Last Updated:
05 Jan 2018

About Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines is a major American airline operating an extensive domestic and international network serving all continents except Antarctica. Delta Air Lines is one of the four founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance. Regional service for the airline is served by Delta Connection.

Delta typically charges a fee for all checked bags on domestic flights, with most international flights having an allowance of one or two free checked bags per passenger, depending on destination. Keep in mind, this is not the case with "Basic Economy" fares, even to Europe, where Delta will charge you at least $60 for your first checked bag.

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Delta Airlines Pet Policy 2018

Pet Travel Information
Pets can fly. But whether your pet gets carried on, checked in or shipped as (very special) cargo, there are a lot of requirements and restrictions in place to make sure she's comfortable and safe. Get the guidelines for happy, healthy jet-set pets.

Connection Carriers & Pet Travel
If your pet's journey takes it on more than one airline, there are some additional considerations you'll want to think about ahead of time. Arrange for your pet's flights to allow for plenty of extra time to change planes-because your pet can't just sprint to the next gate or airport terminal the way you can. Also remember:
Prior arrangements are necessary with all the carriers involved.
If a pet has to transfer from a Delta flight to a Connection Carrier, the Delta flight must be confirmed at least 48 hours before the scheduled departure time of the Connection Carrier flight. That way we have enough time to make transfer arrangements between the two carriers, and ensure your pet is safely delivered.

Connection Carriers have different capabilities and policies concerning pets. Here are some of their most important restrictions:

*Note: For aircraft that only have a one class cabin, a maximum of four (4) kennels per aircraft is allowed.
**For flights operated by some Delta Connection carriers, on one container per passenger will be accepted.

Pet Travel Options
At Delta, we take the time and care to ensure every animal travels safely and comfortably with our Delta Pet First service. There are several different options available to get your pet to its final destination, including being brought into the cabin with you, checked as baggage, or being shipped.

Rest assured that your pet will be treated with the same comfort and care you have come to expect from us.

Government Regulations
Some states may require a health certificate for your pet. Your veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or the Department of Agriculture of the state you are traveling to may provide you with more information.

Pet Advisory
Delta will no longer accept pug or snub-nosed dogs or cats as checked baggage for tickets purchased on or after December 13, 2011. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Pets As Carry On
For tickets issued on or after February 14, 2012, pets in cabin will not be permitted in Business Elite/Business Class on any international flight. Some pets can travel with you in the cabin for a one-way fee of 125 USD/CAD* (to be collected at check-in) for travel within U.S./Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico (200 USD/CAD/EUR* for travel outside the U.S.) with the exception of any travel to/from Brazil in the coach cabin only which is 75 USD one-way. For any travel to/from South Africa (in exception of service animals) pets must travel as cargo and are not permitted in the cabin or as checked baggage.

Pets permitted in the cabin include dogs, cats, and household birds. The following restrictions apply:
Your pet must be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel under the seat directly in front of you. Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight. You must contact Delta Reservations to determine the appropriate kennel size.
Your pet must remain inside the kennel (with door secured) while in a Delta boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), a Delta airport lounge, and while onboard the aircraft.
Your pet must be at least 8 weeks old.
You may not carry on more than one pet.
Your pet in-cabin counts as one piece of carry-on baggage.
If you're traveling to Hawaii, your pet won't be able to go with you in the cabin, and other restrictions may apply. See Pets to Hawaii for more information.
Pets are prohibited in-cabin and as checked baggage into Hong Kong, the U.A.E., South Africa and the United Kingdom. Pets may only be brought into HKG and the UK as cargo.
*CAD amount will be charged exit Canada, and EUR amount will be charged exit Europe. Fees established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance will apply.

Also, Delta limits the number of pets per flight, but only one per passenger, to:

Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Delta in advance at 800-221-1212 to arrange to bring your pet on board.

Pets As Checked Baggage
While the environment your pet travels in is temperature-controlled and pressurized, air travel is likely to be a stressful experience. To ensure your pet's comfort and safety and your peace of mind, review weather, health, and kennel Requirements & Restrictions for important guidelines.

