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


Dogs from high-risk rabies locations temporarily barred from entering the U.S.
As of July 14, 2021, the U.S. government is temporarily suspending the transportation of dogs into the U.S. from countries considered high risk for rabies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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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.

These requests are subject to availability. You can request the service through your Iberia office or travel agency in order to guarantee the service.

Acceptance in hold

Iberia permits the transport of dogs and cats in the hold with the exception of brachycephalic animals and dangerous breeds.

To transport your dog or cat on an Iberia, Iberia Express or Iberia Regional Air Nostrum flight, you must place it in a crate that complies with international regulations:

  1. The crate must be made of solid material and must have a secure locking system to ensure that it remains closed at all times.

  2. It must be comfortable for the size of the animal, enabling it to stand in a natural position, turn round and lie down.

  3. It must have no defects on the outside or inside that may injure your pet, and with ventilation and a waterproof bottom.

The maximum weight permitted is 45kg (pet + crate).

If you are taking a connecting flight, the transit time between flights must be no less than 90 minutes and no more than 4 hours. Otherwise, you can't take your pet with you.

Book well in advance. Please bear in mind that the airport staff need to know that you will be bringing a pet. Bookings must be made at least 48 hours before the departure of the flight and you will need to indicate the breed of your dog or cat.
Permission to travel with your pet will only be granted when all the flights in the booking have been confirmed.

The number of crates and the crate sizes permitted vary according to the type of aircraft. For Iberia Regional Air Nostum flights, the maximum dimensions permitted are 83cm x 65cm x 56cm.


Charges for the carriage of pets in the hold, each way

Charges for the carriage of pets in the hold, each way
Spain (except
Canary Islands)
Canary Islands, Europe,
North Africa and Middle East
 America and Asia 
80€/$95/£75 120€/$145/£110 300€/$360/£270

Charge payable at the airport only

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Acceptance in the cabin

Acceptable PETs in Cabin: dogs, cats, fish, turtles and birds (except birds of prey). Take them with you in the cabin if they don’t weigh more than 8 kg. (including their cage or pet pack).

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. 8 kg. maximum weight including cage or pet pack.

  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. The cage or pet pack should be strong, ventilated, with a waterproof floor and it should be safe.

  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. You can carry several animals of the same species in the same container if they are small and light enough.

  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. 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. 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, in each direction

Charges for the carriage of pets in the cabin, in each direction
Spain (except
Canaries, Europe, North
Africa and the Middle East
and Asia
35€/45$/30£ 50€/60$/45£ 150€/180$/135£

Single charge payable exclusively at the airport


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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.

Travelling between European Union member states (except Finland, Malta and the United Kingdom).

Animals must have a PET PASSPORT indicating that:

  • They have been identified with an electronic microchip or a readable tattoo.

  • They have an up-to-date rabies vaccination.

The transport of animals under the age of three months requires authorisation from the health authorities of the EU member states and the animal must have a passport and documentation certifying that it has remained in the place of birth without any contact with wild animals, and must be accompanied by its mother if it is still dependent on her.

Travelling to Finland, Malta and the United Kingdom.

In addition to the rules for the other member states of the European Union, the following applies to pets travelling to any of these countries.

  • If you are travelling with your dog from a country other than Finland, Malta or the United Kingdom, you must provide proof that it has been treated for tapeworm no more than 120 hours (five days) and no less than 24 hours before you arrive at your destination.

  • IBERIA is still not authorised to transport animals to the United Kingdom and will there-fore not accept any pets for this destination.

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).

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 Finland, Malta and the United Kingdom).

They will also be admitted entry into European states (except Finland, Malta and the United Kingdom) 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 Finland, Malta and the United Kingdom) 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.

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Exceptional cases

Countries with laws restricting animal entry

Animals are not permitted in the cabin (PETC) on flights to London, or in the hold (AVIH) on flights to/from London. However, they are permitted to travel as cargo. Please speak with a freight agent who will made the booking with IAG Cargo. You cannot contact IAG Cargo directly. If you're entering the UK (always through London), your dog must meet the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme offered by the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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: See all the Panamanian authorities' requirements for bringing dogs and cats into the country.

South Africa: Animals travelling in the cabin or in the hold as luggage are not allowed to enter or leave the country. They must be transported as cargo or goods and must comply with the regulations currently in force. More information at     

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

  • Barcelona

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

  • Madrid-Barajas

  • Malaga

  • Palma de Mallorca

  • Santander

  • Santiago

  • 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

To travel with an assistance dog, please request carriage permission at least 48 hours before your flight, through Serviberia: (+45) 701 001 52.

Find out everything you need to know about travelling with your assistance dog.

Flights operated by Iberia for LEVEL (IB26XX)

Pets are not allowed in the aircraft cabin or hold. Assistance dogs are only accepted on flights if the required documentation is presented.

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 per leg on domestic routes and per leg on flights to/from the Canary Islands or international flights.

Dog breeds classified as dangerous

Iberia does not accept for carriage in either the hold or cabin the following dog breeds classified as dangerous:

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

Acceptance of other breeds will depend on their build, muscle, height and weight.

Breeds requiring special care: brachycephalic animals

Brachycephalic animals are dogs and cats with a short, snub nose and a disproportionately broad head.

Conscious of the importance of caring for your pet, we cannot transport certain dog and cat breeds in the aircraft hold since they are more susceptible to heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or high temperatures. If your pet is one of these, you can travel with it on board but it must meet the conditions for carriage in the cabin.

Under Mexican law, the air transport of brachycephalic breeds is permitted on flights departing the country provided that you fill in this responsibility letter and hand it in to our staff at the airport.

The breeds affected are as follows:

  • Dogs: Affenpinscher, Boston Terrier, Boxer (all breeds), Brussels Griffon, Bulldog (all breeds), Bull Mastiff, Canary Prey dog, Cane corso, Cavalier Spaniel, Chihuahua, Chow Chow, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Japanese Spaniel, King Charles Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Maltese, Mastiff, Miniature Pinscher, Pekingese, Pit Bull, Pug, Saint Bernard, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel, Yorkshire Terrier.

  • Cats: Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian.

You can also contact IAG Cargo to find out how to transport them as cargo by selecting Reservations and the corresponding local office.

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

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