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The Czech Airlines pet policy for 2023 includes various options for flying with dogs or cats in the cabin and hold, and with other pets as cargo. Details of the Czech Airlines pet policy for travelling on international and transatlantic flights with your cat or dog are included. For dogs and cats in the cabin or hold, or those travelling as cargo, pets must be at least 12 weeks old. When flying with dogs and cats in either the cabin or cargo hold with Czech Airlines, pets must be able to move around within their carrier, and they have to travel with an adult passenger. The price for flying your pet in a Czech Airlines cabin or cargo hold varies, depending on the route, method of travel and the size of your pet. Czech Airlines pet travel rules do not allow for cats and dogs on certain flights, or to specific international destinations. In addition, the Czech Airlines dog policy doesn’t accept certain breeds either in the cabin or cargo hold. From 2021, Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are no longer recognised by Czech Airlines, and most other airlines. Only professionally trained Assistance and Service Animals are permitted. ESAs must travel under the standard Czech Airlines Pet Travel Policy. You can also check out reviews for Czech Airlines by fellow pet travellers to discover how their pet policy is experienced in practice.

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Dogs & Cats in the Cabin of the Plane
Dogs & Cats flying as Checked In Baggage
Pets flying in Cargo Hold
Assistance Dogs in Cabin
Psychiatric Service Dogs in Cabin
Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) in Cabin
Czech Airlines Pet Policy 2023

Does Czech Airlines allow pets in the cabin?

Dogs and cats are the only pets accepted in the Czech Airlines cabin in their travel bag, up to a combined weight of 8kg. A one pet carrier per passenger rule is in place, and each Czech Airlines plane can hold a maximum of three pets in the cabin; two in Economy and one in Business Class.

The travel bag or kennel must meet the Czech Airlines specifications outlined in their pet travel policy. On the flight, the travel bag will be stowed underneath the seat in front of you, you can’t remove your cat or dog during the flight for safety reasons.

Snub-nosed animals such as Boxers, Pekinese and Persian cats can have trouble breathing during the flight, due to high temperatures and stress. To ensure their well-being, most snub-nosed animals may not be transported in the hold. However, they may be transported in the cabin.

Czech Airlines pet in cabin price

€59 (CZK 1,530) is payable per pet carrier, per flight, in the cabin.

Does Czech Airlines allow pets in the hold?

If your feline or canine weighs more than 8kg, and up to 32kg, they must travel in the hold in accordance with the Czech Airlines international pet travel policy. The crate dimensions must also meet Czech Airlines specifications.

For the safety of your pet, the travel kennel must also meet the legal requirements of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). In addition, if your pet kennel has wheels, make sure that the wheels can be dismantled or locked before travel so that the kennel is not able to roll around in the hold.

Animals may not be accepted to travel in the aircraft hold if you have a flight connection exceeding 3 hours. Like other airlines, Czech Airlines doesn’t allow brachycephalic (snub-nosed) breeds of cats and dogs to travel in the aircraft hold. This is due to respiratory issues they may face in the controlled ventilation within the hold of the plane.

Czech Airlines pet in hold price

€119 (CZK 3,100) is payable per pet carrier, per flight, in the hold.

Czech Airlines Pet Policy for dogs and cats as cargo or freight

In some cases, your pet may have to fly as cargo, rather than as ‘checked baggage’. For instance, if you’re travelling on a different flight as your pet, or flying to a country that requires pets to arrive as freight.

To transport your pet as cargo, you will need to contact one of Czech Airlines sales partners, in order to arrange your pet flight.

Non-permitted dog breeds with Czech Airlines

The following breeds aren’t permitted to fly in the cabin, or in the hold as checked baggage or cargo.

  • Affenpinschers
  • American pit bull terriers
  • American Staffordshire terriers
  • Bull mastiffs
  • Bull terriers
  • Pit bulls
  • Staffordshire bull terriers

Czech Airlines policy for Assistance & Service Dogs

You may travel with your Assistance or Service Dog in the cabin free of charge with Czech Airlines. It’s recommended that you make the request during booking and no less than 48 hours before your departure. But try to make the reservation as far in advance as possible.

Your Assistance or Service Dog must be fully trained and accredited, and their original documentation has to be provided at check in. Your Dog must also wear their identifying harness and vest.

Czech Airlines Policy for Emotional Support Animals & Psychiatric Service Dogs

Czech Airlines no longer accepts Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) for travel. Only registered and professionally trained Assistance & Service Dogs are accepted to travel in the cabin free of charge. Note that trained Psychiatric Service Dogs are classified as Assistance or Service Dogs,, and they can travel under the Czech Airlines Assistance Dog policy on flights to and from the USA. Psychiatric Service Dogs differ from ESAs, as they have been professionally trained to perform a specific task, or tasks, for their owner.

All pets other than Assistance & Service Dogs, including Emotional Support Animals (ESAs), must adhere to the standard Czech Airlines pet policy, and comply with the size, weight and breed restrictions.

Remember the two golden rules when flying with your pet:

  1. Protect your pet against vector borne diseases when travelling
  2. Leave a review if you fly your cat or dog with Czech Airlines!

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