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Air China Pet Policy

Whenever you want to fly with your pets, you must know certain things that will help your pet’s smooth traveling. Thus pet policy of any airline is essential, so that, when your pet is in flight, they don’t find any discomfort or risk to their life. In a similar way, when flying with Air China, they have a different set of rules under the Air China Pet Policy.

So talking about the Air China Pet Policy, you will get to know all the information, rules, and restrictions. This is something every passenger of Air China, who is about to fly with their pet for the first time must know. Obviously, you want your pet to travel safely and comfortably without any difficulty, then do follow these rules.

Air China Airlines has permitted only cats and dogs as pet animals which you can carry if you want on a flight. But there are some breeds of cats and dogs which are quite aggressive and can harm co-passengers, or suspected as dangerous are not allowed to carry on the flight. Also, there are some other breeds which due to their respiratory problem for their physical build-equipment like short-nosed breeds of cats and dogs.

So here are some included breeds of cats and dogs which are not permitted to fly in a flight 
• terriers • boxers • bulldogs • spaniels • pugs • mastiffs • American Staffords • American howlers • Boston beagles • Brussels griffins • mastiffs • Spanish hounds • British touch ka • British spaniel • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel • bullmastiff • Belgian Brussels Griffon • Affenpinscher • Chrysanthemum • Peking Dog • Chow • Japanese chin • Japanese Spitz • Shar Pei Shih Tzu • American Pit Bull Terrier • Tosa • Fila Brasileiro • Dogo Argentino • Samoyed • Birman • Himalayan Cat • Persian cat • exotic short-haired cat etc.

General Information:

Air China Pet Policy

So below we will be describing all the information, those are required to fly with pets in Air China aircraft.

  • Only dogs and cats as a live animal pet have been accepted by Air China pet policy airlines. 
  • Age of cats and dogs must be at least 8 weeks, i.e not less than 8 weeks when an animal is not accepted to travel in a flight.
  • If your pet is pregnant or in a lactation period, then also Air China doesn’t allow to fly.
  • If your pet is born just 7 days back, then you must not try to make them fly. Flying may risk their lives at such a small age as they will not be able to handle the pressure and the change of environment.
  • While traveling with live animals, you should have valid animal quarantine certificates and a much more essential health certificate.
  • You will need to follow up any conformational national documentation which may be needed on the exit or entry gate. Or sometimes you will be asked to show when you are transporting small animals.
  • Under Air China pet policy, you can’t take your pet along with you in a cabin in any case, even if it’s a small animal pet.
  • You have to send your pet as checked baggage in the cargo department of the aircraft.
  • If the size of your pet is small, then Air China will consider being a piece of special baggage and you will be asked separate fees which they normally charged for any other special baggage.
  • While traveling you must confirm your pet reservation to Air China in advance. Cause, only one pet container is permitted to fly in every aircraft of Air China.
  • You can’t keep more than one animal in the same container, as this is not allowed by the Air China pet policy.
  • Each weight of the container with your pet in it must not exceed 32 kg and weight also includes excess food or water you kept inside for your pet.
  • If the weight of the container box exceeds more the weight mentioned in the above point then your pet animal will be traveling in an aircraft as a cargo hold. 

Pet travel with Air China can be transported which has been operated only on-way flights that are direct. Whether it’s domestic to domestic or it’s domestic to international locations.

Usually, Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu are the connecting destinations in China from where pet travel with Air China flights is available easily and with full safety and care. These places usually come up in the list cause, from these locations of china, the travel time of flight is at least 2.45 hours

If your flight is not direct or flight time is exceeding 4 hours then at the middle stop, pets surrender to their owner for a while, so that they can feed and make them walk around for refreshment. Before you are boarding for the next half of your journey, give its custody back again to the airlines for completing the further flight journey of your pet.

Animals/Pets Container

So in China, there are restricted rules or requirements which you have to follow when you are putting your pet in a container and making it fly, under the Air China pet policy.

So you have to meet the details according to “National Standards GBT26543-2011, the People’s Republic of China that is General Requirements on the Packing of Animals for Air Transportation”.

