Korean Air

Planning to fly with your dog? While air travel can be a quick way to get dogs or pets from one place to another, you should always plan ahead and make sure you know airlines have different policies about transporting pets. Some allow pets to travel in the aircraft cabin as part of your carry-on luggage allowance, while others will only allow pets to travel in the cargo area, and fees can vary from at all to more than $500. Also, most airlines only allow up to 4 dogs on each flight, so always make sure it is available for your dog BEFORE buying your own ticket. And always notice the airline 48 hours ahead of your trip.

To make your travel easy, please familiarize yourself with current U.S. Travel Regulations or International Pet Travel restrictions before you go. Have a great trip!

Pet In Cabin Policy

Types: Dogs, cats and birds onlyYou can carry a pet on board if the total weight of the pet and kennel is 7 kg or less; 

Pet Cargo Policy

a pet must travel in the cargo compartment if the total weight is between 7 kg and 32 kg.

Health and Vaccination Requirements

A microchip should be implanted.

A quarantine certificate issued by the official government authority is required.

The microchip ID number should be stated on the certificate.

Carrier Guideline

We can carry a pet in our cargo compartment if the total weight is between 33 kg and 45 kg, but please note that certain countries do not permit the carriage of pets in this weight classification due to their regulations. Codeshare flight passengers may not be eligible for animal transportation depending on the Codeshare agreement. 

Be made from firm materials such as metal, wood or plastic (cloth and leather carriers permitted for carry-on pets).

Come equipped with proper ventilation.

Be water resistant.

Carry-on kennel dimensions: No larger than 115 cm (45 in; for economy class, the height should be less than 20 cm (8 in) (soft cages can be 26 cm high (10 in)).

Cargo compartment dimensions: No larger than 246 cm (97 in)

In accordance with the security regulations, all First Class and Prestige Class passengers are kindly requested to secure the pet carriage into the places like overhead-bins and coatrooms during take-off and landing.

Breed Restrictions

Restrictions on the brachycephalic breeds(Dogs, Cats) transported in the cargo compartment of domestic flight operated with narrow body aircraft from July to September.

Dog : Dogo Argentino , Mastiff  , Boston Terrier  , Boxer  , Bulldog  , Brussels Griffon  , Shih Tzu  , Spaniel(English toy)  , Japanese Chin  , Chow Chow  , Pug  , Pekingese  , Lhasa Apso, Shapei, Affenpinscher, Tibetan Spaniel, Pit Bull (   All Breeds)

Cat : Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan, Persian

Travel to Hawaii / International Travel

International Regulations

Rules surrounding pet travel vary around the world. Please contact the embassy or consulate of your destination country to confirm all necessary documents such as quarantine certificates, health certificates and rabies immunization reports. We have some helpful tips — but please note that all information is subject to change.

See Country-Specific Regulations for Accompanying Animal.


On the home page—pull-down the menu under Customer Support then click on the link for Our Services and Fees for information regarding Korean Air services and fees between Asia and the Americas. Further fee information can be found for other countries at the following; http://www.koreanair.com/local/na/gd/eng/cs/sn/eng_cs_sn_pt.jsp. Regardless of your free baggage allowance, you will be charged extra for your pet according to the excess baggage charge.

Service/Emotional Support Animals

Service Animals (Dog only)

Permitted on board at no cost for passengers with special needs. The dog must sit in front of the passenger and quarantine certificates are still required.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, mentally handicapped people with an emotional support animal must carry a medical statement issued within a year of their departure date; emotional support animals are only allowed in flights departing/arriving in America. Please contact the Korean Air Service Center for details.

Contact Information

213-484-1900 (24hours Everyday); 800-438-5000 (24hours Everyday) (Toll Free in USA)