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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. Made of resistant and secure material with a lock to guarantee that it won’t open at any time.

  2. Adapted to the animal's size and in good condition to ensure the animal's safety.

  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, in each direction

Charges for the carriage of pets in the hold, in each direction
Spain (except Canaries
and I2 flights)
I2 flights, Canaries, Europe,
North Africa and the Middle East
and Asia
80€/95$/75£ 120€/145$/110£ 300€/360$/270£

Single charge payable exclusively at the airport

*For flights operated by Air Nostrum the maximum size allowed for pet carriers is 65cm x 83cm x 56cm.


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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. 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 to 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.

Animals less than three months old require special authorisation from the health authorities of the member states.

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: 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:

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 and emotional support animals

To travel with an assistance dog, please request carriage permission at least 48 hours before your flight, through Serviberia: (+44) (020) 36 843 774.

Iberia only accepts therapy or emotional support dogs in the case of passengers whose final destination is the United States. This service is guaranteed for flights operated and booked with an Iberia code.

For more information, please go to the the carriage of passengers with special needs section on our website.

Flights operated by Iberia for LEVEL (IB26XX)

Pets are not allowed in the aircraft cabin or hold. Guide dogs and emotional support dogs are only accepted on flights to and from the United States of America 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.

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, Fila Brasileiro, Tosa Inu or Akita Inu.

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.

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.

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: 910 059 551; from another country (+34) 913 120 717.

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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