Carry-On Pet Policy:
Turkish Airlines allows dogs, cats, and small passerine birds (goldfinches, budgies, canaries) with a maximum combined weight for pet and carrier of 8 kg/17 lbs. to travel with passengers inside the cabin. The cost is between $150 to $350 USD depending on the itinerary of the flight to Turkey or between Turkey and the United States. Dogs and cats with respiratory problems are recommended to be carried in the cabin, as long as they meet the required size and weight restrictions. Dogs and cats, and cats and birds, are not permitted on the same plane. If fellow passengers provide documented proof of a medical allergy to either dogs, cats, or birds, pets will not be allowed in the cabin. Guide dogs and emotional support pets are accepted in the cabin free of charge as long as the required vaccination records, identity cards, and medical certificates are provided. Guide dogs without the necessary documentation will be barred from flights.
Checked Baggage/Cargo Policy:
Pets can travel on the same flight as their owners in the baggage compartment of Turkish Airlines’ aircraft. Pets do not count as free baggage. Passengers will be charged excess baggage rates based on the combined weight of the pet and carrier. Excess baggage rates range between $150 to $350 depending on the flight’s destination.
Pets traveling in the passenger cabin must remain in a well-ventilated carrier no larger than 23 x 40 x 55 cm (9″ x 15.5″ x 21.5″). The combined weight of the pet and carrier must not exceed 8 kg/17 lbs. Pets who share a carrier must be of the same species (2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 birds) and cannot exceed the required weight limit and carrier size. A maximum of two carriers per passenger are allowed, but only one is permitted in the cabin. All carriers must be labeled with the passenger’s name, address, telephone number, and the name of the pet(s).
Turkish Airlines requires passengers traveling with pets to have all necessary permissions approved a minimum of six hours prior to departure. This includes valid vaccinations, health certificates, and entry permits. Passengers with guide dogs must have their reservation approved at least 48 hours in advance of the flight time. The following breeds are not admitted on any Turkish Airlines’ flight: American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, doberman, pincher doberman, and rottweiler. Call Customer Support at 1-800-874-8875 prior to booking for further details.