The Transport of Domestic Animals and Pets
- Saudia allows the carriage of household animals when they are properly confined into cages and accompanied by a valid health certificate and vaccination certificate against rabies and other animal diseases and other documents required by countries for entry or transit.
- Household animals will be accepted for carriage at passenger’s risk in the cabin or cargo holds, Saudia will not be responsible if authorities in other countries refuse entry or transiting of household animals via their countries.
- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia allows the entry of Hunting/Guard/Seeing-Eye and Hearing dogs for blind and deaf passengers only. Cats are allowed on condition that the required health certificate must be obtained and attested by Saudi Embassies abroad.
- All wildlife animals or their products shall not be imported or exported to and from the kingdom unless they have a prior written permission from the national commission for wildlife conservation and development in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Required approvals to transport wildlife animals and its products may be obtained through the following address:(The National Commission for wildlife conservation and development Kingdom of Saudi Arabia P.O. box 61681 Riyadh 11575 Tel. 011-4418700 Fax. 011-4418413 for all wildlife animals and their products.)
- Importing or the entrance of live birds is not allowed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The carriage of live birds is not allowed until the necessary permits by the Ministry of Agriculture are provided. The permits should prove that birds are free of any infectious diseases.
- Passengers are responsible to contact the authorities in the respective countries or transit points for regulations of importing pets.
- Pet must be harmless, in-offensive and odorless and must not require attention while in transit.
- Cats and small birds allowed to be carried in passenger cabin and A/C baggage bulk hold provided that it is equipped with ventilation system.
- Dogs shall be carried into the aircraft holds provided that the aircraft holds are equipped with ventilation system.
- Trained Dogs/ Rationalized Dogs (for the blind and hearing persons) are transported in plane stores without collecting any additional fees from the passenger.
- Passengers must advise “Saudia” while making a booking that he/she is willing to transport a household pet.
- Carriage of other live-stock animals (large size/wild) can be accepted as cargo only after complying with air cargo rules and regulations.
- Extra baggage fees will be collected upon pets with maximum weight of 5 kg including the allotted cage either in the passengers’ compartment or within the plane stores.
- Pets won’t be considered as allowed free weight and fees will be imposed as follows:
- Cats shall be carried into the passenger cabin accompanied by the passenger providing that its weight plus the cage shall not exceed 5 kgs.
- Only one pet per container is allowed provided that total dimension of the container shall not excess (52.5 cm x 32.5 cm x 40 cm) or (21 in x 13 x 16 in).
- The container must have adequate number of holes for ventilation.
- The container must be completely leak proof.
- “Saudia” has the right to ensure the validity of containers to carry the animal.