Iberia Airlines Pet Policy

Per Iberia Airlines’ pet policy, pets can travel in the cabin or hold. You will need to prepare some documentation if you want to travel with your dog, cat, tortoise, bird (except birds of prey), or any other pet—as long as they are not on the list of prohibited animals such as weasels (ferrets, pine martens, etc.). 

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Iberia Airlines Pet Policy Highlights

  • The carriage of pets is subject to authorization by the Booking Office. To check availability on your flight, contact the Booking Center at least 48 hours before your flight at (+1) 800-772-4642.
  • Dogs, cats, tortoises, and birds (except birds of prey) are allowed in the cabin if the total weight of the pet carrier (incl. pet) is up to 17lb/8kg, and the pet carrier’s dimensions do not exceed 45 x 35 x 25cm
  • If the combined weight of the pet carrier (incl. pet) is more than 17lb/8kg, the pet must travel in the hold as checked baggage. Also, the pet carrier must comply with international regulations and its combined dimensions must not exceed 65 x 83 x 56cm
  • Larger pets must be transported by IAG Cargo.
  • Brachycephalic breeds of cats and dogs (incl. aggressive dogs) are not accepted

Iberia Airlines Pet Documentation 

Per Iberia Airlines’ pet policy, you can take your pet with you if you meet all the legal documentation requirements.

  • You will require a veterinary passport for dogs and cats. 
  • If traveling with a pet within EU member countries (except Malta, Finland, and the UK), your pet’s passport must show:
    • That your pet has been identified by a readable tattoo or microchip.
    • That your pet has been vaccinated against rabies.
  • If traveling with a pet from another country to the European Union, your pet certificates and documentation must comply with the national regulations.
  • If traveling with a pet to Malta, Finland, and the United Kingdom, the following regulations will apply in addition to the EU member state rules: 
    • If traveling with a dog from a country other than Malta, Finland, or the UK, you must be able to prove that your pet has been treated for tapeworm within the last 5 days (120 hours) and no less than 1 day (24 hours) before reaching your destination. 
    • Pets will not be accepted on flights to the United Kingdom as Iberia is not yet authorized to transport animals to the UK. 
    • Pets must travel with a valid pet passport. You must also furnish proof showing that your pet has received a clean rabies neutralizing blood test.

Pets in the Cabin on Iberia Airlines

Per Iberia Airlines pet policy, pets like cats, dogs, turtles, fish, and birds (excluding birds of prey) are accepted in the cabin on the following conditions: 

  1. The total weight of the pet carrier (incl. pet) must not exceed 17lb/8kg
  2. The container size must not exceed 45cm in length, 35cm in width, and 25cm in height, and the combined dimensions (L + W + H) must not exceed 105cm
  3. The pet container/cage/pack must be safe, strong, and ventilated—with a waterproof floor.
  4. Birdcages must be strong and lock securely; food and drink items must not spill, and the cage must always remain covered. 
  5. More than 1 animal of the same species can travel in the same container if the animals are small and light. 
  6. The pet must remain inside the container at all times, not bother other passengers, and is solely your responsibility. 
  7. Pets with strong odors and other special characteristics will not be accepted. 
  8. Passengers traveling with pets will not be allowed to occupy aisle seats next to the emergency exits.

Iberia Airlines Pet Fees—Pets in the Cabin 

Per Iberia Airlines pet policy, the per-way pet fees for pets traveling the cabin are as follows: 

  • Spain (except the Canaries)
  • Canaries, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa
  • Asia and America USD

USD 45/EUR 35
USD 60/EUR 50

USD 180/EUR 150

The pet fee at Iberia Airlines can only be paid at the airport. 

Pets in the Hold on Iberia Airlines

Iberia Airlines pet policy allows passengers to transport their pet on Iberia Airlines, Iberia Express, or Iberia Regional Air Nostrum under the following conditions:

  • Pet Container Requirements
    Your pet’s container/crate/cage must comply with international regulations.
    • The pet container/crate must be made out of solid material with a secure locking mechanism that ensures it remains closed at all times. 
    • The pet container must be comfortable enough for the animal to stand up, turn around, and lie down naturally without any inconvenience. 
    • The pet container must be safe for the animal, properly ventilated, have a waterproof floor.
  • The maximum weight of the container (incl. pet) must not exceed 99lb/45kg.
  • The transit time between connecting flights must be between 90 – 240 minutes (4 hours). Pets will not be accepted on connecting flights where the transit time is less than 90 minutes or more than 4 hours.
  • Book at least 48 hours in advance and provide the details of your pet’s breed. 
  • Your pet will only be allowed to travel with you if all the flights in your itinerary have been confirmed
  • The number and size of pet containers/crates vary by aircraft type. The maximum dimensions for Iberia Regional Air Nostrum flights are 83 x 65 x 56cm.