Cats, dogs*, household birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, and hamsters are accepted as checked baggage.
For tickets issued on or after December 13, 2011, no snub or pug nosed dogs or cats will be permitted as checked baggage.
International travel: Household birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, and hamsters are not accepted as checked baggage.
Primates, including lemurs, monkeys, orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees will not be permitted (excluding service animals).
Pets are prohibited in-cabin and as checked baggage into the United Kingdom. Pets may only be brought into the UK as cargo.

All other animals, including reptiles, must be shipped as cargo.

You can transport a total of two kennels per flight. Giant-size kennels can only be shipped as cargo. Additional restrictions apply according to aircraft and class of service.

Additional Information
The one-way fee for checking your pet on all flights is 200 USD/CAD/EUR* for all. If you and your pet are making a transfer to another airline, be sure to allow time to claim your animal and re-check it with the connecting airline. For additional information or to arrange to check your pet as baggage, contact Reservations.

*CAD amount will be charged exit Canada, and EUR amount will be charged exit Europe. Fees established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance will apply.

*For passengers transiting AMS with a connection time of 2 hours or longer, an additional USD200/CAD200/EUR150 fee applies each way.

Exception: Two pets of the same type may be allowed in one kennel, for example two dogs or two cats. They must be small enough to fit in one kennel provided they are compatible and must be of the same species and size, and they must meet the requirements of acceptance. They will be charged as one pet.

Pets As Cargo
Delta Pet First is designed to address the special needs of all warm-blooded animals shipped without their owner. The following are some guidelines and benefits for our Delta Pet First customers:
We provide safe and reliable year round transportation for your pet.
Your pet will travel from origin to destination with the same priority as Delta DASH shipments. See Pet Shipping Rates for more information.
All live animal shipments are required to be pre-booked prior to arrival at the origin facility.
International Pet Shipments must be booked a minimum of 3 days in advance and a maximum of 14 days in advance U. S.-based Pet Shipments must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance and a maximum of 14 days in advance.
We have climate-controlled Live Animal holding areas in four of our hub cities: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas and Salt Lake City.
Upon arrival in the destination city, pets will be delivered to the Delta Cargo facility within 60 minutes.
All shipments must be picked up at the destination city cargo facility based on the destination station's guidelines.
Only warm-blooded mammals and birds considered to be personal pets or show/exhibition animals will be accepted.
Primates, including lemurs, monkeys, orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees will not be permitted.
Animals must be considered non-offensive and not dangerous to passengers or baggage handlers.
Additional fees and charges may apply. Terminal handling charges, customs clearance fees, veterinarian service, and/or kennel storage fees are in addition to shipping rates and will be charged to the shipper or pet owner upon arrival at destination airport. All fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of animal.

While the environment your pet travels in is climate-controlled and pressurized, air travel is likely to be a stressful experience. To ensure your pet's comfort and safety and your peace of mind, see weather, health, and kennel Requirements & Restrictions for important information.

Learn more about shipping by visiting Delta Cargo.

Shipping Tips
The following are some shipping suggestions to ensure your pet's comfort and safety.
Familiarize your pet with the kennel to ease the stress of travel.
Keep your pet as calm as possible prior to the flight. Take along a leash and collar for walking your pet prior to departure. Do not place the leash inside the kennel.
Include identification tags with your home address and telephone number, as well as the address and phone number of the person receiving the animal at destination.
Never send your pet with a muzzle or choke collar on. Both can be dangerous when an animal is alone.

Visit Delta Cargo to learn more about shipping on Delta.

Pet Travel Requirements & Restrictions
We know your pet is an important member of the family. Be sure you know all the scoop on keeping him safe and secure.

