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Air France is the largest airline in France. The company carries out the transportation of pets in the cabin and the hold on most flights.

If you want to transport your pet with Air France, you should notify the company about your plans. Depending on the aircraft type, there is a limit on the number of animals allowed to travel on each flight, so you should book your pet in advance. Contact the reservations department by phone at +44 20 766 00 337 (the UK) or +1 800 237 2747 (the USA) for any additional information.

Dogs and cats that weigh 8 kg or less (including the transport container/bag) can be transported in the cabin. There are some additional requirements for pets traveling on board:

· Pets must be 15 weeks old or older to be accepted for the flight. However, for flights within metropolitan France, as well as between metropolitan France and Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Reunion Island, your pet must be at least 8 years old;

· Pets are not accepted in the Business cabin on intercontinental flights. They can be transported in the hold;

· They must have all necessary vaccinations, such as rabies and other required vaccinations;

· Only one container with one pet is allowed per passenger in the cabin;

· The maximum dimensions of the transport container/bag: 46 x 28 x 24 cm;

· The container/bag must have proper ventilation on all sides;

· Your pet must be able to stand in the natural position, turn around and lie down without any difficulties inside the container;

· The container must be placed under the seat in front of the owner;

· It is prohibited to open the container/bag and let the pet out during the flight.

If your pet weighs more than 8 kg (including the transport container), it will not be accepted in the cabin. In this case, you can transport your pet in the hold subject to the following requirements:

· The weight of the pet, including the container, must not exceed 75 kg;

· A maximum of 3 pets are allowed per passenger. However, this number may differ depending on the aircraft type;

· Pets must be 15 weeks old or older to be accepted for the flight;

· They must have all necessary vaccinations, such as rabies and other required vaccinations;

· Your pet must be transported in an IATA-approved container. Air France accepts only containers made of hard plastic or fiberglass that are fastened by bolts;

· Wheeled containers are not accepted;

· The door of the container must be locked in two places: at the top and the bottom;

· The owner must print and sign the form “Conditions for transporting a dog or cat in the hold” and provide it at the check-in desk;

· Passengers with pets must come to the check-in desk at least 3 hours before a flight (2.5 hours before a flight within France or Europe).

Remember that pets are transported for an additional fee on Air France flights. You can find the list of current pet transportation fees below:

· Flights in metropolitan France: 40 euros in the cabin/80 euros in the hold;

· Flights within the Caribbean: 30 euros in the cabin/75 euros in the hold;

· Flights in Europe or between Europe and North Africa or Israel: 55 euros in the cabin/200 euros in the hold;

· Flights between metropolitan France and Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-a-Pitre, and Saint-Denis-de-la-Reunion: 55 euros in the cabin/75 euros in the hold;

· Pet transportation on other flights: 125 euros in the cabin/400 euros in the hold.

Air France has special conditions for transporting snub-nosed (brachycephalic) animals. Snub-nosed breeds of dogs, such as Affenpinscher, Boxers, Terriers, Pugs, etc., and cats, such as Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, and Persian, are NOT allowed in the hold on Air France flights due to the risk of health problems. However, you can transport such breeds in the cabin if you get special permission from your veterinarian.

Sometimes pets are not allowed to travel with you in the cabin or the hold. It must be transported as cargo transport if:

· It is not a dog or a cat;

· The pet and its container weigh more than 75 kg;

· You have a flight to a country where the transportation of animals is allowed only by cargo transport;

· You want to transport a snub-nosed animal, and it is impossible to transport it in the cabin due to safety issues.

In addition to the airline’s policy, you must be aware of the pet travel requirements of your destination country. If you travel within Europe, you should follow the requirements of Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013. By the Regulation, all pets must be identified with an electronic chip and have a European passport. A passport issued and completed by an authorized veterinarian certifies that your pet has been vaccinated. It is recommended to contact the embassy of the destination country to find out more about the national regulations for transporting pets. For example, if you plan a journey to Ireland, Sweden, the UK, or Malta, there are additional health requirements. You can find more information on our website in the “International Travel” section.

If your pet does not comply with the Air France requirements, the company is not responsible for any additional costs, such as fees for flight booking changes, hotel reservations, etc. For more details, please visit the Air France website or contact the reservation department by phone.

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