SmartLynx Airlines is a Latvian airline flying throughout Europe, as well as to Asia and Africa.
View the 2018 SmartLynx Baggage Policies page for information about carry-on, checked, and excess baggage fees.
SmartLynx Airlines accepts for carriage in the cabin pets such as small cats and dogs and rabbits. Rodents and reptiles are not accepted in the passenger cabin. Pets exceeding the 10 kg. weight limit are not accepted as baggage and must be sent as cargo.
If you intend to take a pet along with you on the flight, you must always declare this when you make your trip reservation, so that we can confirm that there is still space available in the animal quota. The reservation for the passenger and the accompanying pet must therefore be made at the same time through SmartLynx Airlines Contact Center or a travel agency. The measurements of the transportation cage, bag or box as well as the total weight of the animal and box must also be given at the time of your travel reservation.
From October 1, 2004, all dogs, cats and ferrets travelling on the same flight with the owner within the EU, must be identifiable by a microchip or a clearly readable tattoo. In addition the animals are to be accompanied by a pet passport. The passport should include certification of anti-rabies vaccinations, as well as other information concerning the health status of the animal.
Preparing the pet for transportation
The pet should be familiarized with the transportation box in good time, at the latest several days, before the flight. It is a good idea to place in the box a blanket with a familiar smell. It is recommended to feed the pet lightly, because most pets are house-trained and do not want to soil their own bedding.
Pets are generally good travelers and do not need to be pacified with medication. The special permission of the airline is always required for the transportation of pets in the cabin. The International Air Transport Association IATA has laid down precise conditions (Live Animal Regulations) by which the air transport of animals can be approved, and these regulations are adhered to by SmartLynx Airlines. Most pet shops and kennels sell boxes that conform with the IATA's conditions for the transport of animals. Size requirements for live animal transportation container.
Pets in the cabin
Small pets such as dogs, cats and pet rodents (such as guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits) can be carried in the cabin on flights. The total weight of the pet and the transportation cage, bag or box must not exceed 10 kg. and the maximum dimensions for the transportation box are the same as for hand baggage (56*45*25 cm) to ensure that it fits under the seat in all of our aircraft types.
The airline has the right to refuse transportation if the transportation bag, box or cage is too big for transportation in the cabin or if the animal is too big for the box or bag.
One passenger can only have one transportation box or bag, because it must fit under the seat in front of the passenger during take-off and landing. The whole animal must remain in the box/bag throughout the entire journey. A soft bag is easier to fit under the seat than a hard box. The bag must be made for transportation of cats or dogs, and it must not leak at the base. Bags specially designed for transportation of animals are available at well-equipped pet shops.
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