Travel for animals

Dogs from high-risk rabies locations temporarily barred from entering the U.S.
As of July 14, 2021, the U.S. government is temporarily suspending the transportation of dogs into the U.S. from countries considered high risk for rabies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The suspension is in place until further notice. United currently serves the following affected locations:

Belize, Brazil, Colombia, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Peru, Philippines, South Africa

Customers connecting to United from other locations may be affected.
Dogs from high-risk countries will be denied boarding unless a CDC Dog Import Permit, which must be requested at least 6 weeks before travel, is presented. Dogs without a permit will be denied entry and returned to the country of departure at the importer’s expense. Learn more about the CDC guidelines.

In-cabin pets

Take your pet with you on your flight

Domesticated small dogs and cats can travel with you in the cabin on most flights within the U.S. Some restrictions apply.

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PetSafe®

Ship cats and dogs that aren't eligible to travel in-cabin

PetSafe is our specially designed animal transport program for shipping pets safely and comfortably on our flights. View our PetSafe page for guidelines and restrictions and to book travel for your pet.

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Service animals 

Trained service animals are accepted in United and United Express® aircraft cabins when accompanying qualified individuals with disabilities.

U.S. military and State Department pet exceptions

United allows active duty U.S. military personnel on Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and their spouses, along with State Department Foreign Service Personnel (FSP) and their spouses to transport their pet dogs and cats when traveling on assignment to and from international destinations. Visit the Military and State Department pet exceptions page to learn more about our PetSafe® program.

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