Turkish Airlines Pet Policy

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Per Turkish Airlines pet policy, you can travel with a dog, cat, or small singing birds like canaries and parakeets—in the cabin (PETC), as checked baggage, or as manifest cargo. Pet reservations must be made and confirmed at least 6 hours before departure. 

According to Turkish Airlines pet policy:

  • Small dogs, cats, and birds (budgies, canaries, parrots, pigeons, goldfinches, etc.) are allowed to travel in the cabin if the combined weight of the pet plus carrier does not exceed 17.6lb/8kg.
  • Pets must have all the necessary vaccinations, health certificates, and entry permits required by the transit/destination locations. 
  • You must confirm the pet reservation at least 6 hours before departure. 
  • The following pets are not allowed on the same aircraft: 
    • Cats and dogs
    • Birds and cats
  • Dogs and cats suffering from respiratory problems must be carried in the cabin. 
  • Dog breeds considered dangerous are not permitted, such as:
    • American Pitbull Terrier
    • American Staffordshire Terrier 
    • Pitbull Terrier 
    • Japanese Tosa
    • Dogo Argentino 
    • Fila Brasileiro 
  • The following dog breeds can only be transported by the cargo unit in the cargo hold:
    • Wolf Dog hybrids
    • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
    • Rottweiler
    • Presa Canario
    • Mastiff (excluding Bull Mastiff)
    • Douge De Bordeux
    • Doberman (Pincher and all other breeds)
    • Caucasian Ovcharka
  • Carrier-sharing pets must be of the same species.
  • Pregnant pets and pets less than 10 weeks old will not be accepted. 
  • Puppies, kittens, and their mothers will not be accepted unless fully weaned.
  • Puppies and kittens between 10–12 weeks old will only be accepted with prior approval from a certified vet. 
  • Service dogs (SVANs) can travel free of cost with their owner in the passenger cabin but must be booked at least 48 hours before departure. 
  • Emotional support animals (ESANs) must travel for a fee under PETC or AVIH rules (per DOT rule dated January 11, 2021). However, they will be accepted free of charge on flights between Istanbul and the United States. 
  • Larger pets can either travel as checked baggage in the hold or as cargo baggage. 

Turkish Airlines Pet Policy—Pets in the Cabin

Turkish Airlines pet policy requires passengers flying with pets in the cabin to follow these rules:

  • Only dogs, cats, and small birds—such as budgies, canaries, goldfinches, etc.—are allowed to travel in the cabin on most flights. However, parrots and pigeons can only travel in the aircraft hold (AVIH).
  • Your pet must stay inside its carrier and the carrier must fit under your front seat.
  • Your seat must not be located in rows with emergency exit doors or infant stroller devices.
  • You must book your pet at least 6 hours before departure. 
  • You must carry valid medical reports and required documentation. 
  • Pets are subject to additional baggage fees. 
  • Your pet can travel in the cabin only if:
    • The pet’s weight does not exceed 17.6lb/8kg (incl. cage/carrier).
    • The size of the cage/carrier does not exceed: 
      • Length: 40cm (15in)
      • Width: 30cm (11in)
      • Height: 23cm (9in)
  • Pregnant pets and pets under 10 weeks will not be accepted.
  • Puppies and kittens between 10–12 weeks old will only be accepted with prior approval from a certified vet. 
  • Puppies, kittens, and their mothers will not be accepted unless fully weaned.
  • Up to 2 dogs, 2 cats, or 2 birds who are compatible can be transported together in the same cage—provided their maximum weight (incl. cage) does not exceed 17.6kg/8kg.
  • The following pets will not be allowed on the same aircraft: 
    • Cats and dogs
    • Birds and cats
  • Dogs and cats suffering from respiratory problems must be carried in the cabin, subject to weight limits. They include:
    • Dogs: Pug-nosed breeds such as English/Bull Mastiff, Brussels Griffon, Boxer, Boston Terrier, Bulldog (French and English), English Toy Spaniel, Chow Chow, Tibetan Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Chin, Pekingese, Pug (all breeds), and Affenpischer, etc.
    • Cats: Burmese cats, Himalayan cats, and Iranian cats.
  • The maximum number of pets accepted in the cabin will depend on your aircraft. 
  • Pet Restrictions. Pets travelling to countries that require pets to arrive as air cargo cannot travel in the cabin. These countries include, but are not limited to, the U.K., UAE, Hong Kong.
  • If a passenger with an allergy declaration and a passenger with a pet are travelling together on the same flight, the passenger who booked earlier will be confirmed.
  • If a passenger with a service dog and a passenger with an allergy declaration are travelling together on the same flight to/from the United States, the passenger with the service dog will always get priority, regardless of who booked first (per DOT rules). However, on non-U.S. flights, the order of reservation will be considered.