Iberia Airlines Pet Fees—Pets in the Hold 

Per Iberia Airlines pet policy, the per-way pet fees for pets traveling in the hold as checked baggage on Iberia Airlines are as follows: 

  • Spain (except the Canaries)
  • Canaries, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa
  • Asia and America

USD 95/EUR 80
USD 145/EUR 120

USD 360/EUR 300

The pet fee at Iberia Airlines can only be paid at the airport. 

Pet Travel Restrictions on Iberia Airlines 

Per Iberia Airlines pet policy:

  • Iberia will not accept dangerous dog breeds, such as: 
    • Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Argentine Dogo, Rottweiler, Tosa, Brazilian Mastiff, and Akita. Other dog breeds may be accepted, depending on their muscle, height, weight, and build.
  • Iberia does not accept Brachycephalic animals (short, snub-nosed dogs and cats with large heads) in the hold due to health and safety reasons. However, they’re allowed in the cabin if their weight does not exceed 17lb/8kg and the container size does not exceed 45cm in length, 35cm in width, and 25cm in height. They include:
    • Dogs. Boston Terrier, Bulldog (all breeds), Boxer (all breeds), Yorkshire Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel, Shih Tzu, Shar Pei, Saint Bernard, Pit Bull, Pug, Pekingese, Miniature Pinscher Maltese, Mastiff, Lhasa Apso, King Charles Spaniel, Japanese Spaniel, Japanese Chin, English Toy Spaniel, Dogue de Bordeaux, Brussels Griffon, Chow Chow, Chihuahua, Cavalier Spaniel, Cane Corso, Canary Prey dog, Bull Mastiff, and Affenpinscher. 
    • Cats. Persian, Himalayan, Exotic Shorthair, and Burmese.
  • Iberia does not accept any pets on flights to the United Kingdom as the carriage of animals to the UK has not yet been authorized. 
  • Pets are not allowed on Iberia-operated flights for LEVEL (IB26XX), either in the cabin or hold. 
  • Pets are not allowed in the baggage hold of IB5XXX flights operated by Vueling.

Pets as Cargo Baggage 

Iberia Airlines accepts pets to travel as cargo. For more information, call IAG Cargo at 910 059 551 (from Spain) and (+34) 913 120 717 from other countries.

Useful Tips 

  1. Book at least 48 hours before departure.
  2. Provide separate receptacles for food and water—attached to the container or inside it so that they can be easily replenished when needed. 
  3. Make sure the receptacles are round-edged and made of food-friendly material suitable for the animal. 
  4. Provide watering and feeding instructions in writing by fixing them to the container, with a copy attached to the shipping documents. 
  5. Provide food for the animal without violating the transit/destination country’s regulations.
  6. Prepare your pet for the journey: 
    • Take the pet a long walk. 
    • Feed the right type of food—at least 6-8 hours before take-off. 
    • Give a small amount of water. 
  7. Do not tranquilize your pet unless your vet recommends it. 

How to Travel with a Service/Emotional Support Animal (SVAN/ESAN) on Iberia Airlines

A service animal is a dog that has been trained to help people with disabilities (physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, or psychiatric) so that they can act with greater independence. Iberia Airlines allows certified service dogs and ESANs, i.e., emotional support animals (dogs) to travel free of cost in the aircraft cabin with their owner—subject to the following conditions: 

  • Trained service dogs (SVANs) are allowed to travel free of charge in the cabin with passengers who depend on them.
  • Emotional support dogs (ESANs) can travel free of charge in the cabin with passengers who depend on them—but only on flights to/from the United States
    • Potentially dangerous dog breeds (as defined by Spanish Royal Decree 287/2002 of March 22) will not be accepted.
    • Emotional support dogs weighing more than 44lb/20kg must travel in the hold (free of charge).
  • General conditions 
    • Must make a reservation at least 48 hours before departure at this number:
      +1-800-772-4642.
    • Only 1 service/emotional service dog is permitted per passenger. 
    • Passengers traveling with service/emotional support dogs will not be assigned seats on emergency exit rows.
  • Documentation 
    • For passengers traveling with a service dog
      • A sworn statement in case of passengers with a hearing or physical disability, or a medical certificate in case of specific disorders such as epilepsy, autism, diabetes, etc. 
      • If traveling to the U.K. from outside the EU, must fulfill DEFRA’s requirements.
      • If flying into London-Heathrow, must obtain pre-authorization for entry from www.cityoflondon.gov.uk 7 days before traveling.
    • For passengers traveling with an emotional support dog 
      • Must carry a dated and signed letter from a licensed mental health professional or doctor (with region and jurisdiction)—not older than 12 months—stating that: 
        • The passenger has an emotional or special mental need as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
        • The passenger needs to travel with the emotional support/psychiatric service dog to travel by air or perform some activity at their destination.
        • The licensed mental health professional or doctor issuing the letter normally treats the passenger.
    • For service dogs (SVAN)
      • The dog’s passport 
      • ID tag or harness
      • Veterinary certificate 
      • Import/export documentation
      • Dog training certificate
    • For emotional support dogs (ESAN)
  • Recommended behavior 
    The service/emotional support dog must be:
    • Under the owner’s control at all times. 
    • Leashed/harnessed and muzzled at all times.

