Government Regulations

All animals may be inspected by government veterinary officials upon landing in any country. Please note that veterinary inspection fees may be charged. Local veterinary health certificates obtained from animal clinics are not sufficient to clear government veterinary inspections. In order to obtain these additional documents, such as government approved health certificates, please contact the consulate or embassy of the country to which you are travelling.

Below is a partial list of countries with restrictions on the entry of animals. For specific restrictions, as well as information on vaccination and documentation requirements when bringing animals into a particular country, always contact the embassy or consulate of your destination country.

  Conditions
Antigua and Barbuda

Flights to Antigua and Barbuda:
Pets are accepted in the cabin and the baggage compartment provided they are accompanied by an Official Health Certificate and an Import License issued by the Veterinary and Livestock Division in Antigua.

Flights from Antigua and Barbuda:
Pets are accepted in the cabin and the baggage compartment.

Australia

Flights to and from Australia:
Due to government regulations, pets are not accepted for travel in the cabin or in the baggage compartment. Pets may travel only as cargo, and all bookings must be made through Air Canada Cargo.

Barbados

Flights to Barbados:
Pets are not accepted for travel in the cabin or baggage compartment due to government regulations.

Flights from Barbados:
Pets are accepted in the cabin and baggage compartment.

Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for establishing requirements for all animals entering Canada, including pets.

Ontario
Due to Ontario government regulations, pit bulls are not accepted in the cabin or the baggage compartment, or as cargo for travel into or via the province of Ontario. Breeds defined as pit bulls are the pit bull terrier and the Staffordshire terrier. For more information on Ontario's pit bull ban, visit the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General website.

European Union

Visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website for information on travelling with your pet to a country that is part of the European Union.

Hong Kong

Flights to or through Hong Kong:
Due to government regulations, pets are not accepted in the cabin or in the baggage compartment. They may, however, travel as cargo, and all bookings must be made through Air Canada Cargo.

Flights from Hong Kong:
Pets are permitted in the cabin and the baggage compartment.

Ireland

Flights to Ireland (Republic of and Northern):
Pets are not accepted for travel in the cabin or baggage compartment due to government regulations.

Flights from Ireland (Republic of and Northern):
Pets are accepted in the cabin and baggage compartment.

Jamaica

Flights to and from Jamaica:
Due to government regulations, pets are not accepted for travel in either the cabin or the baggage compartment. Pets may travel only as cargo, and all bookings must be made through Air Canada Cargo.

New Zealand

Travel to and from New Zealand:
Due to government regulations, pets are not accepted for travel in the cabin or in the baggage compartment. Pets may travel only as cargo, and all bookings must be made through Air Canada Cargo.

Peru

Only cats and dogs weighing up to 6 kg (13 lb) and seeing eye/guide dogs are accepted in the cabin. Cats and dogs over 6 kg (13 lb) must travel in the checked baggage compartment or via Air Canada Cargo.

Pets must be accompanied by one of the following: a veterinarian good health certificate, rabies vaccination certificate or other vaccination and deworming certificate (if applicable), issued at the point of origin.
Seeing eye/guide dogs must be accompanied by a training certificate and remain muzzled during the entire flight.

Trinidad & Tobago

Due to quarantine laws, pets are not accepted into Trinidad and Tobago in the cabin or in the baggage compartment. For more information, visit Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs website.

United Kingdom

Flights to or via the U.K.:
Due to quarantine laws, pets are not accepted in the cabin or the baggage compartment.

Flights from the U.K.:
Pets are accepted for travel both in the cabin and in the baggage compartment.

Air Canada was the first North American carrier to participate in the United Kingdom's Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) which permits pet dogs and cats to enter the U.K as cargo without the usual 6 months quarantine as long as certain conditions are met.

Service animals:
If you wish to travel with a service animal, please contact Air Canada Reservations and ask for the Medical Assistance Desk.

United States
  • Puppies entering the United States must be at least 16 weeks old.
  • Rabies vaccination is required for all dogs entering the United States from a country where rabies is present. Dogs must be accompanied by a current, valid rabies vaccination certificate.

Hawaii:

Pets are not accepted in the cabin on flights to Hawaii; they are, however, accepted in the cabin on flights from Hawaii.

Pets are not accepted in the baggage compartment for travel to and from Hawaii due to government regulations. They may only travel via cargo and all bookings must be made through Air Canada Cargo office.