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Pets


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

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

Please find out what documentation you need to travel with your dog, cat, tortoise, bird, etc. Bear in mind the legal regulations and conditions to take them.

You can request the service through your Iberia office or travel agency in order to guarantee the service.

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. Made of resistant and secure material with a lock to guarantee that it won’t open at any time.
  2. 2. Adapted to the animal's size and in good condition to ensure the animal's safety.
  3. 3. Ventilated and with a waterproofed 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 Originating in America*, Nigeria or Israel
€120 €300 USD 300

Single charge payable exclusively at the airport

For flights out of Brazil (return), the charge per animal is USD 240

Acceptance in the cabin

Take them with you in the cabin if they don’t weigh more than 8 kg. (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 waterproof floor and it should be 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 that 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 carry several animals of the same species in the same container if they are small and light enough.
  6. 6. You pet should travel with you without bothering the other passengers. It must stay inside its container/cage during the whole 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 USD 150 per animal, except for return flights with origin in Brazil. The charge per animal for those flights is USD 240.

Legal limits and documentation

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

Veterinary passport for travel with dogs and cats as pets.

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

Travel within domestic 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.

Travel 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 shot.

Travel to Sweden, the UK, Ireland and Malta.

Pets (except ferrets) shall travel with a pet passport that meets the same requirements as above. Additionally, you should be able to prove they have had a clean rabies neutralising antibodies test (blood test).

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

If your destination is Sweden, the sample should be taken 120 days after they were vaccinated.

Iberia is at this time still unauthorized to carry animals to the United Kingdom. Iberia cannot accept any animals whose destination is the United Kingdom.

Journeys from other countries with favourable conditions to the European Union:

For some 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 entry 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 that meets applicable national regulations.

Journeys from other countries with other conditions to the European Union:

For cases of entry from some countries with an unfavourable situation with regard to rabies not included in the point above, entry will be admitted into European states (except Sweden, UK and Malta) with a certificate that meets applicable national regulations certifying that the animal has had a rabies vaccination or, where applicable, a booster shot 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 animal entry

Animals are not admitted in the cabin (PETC) or in the hold (AVIH) on flights to Great Britain (on London-Madrid flights we only accept animals as freight. Please speak with a freight agent who will made the booking with IAG Cargo. You cannot contact IAG Cargo directly)

Ireland: For the admission of animals going to Ireland, in addition to booking via Serviberia, you must send an e-mail to petmove@agriculture.gov.ie to ask for authorisation with all of the necessary information (species, number of animals, flight details). The deadline for sending the application is 24 hours, and there is no time limit.

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

Argentina: Present an animal health certificate, issued by a licensed veterinarian, to the authorities that ensures that the animal is disease-free and has a rabies shot valid for a maximum of 1 year.

Panama: By order of the Panaman authorities, as of November 1, 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 for rabies, and a good animal health certificate, certified by the Panaman consul in the country of origin. The certificate of rabies vaccination should also be notified three (3) days’ before the pet's arrival. More information: cam@minsa.gob.pa

Spanish airports authorised for the entry of animals from non-Schengen countries

If you travel with your pet to Spain from a non-Schengen country, make sure your airport of arrival appears on the list of airports authorised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment:

  • Corunna
  • Alicante
  • Almería
  • Asturias
  • Barcelona
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Madrid-Barajas
  • Malaga
  • Palma de Mallorca
  • Santander
  • Tenerife Norte
  • Tenerife Sur
  • Valencia
  • Vigo

Travelling to/from the USA 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 have to 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 travel with your pet, find out how on the airline’s website, at the bottom of this page.

Different charges, fees or taxes may apply depending on the laws 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 also be able to fly with a service animal in the cabin with the same conditions.

They must be muzzled if they travel in the cabin.

They cannot occupy a seat and will travel next to the passenger in the place that disturbs other passengers the least.

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

The animal’s weight will not be included in the passenger's free baggage allowance 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 during boarding, provide this information to Serviberia : 0800 2222 557/+234 1 279 2690 ahead of time.

If you want to travel to the United Kingdom with your guide dog or service animal(*), you have to go through a series of procedures established by the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs "DEFRA" to avoid the country's compulsory six months' quarantine on pets.

Contact the website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk at least one week before the start of your trip for full information on the documents required and go through the process of obtaining pre-authorisation on entry.

To ensure that everything is ready and to provide the assistance you require on arrival, you must notify us of your intention to travel with a service animal in the cabin at least 72 hours before the departure of your flight.
When you check in, you have to present all the basic documentation (pet passport, health record and certificate of good health) along with the pre-authorisation obtained before. This is essential for embarkation.

(*) to these effects, the only animals the British authorities consider service animals are dogs and cats.

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

  • Your pet 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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