There is no limit on the amount of animals that can be transported in the cargo hold on Qatar Airways flights, but each aircraft has different restrictions. They recommend contacting Qatar Airways as soon as you finalize your travel plans to guarantee Fido a spot on board. You can contact Qatar Airways at 877-777-2827 to inform the agent know that you are traveling with a pet.
Pets in the Cabin
Qatar Airways allows you to carry 1 falcon in the economy class cabin of an aircraft (a maximum of 6 falcons are permitted on each aircraft and country regulations may apply), but no pet dogs or cats are permitted in the cabin. Qatar Airways allows some pets to travel as checked baggage instead.
Pets in Checked Baggage
Qatar Airways accepts domesticated dogs, cats, and birds as checked baggage, either on your flight or separately. When connecting to a Qatar Airways flight from another airline, pets must travel separately as cargo and will not be accepted as excess baggage. The cost of transportation depends on the weight and size of the animal and carrier. Small to medium pets and carriers weighing up to 70 lbs (32 kg) to/from Qatar cost $200 and on all other routes, $350; large dogs between 70 lbs (32 kg) and 165 lbs (75 kg) to/from Qatar cost $300 and on all other routes, $450.
Pets in Cargo
Pets exceeding 165 lbs (75 kg) can be handled as cargo instead. Large dog owners can email Qatar Airways Cargo at email@example.com for more details. Alternatively, you can contact them directly at 404-761-0600.
For pets traveling in the hold, containers must be well-ventilated, an adequate size, and strong enough to prevent escape. You must supply food and water for your pet's journey. Small carriers should have dimensions smaller than 69" (175 cm), medium carriers should have dimensions smaller than 85" (217 cm), and large carriers should have dimensions smaller than 96" (245 cm). Qatar Airways reserves the right to refuse carriage if your animal's container is too small and will comply with local regulations or airport limitations on maximum weight or size of the container.
Qatar Airways does not except Exotic and Persian (Shirazi) cats; Greyhound dogs with the exception of pets; Affenpinscher, Pugs, American Pit Bull Terrier, Bichon Frise, Bull dog (all breeds), Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bull Mastiff (English Mastiff) Cane Corso, King Charles Spaniel, Chow Chow, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff) English Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Japanese Chin, Pekingese, Presa Canario, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier , Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Valley Terrier, and French Terrier. They also do not accept primates that are being carried for research purposes, animals younger than 12 weeks, weak animals, female animals with suckling young, and cats or dogs more than 6 weeks pregnant. Although rodents (such as mice, rats, marmots, and rabbits) are not permitted as checked baggage, they may be allowed to travel as cargo.
- NicoleAug. 4, 2022Don’t Use Qatar
Was promised booking a flight with my dog would be easy & to “just buy the airline ticket” multiple times by Qatar staff. As soon as the ticket was purchased they lied to me & said I cannot bring my dog on board. After being told multiple times I would be contacted about this issue & hearing nothing from them, I had to call my bank to dispute the charge because they lied to me. Warning: do not fly Qatar. Their customer service is non-existent. Staff will also repeatedly lie to you to get you off the phone.
- JohnJun. 14, 2022Qatar Codeshare Problems
I have heard that Qatar is great with taking care of pets. However, as I booked my travel through American, my flights were split with a codeshare - one with an AA flight # and another with a QR flight #, both operated by Qatar - because American does not fly to my destination. Despite repeated attempts (over 30 separate calls at least) to convince Qatar customer service that it was only possible to add my pets to my reservation through them (and not American as they did not operate the flight), I am at a loss to add my pets in advance and can only hope the agents at the counter can help me when I show up with my 2 dogs the day of travel. Additionally, the Qatar customer service helped me and added a support ticket for pet services for my initial travel date, but I had to push my travel date by about 2 months. When trying to explain and provide the reference # for the support ticket, I was still met with the same explanation that their system didn’t allow them to take action (even though they did so earlier in April 2022 for my initial May 2022 travel). American also did not help, but I understood their position better as they do not own the plane and did not have the cargo/checked bagged specs for the plane. This has added a great deal of anxiety for myself and my wife as we attempt to move our family abroad. It’s 2022 people, isn’t there away to have this figured out by now? Cant i conference call both airlines? No, “that’s not policy. You have to call them (American/Qatar) yourself.” I’m tired of getting sent on a wild goose chase, primarily by Qatar.