Here are some of the requirements:

  1. The pet carrier should be solid and well conceived so that the small animal can not escape and not injure the passenger, damage the cargo, baggage, or the aircraft. The carrier should be big enough and have a propwer vantilation so that the pet can move easily and will not feel saffocated. The carrier should be leakage proof so the urin and dung of pet will not comes out from the carrier.
  2. The container ventilation holes must be fitted with metal meshes for the animals’ comfortability.
  3. The container holes for ventilation must be somewhere closer to the top on the three walls without a door and the diameter of the container hole shall be at least 2.5cm, and the distance from one hole to another shall be 10cm.
  4. The total area of the ventilation holes shall be at least 16% of that of the container’s four walls and all container ventilation holes must be conceived because the small animal’s nature is poking around yourself so it helps to safe that time to poking its nose or paws outside the container.
  5. The animal’s container is wrapped with the cotton or linen mesh that can protect the animals in the container and can prevent the animal from escaping.
  6. The container doors must be on one of the four sidewalls and can be locked with a metal chain. 
  7. If the two pets have weight of 14 Kg each, then the airline allows to stay them in one container. But if the each pet has more than 14 kg, they will carried in the separate containers. You can carry 3 pets in one carrier with or without compartment when theie age up to 6 months only.
  8. The containers for large dogs should have two layers of doors, spaced 1cm apart. The door must be of closely meshed connected metal bars. The container doors should be locked with two or three laches and absolute safety to be fitted with additional metal chains.
  9. The total weight of your pet including carrier, pet, feed, and water should be maximum 45 kg for domestic flight and 32dfG for international flights. If the weight will exceed the above given points then it can not checked out as baggage but as cargo.
  10. Animals that need to eat and drink in the process of transportation time must use that type of container which are reliable utensils for feed and water which can prevent the animal feed from being spilled over the floor.
  11. The feed provided shall not be in violation of the relevant rules and regulations of the state which is decided for the animals.
  12. You are allowed only for two carrier for each flight.
  13. The baggae charges will not be applicable for small pets.
  14. Even the smaal pets/animals can not checked as a baggage at hong kong airport, there must be checked as cargo.

Know More:

While doing reservations for pets till you depart from the flight. There are many procedures you have to follow if flying with live animals in Air China Airlines.

  • You have to call up Air China ticket booking officials to inform them in advance that you have a pet booking too. Because you have to fill the application which they will ask under the Air China pet policy.
  • They will check over which type of pet you will be flying and other such requirements to be done for the pet for a smooth flight with Air China.
  • Before your flight, you should have all the agreements and documents that Air China airlines needed to approve your pet to have a flight journey.
  • Small Animal pets with a Quarantine certificate from veterinary is nor needed to present in the application process of confirmation of your pets to fly.
  • If in case they change your flight tickets, aircraft whose carriage department atmosphere may not suit with the presence of a pet, then they can cancel your pet’s booking. In this case, you may have to leave your pet at the airport or you can change your flight in which your pet can fly comfortably.
  • On the day of departure when you have your pet with you to have a flight, then you should reach the airport at least 2-3 hours early the departure time. As check-in with live animals takes time to look carefully at all the requirements done and after that only you will get permission for your pet to fly.
  • Air China will charge you fees separately for pet carrier hold, when you will be at the airport they will ask you to pay transportation expenses for your pet.


  • Air China Airlines will not be responsible for any sort of harm, injury, or pet live death under transportation conditions in aircraft or when carried out. If in any case your pet gets to escape from the container and gets lost, airlines will not claim your loss of a pet.
  • Air China may even refuse to carry your pet in a flight even as a carriage bag sometimes due to the country you are flying to is not accepting pets in flights.

Thus, these are some general principles you have to maintain while traveling with a pet not only for your pet’s well-being but also for the co-passengers traveling along with you in the same cabin. Thus Air China has a General set of rules, you have to follow if you are an Air China’s pet passenger.

You may contact the Air China Customer Support Team, for confirmation or clearing your questions and queries directly to them. In case they fail to respond, you can contact us, Treknova also regarding the Air China pet policy. You can call up, on our toll-free number +1-800-831-1547 for urgent help. We are there for you to solve your problems.

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