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Pets


They can travel with you in the aircraft cabin and as baggage in the hold


Iberia does not permit the carriage of weasels (ferrets, pine martens, etc.)

From August 19th all Iberia flights departing from Nigeria, will not accept living animals on the hold.

It is important to know the documentation you need to transport your dog, cat, tortoise, bird, etc. And bear in mind the legal regulations and conditions to be able to carry them.

Acceptance in the hold

Carry them in the hold in an appropriate cage or pet pack: resistant, secure, comfortable and ventilated. Contact the Booking Office when you buy your ticket.

To be able to carry your pet in the hold you must put it in a cage or pet pack that complies with international regulations:

  1. 1. Of resistant and secure material with a lock that offers guarantees that it won’t open at any time.
  2. 2. Comfortable for the size of the animal and with no external or internal deterioration that could injure your pet.
  3. 3. With ventilation and a leak-proof floor.

The number of cages or pet packs and their sizes is limited by the type of aircraft. If you intend to fly with your pet you should contact the Booking Office for authorisation. The trip can only be authorised when all of the flight legs are confirmed.

Charges for the carriage of pets in the hold, per leg

Spain, Europe, Africa and the Middle East America and Angola With origin America*, Nigeria or Israel
120€ 300€ USD300

Single charge payable exclusively at the airport

For flights with Origin Brazil (outbound and return), the charge per animal is 240USD

Acceptance in the cabin

Carry them in the cabin with you if they don’t exceed 8 kg. in weight (including their cage or pet pack) with previous authorisation from the Booking Office

Some pets can travel in the cabin with you, if you get authorisation from the Booking Office and if the pet meets these conditions:

  1. 1. 8 kg. maximum weight including cage or pet pack.
  2. 2. Maximum container measurements are 45 cm long, 35 cm wide and 25 cm height and the sum of the three dimensions cannot exceed 105 cm.
  3. 3. The cage or pet pack should be strong, ventilated, with a leak-proof floor and safe. You can either bring one with you or purchase one at IBERIA for €25*.

    *Sold in airports. Subject to availability.

  4. 4. To carry birds, please ensure the cage is strong, locks securely and that no food or drink can spill. The cage must also always be covered.
  5. 5. You can take various animals of the same species in a single container if they are small and light enough.
  6. 6. You pet should travel with you without bothering your neighbouring passengers. It should remain inside its container/cage throughout the whole of the flight and its care is your responsibility.
  7. 7. Animals with special characteristics, e.g., a strong odour, etc., may bother other passengers and the crew, and you will not be able to carry them.
  8. 8. For safety reasons, do not occupy a seat in the aisles next to the emergency exits.

Charges for the carriage of pets in the cabin, per leg

Spain Europe, Africa and the Middle East America* and Angola
25€ 50€ 150€

Single charge payable exclusively at the airport

* If the origin is America the rate per animal is 150USD per animal, except for flights with origin Brazil, (outbound and return) where the charge per animal is 240USD.

Legal limits and documentation

You can carry your pet with you so long as you meet all the legal proceedings and have the necessary documentation.

Veterinary passport for travelling with dogs and cats as pets.

New regulation on the carriage of pets between EU Member States:

Trips within the national territory

You do not need a special veterinary ID to travel within Spain; you just have to have the animal’s official health card with you.
Vaccine requirements in Spain are limited to a rabies vaccine, which is mandatory for dogs in some autonomous communities and voluntary in others.

Trips to EU Member States (except UK, Ireland and Sweden).

Animals should travel with a PET PASSPORT which shows:

  • They are identifiable by a clearly readable tattoo or microchip.
  • They have had a rabies vaccine or booster vaccine.

Trips to Sweden, UK, Ireland and Malta.

Pets (except ferrets) shall travel with a PET PASSPORT that features the same requirements as in the point above. Additionally, you should be able to prove they have had a rabies neutralising antibodies test (blood test) with a satisfactory result.

If the destination is the United Kingdom or Ireland (*), the sample should be taken 30 days after vaccination and 6 months before the trip.

If the destination is Sweden, the sample should be taken 120 days after vaccination.

The carriage of animals by IBERIA to the United Kingdom continues to be unauthorised and therefore IBERIA will not accept any animal with destination United Kingdom.

Journeys from Third Countries with favourable conditions towards the European Union:

For certain European countries (Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican), entry will be admitted according to the applicable national regulations (except United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta and Sweden).

They will also be admitted entrance into European states (except UK, Ireland, Malta and Sweden) from certain rabies-free countries (Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Ascension Island; Australia; Barbados; Bahrain; Belarus; Bermuda; Bosnia and Herzegovina; British Virgin Islands; Canada; Cayman Islands; Chile; Croatia; Dutch Antilles; Falkland Islands; Fiji; French Polynesia; Hong Kong; Jamaica; Japan; Malaysia; Mauritius; Mayotte; Mexico; Montserrat; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Russian Federation; Saint Helena; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Pierre and Miquelon; Saint Vincent and Grenadines; Singapore; Taiwan; Trinidad and Tobago; United Arab Emirates; United States of America; Vanuatu; Wallis and Futuna) with a valid certificate according to the applicable national regulations.

