Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is Hong Kong's flag carrier airline. They welcome pets to travel as checked baggage on many of their flights.

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Pet Reservations

When you are making your reservation, make sure you have the total combined weight of the pet and carrier, dimensions, material, and make. Like with most airlines, you will also be required to provide valid health and vaccination certificates, entry permits, and any other documents required by the country you are flying to. You can contact them at (800) 233-2742 to make your reservation or to ask any further questions.

Pets in the Cabin

Unfortunately, Cathay Pacific does not allow animals to travel in the cabin on any of their flights.

Pets in Checked Baggage

Pets can be transported as checked baggage on Cathay Pacific flights if they meet the necessary requirements. The maximum combined weight for pets and carriers is 70 lbs (32 kg), unless prior approval for more has been discussed. The fee for transporting Fido depends on zones of travel. Zone 1
includes China, Taiwan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Korea, Japan, Russia (in Asia), within Australia, within Malaysia, between Taiwan and Japan/Korea, between Thailand and Singapore, between UAE and Bahrain; Zone 2 includes the Maldives, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka; Zone 3 includes Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel; and Zone 4 includes France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. The pet fee ranges between $12 for shorter flights and $60 for longer flights.

Carrier Guidelines

For pets traveling as checked baggage, carriers must be clean, lockable, escape-proof, and leak-proof, and have sufficient holes for breathing. Your pet needs to be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down naturally. Carriers for dogs must be made from solid fibreglass, rigid plastic or metal with strong weld metal mesh, not wood. Carriers for cats should be made from wood, solid fibreglass, rigid plastic or metal with strong weld metal mesh.

Other Restrictions

There are a number of breeds of dog that aren't accepted in the hold on Cathay Pacific flights, including Brachycephalic dogs (snub-nosed), such as Affenpinscher, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chow Chow, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin (Japanese Spaniel), Lhasa Apso, Mastiff (all breeds), Pekingese, Pug (all breeds), Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and Tibetan Spaniel; Fighting breeds of dog, such as American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Dogo Argentina, Fila Brasiliera, and Japanese Tosa; and Brachycephalic Cats, such as British shorthair, Burmese, Exotic shorthair, Himalayan cat, Persian cat, and Scottish Fold. Other animals that are not accepted are the Korean squirrel and the Skunk.

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