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Pets as Checked Baggage

Pets as Checked Baggage

1 General provisions

Limited to domesticated cats and dogs only.

Cats, dogs or cross-breeds that are aggressive in nature, at risk of causing harm to people, prone to breathing difficulties, or snub-nosed are not accepted for carriage, including but not limited to: Terriers (e.g. Schnauzer, Boston Terrier), Boxers, Bulldogs, and Spaniels, mastiffs, pugs, mastiffs, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers, English cocker spaniels, English toy spaniels, King Charles spaniels, bullmastiffs, Affenpinschers, Lhasa apsos, Pekingese, Chow Chows, Japanese chins, shar-peis, shih tzus, pit bulls, Japanese mastiffs (including Tosa-Inus), Brazilian mastiffs, Dogo Argentinos, Burmese cats, Himalayan cats, Persian cats, exotic shorthair cats (such as ‘Garfield’), etc.

Cats and dogs that are pregnant, less than 8 weeks old, nursing, have given birth within 7 days or are sick will not be accepted for carriage.

pets carried as checked baggage must be loaded into cargo compartments equipped with an oxygen supply. The cargo compartments on some models of Air China aircraft A319 / A320 / 737-8MAX / ARJ21-700 are not equipped with oxygen supplies and are unable to transport pets.

You will remain fully liable for any pet transported as checked baggage. Air China shall not be held liable for any illness, injury or death of pets during carriage for reasons not related to Air China.

2 Carriage requirements

Should you require your pet to be carried as checked baggage, please ensure that you submit an application when you make your reservation, as pets will only be carried following approval by Air China.

Only one pet may be checked in per passenger.

The weight of each pet shall not exceed 32 kg (including the weight of the pet container and the food and water within).

You must personally check in your pet at the airport no later than 120 minutes before departure on the day of your flight.

When checking in small animals, you must agree to and sign a declaration of exemption from liability on the back of the baggage tag.

Air China does not currently offer an interline pet transportation service with other airlines.

Small animals are not accepted for carriage on Air China wet-leased flights. For information on specific flight routes, please call 95583 to inquire.

3 Transport documents

If you are taking a domestic flight, you must be able to produce a quarantine certificate for your pet issued by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ)

If you are taking an international or regional flight, in addition to producing a quarantine certificate for your pet issued by the AQSIQ, you must also ensure that you satisfy the requirements relating to the transportation of pets for the countries you are entering/exiting or transiting.

4 Quarantine requirements for pets entering China

In accordance with Announcement No. 5 [2019] of the General Administration of Customs of China, “Announcement on Further Regulating the Quarantine Supervision of Pets Brought into China,” Air China would like to remind you of the new quarantine requirements for pets entering the country through airports:

(1) Only dogs or cats (including service dogs for disabled persons) may be brought into the country and only one pet is permitted per person.

(2) For all pets brought into the country, China Customs must be provided with valid quarantine certificates and valid rabies vaccination certificates issued by the official animal quarantine agency of the country or region from which the pet is being exported.

(3) Pets must have electronic chips that conform to ISO 11784 and ISO 11785 international standards. The 15-digit microchip code may only consist of numbers and must be capable of being read by a reader. If the chip does not meet these standards, you should provide your own reader that is capable of reading the implanted chip.

(4) Pets entering the country shall undergo quarantine for 30 days at a quarantine facility designated by China Customs, except for pets exempt from quarantine in the following circumstances:

a. Pets brought into the country from one of the following 19 designated countries or territories: New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii (United States), Guam (United States), Jamaica, Iceland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong (China) or Macau (China) that have valid electronic chips and pass on-site quarantine.

b. Pets from non-designated countries or territories (i.e. all countries and territories other than designated countries or territories) that have electronic chips, pass on-site quarantine and for which a rabies antibody test report issued by an approved laboratory can be provided (antibody titer or immune antibody level must be above 0.5 IU/ml).

c. Guide dogs, hearing dogs or search and rescue dogs that have valid electronic chips, pass on-site quarantine and for which the person bringing the pet is able to provide relevant user certificates and professional training certificates.

