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Travelling with Pets

Travelling with Pets

  • With regard to pets, only dogs, cats and rabbits may be transported on EVA Air's aircraft as checked baggage in the cargo compartment.
  • If you have a pet travel request, please fill out two copies of the "Passenger's Declaration for Live Animal" form 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 the country of departure, transit or entry when travelling with pets. Airport personnel reserve the right to reject carriage to your pet if arrangements do not comply with EVA Air's transportation standards, including the health and safety of the animal.
  • Inform EVA Air Reservations at least 48 hours before departure.
  • 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 and emotional support animals, for which medical certificates are required.
  • To ensure the smoothness of handling procedures for pets travelling as checked baggage, passengers travelling with pets should check in at the counter at least two hours prior to departure. Due to processing time and the distance of pet handling delivery services at London Heathrow Airport, please be aware that you should complete check-in procedures 2.5 hours prior to departure at London Heathrow Airport.

Limitations

The following brachycephalic dog/cat breeds, including any mix of these breeds, will not be accepted for carriage from 1 April to 30 November at Northern Hemisphere points and from 1 October to 31 March at Southern Hemisphere points. They are prohibited for travel to/via/from Southeast Asia year-round.

Dogs

  • 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)
  • Pekingese
  • Presa Canario
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Tibetan Spaniel

Cats

  • Burmese
  • Himalayan
  • Persian (e.g., Chinchilla)
  • Exotic short-haired cat

Country Embargoes

The following Southeast Asian countries prohibit the transportation of brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs and cats all year round:

  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Please note: Travelling with such breeds is prohibited on any itinerary that involves one of the above mentioned Southeast Asia countries.

  • Example 1: Los Angeles Taipei-Taipei London (prohibited due to the Taipei/London sector).
  • Example 2: Los Angeles Taipei-Taipei Manila (prohibited due to stop in Manila).
  • Taipei-Paris (and vice versa) is acceptable during the non-embargo period as it is a direct flight.
  • For countries that 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 prohibited year-round

  • American Pit Bull (Terrier)
  • American Staffordshire
  • Terrier Fila Brazileiros
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino (Argentine Mastiff)
  • Cane Corso

Government Restrictions

  • Taiwan ROC: 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 the Aviation Police Office, compel them to leave the airport. 
  • Australia: Pets are prohibited to be carried to Brisbane either as unchecked baggage in the cabin or checked baggage in the cargo compartment. However, it is permitted to travel with pets from Brisbane. Properly harnessed guide/hearing-aid dogs accompanying visually or hearing-impaired passengers can be transported to/from the passenger cabin.
  • United Kingdom: Pets and guide/hearing-aid dogs are prohibited from being carried into the UK as unchecked baggage in the cabin or as checked baggage in the cargo compartment. They can only be carried out of the UK as checked baggage in the cargo compartment. Please be aware that passengers travelling with pets must check in at the counter 2.5 hours before the scheduled departure time when departing from Heathrow Airport.
  • Hong Kong: Pets and guide/hearing-aid dogs are prohibited from being carried to Hong Kong as unchecked baggage in the cabin or as checked baggage in the cargo compartment. They can only be carried from Hong Kong as unchecked baggage in the cabin or as checked baggage in the cargo compartment.
  • China: According to Announcement No. 5, 2019 from the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (Announcement on Further Regulating the Supervision of Entry and Quarantine of Pets), pets that pass inspection and comply with all requirements, including microchip implants, entering China from the designated countries or any non-designated country (e.g., Taiwan) will not be subject to quarantine for 30 days and will clear customs directly upon arrival. Please click here for more details. Each passenger can only bring one dog or one cat at a time. You can contact Airport Quarantine for more information before travelling.
  • United States: From now on, CDC would like to curb the importation of puppies that are too young to have a 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 that the name of the pet owner on all related documents must be the same as the passenger on the flight in order to comply with JFK airport regulations. Otherwise the pet must be delivered by cargo.
    • If you and your pet are travelling to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), please note that pets must be your own pets, and each passenger is allowed to bring two pets. If you carry three or more individual pets for other commercial sales and adoption purposes, the pets will not be able to travel as checked baggage and must be delivered by cargo. 
    • Importing Animals from China to the US During COVID-19, please visit here for more information.
  • 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 Traveller'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 meet the following requirements:

  • The pet container must be made of rigid plastic material as per IATA regulations, with only one door for the pet(s) to enter/exit, and must be able to prevent the pet(s) from escaping or claws from being exposed.
  • It must have functioning ventilation openings on more than one side. It must be easily recognisable as an animal container. It must have moisture-absorbing material covering the bottom or floor.
  • Height: Height of the animal in standing position, without touching the roof of the cage.
  • Length: From nose to the root of the tail, plus half height from the ground to the elbow-joint.
  • Width: Twice that of the animal across the shoulder blades.
  • Each animal contained in the container must have enough space to turn around 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

International Air Transport Association (IATA) standard container

  • Unsuitable container examples: Containers made entirely of welded mesh, wire mesh, wicker, cardboard, or collapsible materials with two doors for entry/exit are strictly prohibited.
  • The compartment in which your pet will be carried will have the same pressure and temperature as the passenger cabin.
  • Five containers (cages) are allowed per flight, and the number of pets allowed per container is as follows:
    • Total weight of pet and container > 14kg: One pet per container
    • Age ≥ 10 weeks and total weight of pet(s) and container ≤ 14kg: Up to two pets of similar size per container (two cats, two dogs, or two rabbits)
    • Note: The size of the container should be in relation to the largest animal; the width of the cage is calculated as follows: Two animals: If two animals share a pet cage, the size of the pet cage must be three times the width of the largest animal. If the total weight of pets and container exceeds 14kg, each of them must have their own cage.

Charges

Your pet and its container or cage, as checked or unchecked baggage, will be charged as excess baggage and excluded from your free baggage allowance. When accompanied by passengers dependent on these animals, guide/hearing-aid dogs will be carried free of charge without weight restrictions.

Weight System

Charge is 1.5 times the weight.

E.g.: If you travel from Taipei to Narita with a dog weighing 10kg (pet + container), you'll be charged USD 225 (10kg × 1.5 = 15kg, 15kg × USD 15 = USD 225).

Piece System

Weight ≤ 32kg: Two units of excess baggage charge should be applied

32kg < Weight ≤ 42kg: Four units of excess baggage charge should be applied

Weight > 42kg: Six units of excess baggage charge should be applied

*Note: Baggage weighing more than 50kg must be approved by EVA Air before departure.

Please check the Excess Baggage Charge Table. For interline transfer of animals, charges may vary between carriers. Please consult with EVA Reservations or your travel agency for details.

Route and Aircraft Type Limitations

Some routes and aircraft types cannot accept pets as checked baggage or have restrictions on the number of pets. For details, please contact our reservation staff.

A321

  • Pets are not accepted as checked baggage.

B787

  • Long-haul flights: Pets are not accepted as checked baggage (including Europe, North America and Oceania). 
  • Short-haul flights: 2 cages per flight.