Iberia voyager avec des animaux domestiques

What is Iberia policy on pet acceptance?

Pets can travel with the passenger in the cabin or as baggage in the hold. It is important for you to know that there is some required documentation you will need to present if you want to transport your cat, your dog, your tortoise or bird and any other pet you have as long as they are not listed in the prohibited animals to be transported. Iberia does not permit the transport of weasels (pine martens, ferrets and others). It is also important to have in mind the legal policies and requirements to be able to transport them.

Are there any documents needed when traveling with a pet?

If you meet all the legal procedures and cover the required documentation, you can transport your pet with you in the trip:

  • You will need a veterinary passport, in order for you to travel with pets such as cats and dogs.
  • The new regulation on the transport of pets between European Union Member Countries, regarding trips to European Union Member States, with the exception of Sweden, UK and Ireland, implies that animals must be transported with a pet passport that shows the following:
    • The pet has been identified by a microchip or by a clearly readable tattoo.
    • The pet has been subject of a rabies vaccination or booster vaccination.

The same regulation, regarding trips to Ireland, UK, Sweden and Malta, implies that pets, with the exception of ferrets must travel with a pet passport that presents the same necessities as in the previous point. Moreover, you should be able to inform that they have the valuation of neutralizing antibodies, with an adequate result. If the destination country is Ireland or the United Kingdom, the sample mentioned should be taken after 30 days from the vaccination day and 6 months prior to the trip scheduled date. If the destination country is Sweden, the sample must be taken after 120 days from the vaccination day.

Which are the limitations regarding pets carrying on Iberia flights?

With regard to dogs considered dangerous breeds, in accordance with AENA policies, founded on Law 50/1999, the passenger’s dog has to be muzzled in order to be able to go through the security control if it fits into one of the subsequent breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier, Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier, Akita, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Brazilian Mastiff or Argentine Dogo. For this, also the build, height, muscle, and weight will have influence. The airline may reject the transportation of any pet that does not meet the requirements mentioned before, without incurring any type of responsibility.

There are certain countries with laws limiting the bringing in of animals. Animals are not admitted in the cabin or in the hold of flights from and to Great Britain or Ireland. Brazil only consents the entrance of birds if they meet certain requirements. For traveling to Argentina, owners have to present a pet health certificate to the authorities, issued by a accredited veterinarian, a document showing that the animal is free of any disease and that it has the anti-rabies vaccination with a maximum validity of 1 year. For traveling to Panama, any animal must have an export certificate for small varieties issued by the origin country’s health authority, featuring that the pet has been vaccinated against rabies, and also a good animal health certificate, licensed by the Panama consul in each country of origin.

Traveling to/from the United Kingdom, with a connecting flight that uses another carrier

Iberia will not allow transporting any animal to the United Kingdom because the carriage of animals to this country by Iberia is still unauthorized. If passengers are traveling with a live animal in the hold, they will not be able to send it until the final destination in transit. The passenger should pick up his or her pet from the airport of the city that figures as the transit place and check it once again with the other airline, paying a fee for each. The passenger has to send his or her animal as air cargo, in that way it can be transported in transit. If passengers are traveling with a live animal in the cabin, they will need to pay each carrier in a separated way.

American Airlines has its own limitations and policies for checking animals. Only sniffer dogs and guide dogs, which are used in special missions, are allowed to travel inside the cabin. The pets that are transported in the hold might not be checked-in transit, at the concluding destination. Different prices, charges, or taxes could apply in line with each country law.

Pets in the Cabin

Iberia allows you to carry your pets inside the cabin if they do not weigh more than 8 kg, together with their container, with prior authorization from the Reservations Office. The conditions required to fulfill in order to transport pets in the passenger cabin are the following:

  • Iberia allows a maximum weight of 8 kg of the pet and its container.
  • The maximum permitted dimensions of the container are 45 x 35 x 25 cm, not exceeding total linear dimensions of 105 cm.
  • The pet’s container must be ventilated and strong. In order to transport birds, please make sure that the cage is solid enough, that locks works properly and that nothing can spill. Besides, the cage must always be covered.
  • You can travel with various pets of similar species in only one container if they are light and small enough.
  • Your pet traveling with you must not bother passengers around. It must be kept inside its container during the entire flight, and you are responsible for taking care of it.
  • The pets with particular characteristics like a strong odor will possibly bother other passengers; that is why they will not be allowed to be transported.


The fee (single charge in each direction, payable exclusively at the airport) for carrying an animal in the passenger cabin is:

  • €25 – Spain.
  • €50 – Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
  • €150 – to America (except Brazil) and to/from Asia.
  • $150 – from America.
  • $240 – flights originating from Brazil (outbound and return).

Pets in the Hold

You can transport your pets in the hold of the aircraft as long as they are in an appropriate container that is secure, resistant, ventilated and comfortable; besides, it has to comply with the following international policies:

  • It has to be built with a secure and resistant material with a lock that proof that it will not be opened by itself.
  • Appropriated for the animal’s size and with no deteriorations that could harm your pet.
  • It must have ventilation on the four faces and a floor that is leak-proof.

The number of containers is limited by the type of airplane. If you aim to fly with your pet, you ought to contact the Reservations Office in order to obtain an authorization. The transportation can only be authorized if a space in all of the flight’s legs is confirmed. The size and weight of the pet should be under the established restrictions in every flight.


The fee (single charge in each direction, payable exclusively at the airport) for carrying an animal in the passenger cabin is:

  • €120 – Spain, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
  • €300 – to America (except Brazil) and to/from Asia.
  • $300 – from America or Israel.
  • $240 – flights originating from Brazil (outbound and return).

Service Animals

Iberia accepts to transport Guide Dogs and Emotional Support Animals, but only if they are accompanying passengers who depend on them, for example, deaf or blind persons. It is necessary for deaf passengers and those who need emotional support to present a medical certification which confirms this situation. When traveling in the passenger cabin, the dog must be muzzled. The dog will be located next to the passenger but will not occupy a seat. A significant thing to consider is that, due to the fact that no pet can be placed near the emergency exit, the seat which the passenger occupies must be in a different row. Service Animals can travel in the cabin or hold without any extra fee; the weight of the Service Animal will not be included in the free luggage allowance of the passenger.

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