Travelling with Pets
Useful information about flying with your pet from Dublin Airport.
Contact your airline
Pet policies differ among individual airlines and some airlines will only carry guide/assistance animals, like guide dogs, and practically all airlines require advance booking. Please contact your airline to find out more. Contact details for airlines departing from Dublin airport can be found here.
A distinction is made between animals which are permitted to travel in the cabin (PETC = pet in cabin) and animals which are carried in the hold (AVIH = animal vivant in hold).
Update as of January 30, 2024, daa announces re-introduction of live animal screening facility for passengers departing from Dublin Airport.
Dublin Airport has re-introduced a facility to provide for screening of pets travelling in the aircraft hold (AVIH = animal vivant in hold). This process provides for the use of x-ray equipment deemed suitable for animal screening. While the facility is located in Terminal 1, it caters for passengers travelling from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Please proceed to your designated check-in area, in either terminal, to complete the check in process. Airline staff will be able to advise you on the process once you reach the check-in desk.
Please contact your airline in advance of travelling for advice on preparation for travelling with an animal. There may be restrictions on weight classes permissible.
Guidance for those this service;
- Your pet must be kept in a suitable transport crate, which should be well ventilated, leak-proof and contain the animal securely.
- The maximum dimensions of the enclosure are as follows: Height 950mm – Width 950mm – Length 2m.
- Where your pet will travel depends on its size, weight and the type of animal and whether or not your pet is a special assistance animal.
- Your pet should have sufficient space and be able to move freely.
- It is advisable to allow for additional time to check in with this process.
For overseas travel, dogs and cats may need:
- A valid pet passport
- Particular vaccinations
- A veterinary health certificate
To find out more travelling or relocating out of Ireland with your pet, please click here.