You may take your pets with you on your Turkish Airlines flights. To do this your pet must have valid vaccination and health certificates; entry permits and any other documents required by countries of transit are also required.
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The following dogs are considered dangerous and will not be admitted on our flights: American pitbull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo argentino, doberman, pincher doberman, rottweiller
Rules regarding pet transport
- On our planes, in both the cabin and cargo compartments, only cats, dogs, and small passerine birds (goldfinches, budgies, canaries) can be transported as pets.
- It is necessary for all relevant permissions to be completed and approved 6 hours before the time of the flight at the very latest.
- The allowed quota for carry on pets varies according to the type of aircraft.
- Passengers bringing on pets are required to take care of all acceptance procedures at the check-in counter for both carry on and checked pets.
- The pet's health certificate, vaccination papers, and all relevant documents are required to be on the passenger's person throughout the entirety of the admissions procedure.
- Pets are required to appear at check-in looking healthy, clean, and well-kempt. Any pets which appear unhealthy or in poor condition may not be accepted for transport.
- The pet will not be included in the passenger’s free baggage allowance but excess baggage charges will be applied for the combined weight of the pet (together with its cage/bag).The passenger will be responsible for all costs and expenses related to their pets.
- Passengers traveling with caged pets must have "the passenger's name, address, telephone information, the number of pets, and the name of the pet" written down along with the name/address label.
- Should documents required by the country to which the pet is traveling be insufficient, the pet will not be admitted onto the flight.
- Some countries do not allow passengers traveling with pets for entry, exit or transit purposes. For further information please contact the nearest Turkish Airlines Sales Office.
- The size of allowed cages/bags for pets in the cabin is 23x40x55 cm (widthxheightxlength). All carry on cages/bags must not exceed a total weight of 8kg. Should the weight of the cage and pet exceed 8kg, it may only be transported as cargo.
- Pets who share a cage, in order to be accepted as carry on into the cabin, must be accustomed one another, must be of the same species (2 birds, 2 cats, 2 dogs), and must not exceed the permitted weight of 8 kg or the permitted cage size of 23x40x55cm.
- Kittens or puppies who are younger than 8 weeks old or who are still weaning may not be transported, nor may a still weaning mother. Kittens or puppies between 8 weeks and 12 weeks old may only be transported with the express permission of their veterinarian. No more than 3 kittens or puppies from the same mother between 8-24 weeks old who are traveling in the same cage will be permitted.
- Pets that are pregnant will not be permitted on the aircraft.
- Turkish Airlines is in no way responsible for any deterioration in the health of an animal during or after its transport on a Turkish Airlines flight.
- In the case of passengers who are allergic to cats, dogs, or birds and can prove their allergy with a medical report stating as such, no pets will be allowed in the cabin. Priority to the passenger who first booked their flight will be given in the case of passengers traveling with a guide dog who are on the same flight as a passenger who can prove allergy to cats, dogs or birds with a medical report.
- Cages must be provided by the owner of the live animal in question.
- No more than two cages per passenger will be permitted. Of these cages, a maximum of one is allowed to be carried into the cabin.
- Dogs and cats, or cats and birds may not be carried onto the same plane (whether or not they are in the same cabin). Dogs and birds will be placed in separate cabins, or as far away as possible from one another in the event that separate cabin placement is not feasible.
- Cats who suffer from respiratory problems (Persian, Himalayan, Burmese, etc.), should they fit within the boundaries of acceptable weight and size limits, are recommended to be carried on in the cabin.
- Dogs who suffer from respiratory problems (Pekingese, pug, sharpei, shih tzu, Japenese spaniel, chow chow, English toy spaniel, bulldog, Boston terrier, boxer, Brussels griffin, mastiff, etc.), should they fit within the boundaries of acceptable weight and size limits, are recommended to be carried on in the cabin.
- Passengers traveling with guide dogs (including those who accompany passengers for medical reasons, for vision and hearing impaired passengers, and for guide dogs who give emotional support) will be allowed to bring their guide dog into the cabin free of charge. Per the rules of the country travel, all necessary documents required for travel such as vaccination papers or identity cards must be found on the passenger's person in order to be permitted on the flight. Guide dogs without all required documentation in full will not be permitted on the flight.
- In order for an emotional guide dog (dogs specially trained for giving emotional and moral support or providing psychiatric assistance and therapeutic benefit to their owners) to be allowed in-flight, a valid medical certificate, issued by a mental health specialist and bearing the name of the passenger, must be presented.
- Assistance dogs must be clean, leashed and muzzled, and must sit on the floor next to their owner's feet.
- In order for a guide dog to be allowed in either the cabin or as cargo, it is required to have the reservation approved at least 48 hours prior to the flight time.
Carriage conditions for pets traveling on flights to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
- For all pets, you must obtain a 60 day import license from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Veterinary Department.
- Your pet must undergo a health check 48 hours before the flight so that you can obtain an export health certificate which must be approved by the body responsible for veterinary affairs in the country from which your original flight departs.
- For cats and dogs, you must also carry a passport and health certificate showing that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies and other illnesses. Your pet’s rabies vaccination must have taken place at least one month before the flight but not more than one year in advance. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis and leptospira; cats must be vaccinated against feline enteritis and feline influenza. For cats and dogs, you must also carry an original laboratory report showing their immunity level against rabies (serology test).
Pets aged under three months are not admitted into the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. However, admission will be granted to small pets, aged between two and three months, which are traveling with their mother, have been in the same place since birth, have had no direct contact with wild animals that may carry infections and have their own passport. For more detailed information, please visit the website www.veteriner.gov.ct.tr.