Pets on Finnair flights

Here you can find the most common topics related to travelling with pets. More questions and answers can be found in our FAQ.

MAKING A BOOKING

Finnair will transport your pets either in the cabin or in the hold of the aircraft depending on their weight and size. A prior approval is needed from the airline, so make your flight reservation by contacting our Customer service by phone, and notify us about the pet. Please, have at hand the dimensions of the pet transportation container, as well as the total weight of the pet and the container. If your ticket includes flights operated by other airlines, please also check their regulations.

If you already have a booking, please notify us about the pet by filling in this form.

DOCUMENTS

To find out which documents and vaccinations are required for transporting your pets to/from other countries, we recommend consulting the authorities of the country of departure and the country of destination before buying the tickets. Further information about transporting pets to/from Finland is available on Finnish Food Authority’s website Opens external site in a new window.

COUNTRY SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

Please note that it is not possible to travel with your pet to/via Great Britain, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates and Australia. It is also forbidden to travel with your pet to/via Ireland from outside of EU. Also all unaccompanied animals and animals brought by a third person from outside the EU are shipped as cargo Opens external site in a new window.


Pets carried in the cabin

Small cats, dogs, rabbits and rodents may be carried in the cabin.

  • The pet must be carried in an IATA-approved pet carrier under the seat in front of you.
  • The total weight of the pet and its container may not exceed 8 kg (17 lb).
  • If you are transporting a dog, a cat or a rabbit in the cabin, we recommend that you carry it in a soft pet carrier. A soft pet carrier should be waterproof and have a breathable mesh at the front. Other types of soft bags may not be used for transporting pets. The maximum dimensions for a soft pet carrier are the same as for normal carry-on baggage, as long as the carrier is flexible enough to fit under the seat in front of you and your pet can stand up and lay down comfortably.
  • The maximum dimensions for a soft pet carrier on Norra operated flights are 55x40x20 cm (21x15x8in).
  • Rodents must always be transported in a hard case. The maximum dimensions for a hard case are 35x30x20 cm (14x12x8 in) (length x width x height).
  • You may not carry a pet in the cabin if you are travelling in Business Class on an intercontinental flight, as there is no room under the reclining seats.
  • Please note that your pet must stay in its carrier throughout the entire journey, from the departure gate until you have entered the arrival terminal.
  • The puppy must be at least 8 weeks old, weaned from its mother and able to eat on its own.

Pets carried in the hold

Animals that cannot be transported inside the cabin will be transported in appropriate containers in an air-conditioned area of the hold of the aircraft.

  • Your transportation box must comply with the IATA (International Air Transport Association) regulations and it must be large enough to allow your pet to stand up straight and turn around. See IATA’s regulations opens PDF document. We do not sell or rent transportation boxes.
  • A pet weighing over 40 kg (88 lb) must be transported in a strong transportation box.
  • If the total weight of the pet and its box exceeds 50 kg (110 lb), the pet must be shipped as cargo.
  • The puppy must be at least 8 weeks old, weaned from its mother and able to eat on its own.

Pet transportation fees

Pets are not included in your baggage allowance, so you will need to pay a fee for their transportation. Guide dogs and duty dogs may be transported free of charge. The charge can be paid by filling in this form, by telephone or at the airport.

If you already have a booking, please notify us about the pet by filling in this form.

The table below contains pet transportation fees for Finnair flights (those operated by Finnair and bearing a Finnair flight number).

Fees per one direction Short Haul Long Haul
Pet in the cabin EUR 40 EUR 75, USD/CAD 100
Pet in the hold, maximum combined weight with the container 50 kg EUR 75 EUR 300, USD/CAD 400

Pet as cargo

For details regarding pricing, see the Finnair Cargo website Opens external site in a new window.

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