Weather Restrictions
Summer Restrictions-May 15 through September 15

Pets cannot be checked as baggage on Delta and Aeromexico operated flights.
Pets may be shipped as cargo. See below for year-round temperature restrictions including live birds and snub-nosed breeds.
Prices for shipping pets as cargo are different from shipping pets as baggage. And, cargo locations may not be located in the airport terminal, so be sure to contact 1.800.DLCARGO (352.2746) for details.

The embargo applies to all Delta, Delta Connection® (Comair, ExpressJet, SkyWest), Delta Shuttle®, and Delta codeshare flights.

Winter Embargo-November 1 through March 31
Animals will not be accepted as checked baggage on flights operated between Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) and Sun Valley, ID (SUN), Twin Falls, ID (TWF), or Jackson Hole, WY (JAC).

Year-round Restrictions
Delta will not accept animals as checked baggage during extreme weather, if at any point during the animal's trip the temperature is forecast to be:

Delta reserves the right to refuse live animals as checked baggage and as cargo if the animal's health is in question and/or if the health of the animal may be jeopardized by extreme conditions.

Additional Rules for Live Birds
A certificate of acclimation is not required.

Pet birds and tropical birds normally kept indoors are at risk if the temperature, at any point on the planned itinerary, is below 50F/10C. When temperatures are between 50F and 20F, they are transported at the risk of the shipper.

Live, wild birds will not be transported unless:
Shipper, or shipper's agent, certifies in writing on shipper's letterhead and submit with the air waybill, that the birds being shipped were born or bred in captivity or on special farms, or birds are being shipped to or from a zoological garden, wildlife preserve, or government wildlife agency.
Transportation is restricted to Delta local services.

Additional Restrictions for Pug or Snub-nosed Dogs and Cats
Pug or snub-nosed dogs and cats are not hot-weather animals and therefore do not thrive in warm temperatures. As a precaution, Delta will not accept them as checked baggage or as cargo if the temperature on any part of their trip exceeds 75 degrees F.

Note: Delta will no longer accept any snub-nosed dog or cat as checked baggage for tickets issued on or after December 13, 2011.

*Delta will no longer accept any pure breed, or mixed breed of any snub-nosed dog or cat for tickets issued on or after December 13, 2011.

Health Requirements
Health Certificate

A health certificate is required when shipping your pet as cargo. While Delta does not require a health certificate for carried-on or checked pets, upon arrival, the certificate may be required by the state. For clarification, please call your veterinarian or see the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Services.

The certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of transport. The certificate must contain:
The shipper's name and address
Any tag numbers or tattoos assigned to the animal.
The age of the animal being shipped (USDA regulations require animals be at least 8 weeks old and fully weaned before traveling).
A statement that the animal is in good health
A list of administered inoculations, when applicable
The signature of the veterinarian
The date of the certificate

If the shipper knows that the pet is pregnant, it must be noted on the health certificate.

Live Animal Checklist/Confirmation of Feeding
When you check in your pet, you will be asked to complete a live animal checklist. When you sign this checklist, you are confirming that your pet has been offered food and water within four hours of check-in. On the checklist you must also give feeding and watering instructions for a 24-hour period. If in-transit feeding is necessary, you must provide food.

The use of pet tranquilizers at high altitudes is unpredictable. If you plan to sedate your pet, you must have written consent from the pet's veterinarian. This information must be attached to the kennel. Please keep in mind that Delta agents cannot administer medication of any kind.

Kennel Requirements
To transport your pet as checked baggage or cargo, you must use an approved shipping kennel and it must ship in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines. For example, the kennel must have enough room for your pet to stand and sit erect without the head touching the top of the container and turn around and lie in a natural position. These kennels are available at most Delta Cargo locations, as well as many pet supply stores. You should check with the local cargo facility for availability of the size kennel you need in advance of the date of travel. Kennels are for sale for booked Delta passengers and shippers only, not the general public. See list of Prohibited/Restricted Kennels below. Please ask our representative to explain the container requirements needed for other animals such as birds, guinea pigs or snakes.

