Qatar Airways Pet Policy

Qatar Airways Pet Policy
By Elena Porter
Published September 06, 2021 12:00 AM EST

Qatar Airways Pet Policy

Qatar Airways knows how important your pets are. Qatar Airways pet policy allows you to make pet reservations on Qatar Airways and on Qatar-operated flights. Every country or destination states have their own pet travel policy. You must know the pet policy on Qatar Airways if planning pet travel reservations. We will guide you here about the Qatar Airways pet policy including pet reservation fees, types of pets permitted, restricted destinations for pet travel on Qatar Airways, and how to make a pet reservation.

Can I Travel With A Pet On Qatar Flight?

Yes, you can travel with a pet on Qatar flights in accordance with the Qatar Airways Pet Policy. Only domestic pets such as harmless domestic dogs, cats, and household birds are allowed for travel on Qatar flights. Most of the pets are not allowed to travel in the passenger cabin except a few ones. However, all allowed pets can travel on the same flight as checked pets. Other animals can travel on Qatar Airways Cargo.

Does Qatar Airways Accept Pets as Excess Baggage For Connecting Flights?

No, when connecting to a Qatar flight from the flight of other airlines, it will not be accepted as checked baggage or excess checked baggage. In such scenarios, pets must travel separately from Cargo. Transporting of pets is a subject of terms and conditions of the destination country. Call Qatar Airways customer support number to know the specific rules and regulations of pet transportation of the country you are traveling to.

Which Pets Are Accepted in The Main Cabin?

Only falcons and service dogs are accepted in the passenger’s cabin but with few restrictions. Domestic dogs and cats are not allowed to travel in the passenger cabin. If you have domestic dogs of the accepted breed or cats, you must have to get them checked as per the Qatar Airways pet check-in policy. Such pets can travel as checked pets on the same flight or on other Qatar Airways flights.

Which Pets Are Accepted in The Baggage Hold?

Qatar Airways accepts domestic dogs, cats, and birds as checked baggage in the same flight or on separate Qatar flights. Acceptability of pets as checked baggage depends on the pet policy of the destination states. You must inform the airlines at least 48 hours prior to the departure time if you want to travel with pets. It is necessary to inform the airlines in advance so that they can comply with the rules of the destination country in accordance with the International travel regulations. The cost of the pet travel as checked baggage depends on the weight and size of the pets. It is described in the next section below.

Service Dogs Travel Policy On Qatar Airways

Service dogs are accepted to travel in the passenger cabin to accompany the passenger with a disability. However, it is allowed on a few certain routes only. For all other routes, a service dog can travel as a checked pet. Pet traveling in the passenger’s cabin for a medically disabled person is free of cost. It will be considered a carry-on pet and you don’t need to pay anything extra for this.

Important Points on Service Dogs Travel Policy:

  • Qatar Airways allows a maximum of 2 dogs per passenger.
  • It is allowed on Qatar Airways operated flights only.
  • Service dogs in the cabin are allowed on certain routes only. Call Qatar Airways to know which routes are allowed for traveling of service dogs in the main cabin.
  • Acceptance of service dogs in the passenger cabin complies with the IATA rule and the specific terms and conditions of the destinations states/countries.
  • A trained service dog regardless of breed can be accepted in the main cabin.
  • Health documents and other required documentation as per the destination country’s policy must be produced when asked.

What Is the Pet Reservation Fee On Qatar Airways?

If a service dog is traveling in the passenger cabin on specific routes, it is free of charge. You do not need to pay anything extra if falcons are traveling in the main cabin as a carry-on pet, however, the service is chargeable if traveling as a checked pet. You have to purchase an additional baggage allowance on the official website of Qatar Airways.

For Qatar Airways operated flights, the fee of additional baggage allowance varies from route to route. If you have already made Qatar Airways reservations and want to purchase an additional baggage allowance, the below table will help you to understand the fee criteria of your pet.

