LOT Polish Airlines is based in Warsaw and is the main carrier of Poland. The company allows pets on many of its flights in the cabin and the baggage hold.
When you choose air transport, book a place for your pet as soon as possible. LOT Polish Airlines can only carry a limited number of pets in the cabin, so you need to inform the Contact Center of your travel plans well in advance. You can contact them by phone at +442037888001 or online via messengers. Reservations must be made no later than 24 hours after booking the ticket, but at least 24 hours before departure. You can also confirm the possibility of transporting a pet on a specific flight by calling the Contact Center.
Please note, that if the limit on the number of pets transported on this flight is reached, the company may refuse to transport your pet.
LOT Polish Airlines allows transporting dogs, cats, and ferrets in the cabin and the baggage hold. Other species than the above can be only transported as cargo. Transportation option depends on the weight and size of a pet and the rules of the destination country.
When you are transporting an animal in the cabin or the baggage hold, you must provide:
· current anti-rabies vaccination records;
· valid veterinary health certificate that includes information on clinical examination, deworming, and deticking of the pet. The certificate must be issued no longer than 48 hours before departure;
· special passport that includes a description of the color, race, and sex of the pet as well as a pet’s microchip number or tattoo. The passport must be completed and issued by a veterinarian;
· suitable transport container for a pet.
It is allowed to transport animals from the age of 3 months. Moreover, a period of 21 days must pass after the last rabies vaccination. If animals are transported to the USA, a 30-day quarantine is required from the date of the last rabies vaccination.
When you travel with a small pet (dog, cat, or ferret), you can take it on board with you. To be allowed for transportation in the cabin, your pet must weigh no more than 8 kg, including its travel bag or container. The following requirements also apply:
· Your pet must stay inside the bag or container during the flight. It is prohibited to open the container and let the pet out of it in the cabin;
· The container must suit the weight and size of the pet. It must be able to stand in the natural position, lie down or turn inside the container without any difficulties. No part of the pet’s body should extend beyond the container;
· The container must be placed under the seat in front of the pet’s owner;
· The maximum dimensions of the container are 55 x 40 x 20 cm for B787 and B737 aircraft; 45 x 30 x 20 cm for DH4, E70, E75, and E95 aircraft;
· If you are traveling with a pet in the cabin, the company cannot place you in the front row due to safety issues.
Pets that weigh more than 8 kg can be transported in the baggage hold. You can transport only one adult pet in one container. For the comfort of the pet, it is important to provide a proper transport container that complies with the requirements of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals Regulations.
The transport container must:
· let the pet stand in the natural position, lie down, or turn without any difficulties;
· be clean, tight, and securely closed;
· have a leakproof bottom, covered with an absorbent material from the inside;
· be equipped with water and food containers;
· have proper ventilation on at least three sides of it;
· be made of fiberglass, metal, hard plastic, solid wood, or plywood. Please note that containers made entirely of welded or wire mesh are not accepted on LOT flights;
· have no wheels (if there are any, they must be removed);
· have a sticker with appropriate feeding and handling instructions on the outside.
The maximum dimensions of the transport container in the baggage hold are:
· 125 x 96 x 64 cm for the B787 Dreamliner aircraft;
· 137 x 114 x 86 cm for B737 and 7M8 aircraft;
· 120 x 102 x 71 cm for E70, E75, and E90 aircraft;
· 170 x 70 x 143 cm for the DH4 aircraft.
If the container is too small or does not meet the above IATA requirements, LOT Polish Airlines may refuse to transport the pet upon check-in.
LOT Polish Airlines does not allow the transportation of brachycephalic animals in the baggage hold. Due to special physical features, these breeds may have breathing problems during the flight. So, the company offers passengers to transport brachycephalic breeds in the cabin (under the general requirements) or as cargo.
Pets may only be transported in the cargo hold of an aircraft if they are at least 3 months old. Moreover, a period of 21 days must pass after the last rabies vaccination. LOT Cargo accepts not only dogs, cats, and ferrets, but also chicks, ornamental fish, zoo animals, hatching eggs, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and birds.
For the transportation of animals in the cargo hold, the same container requirements apply as for animals carried in the baggage hold. Animal transportation with LOT Cargo is a chargeable service. The price of a ticket for an animal depends on the size of the container in which the animal will be transported, the weight of the animal including the container, and the route.
To prepare your pet for the flight, use the following tips:
· Let your pet get used to the bag or container in advance. It will make a journey less stressful for the animal;
· Attach a sticker with feeding and handling instructions to the side of the container;
· Walk your dog before the flight;
· Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before departure;
· Do not feed your pet a couple of hours before the flight;
· Give your pet a small amount of water just before boarding;
· Do not put a leash or a muzzle inside the container due to safety issues;
· It is prohibited to give tranquilizers to a pet without a prescription from a veterinarian.
Before booking your flight, do not forget to check the relevant rules governing traveling with animals in your destination country, as well as the general rules for keeping pets. You can request such information from the embassies of each country or visit the “International Travel” section of our website.