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We offer several options to get your pet to your destination, and we treat our four-legged friends with the same attention and courtesy our human passengers expect.

Note: Some states may require a health certificate for your pet. Your veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or the Department of Agriculture for your destination state may provide you with more information.

Carry On Your Pet

Dogs, cats and household birds* can travel with you in the cabin for a one-way fee*, collected at check in, to/from the following destinations:

  • U.S./Canada: $125 USD/CAD
  • Virgin Islands: $125 USD/CAD
  • Puerto Rico: $125 USD/CAD
  • Outside the U.S.: $200 USD/CAD/EUR
  • Brazil: $75 USD

CAD amount will be charged exit Canada, and EUR amount will be charged exit Europe. Fees established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance will apply.

*Household birds are only permitted to travel on domestic U.S. flights.

Special cases:

For any travel to or from South Africa, Hong Kong or the United Kingdom — with the exception of service animals — pets must travel as cargo and are not permitted in the cabin.

For travel to Hawaii, pets are not permitted to travel in the cabin, and other restrictions may apply. See Pets to Hawaii for details.

*CAD amount will be charged exit Canada, and EUR amount will be charged exit Europe. Fees established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance will apply.

The following restrictions apply to pets traveling as carry-on baggage:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Your pet counts as one piece of carry-on baggage. Pet in Cabin fees still apply.
  • 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 species 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.

Please note : Delta does not accept pets in the cabin to/from the following locations:

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

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.


Ticket Class

Number of Pets Allowed

First Class


Domestic Business or Domestic Delta One®


International Business or International Delta One


Main Cabin


Ship Your Pet With Delta Cargo

Delta Cargo provides safe, reliable, year-round transportation for your pet and is designed to address the special needs of all warm-blooded animals that are shipped without their owners.

Please review the following information before booking your pet on Delta Cargo.

  • A separate booking from their flight itinerary is required. Additional fees and charges may apply.
  • A pet shipped domestically via Delta Cargo cannot be booked until 14 days prior to departure.
  • Pets are not guaranteed to be shipped on a customer’s same flight or flight schedule.
  • Shipping a pet requires dropping it off at a Delta Cargo location at least three hours before departure time at a location separate from passenger check-in.
  • Picking up a pet would also occur at a Delta Cargo location.
  • Delta Cargo only accepts international pet shipments from known shippers. Delta suggests that international customers use a pet shipper approved by the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association. Customers would then need to follow acceptance procedures set by the shipper.

Learn more about shipping by visiting Delta Cargo.

U.S Military Personnel / Foreign Service Officers

Delta only accepts animals as checked baggage for active U.S Military or Active U.S State Department Foreign Service Officers (FSO) & their Spouse with active transfer orders for a fee. Pets must comply with federal regulations, including proper documentation based on current policies and procedures.

Customers who meet the outlined exceptions must book pets as checked baggage at least 48 hours before departure.

Effective, 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.

The following animals are accepted as checked baggage and you may transport two kennels per flight. (Giant-sized kennels may only be shipped as cargo; additional restrictions apply according to aircraft and class of service):

  • cats (except snub-nosed cats; see list of relevant breeds)
  • dogs (except pug or snub-nosed dogs; see list of relevant breeds)
  • household birds (domestic U.S. only)
  • guinea pigs (domestic U.S. only)
  • rabbits (domestic U.S. only)
  • hamsters (domestic U.S. only)
  • marmots (domestic U.S. only)

All other animals, including reptiles and primates (including lemurs, monkeys, orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees), must be shipped as cargo.

  • Animal fees are charged each time the pet is checked in at the airport. Fees will be assessed at each stopover point.
  • Exceptions may apply to routings that require connections greater than 6 hours.
  • Animals are not included in the free baggage allowance or Delta AMEX free baggage allowance.
  • No excess size or weight fees apply.

U.S./U.S. Virgin Islands/Puerto Rico: $200 USD

International/Canada/Caribbean: $200/USD/CAD/EUR*

Brazil: $150 USD

*CAD amount will be charged exit Canada, and EUR amount will be charged exit Europe. Fees established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance will apply.

Please visit the Delta Connection and Pet Travel page if your pet’s journey requires it to fly on more than one airline.


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