KLM pet policy allows small cats and dogs to travel in economy class and business class cabins on many flights within Europe, but it is necessary to understand the guidelines provided by the airlines to make pet travel hassle-free.

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We’ll help you go through the policy and procedure laid out by KLM Airlines, enabling you to make an informed decision and plan your journey.

Are pets allowed to fly in the cabin with KLM Airlines?

KLM Airlines Pet Policy

Yes, as per the KLM pet policy, you can bring 1 cat or dog in the cabin when flying in Economy Class, or traveling in Business Class within Europe.

Here are some additional information for KLM pet in cabin –

Pet Travel CarrierMaximum size: 46 x 28 x 24 cm (L x W x H)
Maximum Weight of Travel Bag or Kennel (with pet inside)8 kg
RestrictionPet must fit comfortably within the kennel; removal during the journey is not allowed
Pets allowedSmall cat or dog in the Economy Class cabin
Pet Policy in Premium Comfort and Business ClassPets are not allowed
Check-inYou must arrive at the check-in counter at least 3 hours prior to departure
Reservation deadlineYou must complete the pet booking up to 24 hours before scheduled departure

Documents required for KLM pet travel in cabin

Below mentioned are the documents required pet travel in accordance with the KLM pet policy –

  • A valid health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian
  • Proof of up-to-date vaccinations, including rabies vaccination
  • Some countries may require a pet passport
  •  Import or export permits may be necessary

KLM pet travel fee

The fee information for bringing your cat or dog to the cabin is not mentioned anywhere on the airline’s website. Please the KLM airlines directly for more information. 

How to book KLM pet in cabin?

As soon as you book your flight, make a reservation for your pet to fly in the cabin. You may do so through the My Trips tab. Follow these steps –

  • Access the KLM Airline’s website and navigate to the “My Trips” tab.
  • Log in to your account using the provided credentials.
  • If you don’t have an account, create one by providing the necessary information.
KLM Airlines trip login to book
This screenshot is taken from www.klm.co.in
  • Locate your booked flight under the “My Trips” section by entering your reservation or confirmation number.
  • Look for the option to add a pet reservation.
  • Provide the required information about your pet, such as their breed, size, and name.
  • Make sure to enter accurate details to ensure a smooth experience.
  • Review and confirm the details of your pet reservation, including any applicable fees or requirements.

Are pets allowed to fly in cargo hold with KLM Airlines?

As per the KLM pet travel policy, you can bring up to 3 pets in the hold per itinerary. Pets traveling together may share the same carrier provided that the combined weight of the pet and carrier must not exceed 14 kg. In addition – 

Minimum Age and Same BreedUp to 3 pets in the hold.
You can bring 2 adult animals of the same size.
3 animals up to 6 months old from the same breed.
Pet AllowedUp to 3 pets in the hold.
You can bring 2 adult animals of the same size.
3 animals up to 6 months old from the same breed.
Restricted aircraftPets are not permitted on Boeing 787-9 or 787-10 aircraft. 
Weight limitUp to 3 pets in the hold.
You can bring 2 adult animals of the same size.
3 animals up to 6 months old from the same breed.
RestrictionsPets are not allowed if you have a flight connection of 3 hours or more.
Combined Weight of Pet and KennelTotal weight must be within 75 kg (pet + kennel)
Flight connection in ParisYou need a flight connection of at least 4.5 hours at Charles DeGaulle Airport to be allowed onto the next flight
Pet Carrier Dimensions for KLM Airlines122 x 81 x 89 cm (L x W x H)
Pet Carrier Dimensions for KLM Cityhopper (Applicable on Embraer Aircraft)102 x 69 x 76 cm (L x W x H)

Travel documents for pet travel with KLM Airlines

As per the KLM pet policy, it is necessary to have the pet’s passport or health certificate in English. In addition – 

  • It is advisable to attach copies of these documents to the kennel while keeping the original documents with you during check-in. 
  • A health certificate with a blood test may be required if you are traveling from a country categorized as high risk for dog rabies. 
  • The kennel should have a tag with the passenger’s name (on KLM airlines), address, and phone number, and a label displaying the animal’s name must be affixed to the side of the kennel.

Please Note: The name should be as per the ticket or any updation if you have opted for KLM name change on.

Pet Travel Fee

To travel with your cat or dog, there is a fee associated with it, ranging from EUR 75 to EUR 400 per one-way trip. 

How to book KLM pet travel in cargo hold?

To book a reservation for pets flying with KLM Airlines in the hold, you can follow these steps – 

  • Reach out to KLM Airlines directly through their customer service channel to make a reservation.
  • Verify with the airline if there is space available for pets in the cabin on your desired flight. 
  • Provide the necessary information about your pet, including its size, weight, breed, and any required documentation.
  • Be prepared to pay any applicable KLM checked baggage fees associated with traveling with pets in the hold. 
  • KLM Airlines may charge a pet transportation fee, which can vary depending on the route and the size of the pet.
  • Double-check the reservation details provided by the airline representative, including flight dates, times, and any specific instructions related to traveling with your pet.
  • Arrive 3 hours early on the day of departure and bring your pet to KLM flight check-in counter.