Turkish Airlines Pet Policy—Pets as Checked Baggage 

Turkish Airlines pet policy requires passengers flying with larger pets to follow these rules:

  • Pets allowed include dogs, cats, and small household birds. 
  • You must book your pet at least 6 hours before departure. 
  • You must carry valid medical reports and required documentation. 
  • Pets are subject to additional baggage fees. 
  • Pregnant pets and pets under 10 weeks will not be accepted.
  • Puppies and kittens between 10–12 weeks old will only be accepted with prior approval from a certified vet. 
  • Puppies, kittens, and their mothers will not be accepted unless fully weaned.
  • You will need to check in your pet at the ticket counter where you will be required to pay the pet fee. 
  • Your pet may be not be accepted as checked baggage if the temperature forecast of the day is below 10° Fahrenheit (– 12°C) or more than 85°F (29°C).
  • Pets weighing more than 30.8lb/14kg must travel in separate cages in the aircraft hold. 
  • Pets travelling to countries that require pets to arrive as air cargo cannot travel as checked baggage. These countries include, but are not limited to, the U.K., UAE, and Hong Kong.
  • Up to 3 sibling pets (10-24 weeks old) can be transported in a single cage.  
  • Similar-sized, same-specie, compatible pets weighing up to 30.8lb/14kg can travel in a single cage in the aircraft hold. 
  • The pet’s carrier/cage must be: 
  • IATA compliant 
  • Safe and comfortable
  • Adequately sized
  • Properly ventilated 
  • Watertight
  • Properly labeled with:
    • Passenger’s name, address, and phone number 
    • Pet’s name 
  • The following dog breeds can only be transported by the cargo unit in the cargo hold:
    • Wolf Dog hybrids
    • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
    • Rottweiler
    • Presa Canario
    • Mastiff (excluding Bull Mastiff)
    • Douge De Bordeux
    • Doberman (Pincher and all other breeds)
    • Caucasian Ovcharka

Turkish Airlines Pet Fees—Domestic Flights (Within Turkey)

  • Up to 8kg, in the flight cabin (PETC) TRY 80/~USD 10.45  
  • 9–15kg, in the cargo hold (AVIH) TRY 150/~USD 19.60
  • 16–22kg, in the cargo hold (AVIH) TRY 200/~USD 26.13 
  • 23–28kg, in the cargo hold (AVIH) TRY 220//~USD 28.74 
  • More than 28kg, in the cargo hold (AVIH) TRY 260/~USD 34 

Pet Fees by Weight System—International Flights (In-cabin Pets)—PETC

Turkish Airlines pet policy does not include pets in your free baggage allowance. The pet fee is calculated by multiplying the excess baggage price per kg with the figures in the table below. 

ZonesZone 1Zone 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5
TurkeyEUR 8 EUR 9 EUR 10 EUR 11 EUR 16 
Zone 1EUR 9 EUR 10 EUR 12 EUR 15 EUR 20 
Zone 2EUR 10 EUR 12 EUR 14 EUR 17 EUR 22 
Zone 3EUR 12 EUR 14 EUR 16 EUR 19 EUR 24 
Zone 4EUR 15 EUR 17 EUR 19 EUR 22 EUR 27 
Zone 5EUR 20 EUR 22 EUR 24 EUR 27 EUR 32 

Pet Fees by Weight System—International Flights (Pets in the Hold)—AVIH

Turkish Airlines pet policy does not include pets in your free baggage allowance. The pet fee is calculated by multiplying the excess baggage price per kg with the figures in the table below. 

