Travel with a assistance dog
If you need to travel with a service animal or emotional support dog in the cabin, you can do so as long as they meet the conditions required in each case.
Effective July 14, 2021, there is a temporary suspension which prohibits the entry of dogs into the United States arriving from high-risk for dog rabies countries listed by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and from countries NOT a high-risk for dogs rabies if the dog has been in a CDC high-risk country during the previous 6 months.The restrictions apply for all dogs (emotional assistance, service dogs, pets, dogs transported in the hold or in the cabin). It is the passenger's responsibility to check all the details of the restrictions in order to avoid entry denial of a dog upon arrival to the United States.
If you have a visual or sensory disability, problems with balance, diabetes, or epilepsy, you can travel with your guide dog in the cabin of the airplane on all our routes, except where restricted by local law.
Your dog must wear an official symbol (tag and patch) or travel with documentation that identifies it as an assistance animal or that it’s being trained to be a service dog.
If you’re traveling to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, you must request authorization to enter the country with your dog through the official Government of Jamaica website. During the boarding process, you must present this document and all other items required by local authorities.
If you’re traveling to the Heathrow Airport in London, Ingland, you must request authorization to enter the country with your dog through the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre website. During the boarding process, you must present this document and all other items required by local authorities.
What are the requirements for traveling with your service animal?
- The dog must fit within your personal space, either at your feet or under the seat in front of you and must not block the aisle.
- Service animals cannot occupy an exit row.
- The dog must be harnessed or leashed at all times. A muzzle is recommended for use onboard should the need arise.
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all passengers traveling with a Service Animal on routes to, from or via the United States to complete the DOT Service Animal Form* and, on flights of 8 hours or more, the DOT Animal Relief Attestation Form*. The completed forms must be submitted using the Contact Form within 48 hours from scheduled flight departure.
The forms may be completed in digital or printed format and must also be presented at the time of boarding.
For the Department of Transportation, a Service Animal is defined as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with disabilities, whether physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. For details, please refer to the official webpage of the Department of Transportation.
* To edit these forms you must download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Emotional Support Dogs
If you need your dog’s company while traveling, it can come into the cabin of the airplane with you on flights to or from Mexico, Colombia, and on domestic flights within Colombia. If you need the company of your dog to travel, you can travel with it in the cabin of the airplane on routes that recognize the concept of emotional support animals, in other words, on flights to or from Mexico, and Colombia, and on domestic flights within Colombia. If you travel in other routes, you can request our pet service to travel with your dog in the cabin or to transport it in the hold of the airplane.
How to request transportation for your emotional support dog
In order to travel with your dog, you must fill out a request form at least 48 hours before your flight departure time via the Contact Form. It details the conditions and requirements of traveling with your emotional support dog.
About the request form
This document is valid for 1 year from when your treating physician signed it and can be used for all flights you take during that year. However, you must travel with all the original documents, since they may be requested at the airport or during the flight.
Keep in mind that:
- You can only travel with an emotional support dog that is at least 4 months old.
- Final approval to board will be given when you Check-in at the airport. This is to ensure that you have met all the requirements and conditions (behavioral and size) needed to guarantee its safe transportation in the cabin of the airplane. Otherwise, the animal will have to travel in the hold of the airplane, inside an appropriate carrier at no additional cost to you.
- If your dog shows signs of bad behavior without being provoked (barking, growling, jumping on other passengers or relieving themselves in inappropriate areas) at any time during the trip (Check-in, boarding or during the flight), we will ask that you control your dog and/or take necessary hygiene measures (put on a muzzle, diaper, clean it, etc.).
What documents do you need to travel with your assistance animal?
To travel with your service or emotional assistance dog, you must present its current health documents at your destination and/or transit areas. Each country may have different health and/or documentation restrictions to depart from or travel within the country, for example:
- If you reside in Chile and are traveling abroad or to Easter Island, you must present an Animal Export Certificate (Zoosanitario de Exportacion, CZE) issued by the Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) that requires, among other items, that dogs and cats be registered in the National Registry of Pets or Companion Animals.
- If you’re traveling within Brazil you’ll have to show its current anti-rabies vaccine card (up to date and filled out by your veterinarian).
- If you are traveling within Colombia, you must present its ID or vaccination certificate, indicating the veterinarian’s professional license number.
We recommend you contact the health authority or consulate of the countries you’ll be visiting. Review more information at the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
* If any of your flights is operated by an airline other than LATAM, you must request the service directly from the other company.
Factors to consider during flight:
Your service or emotional support dog must wear a leash or harness and must be clean, healthy and well behaved. If your dog is restless or aggressive, we recommend you transport it in the hold of the airplane.
In addition, we recommend that you bring a muzzle on board for your dog to use if necessary.
Emotional Support Dogs
Emotional Support Dogs