Due to seasonal weather conditions, we do not accept pets as checked baggage from May 15 through September 15. You can, however, ship your pet as cargo with our Pet First® program.

All kennels must be capable of loading upright in the aircraft bin as required by the Animal Welfare Act and the International Air Transport Association Live Animal Regulations.

Also, USDA rules state that the kennel must:
Be constructed out of rigid plastic, wood, metal, or material of comparable strength with solid roofs. No cardboard kennels.
Have wheels that can be removed or made inoperable [applies to wheeled kennels only]
Have functional handles on the kennel's exterior to prevent tilting and any direct contact with the animals.
Close securely, but not lock, allowing personnel to open it in case of emergency.
Have labels with the words "Live Animal" in letters at least 1-inch tall on the crate's top and on at least one side.
Have upright arrow labels indicating kennel's correct position. Delta Cargo can provide these labels.
Contain some type of bedding, either shredded paper or towels, to absorb any "accidents."
Contain two dishes (one for food and one for water) attached to the inside of the kennel door. They must be easily accessible to Delta agents without opening the kennel door.
Display feeding instructions and food, if applicable. These instructions should be affixed to the top of the kennel, along with shipper and consignee information.

The following is a list of kennel sizes, costs, and the types of aircraft in which each kennel can fit. The kennel costs below do not include tax and are subject to change.

*Rates apply to Delta aircraft only. For travel on a Delta Connection Carrier, please contact Reservations.

Prohibited/Restricted Kennels:
Kennels made entirely of welded mesh, wire mesh, wicker, cardboard or collapsible materials are strictly prohibited.
Kennels with opening doors on top
Kennels with plastic front doors and/or plastic side latches securing the top and bottom together without hardware such as metal nuts/bolts

Reptile, Amphibian, and Fish Containers
Reptiles, amphibians, and fish are only accepted as air cargo, not as carry-on or checked baggage. Shipments must comply with the container requirements of the current edition of the IATA Live Animal Regulations.

Reptiles, other than snakes, need to be placed in a container constructed of wood, plastic or corrugated material. For flight purposes, animals in this category include (but not limited to):

Safety and security concerns for Delta personnel and customers prevent removal of live snake shipments from shipping containers.

Kennel Labeling
All animal kennels must display:
Live Animal Checklist (includes feeding and watering instructions)
Live Animal label
Directional arrows

In addition to the above displays, wild animal kennels require a Wild Animal label.

Delta provides these display items when your kennel is accepted for transport.

U.S. Domestic & International Pet Travel
Whether your pet is traveling within the United States or to an international destination, we want to ensure a smooth travel experience. Shipping rates depend largely on the distance your pet will travel. See Pet Travel Shipping Rates, or for additional information, you may call the numbers listed below.

Pets traveling with passengers:
800-221-1212 for flights within the United States800-241-4141 for international flights

Pets traveling unescorted:
888-736-3738 (Delta Pet First) to book your pet's travel arrangements

Pets To Hawaii
Hawaii requires that all live animals shipped or brought into the state have health and rabies inoculation certificates dated no more than ten days before travel begins. On Delta flights to Hawaii, pets will not be accepted as carry-on baggage.

All cats and dogs are subject to a 120-day quarantine in Hawaii. If specific pre- and post-arrival requirements are met, your pet may qualify for a shorter (30-days or less) quarantine. Costs are charged to the pet owner and must be paid in full upon arrival. Payment methods include cashier's check, traveler's check, money order, personal check, or cash.

Seeing-eye dogs are accepted with certain provisions, including making advanced arrangements and verifying availability and cost. For further information, visit the Hawaii Department of Agriculture or call 808-483-7151.

International Pet Travel
Many countries have strict regulations regarding international pet travel. Remember to make arrangements in advance and:
Contact the embassy or consulate of the destination country to determine pet travel regulations.
Obtain all necessary paperwork (such as health certificates and documentation) regarding your pet's travel.
Contact your local veterinarian to ensure your pet is in compliance with foreign health regulations.
Check with the CDC about the importation of pets into the United States.
Check with APHIS about international animal export regulations.
Additional fees and charges may apply. Terminal handling charges, customs clearance fees, veterinarian service, and/or kennel storage fees are in addition to shipping rates and will be charged to the shipper or pet owner upon arrival at destination airport. All fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of animal.

