According to Philippine Airlines pet policy: 

  • Pets like cats, dogs, and birds are allowed to travel as checked baggage on most flights. 
  • Pets are also allowed to travel as air cargo
  • Pets are not allowed to travel in the cabin
  • Only trained service animals are allowed to travel in the cabin for free with their owners.
  • Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dog breeds (and their mixed breeds) are not allowed on any flight. 
  • Pet reservations must be made no less than 48 hours prior to departure by phone through the airline’s local office in your country to guarantee a spot for your pet on board. 
  • Philippine Airlines pet fees are based on the Excess Baggage Rate (EBC) for your route. 
    • On piece concept flights such as the United States, Guam, the Middle East, etc.), the 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 regional weight concept flights, the pet fee is 100% of the excess baggage rate per kilo, depending on the flight route.
    • On domestic flights within the Philippines (also weight concept), 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 are 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 the local PAL 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 August 1, 2023, the CDC has extended the temporary suspension on the entry of dogs into the United States from high-risk rabies countries (incl. the Philippines) within the last 6 months.

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.


  • Starting August 1, 2023, 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 after March 1, 2023, you will need a valid CDC Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Record to obtain a CDC Dog Import Permit a minimum of 40 business days before you travel to the United States by sending an email to CDC permits will not be issued upon arrival. CDC Dog 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. 
  • Dogs that have been vaccinated in the U.S. by a licensed U.S. vet are allowed to re-enter the U.S. from a high-risk country without a CDC Dog Import Permit only if the dog:
  • U.S.-issued rabies certificates that have expired will not be accepted. Your dog must receive a booster shot outside the U.S. and meet the requirements for foreign-vaccinated dogs, as explained below. 
  • Foreign-vaccinated dogs entering the U.S. from high-risk countries must have the CDC’s Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Record to prove rabies vaccination.
  • 3 or more dogs entering the U.S. from high-risk countries can only arrive at specific entry ports if they have a prior reservation at one of CDC’s approved animal care facilities. They must also have a valid CDC Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Record with rabies serologic titer, failing which they will have to undergo a 28-day quarantine at an animal care facility in the U.S. This also applies to those importing 1-2 dogs a CDC Dog Import Permit. 
  • Dogs coming from high-risk countries in the last 6 months can only arrive at one of the following 18 U.S. airports having a CDC quarantine facility:
    • Washington DC (IAD)
    • Seattle (SEA)
    • San Juan (SJU)
    • San Francisco (SFO)
    • Philadelphia (PHL)
    • Newark (EWR)
    • New York (JFK)
    • Minneapolis (MSP)
    • Miami (MIA)
    • Los Angeles (LAX)
    • Houston (IAH)
    • Honolulu (HNL)
    • Detroit (DTW)
    • Dallas (DFW)
    • Chicago (ORD)
    • Boston (BOS)
    • Atlanta (ATL)
    • Anchorage (ANC)
  • Philippine Airlines Pet Fees on Regional Flights (weight concept)
    What is Philippine Airlines pet travel cost on weight concept flights?

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

  • Philippine Airlines pet fare is 100% of the excess baggage fee per kilo, as shown below. 
Pet Container Weight (incl. pet)Pet Fees (per kilo)
Per KgAuckland/Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane: NZD 33/AUD 35/USD 24Port Moresby: USD 16/PGK 58Singapore: SGD 14/USD 10   Bangkok: THB 360/USD 10Bali/Jakarta: IDR 149900/USD 10Ho Chi Minh: USD 10 Hong Kong: HKD 102/USD 13Macau: HKD 80/MOP 90/USD 10 Taipei: TWD 302/USD 10 Guangzhou/Quanzhou/Xiamen: CNY 60/USD 8 Shanghai/Beijing: CNY 70/USD 10 Busan/Seoul: KRW 15700/USD 12 Kuala Lumpur: MYR 44/USD 10 Manila 🡪 London: USD 50London 🡪 Manila: GBP 50 Kota Kinabalu/ Manado: USD 8
  • 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)
10.1kgs – 15kg
(22.1lb – 33lb)
15.1kg – 20kg
(33.1lb – 44lb)
20.1kg –30kg(44.1lb – 66lb)PHP6,000
30.1kg – 40 kg
(66.1lb – 88lb)
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 IATA-approved, clean, leakproof, and escape-proof.
    • Must be large enough for your pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down.
  • 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: 

Pet Breed Restrictions

Brachycephalic or snub-nosed dog breeds are not 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.