What are KLM pet carrier requirements?

You must adhere to the pet carrier guidelines as per the KLM pet policy to be able to travel with your pets. The pet carrier requirements for KLM pet travel are as follows –

KLM pet carrier requirements for travel in cabin

KLM Airlines pet carrier must meet the following requirements –

  • The KLM pet carrier size must not exceed 46cm x 28cm x 24cm (Length x Width x Height).
  • Your pet must move comfortably within the carrier or kennel, allowing them to sit, stand, turn around, and lie down without any restrictions.
  • The total weight of your pet, including the carrier, should not exceed 18lbs (8 kg).
  • During the flight, your pet must remain inside the kennel and be placed under the front seat.

Please Note: As per KLM pet policy, passengers accompanied by pets are not permitted to occupy exit row seat.

KLM pet carrier requirements for travel in cargo hold

The pet kennel for in-hold reservations must meet certain requirements:

  • Your pet must be comfortable to turn around, lie donw and stand up without its head hitting the roof.
  • The carrier weight including your pet must not exceed 18lbs (8 kg).
  • Either two empty bowls or a single bowl with two separate sections for food and drink should be provided inside the kennel.
  • A centralized locking mechanism is necessary to fasten the locks on both the top and bottom of the door.
  • KLM pet carrier must be made of strong and durable plastic or fiberglass.
  • The kennel’s wheels should be either removed or securely taped over to prevent any movement.
  • The kennel must be rigid enough to prevent the pet from escaping.
  • The bottom of the kennel should be covered with a suitable material like a blanket, newspaper, or another absorbent substance to manage any spills or accidents.

What are the KLM pet travel restrictions?

According to KLM pet policy, the following restrictions would be applicable – 

  • Restrictions apply if the combined weight of the pet and kennel exceeds 75 kg 
  • If the size of the pet carrier exceeds 122 x 81 x 89 cm. 
  • Additionally, if your pet is traveling on a different flight or if the destination country only permits animal shipment as cargo, you must use KLM’s pet cargo services.

Which breeds are restricted on KLM flights?

As per the KLM pet policy, the list of breeds restricted on the flight are –

Cat breed restricted on KLM flights

  • Persian
  • Burmese
  • Himalayan
  • Exotic Shorthair cats

Dog breed restricted on KLM flights

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Bulldog
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cane Corso
  • Chow Chow
  • Great Dane
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff
  • Pekingese
  • Small Brabant
  • Pug
  • Shar-Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Japanese Spaniel
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

What are the guidelines for service dog on KLM Airlines?

As per KLM Airlines pet policy, the following conditions may apply – 

Pets AllowedTrained service dogs only
RequirementDogs must have undergone qualified training and hold a valid certificate.
Pet feeYour service dog can accompany you in the cabin free of charge.
How to bookonline booking process or contact KLM directly
Reservation TimelineComplete the application form and submit it to KLM CARES with a minimum of 48 hours prior to departure.
Required paperworkInclude a copy of the pet’s passport stating breed, weight, and size.
Age limitPets must be at least 8 weeks old
Restricted breedsThe airline do not service animals other than dogs

Service dog’s behavior in Public Spaces

If you are traveling with trained service dogs, they must meet the following requirements – 

  • Trained service dogs are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior in public places.
  • KLM flight representative agents may request additional information to verify that your dog is trained.

KLM service dog guidelines during the flight

For safety reasons, your service dog should – 

  • Not obstruct aisles
  • Not occupy emergency exit seats. (Travelers with trained service animals are required to choose any other seat).
  • Dogs should wear a (car) harness and be tied to your seatbelt.
  • If your dog’s size prevents them from fitting in the reserved seat, an alternative seat in the same travel class will be provided. 

Please Note: In case of limited accommodation options, you may be asked to take a later flight or have your service dog travel in the hold with an appropriate kennel.

KLM service dog rules if flight duration is 8 hours or more

As per KLM pet policy, for flights lasting 8 hours or more, additional documentation may be required to ensure that your service dog will not create health or sanitation issues onboard.

KLM service dog guidelines for flying to/from the US

In addition to the application form, please complete the U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Air Transportation Form. Remember to print and bring both forms at the time of check-in.

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KLM pet policy is in place to facilitate a smooth travel experience for you and your furry friend by allowing you to carry small cats and dogs in the cabin and you can also book your pets to travel in the cargo hold.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

What breeds are restricted to travel with KLM Airlines?

As per the KLM pet policy, snub-nosed breeds are not allowed to travel in the cabin as well as in the hold.

Does KLM allow pets in cabin?

Yes, the KLM pet travel service only allows domesticated cats and dogs to travel on board, provided that the passengers who are accompanying the pet must be on the same flight.

Is KLM pet friendly?

KLM welcomes pets and provides pet shipping for a variety of cats and dogs. There are limitations with some taller breeds of dogs because the KLM airlines won’t ship pets who need travel kennels beyond the height of 33 inches.

Does KLM allow emotional support animals?

No, KLM does not allow emotional support animals in the hold as well as in the cabin. But you can transport the emotional support pet through KLM pet cargo service.

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