(5)Pet container requirements Pets that need to be quarantined must enter the country through ports equipped with quarantine facilities. The General Administration of Customs of China publishes a regularly updated list of ports with quarantine facilities on its official website. As of the date when these new regulations come into force, the list of ports with quarantine facilities is as follows:

Name of port

Name of agency

Beijing Capital International Airport

Capital International Airport Customs

Beijing West Railway Station

Beijing West Railway Station Customs

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Hongqiao International Airport Customs

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Pudong International Airport Customs

Shanghai Railway Station

Station Customs

Shanghai International Cruise Terminal

Pujiang Customs

Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal

Wusong Customs

Urumqi Diwopu International Airport

Urumqi Airport Customs


Alashankou Customs

(6) Air China shall not be held liable if a pet is repatriated or destroyed within a certain period of time by Customs due to the pet having entered the country other than in accordance with the above regulations.

(7) For all other specific quarantine requirements, please visit the official website of the General Administration of Customs of China ( and consult Announcement No. 5 [2019], “Announcement on Further Regulating the Quarantine Supervision of Pets Brought into China.”

5 Pet Carrier Requirements

You must prepare a travel carrier for your pet which meets airline requirements (Figure 1) and secure it appropriately (Figure 2).

If you are using an air travel-approved pet carrier with a detachable roof, the locking latches must be intact, with no missing nuts, bolts or locks. Doors must be sealed via an additional, external locking method, but this external locking method must not cause any harm to the pet (Figure 2)

Figure 1–Front

Figure 1–Back

Figure 2

Air China cannot accept travel carriers that fail to meet air travel requirements. In particular, travel carriers must NOT have the following features:

① Fiberglass or hard plastic doors;

② Openings or ventilation holes are large enough for the animal's paws or nose to fit through;

③ Additional doors on the roof or ventilation holes on the bottom end of the side walls;

④ Openings and ventilation holes on either side of the container adjacent from the door have not been covered with wire mesh.

A. Dimensions

You must contact Air China in advance to confirm whether the dimensions of the carrier meet aircraft requirements in terms of the aircraft’s door dimensions and hold capacity.

The dimensions of the carrier must also enable the pet to stand, turn around or lie down in a natural position.

Air travel-approved pet carriers:

Diagram for reference only

B. Materials

Materials are limited to fiberglass, metal, rigid plastic, welded mesh and hardwood only. Containers comprised entirely of welded mesh or wire solder are not suitable for air transportation.

C. Ventilation holes

Ventilation holes are to be located within the upper third of the walls on three sides of the container (excluding the container door). ventilation holes must occupy at least 16% of the surface area of the four container walls. Additional holes may be placed on the top or on the sides of the container for increased ventilation as required. All openings should be covered with a wire mesh in order to prevent the animal from extending its paws or nose outside of the container.

D. Doors

A door should be located at one end of the container and make up one side of the container itself. The door must be equipped with a sliding chain or hinge as a locking device. Doors must be made from welded metal that is strong enough to withstand it being bent or damaged by the pet. Doors on rigid plastic containers should have protuberances of at least 1.6 cm in size at the top and bottom so that hinges and locking pins can be fitted.

On either side of the container door, spacer bars or handles should be fitted along the middle of the outer walls of both sides of the container to facilitate handling and shield the container from other baggage.

E. Floors

The floor of the carrier must be solid in order to prevent the seepage of feces and urine. Absorbent bedding should also be provided to prevent leakage (straw cannot be used as bedding).

F. Roofs

The shipper must ensure that the roof of the container is solid. Ventilation holes may be placed across the entire surface of the roof providing that these holes do not reduce the integrity and stability of the roof itself.

G. Food and water containers

The pet container must have a fixed water container that allows for water to be added to it without opening the pet container itself. Feed containers must be fixed inside the pet container or attached to the pet container itself. Food may be attached to the pet container for use in the event of flight delays.

6 Fee schedules

Please seeFee Schedules for Excess Special Baggage

7 Transportation of service dogs

For service dogs that are brought into the cabin, please see (Disabled Passengers Who Need Assistance)

The requirements above also apply to service dogs transported in the cargo compartment.