Travelling with animals

Travelling with animals

With Brussels Airlines, you can fly with your pet in all safety and comfort, either in the cabin or in the hold. Depending on the animal and your destination, different rules and regulations apply. Travelling with an animal is subject to availability and must be booked in advance via our Service Centre.

Service animals or emotional support animals can only be booked via our Medical Assistance team.


Cabin*

Hold

Cargo

  • Cats (max. 8kg/18 lbs, including the pet bag)
  • Dogs (max. 8kg/18 lbs, including the pet bag)
  • Seeing-eye, hearing or assistant dogs (no restrictions in size or weight)
  • Emotional support animal (only to/from US)

* Maximum 4 pet containers per aircraft are allowed.

  • Cats (no restrictions in size or weight)
  • Dogs (no restrictions in size or weight)

All animals, other than cats and dogs, must be shipped as cargo in accordance with the IATA Live Animals Regulation.

  • Rodents
  • Rabbits
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Large domestic animals (> 8kg)
  • Wild animals

Fares for travelling with animals (one-way)


 

CABIN

HOLD

Animal < 8KG

Service animals Cage < 3KG Cage > 3KG < 20KG

European flights


(+ Armenia, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Russia & Turkey)

€80 / CHF90 / $100 FREE €130 / CHF150 / $160 €230 / CHF270 / $330


Intercontinental flights


€70 / CHF80 / $90 FREE €150 / CHF180 / $200 €300 / CHF360 / $450

These rates are valid on flights operated by Brussels Airlines. For flights operated by any of our partner airlines, different rates might apply. Check directly with the operating airline for their rates to travel with your pet.


pug-nose animalsAre pug-nosed dogs and cats allowed to travel?

Travelling with pug-nosed dogs and cats (e.g. pugs, bulldogs, boxers, Pekinese and all cross-breed as well as Himalayan, Persian and exotic short-hair cats) as Pet in Cabin (PETC), Live Animals in Hold (AVIH) or as Cargo can be accepted upon agreement.

  • Fill in this form to transport your pet as Pet in Cabin (PETC) and Live Animals in Hold (AVIH).
  • To transport your pet as Cargo, please fill in this release form.

Please send your completed form to release@brusselsairlines.com.


Can I travel with a pet stroller?

Pet strollers must be checked in as part of your checked baggage allowance. They may not be used in the airport or transported on board as hand baggage. If your pet stroller exceeds the free baggage allowance, excess baggage fees will apply.


UK Pet Travel Scheme

Pets are not accepted in the cabin on Brussels Airlines flights to the United Kingdom.
However, cats, dogs and ferrets are accepted on flights to London Heathrow under the UK Pet Travel Scheme when shipped as Cargo. The pet owner is responsible for ensuring that the pet meets all the rules for entering the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme. Under no circumstances will Brussels Airlines accept liability or incur costs for the failure of the clearance of pets, due to incorrect documentation. For more information, e-mail cargosupport@brusselsairlines.com.



What are the conditions for acceptance?

 

ANIMAL

BAG / CONTAINER

CABIN
  • Above 12 weeks old (16 weeks for USA)
  • Clean and healthy
  • Calm and well behaved
  • Kept in a soft-sided, leak- and smell-proof bag during the entire flight
  • Has to remain completely inside the bag (including tail and head)
  • May be pregnant (proof of the veterinary is required certifying that the animal is fit to travel)
  • Leak- and smell-proof
  • Soft-sided bag, to be stowed completely under the seat in front of you
  • Within the size of 118cm / 45 inch (max. total dimensions)
  • To be provided by you (can be bought at Brussels Airport for the price of €45)
  • Max. 1 bag per passenger is allowed
  • 2 adult pets may travel in the same bag provided they are comfortable with each other (total max. weight of 8kg / 18lbs, including the bag)
  • 3 small pets (max. 6 months old) may travel in the same bag, only when from the same litter (total max. weight of 8kg / 18lbs, including the bag)
HOLD
  • Clean and healthy
  • Must be kept in a suitable container or cage
  • Has to remain completely inside the container or cage (including tail and head)
  • Must have enough food and water for the whole flight
  • May not be pregnant
  • Must be a hard-sided container
  • Clean, leak-proof, escape-proof and claw-proof
  • Large enough for the pet to stand up right, turn around and lie down in a comfortable manner
  • Fit for air transportation and handling
  • Ventilated on the 3 sides
  • Provided by the passenger
  • 2 adult pets of comparable size and of 14kg each may be shipped in the same container if they are familiar with each other
  • Pets over 14kg must travel individually
  • 3 pets (max. 6 months old) may travel in the same container, only when from the same litter.

Seating restrictions

Guests travelling with a pet in cabin cannot be seated on the following places on the aircraft:

  • At the emergency exit rows
  • On the first row on narrow body aircrafts
  • In close proximity of other pets

What pet travel documentation is required?

  • Export, import or transit permits
  • Health and/or vaccination certificates
  • Pet passport/ID

Brussels Airlines is not responsible if a pet 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, applicable to the transport of cats and dogs between both Member States and from third countries into the EU:

  • The pet originates from the European Union and travels within the European Union or to a country outside the EU that is recognised as safe (*see below) and returns to the European Union: In such cases, the pet needs a passport, ID and proof of anti-rabies vaccination.
  • The pet originates from the European Union, travels to a country outside the EU that is not recognised as safe and returns to the European Union: In such cases, the pet needs a passport, ID, proof of anti-rabies vaccination and proof that a blood control had been done 30 days after vaccination but before departure.
  • The pet does not originate from the European Union but from a country that is recognised as safe and travels to the EU: In such cases, the pet needs an ID, proof of anti-rabies vaccination and a health certificate according to the EU-model.
  • The pet does not originate from the European Union or from a country that is recognised as safe and travels to the EU: In such cases, the pet needs an ID, proof of anti-rabies vaccination, a certificate of vaccination respecting the EU model and proof that a blood control had been done 30 days after vaccination but before departure.

Malta, UK, Ireland and Cyprus: Beside the above requirements, you are also required to show proof of tick treatment and tapeworm treatment.
Finland requests proof of tapeworm treatment.

* Countries that are recognised as safe: 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, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Mayotte.