Due to changing flight schedules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Cargo will temporarily embargo all PET shipments effective April 1, 2020, until further notice. The embargo applies to all live animals transported in cargo under the PET product code throughout the domestic and international network. Impacted customers will be proactively notified.

Delta - Pet Information

Does the airline allow pets: Yes

New Update from Delta:

When flying on Delta, our top priority is the health, comfort and safety of our customers. In accordance with the final rule from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Delta will no longer recognize emotional support animals as service animals beginning January 11, 2021. We will honor reservations submitted and confirmed by Delta prior to January 11, 2021 but will not accept new EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL reservations for upcoming travel.

Also beginning January 11, 2021, Delta will only accept trained service animals that are dogs. Customers traveling with a trained service dog(s), regardless of breed, must complete the required DOT form(s) available on this page.

We know how important it is to travel smoothly with your trained service dog. For questions, call 404-209-3434.

More information on Flying With Trained Service and Emotional Support Animals

To protect public health, Delta Air Lines requires all dogs including service animals to be current on all vaccinations. Dogs can be vaccinated against rabies at a minimum of 12 weeks (three months) of age and must wait an additional 30 days for the vaccine to become effective.

Does the airline allow pets as carry-on: Yes

Small dogs, cats and household birds can travel in the cabin for a one-way fee, collected at check-in. They must be able to fit in a small, ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you. Pets in cabin kennels will count as your one carry-on item. In addition to the kennel, you are permitted to bring one personal item onboard the aircraft.

Carry-On Pet Requirements Know how to prepare your pet for a safe, healthy and happy flight. Make sure to meet these requirements if you’re flying with a small pet as a carry-on:

  • Your pet must be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel without touching or protruding from the sides of the kennel and with the ability to move around.
  • The kennel must fit under the seat directly in front of you.
  • The soft- or hard-sided kennels must be leak-proof and have ventilation openings on three sides (four sides for international travel).
  • Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight. You must contact Delta Reservations to determine the appropriate kennel size.
  • Your pet must remain inside the kennel (with door secured) while in a Delta boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), a Delta airport lounge and while onboard the aircraft.
  • Your pet must be at least 10 weeks old for Domestic travel.
  • Your pet must be 16 weeks old if traveling to the U.S. from other countries and must be at least 15 weeks old for European Union travel.
  • Pets in cabin kennels will count as your one carry-on item. In addition to the kennel, you are permitted to bring one personal item onboard the aircraft.
  • One pet is permitted per kennel with the following exceptions:
    • One female cat/dog may travel with her un-weaned litter if the litter is a minimum of 10 weeks old to 6 months of age.
    • There is no limit on the number of animals in the litter.
  • Exception: 2 pets of the same breed and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months may be allowed to travel in 1 kennel, providing they are small enough to fit into one kennel and are compatible. They will be charged as 1 pet.
  • Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Delta in advance at 800-221-1212 to arrange to bring your pet on board. To ensure the comfort of all of our passengers, Delta limits the number of total pets per flight.

Does the airline allow pets as baggage: No

Due to changing flight schedules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Cargo will temporarily embargo all PET shipments effective April 1, 2020, until further notice. The embargo applies to all live animals transported in cargo under the PET product code throughout the domestic and international network. Impacted customers will be proactively notified.

Does airline allow pets as cargo: No

Due to changing flight schedules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Cargo will temporarily embargo all PET shipments effective April 1, 2020, until further notice. The embargo applies to all live animals transported in cargo under the PET product code throughout the domestic and international network. Impacted customers will be proactively notified.

Does airline have an embargo: Yes

Due to changing flight schedules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Cargo will temporarily embargo all PET shipments effective April 1, 2020, until further notice. The embargo applies to all live animals transported in cargo under the PET product code throughout the domestic and international network. Impacted customers will be proactively notified.


Embargo dates: May 15 through September 15

Kennel / Pet Carrier Information

Documentation Requirements

Health Certificate

A health certificate is required when shipping your pet as cargo, and for all pets checked as baggage like those traveling with a U.S. Military or U.S. State Department Foreign Service Office Member. Your veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or the Department of Agriculture for your destination state may provide you with more information.

A health certificate is required and must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of transport and must include:

  • Shipper's name and address
  • Tag numbers or tattoos assigned to the animal
  • Age of the animal being shipped: USDA regulations require animals be at least 8 weeks old (10 weeks old to carry in cabin) and fully weaned before traveling domestically, at least 16 weeks old before traveling to the U.S. from other countries and at least 15 weeks old for European travel
  • Statement that the animal is in good health (if the shipper knows that the pet is pregnant, it must be noted on the health certificate)
  • List of administered inoculations when applicable
  • Signature of the veterinarian
  • Date of the certificate

Live Animal Checklist/Confirmation of Feeding

When you check in your pet, you will be asked to complete a live animal checklist. When you sign this checklist, you are confirming that your pet has been offered food and water within 4 hours of check-in. On the checklist, you must also provide feeding and watering instructions for a 24-hour period. If in-transit feeding is necessary, you must provide food.

Tranquilizers

The use of pet tranquilizers at high altitudes is unpredictable. If you plan to sedate your pet, you must have written consent from the pet's veterinarian. This information must be attached to the crate. The sedation of household dogs and cats is not permitted. Please keep in mind that Delta agents cannot administer medication of any kind.

