Delta Airlines Pet Policy

Dogs, cats and household birds* can travel with you in the cabin for a one-way fee*, collected at check in, to/from the following destinations:

  • U.S./Canada: $125 USD/CAD
  • Virgin Islands: $125 USD/CAD
  • Puerto Rico: $125 USD/CAD
  • Outside the U.S.: $200 USD/CAD/EUR
  • Brazil: $75 USD

The following restrictions apply to pets traveling as carry-on baggage:

  • Your pet must be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel without touching or protruding from the sides of the kennel and with the ability to move around.
  • The kennel must fit under the seat directly in front of you.
  • Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight. You must contact Delta Reservations to determine the appropriate kennel size.
  • Your pet must remain inside the kennel (with door secured) while in a Delta boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), a Delta airport lounge and while onboard the aircraft.
  • Your pet must be at least 10 weeks old for Domestic and International travel.
  • Your pet counts as one piece of carry-on baggage.Pet in Cabin fees still apply.
  • One pet is permitted per kennel with the following exceptions:
    *One female cat/dog may travel with her un-weaned litter if the litter is a minimum of 10 weeks old to 6 months of age.
    *There is no limit on the number of animals in the litter.

Exception: Two pets of the same species and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months may be allowed to travel in one kennel, provide they are small enough to fit into one kennel and are compatible. They will be charged as one pet.

Please note : Delta does not accept pets in the cabin to/from the following locations:

  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Dakar
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates

Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Delta in advance at 800-221-1212 to arrange to bring your pet on board. To ensure the comfort of all of our passengers, Delta limits the number of total pets per flight.



Whether your pet is traveling within the United States or to an international destination, we want to ensure a smooth travel experience. See Pet Travel Shipping Rates, or for additional information, you may call the numbers listed below.

Pets traveling with passengers:

  • 800-221-1212 for flights within the United States
  • 800-241-4141 for international flights

Pets traveling unescorted:

  • 1-800-DL-CARGO (1-800-352-2746) to book your pet’s travel arrangements

All international cargo shipments:

  • Must be brought to the Delta Cargo facility at least four hours prior to departure.
  • Require four hours transfer time from a domestic flight to an international flight. (Note: Live animal shipments for international transfers to other carriers are not accepted.)
  • Require kennels that have ventilation openings on three sides, in addition to the door opening.
  • Must be documented on a typed international air waybill available from Delta Cargo. If the air waybill must be typed at the Air Cargo facility, there will be an additional $10 fee.

Health Certificate

A health certificate is required when shipping your pet as cargo. Effective Oct1,2013 Delta will require a health certificate for all pets checked as baggage Some destination states may require a health certificate for your pet. Your veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agricultureopens in a new window, or the Department of Agriculture for your destination state may provide you with more information.

If a health certificate is required, it must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of transport and must include:

  • shipper’s name and address
  • tag numbers or tattoos assigned to the animal
  • age of the animal being shipped (USDA regulations require animals be at least 10 weeks old and fully weaned before traveling)
  • statement that the animal is in good health (If the shipper knows that the pet is pregnant, it must be noted on the health certificate)
  • list of administered inoculations, when applicable
  • signature of the veterinarian
  • date of the certificate

Live Animal Checklist/Confirmation of Feeding

When you check in your pet, you will be asked to complete a live animal checklist. When you sign this checklist, you are confirming that your pet has been offered food and water within four hours of check-in. On the checklist, you must also provide feeding and watering instructions for a 24-hour period. If in-transit feeding is necessary, you must provide food.


The use of pet tranquilizers at high altitudes is unpredictable. If you plan to sedate your pet, you must have written consent from the pet’s veterinarian. This information must be attached to the kennel. Please keep in mind that Delta agents cannot administer medication of any kind.

To transport your pet in cabin either soft- or hard-sided kennels must be leak-proof and ventilated on at least two sides. Kennels are not sold at Delta Ticket Counters, but are available at most pet supply stores.

To transport your pet as checked baggage or cargo, you must use an approved shipping kennel, and it must ship in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines. The kennel must provide enough room for your pet to stand and sit erect — without the head touching the top of the container — and to turn around and lie down in a natural position.


Approved kennels are available for sale to booked Delta passengers and shippers at most Delta Cargo locations, as well as many pet supply stores. If you would like to purchase a kennel from Delta, check with the local cargo facility for availability of the kennel size you need in advance of your travel date.

All kennels must be capable of loading upright in the aircraft bin as required by the Animal Welfare Act and the International Air Transport Association Live Animal Regulations.

In addition, USDA rules state that the kennel must:

  • be constructed of rigid plastic, wood, metal or material of comparable strength with solid roofs; no cardboard kennels
  • have wheels that can be removed or made inoperable (applicable to wheeled kennels only)
  • have ventilation openings on three sides, in addition to the door opening
  • have functional handles on the kennel’s exterior to prevent tilting and any direct contact with the animals
  • close securely, but not lock, to allow personnel to open it in case of emergency
  • display labels with the words “Live Animal” in 1-inch letters on the crate’s top and on at least one side
  • display upright arrow labels indicating kennel’s correct position; Delta Cargo can provide these labels
  • contain bedding, shredded paper or towels to absorb “accidents”
  • contain two dishes (one for food and one for water) attached to the inside of the kennel door — they must be easily accessible to Delta agents without opening the kennel door
  • display feeding instructions and food, if applicable — these instructions should be affixed to the top of the kennel, along with shipper and consignee information


To keep your pet safe, Delta observes the following seasonal restrictions on pet travel.

Year-round Restrictions

Delta will not accept animals as checked baggage during extreme weather, if at any point (origin/transit/destination) during the animal’s trip the high temperature for the day is forecast to be: (no exceptions to the temperature restriction)

  • Below 10°F (-12C)
  • Above 85°F (29.4C)

Delta reserves the right to refuse live animals as checked baggage and as cargo if the animal’s health is in question and/or if the health of the animal may be jeopardized by extreme conditions.

  • For tickets purchased on/after May 30th, 2014, Delta will no longer accept live animals as checked baggage in Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR).

Summer Restrictions — May 15 through September 15

  • Pets cannot be checked as baggage on Delta and Aeromexico operated flights.
  • Pets may be shipped as cargo; see year-round temperature restrictions below.

Winter Embargo — November 1 through March 31

  • Animals will not be accepted as checked baggage on flights operated between Sun Valley, ID (SUN), Twin Falls, ID (TWF) or Jackson Hole, WY (JAC).