Journeys from Third Countries with other conditions, into the European Union:

For cases of entry from certain countries with an unfavourable situation with regard to rabies not included in the point above, entrance will be admitted into European states (except Sweden, UK and Malta) with a valid certificate as indicated by the applicable national regulations, certifying that the animal has had a rabies vaccination or, where applicable, a booster vaccination that is valid in accordance with the recommendations of the manufacturer laboratory, with an inactivated vaccination of at least one antigen unit per dose (WHO standard) and that the animal has had a blood test to confirm a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml in a sample taken by a qualified veterinarian at least 30 days following vaccination and 3 months before the trip.


More information at:

* Only available in English, French and German

Exceptional cases

Countries with laws restricting the bringing in of animals

Animals are not admitted in the cabin (PETC) or in the hold (AVIH) on flights to/from Ireland or Great Britain (on London-Madrid flights we only accept animals as freight. You should manage these procedures via a freight agent which will handle the booking with Iberia Cargo. You cannot approach Iberia Cargo directly)

Brazil only allows the entrances of birds that meet a series of requirements. More information

Argentina: should present an animal health certificate to the authorities, issued by a licensed veterinarian, disease-free and showing it has a rabies shot valid for a maximum of 1 year.

Panama: By order of the Panama authorities, as of 1 November 2011 any pet that travels should have an export certificate for small species issued by the health authority of the country of origin, showing that it has been vaccinated against rabies, together with a good animal health certificate, certified by the Panama consul in the country of origin, the certificate of rabies vaccination should also be notified with three (3) days’ notice of the arrival of the pet(s). More information: cam@minsa.gob.pa

Travelling to/from the UK and with a connecting flight with another airline

If you are travelling with an AVIH (Live Animal in Hold) you cannot send it to the final destination in transit. You should pick up your AVIH from the transit airport and check it in again with the other carrier, paying a charge for each. You must send your animal as air freight so it can travel in transit.

If you are travelling with a PETC (Pet in the Cabin), you will have to pay each carrier separately.

American Airlines has its own restrictions and regulations for checking in pets. Only guide dogs and sniffer dogs used in search and rescue missions may travel in the cabin. Animals that travel in hold may not be checked-in in transit, at the final destination. If you are travelling with American Airlines and wish to take your pet, find out how via the airline’s own website, found at the bottom of this page.

Different charges, fees or taxes may apply in accordance with the law in each country.

Accepting guide dogs and emotional support animals.

They will only be accepted in the cabin when they accompany passengers who depend on them to get around. (In case of deaf passengers or those who need emotional support, a medical confirmation certificate will be necessary).
Certified instructors will be able to fly also with a service animal in the cabin and with the same conditions.

They will be muzzled if they travel in the cabin.

They will not occupy a seat and will travel next to the passenger in the place that causes the least disturbance to the other passengers.

They can travel, both in the cabin and in the hold, without any additional charge so long as they accompany a passenger with special requirements.

The animal’s weight will not be included in the free baggage allowance given to the passenger for the trip.

Regulations with regard to acceptance, documentation, waiver on the part of Iberia, type of cage or pet pack (if travelling in the hold) will be the same as for other pets.

To prevent any issues in boarding, provide this information to Serviberia : (502) 2202 4949
Monday to Sunday: 08:00 to 20:00 hours
ahead of time.

Travelling on IB5XXX flights operated by Vueling

You may not take rodents with you in the cabin, and AVIH (animals in hold) are not accepted.

If you are travelling on an IB5000 flight (Vueling) with a connection with another flight operated by Iberia or Iberia Regional, the same charges that Iberia applies regarding origin/destination will apply. On IB5000 (Vueling) point-to-point flights or on journeys where IB5000 flights connect with another IB5000, the cost of the service changes to €25 per leg on domestic routes and €40 per leg on flights to/from the Canary Islands or international flights.

Dogs considered dangerous breeds

According to AENA regulations, based on Law 50/1999, your dog must be muzzled to be able to pass the security check if it belongs to one of these breeds:

Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Argentine Dogo, Brazilian Mastiff, Tosa or Akita.

It will also depend on its build, muscle, height and weight.

The carrier may deny boarding to any animal that does not meet the abovementioned requirements without incurring any liability.

And remember

  • They can travel in the cabin or as baggage in the hold
  • If it weighs up to 8 kg., including the cage or pet pack, you can take it with you in the cabin
  • Check that you have all the legal documentation and permits
  • You will require confirmation from the Booking Office
  • Carry them in a suitable cage or pet pack

See how this applies on flights operated by

  • British Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Finnair
  • US Airways

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