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Transporting pets

animals If you are planning to transport a pet, please send a request to UIA at least 24 hours prior to your flight departure.

UIA transports only dogs and cats both in cabin or in the cargo hold.

You will save 50% if you pay for carriage of cats / dogs in the cabin at least 24 hours prior to the departure. The discount does not apply to pets transported in the cargo hold.

Please contact UIA Cargo about the transportation of other animals as cargo: cargo@flyuia.com, +380 44 593 7676.


General terms and conditions →

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  • You can transport pets upon previous agreement with UIA. Only adult passengers may accompany pets.
  • For detailed information about the free baggage allowance and excess baggage charges (including pets) please see UIA Baggage Allowance.
  • Request this service in advance and get a 50% discount.
  • Transportation of animals is subject to governmental regulations concerning import, export and transit of live animals. Passengers carrying animals must provide all necessary documents, such as:
    • export, import or transit permits;
    • health and vaccination certificates etc.
  • UIA cannot be held responsible if your pet is refused entry into or transit through a country. Transportation is allowed provided the passenger assumes full responsibility.
  • If your cat or dog weighs more than 32kg, they must travel as cargo.
  • The total weight of pets in cabin with container is not included into the free baggage allowance. Transportation of pets in cabin (except for service animals) is always subject to payment of excess baggage charges.

  • Tranquilizers and sedatives →

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    • Sedation of animals, except under certain conditions and carried out under veterinary supervision, is not recommended. Commonly used tranquilizers lower blood pressure, which also occurs at high altitudes.
    • The combination of high altitude and medicines could be dangerous for old, chronically sick or stressed animals. Keeping a container in a dark, cool, quiet place prior to flying will calm down most animals.
    • If you have to sedate your pet per veterinarian’s instruction, the name of the drug and time of intake must be clearly marked on the container.

    Pets travelling in the cabin →

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    • Pets must be clean and healthy, travelling in a soft-sided hygienic watertight and smell-proof container. Soft bags and baskets designed for transportation of small dogs and cats in cabin can be accepted.
    • The weight of a container with an animal should not exceed 8 kg. Maximum size: 115 cm (55 x 40 x 20 cm).
    • The container must be well ventilated and large enough for your pet to be able to lay down, get up and turn around.
    • We allow carrying maximum two pets in the same container if they are familiar with each other, provided that the weight of the container and the animals does not exceed maximum total weight and size. We will not accept cats and dogs carried in the same container.
    • You can only take one pet container with you in the cabin. You must hold the container or fit it under the front seat and may not place on the seat.
    • Your pet is not allowed to leave the transport kennel during the entire flight with UIA, including take off and landing.
    • UIA may refuse to carry an animal if one or more of the above requirements are not met.
    • Request your pet transportation in the cabin via UIA Contact Center using the following online form.

    Service (guide/assistance) animals in the cabin →

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    A service animal is:

    • seeing-eye, hearing or assistance dog (regardless of the weight and size) accompanying a blind, deaf or paraplegic passenger;
    • assistance dog (regardless of the weight and size) of state authority officers and rescue team;
    • pets (dog or cat weighing up to 8 kg) for emotional support of passenger with reduced mobility.

    A service animal can be carried in the aircraft cabin free of charge under the following conditions:

    • Provided its carriage is agreed with UIA in advance. You can request this service using the following online form.
    • Service animals must be clean and healthy.
    • Dogs must have collars, leashes and muzzles, cats must have collars and leashes.
    • All documents confirming that a service dog is trained for accompanying a passenger with disability who is dependent upon it, must be presented upon request to UIA representative.
    • In case of carriage of a pet for emotional support you need to provide medical certificate from your attending physician confirming that you require emotional support. To request this service, please, send an online application form in advance.

    Pets travelling in the cargo hold as checked baggage →

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    • Pets must be clean and healthy. Pet's containers shall be:
      • large enough that the animal can stand upright, turn and lie down in a natural manner;
      • clean, leak- escape- and claw-proof;
      • fit for transportation and handling (feeding, watering, cleaning);
      • well ventilated on at least three sides.
    • Hand-made containers cannot be accepted for pet transportation in the hold.
    • It is allowed to carry maximum 4 animals in the same container provided that:
      • the total weight of container including animals does not exceed 32 kg (70 lb),
      • the container is spacious enough for pets to stand upright, turn and lie down naturally.
    • As a pet owner, you must provide enough food and water for the duration of the flight. UIA may refuse to carry an animal if one or more of the above requirements are not met.
    • You can book this service via UIA Contact Center using this online form.

