Philippine Airlines Pet Policy

Are pets allowed on Philippine Airlines?

According to the Philippine Airlines pet policy: 

  • Pets like cats, dogs, and birds are allowed to travel as checked baggage on most flights. 
  • Pets are not allowed to travel in the cabin. 
  • Only trained service animals are allowed to travel in the cabin for free. 
  • Pets are allowed to travel as air cargo. 
  • Brachycephalic dog breeds (and their mixed-breeds) will not be accepted on any flight. 
  • Pet reservations must be made at least 48 hours before departure by calling +1-844-902-2949 or the local office in your country to guarantee a spot for your pet on board. 
  • Philippine Airlines pet fees is based on the Excess Baggage Rate (EBC) for your route. 
  • On piece concept flights (USA, Canada, the Middle East, Japan, Guam), Philippine Airlines pet fare is 200% of the excess baggage rate per piece if the pet container is up to 203cm (80in) in size and the weight of the pet (incl. container) is up to 50lb/23kg. If the pet container exceeds 203cm (80in) and the weight is up to 99lb/45kg, the pet fees will be 300% of the excess baggage rate per piece. 
  • On weight concept flights, the pet fee is 100% of the excess baggage rate applicable to 11lb/5kg of excess baggage if the pet’s weight (incl. container) is between 2.2 – 9lb (1 – 4kg). If the pet weighs more 11lb/5kg or more, the pet fee is 100% of the excess baggage rate for the actual weight of the pet.
  • On domestic flights within the Philippines, the pet fee is PHP 1,000 per 11lb/5kg for up to 44lb/20kg, and PHP 2,000 per 22lb/10kg thereafter up to 110lb/50kg.

Philippine Airlines Pet Policy—Pets in the Cabin 

Philippine Airlines pet travel requirements for in-cabin pets 

Philippine Airlines does not allow pets in the cabin—only trained, medically certified service animals are accepted on all routes. For details, refer to the section titled How to Travel with a Service Animal (Guide Dog) on Philippine Airlines on this page.

Philippine Airlines Pet Policy—Pets as Checked Baggage 

Philippine Airlines pet travel requirements for pets travelling as checked baggage

Philippine Airlines allows pets like cats, dogs, and birds to travel as checked baggage on most flights. The temperature and pressure in the hold section of the aircraft is the same as that inside the passenger cabin.

  • Pets Allowed. Cats, dogs, and birds. 
  • Pet Reservations
    • Book your pet at least 48 hours before departure. 
    • Call +1-844-902-2949 or the local office in your country.
    • Pets must be accompanied by a passenger who is at least 12 years old.
  • Forms Required
    • Valid vaccination certificates:
      • For dogs, this could include vaccinations against distemper, leptospirosis, infectious hepatitis, adenovirus type 2, and parvovirus—depending on your destination. 
      • For cats, this could include vaccinations against feline leukemia, panleukopenia, calicivirus, and herpes—depending on your destination. 
      • If traveling to the Philippines, the vaccination must be administered between 30 days to 12 months before the travel date.
    • Valid entry and/or exit permits. If travelling to/from the Philippines, entry/exit permits are required from the Philippine Bureau of Animal Industry, Animal Health Division (AHD), Diliman, Quezon City. 
    • Any documentation required by the country of transit/destination. 
  • Pet Container/Carrier Requirements
    • Must be secure and leakproof.
    • For pet container size, refer to the sections below. 
  • Philippine Airlines Pet Fees on Piece Concept Flights
    What is Philippine Airlines pet travel cost on piece concept flights?
Note. From July 14, 2021, the CDC has temporarily suspended the entry of dogs entering the United States from high-risk rabies countries.


According to Philippine Airlines pet travel policy on international routes based on the piece concept (i.e., to/from Guam/Honolulu/Las Vegas/Los Angeles/San Francisco/Vancouver/ Japan):

  • Pets will be treated as excess baggage even if the passenger is traveling without any baggage.
  • Many countries (incl. the Philippines) require that your dog or cat be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip (15 digits, non-encrypted). If the microchip on your pet does not have 15 digits, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
  • The pet fees are as follows:
  • 200% of the applicable excess baggage rate if the pet container’s dimensions (L + W + H) do not exceed 203cm (80in) and the weight (incl. pet) does not exceed 50lb/23kg. 
  • 300% of the applicable excess baggage rate if the pet container’s combined dimensions exceed 203cm (80in) and the weight (incl. pet) does not exceed 99lb/45kg.
    • 100% of the applicable excess baggage rate will apply for each additional 22lb/10kg (or fraction) above 99lb/45kg. The total excess baggage charge will be calculated by multiplying the total resulting amount by 2.

