Travelling with animals

Pets allowed in cabin


Travelling with a pet in the aircraft cabin is subject to availability and must be pre-notified at the time of reservation.

A fee applies per one way flight. 


Please contact our Service Centre to check the availability on the flight.


Pets allowed in cabin are:

  • small domestic animals such as dogs and cats, weighing less than 8kg (including pet bag)
  • service animals such as seeing-eye, hearing or assistant dogs are accepted free of charge, without restrictions of weight or size.
NOTE:
  • Brussels Airlines doesn't accept any pets in cabin on its flights to the United Kingdom.
    Exception: Service animals are accepted to/from Birmingham
  • Animals into and out of Kenya, may be transported by cargo only.

IMPORTANT: birds, fish, rabbits and rodents (e.g. guinea pigs, hamsters, etc.) are not permitted in the passenger cabin on Brussels Airlines flights.


pug-nose animals

Pug-nosed dogs and cats

Please note that the carriage by air of pug-nosed dogs and cats (breed like pugs, bulldogs, boxers, Pekinese and all cross-breed as well as Himalaya, Persian and exotic short-hair cats) as Pet in Cabin (PETC) and Live Animals in HOLD (AVIH) or Cargo is submitted to the acceptance of the following discharge.

 

Animals allowed in the hold


Transportation of animals in the hold of the aircraft is subject to a fee and must be pre-notified before departure. Please contact our Service Centre.

The animals allowed in the hold are domestic animals such as dogs and cats.


The following categories of animals may not be accepted as checked luggage on Brussels Airlines flights:

  • Rodents such as guinea pigs and hamsters
  • birds
  • domestic animals of unusual size or wild animals

Notes:

  • The transportation of animals in the hold of the aircraft is not possible on Brussels Airlines operated flights from Belgium to the UK.
  • Animals into and out of Kenya, may be transported by cargo only.

Rates per animal


Rates for animals in cabin

Animal size
Flights within Europe (incl. Tel Aviv, Agadir & Marrakech)
Intercontinental flights
Small
Max. weight 8kg
€ 50 per one way
€ 70 per one way

Rates for animals in the hold

Animal size
Flights within Europe (incl. Tel Aviv, Agadir & Marrakech) Intercontinental flights
Medium
Dimensions and weight of the cage:
53 x 36 x 38cm (3kg)
66 x 46 x 48cm (5kg)
80 x 56 x 55cm (8kg)
€ 100 per one way
€ 150 per one way
Large
Dimensions and weight of the cage:
91 x 61 x 66cm (10kg)
102 x 69 x 88cm (13kg)
121 x 81 x 88cm (20kg)
€ 200 per one way
€ 300 per one way

These rates are valid on flights operated by Brussels Airlines. On flights operated by one of our codeshare partners, the rates  of the respective partner apply. Please check with the airline operating the flight for their specific rates to travel with a pet in cabin or in the hold.

The conditions for acceptance

The animal:

  • must be clean, healthy, harmless and odourless
  • may not be pregnant
  • may not annoy other passengers
  • must be booked in advance via our Service Centre
  • Animals in the cabin need to be kept in a soft-sided, leak and smell-proof bag during the whole flight
  • Animals in the hold need to be kept in a suitable container or cage, with enough food and water for the whole flight
  • has to remain completely inside the bag or cage (including tail and head) during the whole flight

The bag for animals in cabin must be:

  • leak and smell-proof
  • a soft-sided bag that can be completely stowed under the seat in front of the passenger
  • provided by the passenger (can be bought at Brussels Airlines ticketing office at Brussels Airport for €45)
  • maximum 1 bag per passenger. However, 2 or more animals are allowed in the same bag if they are familiar with each other and provided they do not exceed the total maximum weight of 8 kg, including the bag. 

Transportation of animals in cabin is subject to governmental regulations concerning import, export and transit of live animals.


The animal container for animals transported in the hold must be:

  • large enough that the animal can stand upright, turn around and lie down in a natural a manner
  • clean, leak-, escape- and claw-proof
  • fit for air transportation and handling
  • adequately ventilated on at least 3 sides
  • provided by the passenger

    !!! Soft-sided bags are not suitable for transportation of animals in hold. 

The documents needed for the animal: 

The passenger must provide all necessary documents such as:

  • export, import or transit permits
  • health and/or vaccination certificates
  • animal ID

Brussels Airlines is not responsible if an animal is refused entry into or transit through a country.

 

EU regulations

On 1 October 2004 the EU launched new regulations for the transportation of pets. The rules apply to movement of dogs and cats, both between Member States and from third countries into the EU.


Several cases are possible
  • The pet originates from the European Union and travels within the European Union or to a safe country (see below) outside the EU and comes back to the European Union. In such a case, the pet needs a passport, its identification and a proof of anti-rabies vaccination.
  • The pet originates from the European Union, travels to a country outside the EU that is not recognized as a safe country and comes back to the European Union. In such a case, the pet needs a passport, its identification, a proof of anti-rabies vaccination and a proof that a blood control had been done 30 days after vaccination but before departure.
  • The pet doesn't originate from the European Union but from a country that is recognized as a safe country (see below) and travels to the EU. In such a case, the pet needs its identification, a proof of anti-rabies vaccination and a health certificate according to the EU-model.
  • The pet doesn't originate from the European Union but from a country that is not recognized as a safe country and travels to the EU. In such a case, the pet needs its identification, a proof of anti-rabies vaccination, a certificate of vaccination respecting the EU model and a proof that a blood control had been done 30 days after vaccination but before departure.

Beside the above requirements, Malta, UK, Ireland, Sweden and Cyprus also request a trick treatment and a tapeworm treatment. Finland requests a tapeworm treatment.

- Safe countries: Ascension Island, Antigua and Barbuda, Netherlands Antilles, Australia, Aruba, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Croatia, Jamaica, Japan, St Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Mauritius, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, St. Pierre et Miquelon, Singapore, St. Helena, USA, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuata, Wallis and Futuna, Mayotte.

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