For falcons traveling as checked pets:

To/From The Middle East/India subcontinent Europe/Africa America/Australia Japan/South Korea/New Zealand
Qatar 450 QAR 900 QAR 1620 QAR
The Middle East/India subcontinent $135 $270 $450
Europe/Africa $270 $450 $630
America/Australia Japan/South Korea/New Zealand $450 $630 $630


For other pets traveling as checked pets:

To/From Medium Size Pet Large Size Pet
Qatar $200 $300
On Other Routes $350 $450

The maximum weight of your pet including the kennel should not be more than 32 KGs and 75 KGs for medium and large sizes respectively.

How Can I Book Pet Reservation On Qatar Airways?

Qatar Airways pet reservations can be made on the Qatar Airways website. It is advisable to make your pet’s reservation at the same time when making flight reservations for the passengers. However, you can also make your pet reservation at least 6 hours prior to the flight departure. Call Flyofinder at +1(571) 378-7016 for your pet reservation on Qatar Airways.

What Are Mandatory Documents For Pet Travels on Qatar Airways?

  • Health certificate of your pets. The health certificate must be signed or verified by a veterinary doctor.
  • Must be a clear indication of the fitness of pets to fly.
  • Required documents that comply with the destination states’ rules and regulations.
  • A document identifying your pet.
  • Pet passport if available.

Are There Any Health, Breed, And Age Restriction on Qatar Flight?

Qatar Airways does not allow pets of certain breeds to travel on Qatar flights due to temperature issues at the origin and destination airport. Such kinds of domestic cats and dogs cannot maintain their body temperature if the heat is lower or higher.

  • Cats of Exotic and Persian breeds are not accepted.
  • Dogs of breed Affenpinscher, Boxer, American Pit Bull Terrier, Bulldog (all breeds), etc, are not allowed to travel on Qatar flights. There is a long list of restricted pets that cannot travel on Qatar Airways flights. Call the customer support number of Qatar Airways to know the acceptability of pets that you want to transport.
  • Pets younger than 12 weeks are not allowed to travel
  • Cats or dogs which are more than 6 months pregnant unless a verified certificate by the veterinary doctor mentioning no risk of birth during the journey.

Important Guidelines When Traveling With Pets On Qatar Flights

  • Notify Qatar Airways about your pets at least 48 hours prior to the departure time.
  • Check-in at least 2 hours prior to the departure time and at least 3 hours prior to the departure time if flights are from the U.S.A.
  • Mice, rats, marmots, and rabbits are not allowed as excess baggage. Such animals must be transported as cargo.
  • Service dogs must fit on their handler’s lap or within their handler’s foot space on the aircraft.
  • Care of food and water will be taken by the passengers.
  • The seating position can be changed if traveling with a service dog.

Frequently Asked Questions on Qatar Airways Pet Policy

Q: How many falcons are allowed to travel in the main cabin?
Ans: Qatar Airways allows one falcon as a carry-on pet in the Economy class of any aircraft. A total number of six falcons are allowed in an aircraft.

Q: How can I get a discount on fees for pet travels as checked pets?
Ans: You can save up to 20% if you purchase an additional baggage allowance at least 6 hours prior to the flight departure.

Q: Is transporting pets allowed from other airlines to Qatar Airways?
Ans: Pet transporting from other airlines to Qatar Airways is not allowed however, from Qatar Airways to other airlines is allowed.

Q: What are the dimensions of a pet carrier?
Ans: The dimension of a small carrier should be less than 175 cm, for a large carrier, it should be less than 217 cm.

Also, read our blog Qatar Airways Unaccompanied Minor Flight.

About the author
Elena Porter

Experiences life to the fullest through travel; Elena Porter has been a travel author at FlyOfinder since 2019. She has extensively explored the best of over ten countries, offering unique skills to guide readers in discovering the most remarkable places in each city. Ensuring to provide the best of each destination and make your travel unforgettable.

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