ZonesZone 1Zone 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5
TurkeyEUR 16 EUR 18 EUR 20 EUR 22 EUR 32 
Zone 1EUR 18 EUR 20 EUR 24 EUR 30 EUR 40 
Zone 2EUR 20 EUR 24 EUR 28 EUR 34 EUR 44 
Zone 3EUR 24 EUR 28 EUR 32 EUR 38 EUR 48 
Zone 4EUR 30 EUR 34 EUR 38 EUR 44 EUR 54 
Zone 5EUR 40 EUR 44 EUR 48 EUR 54 EUR 64 

Pet Fees by Piece System—International Flights (In-cabin Pets)—PETC

Turkish Airlines pet policy for carriage of pets in the cabin requires that the weight of the pet (incl. carrier) must not exceed 17.6lb/8kg. The pet fee charged depends on the route and will be charged per the table below.

ZonesPiece zoneInterline
TurkeyUSD 160 USD 205 
Zone 1USD 190 USD 240 
Zone 2USD 195 USD 245 
Zone 3USD 200 USD 250 
Zone 4USD 220 USD 270 
Zone 5USD 250 USD 320 
Piece zoneUSD 290 USD 340 
InterlineUSD 340 USD 390 

Pet Fees by Piece System—International Flights (Pets in the Hold)—AVIH

According to Turkish Airlines pet policy, if your pet’s weight exceeds 17.6lb/8kg, you will need to transport it in the aircraft hold as checked baggage. To carry your pet as checked baggage in the hold, the pet fee will be charged per the table below.

ZonesPiece zoneInterline
TurkeyUSD 320 USD 410 
Zone 1USD 380 USD 480 
Zone 2USD 390 USD 490 
Zone 3USD 400 USD 500 
Zone 4USD 440 USD 540 
Zone 5USD 500 USD 640 
Piece zoneUSD 580 USD 680 
InterlineUSD 680 USD 780 

Before Departure Tips 

  • Let your pet get used to its container/kennel about 5 days before your flight’s departure. 
  • Do not give your pet anything to eat or drink for at least 2 hours before the flight. 
  • Walk your dog.
  • Do not tranquilize your pet without consulting a vet. 
  • Reach the airport well before your flight’s departure.

How to Travel with Trained Service Animals (Dogs) on Turkish Airlines

Per Turkish Airlines pet policy, service animals (SVAN) include dogs—regardless of breed—that have been trained specifically to assist a person with a disability (incl. physical, mental, intellectual, sensory, or psychiatric). Only trained service animals are accepted on Turkish Airlines, and include the following: 

  • Seeing Eye Dogs
  • Hearing Dogs
  • Medical Alert Dogs 
  • Rescue Dogs 

Trained service animals (SVANs) are allowed to travel free of charge in the cabin with their owners. 

  • Documentation 
  • Passengers travelling with a service dog to/from the United States must: 
    • Provide the required documentation, such as the animal’s training certificate, passport/ID card, vaccination card, and all other documents required by the destination country.
    • Obtain a confirmed booking at least 48 hours before departure.
  • Passengers travelling with trained service animals must: 
    • Fill out the following forms at least 48 hours before departure: 
      • DOT Service Animal Transportation Form 
      • Service Animal Relief Attestation Form 
    • Mail the forms to usaops@thy.com for exiting the United States and to istoccyhm@tgs.aero and svan@thy.com for exiting Istanbul
  • On non-U.S. flights, passengers travelling with a service animal must state in writing that the service animal will be relieving itself or that it can relieve itself without creating health sanitation problem on the flight. The following documents will be acceptable:
  • A written statement from a certified veterinarian.
  • A written statement outlining the steps taken to prevent the service animal from relieving itself.
  • A signed document with illustrations/photographs showing that the dog can relieve itself without creating a sanitation or health issue. 
  • An undertaking that if the dog relieves itself accidentally, the owner will clean the affected area thoroughly and that the passenger will be responsible for any damages.
  • General conditions 
  • Passengers travelling on connecting flights (before and after) must transport their dogs in a pet carrier, either in the passenger cabin or in the aircraft hold, for a fee. 
  • The service dog: 
    • Must be clean. 
    • Must wear a vest and/or a harness with identification. 
    • Must remain seated on the floor below a seat or at the passenger’s feet at all times. 
    • Must not extend any part of its body into the aisle, into another passenger’s foot space, or exceed the seat’s “footprint”. 
    • Must not occupy a seat or sit on the passenger’s lap.
    • Must remain with the passenger at all times. 
  • 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
  • Bark excessively.
  • Growl or bite.
  • Lunge at or jump on people.
  • Urinate or defecate in the cabin, gate area, or terminal. 
  • Eat from a seatback tray table.

