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The EVA Air airline pet policy 2024 includes options for flying with dogs, cats or rabbits in the hold, but not in the cabin. From 1 August 2021, EVA Air, a Star Alliance member based in Taiwan, implemented new regulations to their pet travel policy. This includes amendments to the minimum age of travelling pets and the number of pets that may travel on one aircraft. Only trained and registered Assistance & Service Dogs can fly in an EVA Air cabin, all other animals must be carried in the hold, and only on international flights. Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are no longer accepted under the EVA Air ESA pet policy due to changes in US laws. Dogs must be at least four months old when flying with EVA Air, and pregnant pets will not be accepted. Check out reviews by other pet travellers for EVA Air, or leave a review if you’ve flown your cat or dog with Eva Air! Read on for the full EVA Air pet travel policy for 2024.

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Dogs & Cats in the Cabin of the Plane
Dogs & Cats flying as Checked In Baggage
Pets flying as Cargo
Assistance Dogs in Cabin
Psychiatric Service Dogs in Cabin
Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) in Cabin
EVA Air Pet Policy 2024

Does EVA Air allow dogs and cats in the cabin?

The EVA Air pet travel policy doesn’t allow cats, dogs or other pets to fly in the cabin. However, trained and registered Assistance & Service Dogs can fly in the cabin with EVA Air free of charge, subject to any local laws in your destination country.

Does EVA Air allow pets in the hold as Checked Baggage?

Only cats, dogs and rabbits can be transported as checked baggage in the hold on EVA Air international flights. No other animals may travel as checked baggage. Each passenger is permitted to check in two pet crates, provided that they are travelling on the same flight. All pets must be accompanied, and unaccompanied minors aren’t allowed to travel with pets in the hold.

Your pet’s travel container must comply with the EVA Air pet policy, and International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules.

The EVA Air pet travel policy only allows for 5 pet crates in the hold on most flights. You should make your pet reservation with EVA Air at least 48 hours before your journey. However, to ensure that there’s space for your pet, it’s advisable to book as far in advance as possible.

Cost of Flying a Pet in the Hold with EVA Air

Your pet and their travel container will be charged as excess baggage and excluded from your EVA Air free baggage allowance.

Weight System (Except countries that apply the Piece Concept)

Pets in their travel crate are charged at 1.5 times the weight

e.g. If you travel from Taipei to Narita with a 10kg combined weight of your dog in their travel container, you’ll be charged

10kg x 1.5=15kg

15kg x USD15=USD225

You can check the rates payable for each travel zone on the EVA Air website.

Piece System (To/From the US and Canada and Countries in South and Central America)

Weight of pet in their travel crate is ≦ 32kg

2 units of excess baggage charge rate should be applied

Weight of pet in their travel crate is between 32kg – 42kg

4 units of excess baggage charge rate should be applied

Weight of pet in their travel crate is > 42kg

6 units of excess baggage charge rate should be applied

Dogs weighing more than 50kg when in their travel crate must be approved by EVA Air before departure.

In addition, the total linear crate dimension should be less than 292cm (115in).

EVA Air Pet Cargo

For dogs weighing more than 50k while in their travel container, or when the linear crate dimensions exceed 292cm, EVA Air may use a cargo company to transport your pet to and from the aircraft. In this case, you don’t check in your dog as checked baggage, as you deal directly with the cargo company.

Non Permitted Cat & Dog Breeds with EVA Air

The following brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dog and cat breeds, and any “mix” of these breeds, aren’t accepted for carriage between:

  • 1 April – 30 November at Northern Hemisphere points
  • 1 October – 31 March at Southern Hemisphere points

Travelling to, from, or via Southeast Asia is prohibited throughout the year for brachycephalic breeds. There’s a year-round travel ban on transporting snub nosed dogs and cats from these countries:

  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippine
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Dog Breeds

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxers (all breeds)
  • Brussels Griffin
  • Bulldog (all breeds)
  • Pug (all breeds)
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Pekingese
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Tibetan Spaniel

Cat Breeds

  • Burmese
  • Himalayan
  • Persian (e.g. Chinchilla)
  • Exotic short-haired cat

Dogs Classified as ‘Dangerous’

EVA Air also declines travel as checked baggage in the hold for certain dog breeds that are deemed ‘dangerous’:

The following dangerous dog breeds and their cross-breeds are not permitted during the whole year:

  • American Pit Bull
  • American Staffordshire
  • Cano Corso
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Fila Brasileiros
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Mastiff (all breeds)
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Presa Canario

EVA Air Excluded Pet Routes

Pets aren’t accepted on board an EVA Air flight if the passenger’s itinerary includes interline segments.

Due to changes in aircraft disinfection and cleaning procedures during the COVID pandemic, from 18 October 2021, EVA Air has suspended the transportation of pets to mainland China.

Five pet crates are permitted per EVA Air flight except on A321 and B787 aircrafts. Some routes and aircraft types can’t accept pets as checked baggage or there are restrictions on the number of pets they can carry.

A321 EVA Air Aircraft

  • Pets as checked baggage are not accepted

B787 EVA Air Aircraft

  • Long-haul flights: Pets as checked baggage are not accepted (including Europe, North America and Oceania)
  • Short-haul flights: 2 cages for each flight

EVA Air Assistance & Service Dog and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) Policy

As of 11 January 2021, the EVA Air pet policy no longer recognises Emotional Support Animals (ESAs), therefore no new ESA reservations will be accepted. Emotional Support Animals are now subject to the standard EVA Air pet travel policy, so if your dog or other animal won’t be able to fly in the cabin.

Only professionally trained Assistance & Service Dogs can fly in the cabin free of charge if they meet the requirements. A service animal is defined as a dog that’s individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability, including but not limited to:

  • Visual impairments
  • Hearing impairments
  • Seizures
  • Mobility impairments
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Trained and registered Psychiatric Service Dogs are therefore permitted to travel with EVA Air in the cabin, free of charge.

Remember to always protect your pet against vector borne diseases when travelling to a foreign country. And leave a review for EVA Air if you fly your cat or dog in the hold!

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