We focus on animals' safety and welfareAnimals have been transported by air since the early 1930's. In today's modern world, carriage of live animals by air is considered the most humane and expedient method of transportation over long distances.
Traveler's Pet Corner
Detailed information on the transportation of your cat or dog by air is available on the Traveler's Pet Corner.
IATA's Live Animal Regulations
IATA's Live Animals Regulations (LAR) is the worldwide standard for transporting live animals by commercial airlines. Whether it is a pet, an animal transported for zoological or agricultural purposes or for any other reason, the objective of the LAR is to ensure all animals are transported safely and humanely by air. The 47th edition of the regulations came into effect on 1 January 2021.
Importance Notice: CDC Temporary Dog Entry Ban
Following the CDC’s decision to temporarily suspend the entry of dogs into the United States from countries classified as high risk for dog rabies, carriers should note the essential information below:
- The suspension is effective as of July 14, 2021
- List of countries classified by CDC as high risk for dog rabies
- A Sample Shipper's Declaration (pdf) has been made available to certify compliance with the temporary dog entry ban requirements. This version serves as an example and can be modified to suit carrier needs.
Additional information (please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date materials):
- Webinar - Dog Import Permit Guidance for Airlines (pdf) Recording of webinar (YouTube)
- High-risk dog suspension (pdf)
- Official government US passport (pdf)
- Preparing for animal treatment (pdf)
- CDC statement to airlines (pdf)
- CDC notice to air carriers (pdf)
- For airlines: how to review CDC dog import permit (pdf)
- Air carrier responsabilities (pdf)
- Live Animal Acceptance Checklist for Animals Travelling in Cabin (pdf)
- Sample Shipper's Declaration for compliance with CDC Temporary Dog Entry Ban (pdf)
In light of this temporary suspension, carriers are invited to review their Conditions of Carriage, particularly pertaining to Shipper compliance and liability for any damages (including fines) for failure to comply with current regulations.
Shippers/Forwarders should review carrier Conditions of Carriage to ensure compliance with these provisions.
COVID-19 & 2021 UPDATES: IATA Manuals include all necessary information about new regulations taking effect as of 2021 as well as COVID-19 changes made to the regulations and how they impact shipping and cargo operations. Learn more
More Live Animal Regulations Documentation
Checklist for the LAR 47th Edition IATA Live Animals Acceptance Checklist (pdf)
Live Animals and Perishables Board
IATA ensures that both safety and animal welfare are addressed in all regulatory issues pertaining to transportation of live animals by air. IATA coordinates the Live Animals and Perishables Board (LAPB) and provides key input to the airline industry on issues such as animal welfare, identification, and animal behavior based on modern science.
On the transportation of live dolphins
It is the role of governments to set and enforce the rules concerning the transportation of live animals. IATA, however, publishes the Live Animals Regulations which all IATA members are expected to adhere to. These regulations are there to ensure that live animals are handled and transported in such a way that their welfare is top of mind by all parties involved and that they always travel in safe, healthy and humane conditions.
Questions dedicated to the concerns and issues that affect the public display of marine mammals should be addressed to the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.