictions and international animal shipping, Miami International Airport pet policies are in line with the standards of the airline industry and federal authorities. 

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