Pet First™


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At Delta, we take the time and care to ensure every animal travels safely and comfortably with our Delta Pet First service. There are several different options available to get a pet to its final destination, including being brought into the cabin, checked as baggage, or shipped as cargo traveling without their owner. Rest assured no matter how they are traveling, pets will have a safe and comfortable trip.

Whether a pet is carried on, checked in, or traveling alone without their owner, Delta puts a lot of requirements and restrictions in place to provide for the pets safety and security.

Government Regulations

Some states may require a health certificate for a traveling pet. Customers can contact a veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture at 800-545-8732, or the Department of Agriculture of the state they are traveling to for more information.

Pets to Hawaii

Hawaii requires that all live animals shipped or brought into the state have health and rabies inoculation certificates dated no more than ten days before travel begins. On Delta flights to Hawaii, pets will not be accepted as carry-on baggage.


All cats and dogs are subject to a 120-day quarantine in Hawaii. If specific pre- and post-arrival requirements are met, a pet may qualify for a shorter (30-days or less) quarantine. Costs are charged to the pet owner and must be paid in full upon arrival. Payment methods include cashier's check, traveler's check, money order, personal check, or cash.

Hawaiian quarantine facilities are located in Honolulu only; therefore, Delta cannot accept pets on nonstop flights to any other Hawaiian city. Delta does not participate in the Neighbor Island Dog and Cat Entry Program.

Seeing-eye dogs are accepted with certain provisions, including making advanced arrangements and verifying availability and cost. For further information, visit the Hawaii Department of Agriculture or call 808-483-7151.

Shipping Rates

Whether a pet is traveling within the United States or to an international destination, we want to ensure a smooth travel experience. Shipping rates depend largely on the distance a pet will travel. For additional questions about shipping rates or pet transportation, please contact:

Pets traveling with passengers:
800-221-1212 for flights within the United States
800-241-4141 for international flights

Pets traveling unescorted:
1-800-DL-CARGO (1-800-352-2746)

International Travel

View regulations for international pet travel.

Connection Carriers & Pet Travel

If a pet's journey takes it on more than one airline, there are some additional considerations to think about ahead of time.

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