Traveling with Your Pet on Air France: Guidelines and Requirements for International Flights from the USA

Traveling with your pet on an Air France international flight is possible! Follow these guidelines to add your pet to your reservation and ensure a smooth journey.

Traveling with your pet on an Air France international flight is possible, but there are specific guidelines and requirements you need to follow. This article will guide you through the process of adding a pet to your Air France flight from the USA.

Booking Your Flight

  1. Book your flight on the Air France website[1].
  2. Contact Air France’s customer service team as quickly as possible after booking your flight to add your pet to the reservation. You can reach them at +33 892 70 26 54 or (800) 237-2747[2][3].

Pet Travel Requirements

Air France allows cats and dogs in the cabin, as long as the combined weight of the pet and carrier is under 17 lbs (8 kg) [2]. Each passenger may travel with one animal in the cabin[2]. Pets weighing between 17-165 lbs (8-75 kg) can be transported in the hold on Air France flights[3]. Each passenger can transport up to three animals per flight[4].

Pets must be at least 15 weeks old and have all required vaccinations[5][6]. You will need to provide all necessary health documents required by your destination[7].

Pet Carrier Requirements

For in-cabin travel, Air France requires a pet carrier that meets the following requirements:

  • The carrier must be leak-proof and well-ventilated[8].
  • The carrier must be made of hard plastic, plastic and nylon mesh, or fiberglass, and approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) [9].
  • The pet must be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably in the carrier[8].


The transport of animals is not included in your baggage allowance, and you must pay a fixed-rate fee that varies according to your destination[7]. Some examples of fees for pet transport on Air France flights are:

  • Flights in metropolitan France: 20 EUR[7].
  • Flights within the Caribbean: 30 EUR[2].
  • Flights in Europe or between Europe and North Africa or Israel: 55 EUR[2].
  • Flights between metropolitan France and Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, and Saint-Denis de la Réunion: 55 EUR[2].

Please note that these fees are subject to change, and it’s best to confirm the exact fees with Air France when booking your pet’s travel.

Additional Information

  • Air France does not allow snub-nosed animals (such as pugs, boxers, bulldogs, Shih Tzu dogs, Persian, and Burmese cats) to travel in the hold for medical reasons[2].
  • Emotional support animals are no longer accepted by Air France, but you can travel with a psychiatric service dog on flights to and from the USA[6].
  • Always check with Air France directly to find out their most current Air France pet policies[8].

By following these guidelines and requirements, you can ensure a smooth and comfortable journey for both you and your pet on an Air France flight.


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