Swiss International Air Lines

Swiss International Air Lines is the national airline of Switzerland based in Zurich. They welcome pets to travel in the cabin and the hold on most of their flights.

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Pet Reservations

Swiss Airlines allows each passenger to bring two animals onto a flight. When you're ready to book your tickets, you should call the Swiss Airlines Service Center Team at (+41) 848 700 700 to discuss arrangements. Flights that fly straight to Switzerland will require pets to be checked at the airport. If the animal fails to meet the entry requirements, it will be confiscated by the Border Veterinary Service and must immediately return to its country of origin.

Pets in the Cabin

Dogs and cats are welcome in the cabin on Swiss International flights, as long as the combined weight with carrier does not exceed 17 lbs (8 kg). To enter the cabin, pets need to be clean, healthy, and must not smell. Swiss Airlines does not allow animals that are dangerous, pregnant, or may annoy other passengers. Fees for pets on flights vary by destination. For flights from Switzerland to Europe, the rate is 60 CHF; Switzerland-Intercontinental is 90 CHF; within Europe is 50 EUR; Europe-Intercontinental is 70 EUR; Intercontinental-Europe is $100; and Intercontinental-Intercontinental via Europe is $100.

Pets in Checked Baggage

Animals and carriers exceeding 17 lbs (8 kg), or whose transport container is bigger than the permitted size (longer, higher or wider than 118 cm), must travel as checked cargo in the hold. Dogs that are considered to be dangerous breeds may only be transported in a suitable cargo crate and are not allowed in the cabin. Swiss considers medium carriers to be 23.5" H x 18" W x 16" D (60 cm x 45 cm x 40 cm), whereas large carriers are between 28" H x 20" W x 20" D (71 cm x 50 cm x 51 cm) and 41" H x 30" W x 31" D (105 cm x 75 cm x 79 cm) and only weigh up to 30 lbs (14 kg). For flights from Switzerland to Europe, the rate is 120 CHF for medium and 240 CHF for large; Switzerland-Intercontinental is 180 CHF for medium and 360 CHF for large; within Europe is 100 EUR for medium and 200 EUR for large; Europe-Intercontinental is 150 EUR for medium and 300 EUR for large; Intercontinental-Europe is $200 for medium and $400 for large; Intercontinental-Intercontinental via Europe is $200 for medium and $400 for large.

Pets in Cargo

Animals that are traveling on their own, or to countries that require them to be transported as cargo, can be shipped using Swiss World Cargo. You can call them directly at (+41) 44-564-54-54 to discuss your travel plans and make arrangements.

Carrier Guidelines

For pets traveling in the cabin, carriers must be soft, clean, escape-proof, and scratch-proof. The maximum container size is 46" (118 cm). There must be enough space for the animal, which must remain fully in the transport container for the entire flight. The transport container must remain stowed away under your seat for the duration of the flight. This may not be possible on some flights, but other arrangements will be organized if necessary. For pets traveling in the hold, medium carriers are 23.5" x 18" x 16" (60 cm x 45 cm x 40 cm) and large carriers are between 28" H x 20" W x 20" D (71 cm x 50 cm x 51 cm) and 41" x 30" x 31" (105 cm x 75 cm x 79 cm). Carriers must contain food and water for the duration of the journey. Additionally, the carrier should be made from wood, metal, synthetic materials, welded wire mesh or standard wire mesh. The door must be made from a heavy duty wire mesh, metal or reinforced wood and must be equipped with a safety lock to prevent accidental opening.

Other Restrictions

Cats and dogs that belong to the short-nosed races of animal are particularly sensitive to temperature and stress. If temperatures are too hot, the following breeds may be denied entry to the aircraft: Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bulldog (all breeds except the American Bulldog), Chow Chow, Brussels Griffon, Japanese Chin, English Toy Spaniel, Pug, Pekingese, and Shih Tzu. Cats that may be refused are British Shorthair, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian, and the Scottish Fold. Dogs that may also be refused entry include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier (Miniature Bull Terriers are not considered fighting dogs), American Bulldog, Caucasian Ovcharka (Caucasian Shepherd Dog), Dogo Argentino, Karabash (Kangal Dog) (Anatolian Shepherd Dog), and Rottweiler.

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Swiss International Air Lines has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 1 dog owner on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    No breed restriction and requirement

    I just have a flight from Zurich to Miami with my dog. It was the first. I would point out that there is no restriction about breed and no specific requirement for transport dogs like Amstaff / Pit Bull or else. Don't need specific kennel. Every breeds are treated in the same way. The staff is friendly.
    It was a real good expérience.

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