Traveling With A Dog In India Domestically

Traveling With A Dog In India Domestically


It’s actually pretty easy, whether you are getting a new dog or taking a dog on holiday with you, this is the ultimate guide to traveling with a dog. Our pick for the most pet-friendly airline is Air India. Their policy states:

Small inoffensive domestic pets such as dogs, cats and birds, accompanied by valid Health and Rabies vaccination certificates, will be accepted on Air India domestic flights in the cabin or in cargo hold at owner’s risk and subject to requirements of the carrier.”

Air India

They also say that it is discretion of the pilot to whether the dog travels.


  • The Dog Must Have A Rabies Certificate
  • The Dog Must Be Carried In A Soft Ventilated Bag/Kennel
  • The Size Should Not Be Larger Than 18″ x 18″ x 12″
  • A maximum of 2 pets are permitted per flight and passenger accompanying such pet will be seated in the last row of booked cabin class
  • A Label Must Be Attached To The Crate With The Name Of The Pet
  • A Pee Mat Must Be Placed In The Bottom Of The Crate
  • The pet dog must be properly muzzled and leashed (This was not enforced for us)
  • Pet animals can be carried as accompanied baggage or shipped as Cargo. Bookings can be made for pets as Accompanied Baggage / Excess Baggage through Air India Reservations
  • Pets will be carried at an additional charge and will not be included in the Free Baggage Allowance, even if the passenger has no other baggage
  • Normal Excess Baggage Charges would be applicable for the carriage of accompanied pets on domestic journeys within India. Weight of the pet plus container as also food carried per container will be charged

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Jaiveer Talwar

Animal lover, web developer, foodie and photographer. I have written over 115 articles in the field of pets.

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