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In this post, we discuss an important policy of Japan Airlines. This policy is called the Japan Airlines pet policy. After reading this full post, you will be aware of how to travel with pets on Japan Airlines.

What Types of Transportation Does Japan Airlines Offer for Pets?

  • Travel in the passenger cabin.
  • Your baggage will be checked in the pressurized and temperature-controlled area of the aircraft.
  • The items are transported as cargo in an area that is pressurized and controlled for temperature.

Can My Pet Travel in the Passenger Cabin?

Pets that meet these qualifications are allowed to travel in the passenger cabin:

  • To travel, dogs and cats need to be at least 8 weeks old. We do not accept French bulldogs and bulldogs.
  • Your pet can stay in its kennel under the seat for the whole flight and be comfortable. More about Japan Airlines Seat Policy.
  • You can only have small cats and dogs as pets. If you need to transport birds, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, marmots, chipmunks, squirrels, or chinchillas, please contact Japan Airlines Reservations.
  • Pets should be healthy, friendly towards other animals and people, and should not have a bad smell. We do not accept pets that are pregnant.
  • You can only bring one pet in a container with you on the plane. Each passenger is allowed to have one container. The container must meet the carry-on baggage requirements of Japan Airlines. Animals that are traveling as baggage are not counted as part of your free baggage allowance.
  • It is the responsibility of the passenger to confirm and prepare all necessary import/export documents for travel. They should also make arrangements with the appropriate quarantine offices. Make sure to contact the right consulate, embassy, and quarantine offices ahead of time to learn about import/export rules before you travel. You need to bring all the necessary import/export documents to the Japan Airlines check-in counter on the day of your travel.

Can my pet travel as checked baggage?

Pets that meet certain qualifications are allowed to travel as checked baggage.

  • Your pet can stay in its kennel for the whole flight without any discomfort.
  • The kennel fulfills all the necessary requirements.
  • Make sure your pet has all the necessary health documents for your destination.

Kennel Requirements

  • Ensure that there are no leaks or ways to get out.
  • Make sure the container has good ventilation, but make sure no part of the animal sticks out.
  • Make sure there is ample space for the animal to stand and move around comfortably.
  • It should be made of metal, wood, or a durable plastic/composite material.
  • Use material or litter that can absorb liquid.
  • The kennel has handles on the outside that are functional. These handles help prevent the kennel from tilting and ensure that there is no direct contact with the animals.
  • Make sure to close it tightly, but don’t lock it.
  • Make sure to put labels on the crate’s top and at least one side. The labels should have the words “Live Animal” written in letters that are at least 1 inch tall.
  • Please add labels with upright arrows to indicate the correct position of the kennel.

Health Documentation Required

Make sure to check with your veterinarian to find out the most up-to-date entry requirements. Please get in touch with Japan Airlines regarding the necessary health documentation.

Other Restrictions

Japan Airlines has the right to decline to transport an animal if it is sick, behaves aggressively, is not properly housed, or if the temperatures at the airports of origin, transfer, or destination are too extreme.


Can my pet travel as checked baggage on Japan Airlines flights?

Yes, certain pets meeting qualifications can travel as checked baggage.

What are the kennel requirements?

Leak-proof, good ventilation, enough space for movement, made of metal/wood/durable plastic, absorbent material, functional handles, labeled “Live Animal.”

What health documentation is needed?

Check with a veterinarian and Japan Airlines for updated requirements.

Can my pet be shipped as cargo?

Contact the nearest JAL Cargo office.

What is the cost for my pet to travel as checked baggage?

Contact the nearest JAL office for rates.

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