Important

  • Starting July 14, 2021, the CDC has temporarily suspended the entry of dogs entering the United States from high-risk rabies countries. To bring a dog into the United States from designated high-risk countries, you will have to request a CDC Dog Import Permit a minimum of 30 business days before you travel to the United States by sending an email to CDCanimalimports@cdc.gov. CDC permits will not be issued upon arrival. Dogs CDC Import Permits are required to enter the United States through an approved point of entry with a CBP-bonded animal care facility having a 4-digit FIRMS code (only JFK at present).  For details, refer to How to apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit and FAQs on CDC Suspending Dogs From High-Risk Countries.
  • If traveling with a pet to Japan (as checked or cargo baggage), you must notify the Animal Quarantine Service at the airport in Japan at least 40 days before the arrival date. 
  • Philippine Airlines Pet Fees on Regional Flights (weight concept)
    What is Philippine Airlines pet travel cost on weight concept flights?

According to Philippine Airlines pet policy for weight concept flights, pets are treated as excess baggage.

  • Philippine Airlines pet fare will be as follows: 
  • 100% of the excess baggage rate for 11lb/5kg will be charged if the pet container (incl. pet) weighs between 2.2 – 9lb (1 – 4kg).
  • 100% of the excess baggage rate will be charged if the pet container (incl. pet) weighs 11lb/5kg or more.
  • Philippine Airlines Pet Fees on Domestic flights (within the Philippines)
  • What is Philippine Airlines pet travel cost on domestic flights?

Pets (incl. container and food) will not form a part of the free baggage allowance of the passenger on domestic flights. They will be subject to a fixed rate, as shown below:

Up to 11lb/5kgPHP1,000
5.1 – 10kg
(11.1lb – 22lb)
PHP2,000
10.1kgs – 15kg
(22.1lb – 33lb)
PHP3,000
15.1kg – 20kg
(33.1lb – 44lb)
PHP4,000
20.1kg –30kg(44.1lb – 66lb)PHP6,000
30.1kg – 40 kg
(66.1lb – 88lb)
PHP8,000
40.1kg – 50kg(88.1lb – 110lb)PHP10,000

Philippine Airlines Pet Cargo Policy

Philippine Airlines pet shipping by air cargo

If your pet is too large or other than a dog or a cat, you can transport it by air cargo. 

  • Pets Allowed. Cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, birds, monkeys, ferrets, tropical fish, snakes, and other animals. Larger animals like cattle, horses, etc., must be handled by an approved cargo agent. 
  • Forms Required
    Philippine Airlines pet travel requirements 
    • A health certificate issued within 10 days of travel by a licensed vet. 
    • All other forms required by the destination country must be attached to the crate. 
    • If travelling to/from the Philippines, entry/exit permits are required from the Philippine Bureau of Animal Industry, Animal Health Division (AHD), Diliman, Quezon City. 
  • Pet Container/Crate Requirements
    • Must be an airline approved pet carrier.
    • Must be IATA-approved, clean, leakproof, and escape-proof.
    • Must be large enough for your pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down in.
  • Restrictions 
    • Weather Restrictions. If the temperature in any city on your pet’s itinerary exceeds 85°F (29.44°C) or falls below 45°F (7.22°C), your pet’s travel may be reevaluated by Philippine Airlines. 
    • Breed Restrictions. Snub-nosed (Brachycephalic) dog breeds will not be accepted for carriage on any flight for safety reasons. For names of dog breeds, see Pet Breed Restrictions.
  • Pet Cargo Reservations & Enquires 
    • Phone: (+632) 8404-7745 (8am – 5pm) 
    • Email: cargo_reservations@pal.com.ph 

Pet Breed Restrictions
Brachycephalic or snub-nosed dog breeds are not be accepted on any flight for their own safety. The brachycephalic dog breeds and crossbreeds not allowed on PAL flights are:

  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Valley Bulldog
  • Tosa
  • Tibetan spaniel
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Shar Pei
  • Rottweiler
  • Pug (all breeds)
  • Pekingese
  • Mastiff (all breeds)
  • Lhasa Apso
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • French Bulldog
  • English Toy
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Chow Chow
  • Chihuahua (apple headed)
  • Cavalier King Charles
  • Cane Corso
  • Bullmastiff
  • Bulldog
  • Japanese Chin
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Boxer
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boerboel
  • Affenpinscher

How to Travel with a Service Animal on Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines defines service animals as dogs that have been trained to help people with disabilities by performing tasks or doing some work for them. Emotional Support dogs have been re-classified by US ACAA as pets—they are no longer treated as service animals. Emotional support animals are no longer allowed to travel free of charge in passenger cabin, but may travel as normal pets, either as checked baggage or as air cargo per Philippine Airlines’ pet policy.