    Transporting pets on charter flights→

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    • If you are planning to transport your pet (cat or dog) on UIA charter flights, please inform your travel agent or travel operator in advance.
    • Once the pet transportation has been approved, please proceed to paying the service via your travel agent / travel operator, at any UIA ticket office or at a check-in desk if the payment is made outside of Ukraine.
    • If you prefer to pay for this service at a UIA ticket office, please let your travel agent / travel operator know at which office you intend to make the payment.
    • If you paid for the transportation of your pet at a ticket office, please make sure you present the proof of payment at the airport check-in desk.
    • You will save 50% if you prepay for carriage of your cat or dog in the cabin at least 24 hours prior to the departure.
    • The discount does not apply to pets transported in the hold.


    Requirements for containers →

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    Hand-made containers are not acceptable for transportation of animals in hold. Containers for carrying pets must meet the following requirements:

    • Must be clean and undamaged, rigid enough and stay closed throughout the journey to prevent the animal escaping.
    • Ventilated on at least three sides. Ventilation is provided by an open end to the container (which can be the door) and by ventilation openings. The ventilation openings must be small enough or covered with mesh. The total ventilated area must be at least 16% of the total surface of the four sides. Additional holes on the roof or sides of the container are permitted for better ventilation.
    • Must be correctly labelled; labels must not block ventilation openings.
    • Each animal in the container must have enough space to turn about normally while standing, to stand and sit erect, and to lie down in a natural manner. Maximum container size : length – 110 cm (43in), width – 75 cm (29in), height – 75 cm (29in). Maximum weight (container + animals) in hold – up to 32 kg (70lb).
    • Separate food and water troughs must be provided. Food and water containers must be of a suitable type for the animal. Dishes must be accessible from the outside without opening the door. Passenger must provide enough food and water for entire flight.
    • Handles must be available along the middle of both long sides of a container. If it has wheels, they must be removed or rendered inoperable.
    • Must be made of non-toxic materials: fiberglass, metal, rigid plastics, weld metal mesh, solid wood or plywood. Containers made entirely of welded mesh or wire mesh are not suitable for air transport.
    • Some rigid plastic containers may not be suitable for large dogs, or dogs that are aggressive. Special containers of hardwood, metal, plywood or similar material, with two secure door fasteners on each side, are acceptable.
    • Must not cause damage to the animal. All inside edges must be smooth or rounded.
    • The floor must be solid and leak-proof. The door must form the whole of one end of the container. It can be either sliding or hinged, of plastic, welded or cast metal of sufficient gauge or thickness so as to preclude the animal from bending or distorting the door.
    • The mesh must be nose and paw proof to avoid injury to the animal.


    Travelling with pets to the UK or the UAE →

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    Transporting animals (including dogs and cats) to the UK is under strong quarantine regulations of entrance country.
    Animals can be transported from Ukraine to the UK only as cargo in a baggage compartment of the aircraft. Before you plan your trip with animals, please contact the Ukraine International Airlines cargo department: tel.: +380 44 593 7676 , e-mail: cargo@flyuia.com.


    If you are travelling with pets to the United Arab Emirates, please note that cats, dogs and birds (including falcons) can be imported only as manifested cargo via approved ports and must be accompanied by:

    • Import permit issued by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Environment and Water (UAE MOEW); and
    • Veterinarian good health certificate issued by the competent Authorities of the exporting country; and
    • Original vaccination card or pet passport which includes microchip ID number, details of the pet and the required vaccinations.
    • Original certificate for rabies serum neutralization test (RSNT) conducted within the 90 days prior to travel.


    Please note: Certain service limitations might apply on flights with UIA's partner airlines. For more information and for any questions, please, contact the ticket office where you purchased your ticket. You can also get information in UIA Contact Center using an online form.