Travelling with Pets

Passengers travelling with checked/unchecked pets are required to contact EVA Air before the departure date to confirm the conditions of transportation. The accompanied pets, such as dogs, cats and rabbits may be transported on EVA Air's aircraft as checked baggage in the cargo compartment.

Effective from MAY 01, 2018 (the travel date), if you have Pet Travel request, please click and fill out the “ Passenger’s Declaration for Live Animal” form for two copies and submit them at the check-in desk. Passengers are responsible for providing valid health and vaccination certificates in addition to other documents that may be required by countries of departure, transit or entry when travelling with pets. Airport personnel will reserve the right to reject carriage of your pet if arrangements do not comply with EVA Air's transportation standards, including health and safety of the animal.

*Please note that rabies reappeared in Taiwan and the Council of Agriculture (COA) had informed to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on July 17th, 2013 and pet travel from Taiwan to some countries may be affected. You should verify the quarantine regulation of the importing country in advance or consult with Bureau of Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) if you have questions. 

  • EVA Air has suspended the transportation of live birds.
  • Pregnant animals and animals younger than 10 weeks will not be accepted for carriage.
  • EVA Air does not accept pets as unchecked baggage in the cabin, except for service animals such as escort dogs, emotional support animals to which medical certificates are required.
  • Transport of snub nose dogs and cats (boxer, pug, bulldog, Pekinese, Himalayan and Persian etc.) in hot season is not recommended. These animals have difficulty in maintaining a normal body temperature in hot weather. Research has shown that brachycephalic animals (snub-nosed, short snout or flat face) are very sensitive to the changes of temperature because of their snub noses. They have high potential risk of breathing trouble during air transportation, causing negative health impact to the animals.
  • In order to ensure the smooth handling of pets traveling as checked baggage , passengers travelling with pets should check in at counter 2 hours prior to departure. Due to processing time and the distance for handling pet delivery at London Heathrow Airport, please be aware you complete check-in procedures 2.5 hours prior to departure.


The following brachycephalic dog/cat breeds and any “mix” of will not be accepted for carriage from Apr 1st to Nov 30th at Northern Hemisphere points and from Oct 1st to Mar 31st at Southern Hemisphere points. However, traveling to/via/from Southeast Asia are prohibited throughout a year.


  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxers(all breeds)
  • Brussels Griffin
  • Bulldog(all breeds)
  • Bull Terrier
  • Pug(all breeds)
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel/Chin Chin
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff(all breeds)
  • Pekinese
  • Presa Canario
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Tibetan Spaniel


  • Burmese
  • Himalayan
  • Persian (e.g. Chinchilla)
  • Exotic shorthair cat

Countries Embargoes

The following Southeast Asian countries are prohibited to transport brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs and cats for the whole year:

  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippine
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Please note itineraries involved with Southeast Asia above are also prohibited for all sectors:

  • Example 1: Los Angeles Taipei-Taipei London (cannot accept due to Taipei/London sector)
  • Example 2: Los Angeles Taipei-Taipei Manila (cannot accept due stop in Manila)
  • Taipei-Paris V.V. is acceptable during non-embargo period due to direct flights.
  • Countries which are not listed above, the embargo periods are from April to November for the Northern Hemisphere and from October to March for the Southern Hemisphere every year.

Dangerous Dogs

The following dangerous dog breeds and their cross-breeds are not permitted to accept during the whole year:
  • American Pit Bull (Terrier)
  • American Staffordshire
  • Terrier Fila Brazileiros
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino (Argentine Mastiff)
  • Cane Corso 

Government Restrictions

Republic of China: Article 119-3 of the Civil Aviation Act of the ROC stipulates that any person shall be subject to a fine from NT 5,000 to NT 25,000 for taking an animal into an airport, thus interfering with health, order and safety. The operator of an airport may, in conjunction with Aviation Police Office, compel his or her absence from the airport.

Australia: Pets are prohibited to be carried to Brisbane as unchecked baggage in the cabin or checked baggage in the cargo compartment. However, pets carried from Brisbane is permitted. Properly harnessed seeing-eye/hearing-aid dogs accompanying the vision or hearing impaired passengers can be transported to/from in the passenger cabin.

