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In case, pets weight more than 20 lbs (9kg), they will be transported in the cargo hold (More info)

Most airlines accept pets weighing 20 lbs or less in the cabin and no more than 100 lbs in the cargo hold. Larger dogs that do not meet the requirement of the cabin will be transported in the cargo hold. Before booking your flights with a pet, it is always advised to check any seasonal restrictions the airline may have.

Swiss International Air Lines Pet Policy

Swiss International Air Lines acknowledges that every destination has its own rules and regulations with regard to pet travel and so it sees it as the responsibility of the passenger to find out the necessary details. For this purpose, the airline recommends that the booking must be made well in advance. It is of prime importance to be aware of the airlines’ specific pet policies to understand the requirements and prepare for a safe and comfortable journey for your pet(s).

Pet Criteria

Swiss International Air Lines permits only dogs and cats in the cabin provided that they are no less than 16 weeks old. Additionally, rabbits and hares are allowed in the hold. Also, a passenger can only bring two pets.


Pets weighing no more than 18 lbs are allowed to travel in the cabin. During the entire flight’s journey, the pet must remain inside a soft sided carrier that must be scratchproof and escape-proof. It should also be large enough for the pet to stand up, turn around and sit comfortably. The dimensions of the carrier for this purpose must not exceed 46 inches.

Checked Baggage

Animals that are large and do not meet the stated requirements of the cabin are transported in the aircraft as checked baggage. The animal must be kept inside the carrier made up of a strong metal and must not exceed the dimensions limitation of 46 inches.


Animals other than dogs and cats and those that do not meet the stated requirement of the checked baggage and the travel destination are transported via the airline’s Swiss Worldcargo service.

Emotional Support/Service Animal

Swiss International Air Lines accepts emotional support and service animals in the cabin of the aircraft at no additional cost. While service animals are allowed on all its flights, emotional support animals are welcome only on flights taking off to or from United States.

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