Weather Requirements

To keep your pet safe, we observe seasonal restrictions on pet travel. For your pet’s safety, we don’t ship pets during extreme weather. This includes if the temperature exceeds 80˚F (27˚C) or if the temperature falls below 20˚F (-7˚C) while the animal is on the ground at any point in the routing. A Certificate of Acclimation is required when temperatures fall between 20˚F (-7˚C) and 45˚F (7˚C).

Restrictions

Carry on Pets are not permitted in the following:

  • Bulkhead, emergency exit rows
  • Seats designated as “no stowage”
  • Flat-bed seats
  • Rows 30-35 on the A330-200 aircraft
  • Rows 30-43 on the A330 -300 aircraft
  • Center seats on the B757-200 aircraft

Pug or snub-nosed dogs and cats are not hot-weather animals and therefore do not thrive in warm temperatures. As a precaution, Delta will not accept them as checked baggage or as air cargo if the temperature on any part of their trip exceeds 70 degrees F.

**Dogs****Cats**
American Bull DogBurmese
American Staffordshire TerrierExotic
American Pit Bull TerrierHimalayan
Boston TerrierPersian
Boxer
Brussels Griffin
Bulldog
Bull Mastiff
Bull Terrier
Chinese Pug
Chow Chow
Dutch Pug
English Bulldog
English Toy Spaniel
French Bulldog
Lhasa Apso
Japanese Boxer
Japanese Pug
Japanese Spaniel (Chin)
Pekinese
Pit Bull
Pug
Shar Pei
Shih Tzu
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Tibetan Spaniel

Notes

When requesting a booking for your pet that originates on one of the Delta Connection® carriers, Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA)®, Comair® or SkyWest Airlines®, call the following numbers:

ASA 888-736-3738
Comair 877-528-4961
SkyWest 800-258-2208

The use of pet tranquilizers at high altitudes is unpredictable. If you plan to sedate your pet, you must have written consent from the pet's veterinarian. This information must be attached to the kennel. Please keep in mind that Delta agents cannot administer medication of any kind.

International

If you’re traveling internationally with your pet, be prepared by knowing the strict regulations governing international pet travel. Remember to make arrangements in advance, and note that Delta and Delta Cargo will no longer accept warm-blooded animals on flights with an average flight time of greater than 12 hours for animals traveling in the hold and/or Cargo. Before you travel, do the following:

  • Contact the embassy or consulate of the destination country to determine pet travel regulations
  • Obtain all necessary paperwork (such as health certificates and documentation) regarding your pet's travel
  • Contact your local veterinarian to ensure your pet is in compliance with foreign health regulations
  • Check with the CDC about the importation of pets into the United States
  • Check with APHIS about international animal export regulations
  • Know that additional fees and charges may apply
    • Terminal handling charges, customs clearance fees, veterinarian service, and/or kennel storage fees are in addition to shipping rates and will be charged to the shipper or pet owner upon arrival at destination airport
    • All fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of your pet
  • Book your pet’s flight through Delta Cargo, if your pet is too big to travel as carry-on baggage or if pets aren’t allowed to travel in the cabin to your destination country

For any travel to or from the following destinations — with the exception of service animals — pets must travel as cargo and are not permitted in the cabin.

  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Dakar
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates

Hawaii Though Hawaii is part of the United States, Hawaii takes extra care when bringing live animals into the state due to its unique ecosystems. Hawaii requires that all live animals shipped or brought into the state have health and rabies inoculation certificates dated no more than 10 days before travel begins. On Delta flights to Hawaii, pets will not be accepted as carry-on baggage.

Please note, Hawaiian quarantine facilities are located in Honolulu only; therefore, Delta cannot accept pets on nonstop flights to any other Hawaiian city. Delta does not participate in the Neighbor Island Dog and Cat Entry Program. Also as of October 1, 2016, Delta and Delta Cargo will no longer accept warm blooded animals on flights with an average flight time of greater than 12 hours.

Hawaii Quarantines All cats and dogs are subject to a 120-day quarantine in Hawaii. If specific pre- and post-arrival requirements are met, your pet may qualify for a shorter (30-days or less) quarantine. Costs are charged to the pet owner and must be paid in full upon arrival. Payment methods include cashier's check, traveler's check, money order, personal check, or cash.

Seeing-eye dogs (and other service animals) are accepted with certain provisions, including making advanced arrangements and verifying availability and cost. For further information, visit the [Hawaii Department of Agriculture], or call 808-483-7151.

Airline Fees

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$125.00 each-way on flights within the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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$200.00 for travel outside the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and International.

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$75.00 for travel outside the United States, Brazil.

Delta - Web Links

Delta - Homepage
Delta's Pet Travel Options
Delta's Pet Shipping Options
Delta's Trained Service and Emotional Support Animals
Delta's International Pet Travel

Delta - Contact Numbers

800-221-1212 - Delta Reservations
800-323-2323 - Reservations for SkyMiles Members
888-736-3738 - Pet First - Delta Cargo for unaccompanied pets
Last updated: February 22, 2021 23:55
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