Pet Travel on Delta

Take off with your favorite friend, even if they’ve got fur. Some pets can travel with Delta as a carry-on or shipped as (very special) cargo, depending on their size. Review the requirements, then call us in advance at 800-221-1212 to arrange to bring your pet on your next flight.

Carry-On Pets

Small dogs, cats and household birds can travel in the cabin for a one-way fee, collected at check-in. They must be able to fit in a small, ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you. Pets in cabin kennels will count as your one carry-on item.  In addition to the kennel, you are permitted to bring one personal item onboard the aircraft. The following fees apply to/from the following destinations.
Checked pet fee Each way
To/From Destination
U.S./Canada/Puerto Rico

$125 USD

U.S. Virgin Islands/International



$75 USD

CAD amount will be charged to exit Canada, while EUR amount will be charged to exit Europe. These fees are established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance.

*Household birds permitted on domestic U.S. flights only excluding Hawaii, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. 

If you’re bringing a large pet, please review Shipping Your Pet.

Carry-On Pet Exceptions

For any travel to or from the following destinations — with the exception of service animals — pets must travel as cargo and are not permitted in the cabin. For travel to Hawaii, pets are not permitted to travel in the cabin and other restrictions may apply. Review pet travel restrictions based on destination or connecting flights.

Beginning July 14, 2021, there is a temporary suspension, opens in a new window for dogs imported from countries that CDC considers high risk for dog rabies, opens in a new window. This includes dogs arriving from countries NOT at high risk if the dogs have been in any high-risk country during the previous 6 months. Dogs from high-risk countries may be imported only with CDC’s advance written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit) – this applies to service animals, pet in the cabin and shipped via Cargo

  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Brazil - Exit Brazil
  • Colombia - Exit Colombia
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Jamaica  
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates

Carry-On Pet Embargo

For customers who purchase tickets on/after June 7, 2021 for travel on/after June 7, 2021, Carry-On Pets will not be allowed to travel exit Brazil or Colombia.  Embargo does not apply to trained Service Animals.

Carry-On Pet Requirements

Know how to prepare your pet for a safe, healthy and happy flight. Make sure to meet these requirements if you’re flying with a small pet as a carry-on:

  • Your pet must be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel without touching or protruding from the sides of the kennel and with the ability to move around.
  • The kennel must fit under the seat directly in front of you.
  • The soft- or hard-sided kennels must be leak-proof and have ventilation openings on three sides (four sides for international travel).
  • Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight as under seat dimensions vary by aircraft. Delta recommends a soft-sided kennel with maximum dimensions of 18” x 11” x 11” that fit most aircraft types
  • Due to very limited under seat space, pets are not permitted to travel in-cabin on A220 aircraft.
  • Your pet must remain inside the kennel (with door secured) while in a Delta boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), a Delta airport lounge and while onboard the aircraft.
  • Your pet must be at least 10 weeks old for Domestic travel.
  • Your pet must be 16 weeks old if traveling to the U.S. from other countries and must be at least 15 weeks old for European Union travel.
  • Pets in cabin kennels will count as your one carry-on item.  In addition to the kennel, you are permitted to bring one personal item onboard the aircraft.
  • One pet is permitted per kennel with the following exceptions:
    • One female cat/dog may travel with her un-weaned litter if the litter is a minimum of 10 weeks old to 6 months of age.
    • There is no limit on the number of animals in the litter.
  • Exception: 2 pets of the same breed and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months may be allowed to travel in 1 kennel, providing they are small enough to fit into one kennel and are compatible. They will be charged as 1 pet.

Number of Pets Permitted Per Cabin

Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Delta in advance at 800-221-1212 to arrange to bring your pet on board. To ensure the comfort of all of our passengers, Delta limits the number of total pets per flight. 
Number of Pets Permitted Per Cabin

Ticket Class

Domestic First Class including Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam·
Domestic Business Class
Domestic Delta One


Carry-on Pets are not allowed in any cabin with flat-bed seats
International First Class
International Business Class
International Delta One
Delta Premium Select


Not Permitted at any time regardless of aircraft.

*Excludes service animals or emotional support animals

Main Cabin - Domestic and International  


Restrictions may apply.

For tickets purchased on or after November 17, 2020, customers traveling with a trained service animal or a confirmed emotional support animal may not also bring a pet in the cabin.

Carry on Pets are not permitted in the following:

·         Bulkhead, emergency exit rows

·         Seats designated as “no stowage”

·         Flat-bed seats

·         Rows 30-35 on the A330-200 aircraft

·         Rows 30-43 on the A330 -300 aircraft

·         Center seats on the B757-200 aircraft

Delta Sky Club Pets

Keep in mind if you visit a Delta Sky Club with your carry-on pet, our policies are the same as if you’re on board the aircraft. Your pet must stay in its appropriate carrier with the door secured while in the Delta Sky Club for the comfort and safety of your pet and our other Delta Sky Club guests. One of our representatives can assist you in locating a pet relief area, which is available at most airports to travelers with pets and trained service animals.
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