Pets Traveling to the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Other European Union Countries
Delta will not accept any live animals as checked or carry-on baggage to/from the United Kingdom. However Delta will accept pets (dogs, cats & ferrets) as cargo to the U.K. under the U.K. Pet Travel Scheme. Read more for more information on U.K. Pets.

For pets traveling to other countries in the European Union, a Veterinary Certificate for domestic dogs, cats, and ferrets entering the European Community for Non-Commercial Movement (Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003) is required. There is also another restriction concerning your pet. Only a microchip implant, and no longer tattoos, will be accepted as a means of identification. If your travel originates in Aruba, Bermuda, Canada, Japan, Cayman Islands, or the USA, parts 1 through 4 must be completed for movement into the European Union and requires 30 days of preparation for your pet. If your travel originates in any other country, parts 1 through 5 must be completed. These regulations require a minimum of four months preparation for your pet.

Pets Traveling to South Africa
Pets may not arrive into South Africa in-cabin or as checked baggage, due to lack of airport facilities. Animals may only arrive into South Africa as manifested cargo. Violations are subject to local law, which include prosecution by the state veterinary.

Pets Traveling to Australia
Australian law does not allow pets as carry on or checked baggage. The only exception is for Service Animals with correct documentation. All pets must enter or depart via cargo.

Pets Traveling to New Zealand
New Zealand law does not allow pets as carry on or checked baggage. The only exception is Service Animals with correct documentation. All pets must enter or depart via cargo.

Service Dogs and Cats Traveling to London (Heathrow & Gatwick) and Manchester
Effective June 1, 2008, Delta will transport service dogs and cats to London (Heathrow & Gatwick) and Manchester with the proper documentation and compliance to the UK regulations for transporting animals. In order for a customer to transport their service dog or cat, they must:
Contact the appropriate Animal Reception Center in the city they are traveling to for more information and instruction on what will be needed to enter the United Kingdom. After booking, customers must contact the Animal Reception Center directly to plan for the arrival of their pet and to ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed in advance for the UK Customs clearance of your service dog or cat.
Provide a pre-approval letter from the Animal Reception Center in the city you are traveling to, indicating that your service dog or cat has the appropriate documentation, has met the appropriate health requirements and has the proper micro-chip implant. Delta will ask for this documentation in order to process your request for transport of your service dog or cat. Failure to present this pre-approval letter will result in denial of the service dog or cat until the letter is provided.
Pay all appropriate fees and charges related to UK acceptance of service dogs and cats. A current list of charges can be provided by the Animal Reception Center for the city you are traveling to. For more information please contact one of the appropriate Animal Reception Centers listed below.

For any questions related to the UK Pet Travel Scheme please contact DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). For questions regarding transporting a service dog or cat, please contact Delta at 1-800-221-1212 and ask to speak to the CRO Desk.

Pets Traveling to Hong Kong
Pets are not allowed in the cabin or as accompanied or excess baggage to/from Hong Kong. Special permit/import permit or quarantine permit is required for all animals and birds (including dogs & cats) applied before arrival in Hong Kong and they must be shipped as cargo covered by an air bill.

Delta Restrictions
All international cargo shipments:
Must be brought to the Delta Cargo facility at least four hours prior to departure.
Require four hours transfer time from a domestic flight to an international flight. (Note: Live animal shipments for international transfers to other carriers are not accepted.)
Require kennels that have ventilation openings on three sides, in addition to the door opening.
Must be documented on a typed international air waybill available from Delta Cargo. If the air waybill must be typed at the Air Cargo facility, there will be an additional USD10 fee.

Note: If your final destination is other than those listed above, contact your veterinarian for requirements specific to that country.

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