Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, with its main office in Doha, has been flying since 1994. Qatar Airways, which operates in 150 nations, now allows pets to fly free with their owners to enjoy the sights. Here is all the information you require regarding Qatar Airways’ pet policy.

Qatar Airways’ Pet Check-In Procedure

By international air travel regulations, Qatar Airways accepts domesticated dogs, cats, and birds as checked baggage, either on your flight or on a different one. When booking, Qatar asks visitors to let them know if they will be bringing a pet. They ask for a 48-hour notice if this is not possible so they can provide you with prompt service.

Animal crates

The crate for your pet should have enough room and be the right size. It must be properly constructed and strong enough to stop an escape. There are restrictions regarding the number of pets housed in a single container. For your pet’s safety, Qatar Airways reserves the right to refuse the transportation of any animal if the container is too small. An IATA-approved fiber crate is typically advised for safety.

Pet food

Given that you won’t be able to access your pet for the duration of the flight, Qatar Airways advises that you give your pet enough food and water for the entire trip in their crate or kennel. When creating your food and water containers, take into account the following:

Food and water storage containers must be present and attached inside the shipping container, with options for filling them from the outside, which does not necessitate opening the shipping container.

Water bottles or other dispensers attached inside or outside the shipping container are not considered suitable for refilling.

Age, Breed, and Health Restrictions

Certain breeds of dogs and cats are not allowed to be transported by Qatar Airways because they are more likely to experience heat stroke when under stress or in temperatures above 21°C (69.8°F). These consist of Exotic, Persian, Shirazi, Cats


All snub- or pug-nosed dogs and mixes of those breeds will not be accepted for carriage on Qatar Airways.

  • Affenpinscher
  • Bichon Frise
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels
  • Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff)
  • English/British Bull Dog French Bull Dog
  • French Terrier
  • Greyhound dogs except for pets (A maximum of two greyhound dogs may be reserved as pets.)
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Pekingese
  • Pug (all breeds)
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Valley Terrier

The list of dogs below is limited to those that Qatar Airways will accept for cargo service. Each requirement is in line with container requirement 82 of the IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR).

  • American Bull Dog
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Mastiff (English Mastiff)
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cane Corso
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogo Argentino
  • English Mastiff
  • Pitbull
  • Presa Canario
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Note: We advise obtaining a veterinary certificate stating that the animal does not fit into the above categories before transporting cats or dogs. Additionally, they reject:

  • Being used as research subjects are primates
  • animals that are under twelve (12) weeks old
  • weak animals Female animals nursing young will only be allowed to travel if a veterinarian certifies that both the mother and the young are healthy enough to do so.
  • More than six (6) weeks will only transport pregnant cats or dogs if a veterinarian certifies that the animal is healthy enough to travel and that there is no chance of delivery during the trip.
  • When exposed to temperatures above 21 degrees Celsius or under stress, certain breeds of dogs and cats (such as snub-nosed breeds) are more likely to suffer heat stroke.

Age, Breed, and Health Restrictions

Dogs coming into the United States from nations with a high risk of dog rabies are temporarily prohibited. In addition, this includes canines with high disease risk for the previous six months in any nation.

Only with the CDC’s prior written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit), which must be provided when requesting a dog either as a service animal or as checked baggage, may dogs from high-risk countries be brought into the United States. Visit the CDC website at for more details.

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