United Kingdom: Pets and seeing-eye/hearing-aid dogs are prohibited to be carried to England as unchecked baggage in the cabin or checked baggage in the cargo compartment. They can only be carried from England as checked baggage in the cargo compartment. 

Hong Kong: Pets and seeing-eye/hearing-aid dogs are prohibited to be carried to Hong Kong as unchecked baggage in the cabin or checked baggage in the cargo compartment. They can only be carried from Hong Kong as unchecked baggage in the cabin or checked baggage in the cargo compartment.

China: Each passenger is allowed to check-in one dog or one cat per flight. Some airports allow adult passengers to carry their pets only. You can contact Airport Quarantine for more information. Pets and seeing-eye/hearing-aid dogs can be carried with limited condition from China as unchecked baggage in cabin or checked baggage in the cargo compartment to Taiwan.

United States: From now on, CDC would like to curb the importation of the puppies which are too young to have the rabies vaccination (less than 4 months of age). Please refer to Bringing a Dog into the United States for more information.  If you and your pet are travelling to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) New York , please note the name of a pet's owner from all related documents must be the same passenger on a flight in order to apply JFK airport regulation. Otherwise the pet must be delivered by cargo.

Canada: The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has special regulations for commercial importations of live animals (including dogs destined for adoption). Please click Importing or travelling with pets for more information.

More country specific regulations and documents about pet travel can be obtained from IATA's Traveler's Pet Corner.

Pets as Checked Baggage (AVIH)

Pets can be accepted for carriage by air only if they are being transported in containers that must be:

  • Leak, escape and claw-proof.
  • Constructed so that there is no risk of your animal escaping, injuring itself or causing damage to other items in the aircraft.
  • Designed for air transportation. Ensure that the animal is comfortable without risk of it injuring or causing discomfort to personnel responsible for its safe transit.
  • Have functioning ventilation openings on more than one side. Easily recognizable as an animal container. Have moisture-absorbing material covering the bottom or floor.
  • Kennel or container must be made of rigid plastics material which can provide a strong packing during the carriage and with only one door for the pet(s) to enter/exit.
  • Height: Height of the animal in standing position, without touching the roof of the cage.
  • Length: From nose to root of the tail, plus half height from ground to elbow-joint.
  • Width: Twice that of the animal across the shoulder blades.
  • Each animal contained in the container must have enough space to turn about normally while standing, to stand and sit erect, and to lie in a natural position.
  • A sufficient supply of food and water with appropriate feeding receptacles must be securely attached to the container.
  • Please see the International Air Transport Association (IATA) standard container below:
  • Travelling with Pet - IATA Standard Container
  • The compartment in which your pet will be carried will have the same pressure and temperature as the passenger cabin.
  • No more than two adult animals of comparable size, weighing as much as 14 kg/31 lb. each, can be shipped in the same kennel. For their safety and comfort, animals that weigh more than this must travel individually. A maximum of three animals that are less than six months old and from the same litter can be shipped in the same cage.
  • On a trip involving more than one airline, pets cannot be through-checked to another carrier's connecting flight unless a prior confirmation is obtained from the receiving carrier as to the carriage of such animal on the flight. Be sure to plan adequate time for this transfer.


Your pet(s) and their kennel or container, as either checked or unchecked baggage, will be charged as excess baggage and excluded from your free baggage allowance. Seeing-eye/hearing-aid dogs will be carried free of charge without weight limits when they accompany passengers who depend upon these animals.

Weight system
Charge by the total weight of pet(s) together with kennel or container.
Piece system
An accompanied pet that meets all requirements will be charged as 2(Two) units of excess baggage, details as follows: Total weight of the animal and container is less than 32kg, charges will be collected as twice of the normal excess baggage charge per container. In case of over 32kg, it will be triple of the normal extra baggage charge.

Please check  the Excess Baggage Charge Table. For interline transfer of Animals, charges may vary depending on different carriers. Please consult with EVA Reservation or your travel agency for details.

Aircraft Type Limitation

Due to aircraft type limitation, pet travel is unaccepted for some flights. If you have further questions, please contact EVA Reservation.