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Airline Pet Rules

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The 44th Stipulation of Baggage Regulation of Civil Aviation Passengers in China

Pets refer to cats, dogs and other family raised animals. Policies are as follow: assengers have to provide airlines with health certificates indicating pets are healthy enough to travel, free of communicable diseases to human beings and have been properly vaccinated when booking tickets or making reservation. (You must make reservations on the telephone.)

Animals can only be taken on aircraft as checked baggage in the cargo hold unless they are medically certified service animals in which case they are allowed to travel in the cabin.

When traveling in the cargo, pets must be in pet crates. Pet crates should meet the following requirements.

  1. The crate should be made of sturdy material that pets cannot break and are not collapsible.
  2. Crates should have ventilation.
  3. Crates should be capable of retaining pet feces.

Specific Procedures

Runway temperature

Note that when runway temperatures are above 84F (29C) degrees, China airlines may refuse to take your pet as cargo. When runway temperatures are below 45F (7C) degrees at the departure airport, China’s airlines may require an Acclimation Certificate.

1.Quarantine Certification

The Quarantine Bureau can provide a Quarantine Certification of your pets. Or you can ask us to do this for you.

2. Purchase a pet crate in advance

Some pet stores sell pet crates. The price ranges from 100 yuan to several hundred yuan. Make or buy a pet tag and paste it on the crate. Purchase your pet crate in advance so that your pet can have time to become acclimatized to it.

It is the best to have only one animal per crate. For the consideration of your pet’s comfort, you should buy a crate large enough for it to stand, turn around and lie down. Many airlines require crate hardware constructed of sturdy material other than a plastic crate.

Note: Different airlines have different requirements for pet crates. When you make your reservation, you should ask about their specific requirements.

3. Before boarding

I. Make sure the aircraft you take allows pets.
II. If your pet has motion sickness, you should ask your vet for motion sickness medication and limit their food before you reach your destination.
III. Before boarding, make sure your pet is adequately hydrated to lower their stomach discomfort during the flight. 
IV. If your pet has never used a waterer before, you should train your pet before the flight date.

 4. Consign your pet

Take your pet 3 hours in advance to the airport as there are complex consignment procedures. Or you can ask us to assist you.

5. Charges for taking pets

Pets and pet crates are considered to be excess baggage. Every excess kilogram is charged at 1.5% of the full price of your flight’s tourist class ticket.

6. See your pet again

One hour after you deplane, go to the freight department to pick up your pet. When you see you pet again, the first thing to do is to give it some water to drink. Your pet has spent lonely, frightened and uncomfortable hours on plane, so be prepared to pacify it.


  1. Tell the captain/cabin staff that your pets are in the cargo of the aircraft so that they can maintain the proper temperature in the cargo.
  2. Put a cloth with your scent on it in the crate. This will help your pet calm down. Do not give your pets medical sedative as some airlines refuse to take a pet that has been sedated. Giving them a natural pet calmer will enable your pet to be more relaxed.

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