Please note that the terms and conditions for air travel with assistance dogs can differ from airline to airline. While this page will provide you with general information on the topic, it is important that you also check with your airline regarding the specific rules they have for flying with your guide dog.
Most airlines distinguish between specifically trained assistance dogs and emotional support dogs. While assistance dogs are usually allowed to travel in the aircraft cabin, emotional support dogs are classed as pets and the standard rules for travelling with a pet apply in this case.
An assistance dog, also known as a service dog, is a specially trained canine that provides support and assistance to individuals with disabilities. These dogs undergo extensive training to perform specific tasks that directly assist individuals with disabilities, and they are granted certain legal protections and access rights in public.
For an assistance dog to be recognised as such, for the purpose of air travel, most airlines request that
Before deciding to go on a plane journey with your dog, you may need to think about whether “your assistant” is ready for this task. If in doubt, you can discuss this with the organisation that provided the training.
You must let your airline know that you are intending to travel with an assistance dog. Ideally, this should be done at the time of booking and no later than 48 hours prior to departure.
To be permitted for travel on an aircraft, your dog must
In addition to the above, your assistance dog must meet all the requirements with regards to vaccinations, microchipping and relevant documentation as any other pet that is taken on air travel. These may differ, depdending on which country you are travelling from. You can find details about this on our page Flying to Mallorca with your Pet.
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