Note

  • Some regions (such as U.K. and other countries) have additional requirements and quarantine laws that prohibit the entry or transit of animals. 
  • For more information, call +1-844-903-1897 or visit the destination country’s website/consulate.
  • The service/emotional support dog’s kennel (empty/occupied) will be treated as an assistive device and can be carried free of charge. 

How to Travel with an Emotional Support Animal (ESAN) on Delta Airlines

Turkish Airlines will no longer accept new free-of-charge bookings for emotional support animals (ESANs) after January 11, 2021. This complies with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s final rule. Passengers who wish to travel with an emotional support animal must now make reservations per Turkish Airlines pet policy and transport them at a cost either per PETC (pets in the cabin) rules or AVIH (pets in the hold) rules.

Note. If you had made a confirmed reservation for travelling with an emotional support animal on or before January 11, 2021, you will be allowed to travel as planned. However, new bookings will not be accepted. 


Frequently Asked Questions on Turkish Airlines Pet Policy

According to Turkish Airlines pet policy, small dogs, cats, and birds (budgies, canaries, parrots, pigeons, goldfinches, etc.) can travel in the cabin if the combined weight of the pet plus carrier does not exceed 17.6lb/8kg

  • Pets must have all the necessary vaccinations, health certificates, and entry permits required by the transit/destination locations. 
  • Pet reservations must be confirmed at least 6 hours before departure. 
  • Service dogs (SVANs) can travel free of cost with their owner in the passenger cabin but must be booked at least 48 hours before departure. 
  • Emotional support animals (ESANs) must travel for a fee under PETC or AVIH rules (per DOT rule dated January 11, 2021). However, they will be accepted free of charge on flights between Istanbul and the United States. 
  • Restrictions 
    • Cats and dogs, and birds and cats, are not allowed on the same aircraft. 
    • Dogs and cats suffering from respiratory problems must be carried in the cabin. 
    • Dog breeds considered dangerous will not be accepted.
    • Pregnant pets and pets less than 10 weeks old will not be accepted. 
    • Puppies, kittens, and their mothers will not be accepted unless fully weaned.
    • Puppies and kittens between 10–12 weeks old will only be accepted with prior approval from a certified vet. 
    • Pets travelling to countries that require pets to arrive as air cargo cannot travel in the cabin. These countries include, but are not limited to, the U.K., UAE, Hong Kong.
    • If a passenger with an allergy declaration and a passenger with a pet are travelling together on the same flight, the passenger who booked earlier will be confirmed.
    • If a passenger with a service dog and a passenger with an allergy declaration are travelling together on the same flight to/from the United States, the passenger with the service dog will always get priority, regardless of who booked first (per DOT rules). However, on non-U.S. flights, the order of reservation will be considered.
  • Larger pets can either travel as checked baggage in the hold or as cargo baggage. 
  • The maximum number of pets accepted in the cabin will depend on your aircraft. 

You must arrange for and confirm your pet’s reservation at least 6 hours before departure by calling Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines will accept pets on a first-come, first-served basis and has a limit on the number of pets it will accept per flight. Your pet carrier must meet the local/regional/international standards. Plus, you must have all the necessary vaccinations, health certificates, and entry permits required by the transit/destination locations. 

That depends on how your pet is travelling and to which state or country. If you’re shipping your pet as cargo within the United States, you will likely require a health certificate issued by a licensed vet within 10 days of travel. However, if your pet is travelling in the cabin within the United States, a health certificate may not be required on most domestic flights (but you should check before travelling).