Trained service dogs are allowed to travel free of cost in the aircraft cabin with their owners under the following conditions:

  • Passengers with sight and hearing impairments are allowed to travel with a service dog free of charge in the passenger cabin, and will not be charged a Choice of Economy Seat Surcharge (CESS). 
  • Reservations. The passenger must make a reservation at least 48 hours before departure.
  • Number of service dogs. A passenger with a disability can travel with up to: 
    • 2 service dogs for free on flights to the United States.
    • 1 service dog for free on other (international and domestic) flights.
  • Documentation
  • Check-in. If a passenger travelling with a service dog checks in online but was unable to submit the forms before the travel date, she/he must submit the forms at the check-in counter or departure gate on the day of travel.
  • Cabin space. A service dog must fit within its owner’s foot space or lap (if sitting on a lap is permitted on the route). If the service dog is too large or encroaches into another passenger’s space, the disabled passenger may be asked to occupy another seat in the same travel class. If no seats are available, the service dog may either have to be transported in the cargo hold or on a later flight, subject to space availability. 
  • Hygiene/travel requirements 
    • The service dog must be properly trained, muzzled, restrained, and vaccinated.
    • A service dog that cannot be controlled by the owner or poses a threat to the health or safety of other passengers will not be accepted. 
    • Tip. It is a good idea (but not mandatory) to carry a moisture-absorbent mat and place it under the service dog. 
  • International travel 
  • The service dog must meet the destination country’s requirements, including but not limited to: 
  • Customs
  • Country-specific health regulations
  • Micro-chipping/e-tagging
  • Vaccinations
  • Animal passports/certificates
  • Import/export regulations for foodstuffs when carrying your service dog’s food
  • Restrictions 

Service dogs are not allowed to:

  • Occupy a seat. 
  • Block a passenger’s access to a passage or aisle space.
  • Eat from a tray table.
  • Behavior 
    • The service dog must be well-behaved, under the owner’s control, and harnessed/leashed and muzzled throughout. 
    • The service dog must not display aggressive behavior such as growling, biting, jumping at people, or defecating or urinating in the aircraft, gate area, or airport terminal. 

Frequently Asked Questions on Philippine Airlines Pet Policy

On piece concept flights, such as to/from Guam/Honolulu/Las Vegas/Los Angeles/San Francisco/Vancouver/Japan, the pet fees are as follows:

Pet Container Dimensions (L + W + H) and Weight Pet Fees 
Dimensions Up to 203cm (80in)Weight (incl. pet) Up to 50lb/23kg200% of the applicable excess baggage rate
Dimensions More than 203cm (80in)Weight (incl. pet) Up to 99lb/45kg300% of the applicable excess baggage rate

Above 99lb/45kg 22lb/10kg Total pet fee chargeable  

100% of the applicable excess baggage rate per 10kg Above total x 2

On weight-concept flights, such as regional flights, the pet fees are as follows: 

Pet Container Weight (incl. pet)Pet Fees 
2.2lb/1kg – 9lb/4kg 100% of the applicable excess baggage rate for 11lb/5kg
More than 11lb/5kg100% of the applicable excess baggage rate

On domestic flights within the Philippines, the pet fee (incl. container and food) are as follows:

Pet Container Weight (incl. pet)Pet Fees
Up to 11lb/5kgPHP1,000
5.1 – 10kg (11.1lb – 22lb)PHP2,000
10.1kgs – 15kg (22.1lb – 33lb)PHP3,000
15.1kg – 20kg (33.1lb – 44lb)PHP4,000
20.1kg –30kg (44.1lb – 66lb)PHP6,000
30.1kg – 40 kg (66.1lb – 88lb)PHP8,000
40.1kg – 50kg (88.1lb – 110lb)PHP10,000

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