Iberia is the flag carrier of Spain, with a hub in Madrid. The company allows transportation of pets in the aircraft cabin and the baggage hold.
Please note that the number of pets on each aircraft is limited depending on the type of aircraft, so pets must be first confirmed at the booking office. You can contact them at +44 020 36 843 774 (+1 800 772 4642 in the USA) to check availability of pets on your flight.
If your pet (cat, dog, fish, tortoise or bird) weighs no more than 8 kg (including the carrier), it can be transported in the cabin under the following conditions:
· All pets must be transported in a transport bag or container provided by their owners;
· The maximum dimensions of a container must not exceed 45 x 35 x 25 cm;
· The transport bag or container must be durable, well-ventilated, waterproof and safe;
· It must be locked securely;
· Several animals of the same species can be taken in one container, as long as they are small, and their total weight does not exceed 8 kg (including the carrier);
· The pet must not disturb other passengers. It must remain in its container/bag during the flight;
· For safety reasons, do not sit in the aisles near the emergency exits.
The company may refuse to transport pets that do not meet the requirements above. These are usually animals with strong odors, dirty or noisy animals.
Fees for pets in the cabin (per way):
1. Spain (except Canary Islands) – €35 / $45 / £30;
2. Canary Islands, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East – €50 / $60 / £45;
3. America and Asia – €150 / $180 / £135.
If your pet weighs more than 8 kg (including the carrier), it can be transported in the baggage hold under the following conditions:
· The maximum weight of the pet (including the container) must not exceed 45 kg. Otherwise, it can only be transported as cargo;
· The maximum dimensions of the container must not exceed 83 x 65 x 56 cm;
· The container must be made of solid material;
· It must have a secure locking system;
· There must be enough space for the pet to stand in its natural position, lie down and turn around inside the container;
· The container must be harmless inside and well-ventilated;
· The bottom of the container must be covered with a waterproof material to prevent it from leaking.
Fees for pets in the hold (per way):
1. Spain – €80 / $95 / £75;
2. Europe, Africa and the Middle East – €120 / $145 / £110;
3. America and Asia – €300 / $360 / £270.
Remember to contact the booking office before the journey to ensure that pets are allowed in all countries you are going to visit.
Iberia has some additional restrictions on transport of pets:
· Dangerous dog breeds such as Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Tosa Inu or Akita Inu must wear a muzzle during the flight;
· Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) animals are not allowed in the baggage hold. They can be transported in the cabin if they meet the requirements. Snub-nosed dog breeds include Boston Terrier, Boxer (all breeds), Bulldog (all breeds), Bull Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Spaniel/Japanese Chin, Mastiff (all breeds), Pekingese, Pit Bull (all breeds), Pug (all breeds), Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Terrier, Shar Pei and Affepincher. Brachycephalic cat breeds include the Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan and Persian.
Different countries have different pet policies. If you travel within Spain, you do not have to provide a pet passport. Only a pet’s health certificate and vaccination against rabies are required.
If you travel within other European countries (except for the UK, Malta and Finland), you have to consider the following requirements:
· Your pet must be identified with an electronic microchip or a readable tattoo;
· It must have been vaccinated against rabies;
· You must provide a pet passport with information about all the pet’s vaccinations.
Tourists entering Europe from third countries must also provide a certificate stating that the animal has had a blood test to confirm a neutralizing antibody titration of at least 0 .5 IU/ml in a sample taken by a qualified veterinarian at least 30 days after vaccination and 3 months before travel.
Some countries may have certain restrictions on pet import. For example, the UK does not allow pets to be transported in the cabin and the hold to/from the country. This is the reason why Iberia does not transport pets to the UK.
Don’t forget to check the current regulations of your destination country online or contact its embassy. If you are looking for some additional information, please visit the “International Travel” section on our website.