If travelling to an international destination, you should get in touch with Turkish Airlines by phone, visit the destination country’s website, or check with their embassy/consulate in your area, as most countries have specific requirements on what types of vaccinations are needed to transport pets. If you have any doubts or need more information, you can visit the following websites:

  • To/from/within the European Union: European Commission. 
  • Between other countries: IATA 

To the United Kingdom: Gov.UK

Per Turkish Airlines’ pet policy for in-cabin pets, small dogs, cats, and household birds can travel in the cabin on most flights. However, parrots and pigeons can only travel in the aircraft hold (AVIH). 

When flying with a pet in the cabin, your pet must stay inside the carrier, which must fit under your front seat. Your pet carrier’s dimensions must not exceed 40cm in length, 30cm in width, and 23cm in height. Plus, the weight of your pet’s weight (incl. carrier) must not exceed 17.6lb/8kg.

Other requirements (in brief) are as follows:

  • Your seat must not be located in rows with emergency exit doors or infant stroller devices.
  • You must book at least 6 hours before departure. 
  • You must carry valid medical reports and required documentation. 
  • Pregnant pets and pets under 10 weeks will not be accepted.
  • Puppies, kittens, and their mothers will not be accepted unless fully weaned.
  • Up to 2 dogs, 2 cats, or 2 birds who are compatible can be transported together in the same cage—but within the weight limit. 
  • Dog breeds considered dangerous will not be accepted. 
  • Dogs and cats with respiratory problems must travel in the cabin. 

Trained service dogs are allowed to accompany disabled passengers in the cabin free of charge, but emotional support animals must travel for a fee per rules. 

If your pet qualifies for travel in the cabin, the pet carrier’s dimensions must not exceed 40cm in length, 30cm in width, and 23cm in height. However, regardless of whether your pet is travelling in the cabin or the hold, your pet must be able to do all of these things comfortably inside its carrier:

  • Stand or sit erect
  • Lie down naturally
  • Turn around normally 

For more information or to book your pet, call +1-844-903-1897.

Turkish Airlines’ pet carrier dimensions for carry-on pets must not exceed 40cm in length, 30cm in width, and 23cm in height.

Turkish Airlines’ pet ticket price for carry-on pets on domestic flights starts from TRY 70. On international flights, the fee is calculated by multiplying the total weight of the pet with the excess baggage fee for the route. The minimum pet for flights with transits and stopovers ranges from USD 35– 150. 

Turkish Airlines’ pet ticket price for pets in the hold on very short journeys is USD 35, USD 140 on longer journeys, and USD 300 on transit flights. The pet ticket price for flights with stopovers ranges from USD 70–300, and prices on longer journeys ranges from USD 75–150.

Per Turkish Airlines pet policy, the restrictions for in-cabin pets are as follows:

  • Parrots and pigeons can only travel in the aircraft hold (AVIH).
  • Your seat must not be located in rows with emergency exit doors or infant stroller devices.
  • The pet’s weight must not exceed 17.6lb/8kg (incl. cage/carrier) and the size of the cage/carrier must not exceed: 
    • Length: 40cm (15in)
    • Width: 30cm (11in)
    • Height: 23cm (9in)
  • Pregnant pets and pets under 10 weeks will not be accepted.
  • Puppies and kittens between 10–12 weeks old will only be accepted with prior approval from a certified vet. 
  • Only fully weaned puppies and kittens will be accepted.
  • Up to 2 dogs, 2 cats, or 2 birds who are compatible can be transported together in the same cage—provided their maximum weight (incl. cage) does not exceed 17.6kg/8kg.
  • The following pets will not be allowed on the same aircraft: 
    • Cats and dogs
    • Birds and cats
  • Dogs and cats suffering from respiratory problems must be carried in the cabin, subject to weight limits. They include:
    • Dogs: Pug-nosed breeds such as English/Bull Mastiff, Brussels Griffon, Boxer, Boston Terrier, Bulldog (French and English), English Toy Spaniel, Chow Chow, Tibetan Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Chin, Pekingese, Pug (all breeds), and Affenpischer, etc.
    • Cats: Burmese cats, Himalayan cats, and Iranian cats.
  • Pets travelling to countries that require pets to arrive as air cargo cannot travel in the cabin. These countries include, but are not limited to, the U.K., UAE, Hong Kong.

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