      The service/emotional support dog must not: 
    • Growl or bite.
    • Lunge at or jump on people.
    • Urinate or defecate in the cabin, gate area, or terminal. 

Frequently Asked Questions on Iberia Airlines Pet Policy

Does Iberia Airlines allow pets on its flights?
Yes, Iberia Airlines allows common household pets such as dogs, cats, tortoises, and birds (except birds of prey) to travel in the cabin or hold as checked baggage. However, you must check the availability on your flight by contacting the Booking Center at least 48 hours before departure at (+1) 800-772-4642.

What documents are required for booking my pet on Iberia Airlines?
You will require a veterinary passport for your dog or cat, showing that your pet has been identified by a microchip or a readable tattoo, and vaccinated per the requirements of the destination country. However, if you’re traveling with your pet to Malta, Finland, or the United Kingdom, the following additional regulations will apply: 

  • If traveling with a dog from a country other than Malta, Finland, or the UK, you must be able to prove that your pet has been treated for tapeworm within the last 5 days (120 hours) and no less than 1 day (24 hours) before reaching your destination. 
  • Pets will not be accepted on flights to the United Kingdom as Iberia is not yet authorized to transport animals to the UK. 
  • Pets must travel with a valid pet passport. You must also furnish proof showing that your pet has received a clean rabies neutralizing blood test.

What travel documents are required for booking my pet as cargo baggage?
You will be required to submit the following documents:

  1. Shipper’s Certificate 
  2. Transfer Certificate if your pet is in transit 
    (can be obtained from the cargo department)
  3. Import and export permits
  4. Valid health and vaccination certificates 

What is Iberia Airlines pet in cabin policy?
Iberia Airlines pet in the cabin policy states that pets like cats, dogs, turtles, fish, and birds (excluding birds of prey) will be accepted in the cabin on the following conditions: 

  1. The pet container’s total weight (with the pet inside) must not exceed 17lb/8kg
  2. The pet container’s combined dimensions (L + W + H) must not exceed 105cm per the following limits: Length45cm, Width—35cm, Height—25cm
  3. The pet container/cage/pack must have a waterproof floor and it must be safe, strong, and properly ventilated.
  4. Birdcages must be strong and lock securely; food and drink items must not spill, and the cage must always remain covered. 
  5. More than 1 animal of the same species can travel in the same container if the animals are small and light. 
  6. The pet must remain inside the container at all times, not bother other passengers, and is solely your responsibility. 
  7. Pets with strong odors and other special characteristics will not be accepted. 
  8. Passengers traveling with pets will not be allowed to occupy aisle seats next to the emergency exits.

Are there any restrictions on the type of pets I can carry on Iberia Airlines?
Yes, there are a few restrictions. Iberia does not allow dangerous dog breeds, such as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Argentine Dogo, Rottweiler, Tosa, Brazilian Mastiff, and Akita. 

Iberia also does not allow short, snub-nosed dogs and cats with large heads to travel in the hold for their safety. Known as Brachycephalic animals, they can travel in the cabin if their weight does not exceed 17lb/8kg and the container size does not exceed 45cm in length, 35cm in width, and 25cm in height. Brachycephalic animals include:

  • Dogs. Boston Terrier, Bulldog (all breeds), Boxer (all breeds), Yorkshire Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel, Shih Tzu, Shar Pei, Saint Bernard, Pit Bull, Pug, Pekingese, Miniature Pinscher Maltese, Mastiff, Lhasa Apso, King Charles Spaniel, Japanese Spaniel, Japanese Chin, English Toy Spaniel, Dogue de Bordeaux, Brussels Griffon, Chow Chow, Chihuahua, Cavalier Spaniel, Cane Corso, Canary Prey dog, Bull Mastiff, and Affenpinscher. 
  • Cats. Persian, Himalayan, Exotic Shorthair, and Burmese.

Iberia also does not accept any pets on flights to the United Kingdom as the carriage of animals to the UK has not yet been authorized. 

Aside from these restrictions, pets are not allowed on Iberia-operated flights for LEVEL (IB26XX), either in the cabin or hold. Pets are also now allowed in the baggage hold of IB5XXX flights operated by Vueling.

What are Iberia Airlines’ pet charges? 
Iberia Airlines’ per-way pet charges are shown below.

RouteIberia Airlines Pet in Cabin FeesIberia Airlines Pet in the Hold Fees 
Spain (except the Canaries)USD 45/EUR 35USD 95/EUR 80
Canaries, Europe, the Middle East, and North AfricaUSD 60/EUR 50USD 145/EUR 120
Asia and AmericaUSD 180/EUR 150USD 360/EUR 300

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