Service dogs (trained) are allowed for free in the 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 is 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 
    • Must be trained properly. 
    • Should be restrained, muzzled, and properly vaccinated.
    • Service dogs that pose a threat to others or cannot be controlled by the owner 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 comply with the requirements of the destination country, including but not limited to:
    • Customs
    • The country’s health regulations
    • e-tagging/microchipping
    • Vaccinations
    • Passports
    • Certificates
    • Foodstuff regulations (if carrying dog food) 
  • Restrictions for service dogs

Must not:

  • Occupy a passenger seat. 
  • Block a passenger’s access to a passage or aisle space.
  • Eat from a table tray.
  • Behavior 
    • Must be well-behaved, under the owner’s control, and harnessed/leashed and muzzled throughout. 
    • The service dog must not growl, bite, jump at people, or defecate or urinate in the plane, gate area, or airport terminal.

Frequently Asked Questions About Philippine Airlines Pet Policy 

Philippine Airlines has specific guidelines in place for traveling with pets. In this section, we answer some frequently asked questions about Philippine Airlines pet policy. From weight restrictions to crate requirements, we’ll cover everything you need to know to ensure a smooth and stress-free journey for both yourself and your pet.

What types of pets are allowed on Philippine Airlines flights?

Philippine Airlines allows cats, dogs, and birds as checked baggage in the specially controlled hold section of the aircraft, while other types of animals can be transported as cargo baggage. Pets are not allowed to travel in the aircraft cabin.

What are the size and weight restrictions for checked pets?

On piece concept flights to/from the United States, the maximum weight of your pet (including the pet carrier) is typically 32 kilograms (70 pounds) for a small or medium-sized aircraft, and 45 kilograms (99 pounds) for a large aircraft. The pet carrier must be large enough for your pet to comfortably stand up, sit down, turn around, and lie down.

Are there any breed restrictions on Philippine Airlines?

Yes, there are. Philippine Airlines does not accept Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dog breeds on any flight due to breathing issues in such breeds. 

Is there a fee for bringing a pet on PAL?

Yes, Philippine Airlines charges a fee for bringing pets as checked or cargo baggage. The fees vary depending on the route (piece- or weight-concept) and how you’re transporting your pet—as checked or cargo baggage. 

Do I need to provide any documentation for my pet?

Yes, you will need to provide a valid health certificate (with vaccination details) issued by a licensed veterinarian along with whatever additional documentation is required by the destination country.

Are there any restrictions on international travel with pets?

International travel with pets may require additional documentation such as import permits or quarantine requirements, depending on the destination country’s regulations. 

Are there any age restrictions for traveling with pets?

Yes, you must be at least 12 years old to travel with a pet. 

What are Philippine Airlines pet fees like?

On piece concept flights, such as to/from Guam/Honolulu/Las Vegas/Los Angeles/San Francisco/Vancouver, 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/23kg 200% of the applicable excess baggage rate
Dimensions More than 203cm (80in)
Weight (incl. pet) Up to 99lb/45kg 300% of the applicable excess baggage rate
Above 99lb/45kg   Additional excess baggage charge as applicable

On domestic flights within the Philippines, the pet fee (incl. container and food) is PHP 1,000 for every 5kg for up to 20kg, and PHP 2,000 thereafter for every 10kg up to 50kg.

5 thoughts on “Philippine Airlines Pet Policy”

  • I’m planning to carry a bird (2 cockatiels) with me going to the Philippines from Los Angeles thru PAL. I’m already booked this August 23, 2022. What’s the step/ procedure for PAL per (bird) policy and requirements. Pls advise, your reply is highly appreciated thanks.

  • I have booked my flight with Phillipines airlines for 1st March .I just want to enquire about the pet policy of this airlines as this time I am traveling with my furry companion so can anyone let me know that what is the cost regarding it or any specific requirements they may have.

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