Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier airline for Qatar. They allow up to six falcons in the economy section of the cabin of aircrafts, with one per passenger. Visit Website

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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 dogs and cats are not permitted in the cabin.

Pets in Checked Baggage

Qatar Airways accepts domesticated dogs, cats, and birds as checked baggage, either on your flight or separately. There is no limit to the number of pets that can travel as checked baggage, however there may be weight or space limitations based on aircraft type. Fees for this service depend on the weight and size of the animal and carrier, ranging from $200-450.

Pets in Cargo

Pets exceeding 165 lbs (75 kg) can be handled as cargo instead. Contact Qatar Airways Cargo at or call (404) 761-0600 for more details.

Carrier Guidelines

For pets traveling as checked baggage, carriers must be well-ventilated, an adequate size, and strong enough to prevent escape. Pet owners must supply food and water for the journey. Small carriers should not exceed 69" (175 cm), medium carriers should not exceed 85" (217 cm), and large carriers should not exceed 96" (245 cm).

Other Restrictions

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. Animals younger than 12 weeks, animals considered to weak to travel, female animals with suckling young, and cats or dogs more than 6 weeks pregnant are also not permitted on board.


BringFido Guest Rating

Qatar Airways has received a rating of 2.0 out of 5 bones by 3 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Phil
    Feb 1, 2024
    Uneventful but incorrect info on Qatar's website

    We moved our dog from Bangkok to Mozambique in March of 2019. The service was good- uneventful (which is what you want). The dog arrived safely at the destination.

    The only issue is/was that Qatar Airways has bad info about the import requirements for Mozambique on their site. They list a Rabies Titer Test as required but it is not. This caused a lot of stress. We had the import permit in hand but was not sure they would let my dog through at check-in (they did). Years later, I'm still trying to get them to update the information on the website.

    But the service was inexpensive, straightforward, and courteous. Dog arrived without incident.

  • Nicole
    Aug 4, 2022
    Don’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.

  • John
    Jun 14, 2022
    Qatar 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.

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