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Animals have been transported by air since the early 1930's. In today's modern world, carriage of live animals by air is considered the most humane and expedient method of transportation over long distances.

The IATA In-Cabin Live Animal Acceptance Checklist is effective as of 1 January 2023. The following FAQ provides information on checklist applicability and acceptance requirements: FAQ on the IATA In-Cabin Live Animals Acceptance Checklist (pdf). For more information, contact 

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Traveler's Pet Corner

Detailed information on the transportation of your cat or dog by air is available on the Traveler's Pet Corner.

IATA Live Animals Regulations

The IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) are the worldwide standard for transporting live animals by commercial airlines. Whether it is a pet, an animal transported for zoological or agricultural purposes or for any other reason, the objective of the IATA LAR is to ensure that all animals are transported safely and humanely by air.

The 49th Edition of the Regulations will come into effect on 1 January 2023.

More IATA Live Animals Regulations Documentation 


Addendum I to the 49th Edition of the IATA LAR (pdf) 

IATA Live Animal Acceptance Checklist (pdf)   

IATA In-Cabin Live Animal Acceptance Checklist (pdf) 

Live Animals and Perishables Board

IATA ensures that both safety and animal welfare are addressed in all regulatory issues pertaining to the transportation of live animals by air. IATA coordinates the Live Animals and Perishables Board (LAPB) and provides key input to the airline industry on issues such as animal welfare, identification, and animal behavior based on modern science.

It is the role of governments to set and enforce the rules concerning the transportation of live animals. IATA, however, publishes the Live Animals Regulations which all IATA members are expected to adhere to. These regulations are there to ensure that live animals are handled and transported in such a way that their welfare is top of mind by all parties involved and that they always travel in safe, healthy and humane conditions.