Animals on Board

​Kuwait Airways Policy for Pets and Other Animals

Pet In Hold

Please be advised that effective 1st September 2023, no live animals will be allowed on FLIGHTS with transit in Kuwait through Kuwait International airport either as Cargo or baggage due to non-availability of dedicated facilities to handle LIVE ANIMALS DURING TRANSIT TIMES. ​​

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Live Animal Transportation to/from the USA

Effective from June 23, 2023, the prohibition on carrying live animals to/from the USA has been lifted, but a CDC Permit is required. For detailed instructions and the application form to apply for the import permit, please visit the CDC website. Click Here

New U.S. Restrictions on Entry of Canines

Beginning July 14, 2021, there is a temporary suspension for importing dogs from high-risk countries due to dog rabies. CDC has the authority to issue a CDC Dog Import Permit for US citizens and lawful residents relocating from high-risk countries to bring their dogs into the United States. Such permits will be issued on a very limited basis.

First 90-Day Transition Process

From July 14 through October 14, 2021, dogs coming from high-risk countries with CDC Dog Import Permits can enter the United States at one of these 18 airports: Anchorage, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit, Honolulu, Houston (IAH), Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York (JFK), Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle, and Washington, DC (Dulles).

After October 14, 2021,

dogs coming from high-risk countries with CDC Dog Import Permits must enter only at approved ports of entry. All dogs imported into the United States must be healthy upon arrival. Dogs that have not been in a high-risk country in the previous 6 months are not required by CDC to present a rabies vaccination certificate or other paperwork, but vaccination against rabies is recommended. Contact the CDC Quarantine Station with jurisdiction for more details.

For more information, please refer to the following:

How to Carry Pets in Cabin

Please note that pets are not allowed to be carried in the passenger cabin on Kuwait Airways.The final rule revises the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulations on the transportation of service animals by air, with the intent to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals traveling with service animals while balancing those needs with the health and safety of other passengers and crew.

Transport of a service or psychiatric service animal in the cabin is free of charge on flights to/from USA KU117/118.

 
 
1. Definition of Service Animal

A service animal is as a dog, regardless of breed or type, that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.

2. Emotional Support Animals

Emotional support animals are no longer considered as service animals and will be treated as carriage of pets in the cargo compartment (AVIH) and subject to pet in hold (AVIH) charges.

3. Psychiatric Service Animals

Psychiatric service animals are treated the same as other service animals that are individually trained to do work or perform a task for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability.

4. Health, Behavior and Training Form

Passengers are required to remit a completed hardcopy or electronic version of the Department’s “U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Air Transportation Form” as a condition of transportation. Please refer to U.S. DOT Service Animal Air Transportation Form

5. Relief Attestation

Individuals traveling with a service animal on flights eight hours or longer to remit a completed hardcopy or electronic version the Department’s “U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Relief Attestation” as a condition of transportation. Passengers to complete and submit a DOT form attesting that the animal has the ability either not to relieve itself on a long flight or to relieve itself in a sanitary manner. The form also requires the service animal user to attest to an understanding that the airline may charge passengers with disabilities traveling with a service animal for the cost to repair damage caused by the passenger’s service animal. Please refer to U.S. DOT Relief of Attestation Form

6. Number of Service Animals per Passenger

The number of service animals traveling with a single passenger with a disability is limited two service animals.

7. Large Service Animals

The service animal should fit on the passengers lap or within its passengers foot space on the aircraft.

8. Control of Service Animals

Service animals to be harnessed, leashed, or otherwise tethered in areas of the airport that they own, lease, or control, and on the aircraft, without encroaching into the space of another passenger. Transportation of service animal would be denied if the animal would not safely fit in the passenger lap or foot space.

9. Check-In Requirements

Passenger with a disability seeking to travel with a service animal shall submit the 2 completed and signed service animal form(s) at the passenger’s departure gate on the date of travel. Passenger traveling with a service animal are required to submit two DOT created forms:
1. A certification of a service animal’s good behavior and training and a certification of good health.
2. For flight segments of eight hours or more, a certification that the animal would not need to relieve itself or could relieve itself in a way that does not create a health or sanitation risk.

10. Advance Notice Requirements

Passenger traveling with a service animal shall provide a U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Air Transportation Form and, if applicable, a U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Relief Attestation up to 48 hours in advance of the date of travel.

11. Denying Transportation to a Service Animal

Three reasons to deny transportation to a service animal:
1. The animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
2. The animal causes a significant disru​ption in the aircraft or at the airport.
3. The passenger failed to complete an Air Transportation Form or a Relief Form.

12. Charging for Damage

The final rule allows airlines to charge passengers traveling with service animals for any damage to the aircraft caused by the passenger’s service animal, so long as the airline charges passengers without disabilities for similar repairs or damage.

 
 

Transport Regulation for Animals on Board

  • Pets will be charged as Excess Baggage and payable at the airport during Check-In process. Rates are detailed below*
  • It is mandatory to inform the airline Reservation Office in advance in case of any restrictions, as last-minute requests for an applicable service may not be feasible and therefore rejected. Excess Baggage and payable at the airport during Check-In process. Rates are detailed below*
  • Pets should be accompanied by a valid Health Certificate and Vaccination Certificates, Entry Permits, and other documents required by country of entry or transit. Certain countries have strict quarantine regulations and hence rules must be verified before travelling.
  • Please also note that you should contact the Kuwait Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAF) for further details regarding Health Certificate, Vaccination Certificates, Entry Permits, and other documents required by the country of entry or transit (info@paaf.gov.kw)
  • The animals (if more than one) should be in different Pet Containers for their safety.
  • Dimensions of the Pet Container must be related to the actual size of the animal for which the Container is constructed and must allow the animal to stand and sit upright, turn and lie down in a natural manner.
  • The Pet Container must not cause the animal to damage itself, all inside edges must be smooth and rounded.
  • The Pet Container must be constructed of nontoxic material and the floor of the Container should be solid and leak-proof and without any wheels.
  • The door must be constructed so that accidental opening cannot occur either from the inside or outside.
  • The mesh on the Pet Container must be nose and paw proof to avoid injury to the animal and handlers.
  • The Pet Container must be adequately ventilated on at least three sides with most of the ventilation being provided on the upper part of the Container.
  • Separate food and water troughs with food and water must be provided either fixed inside the Container or attached to it so that the animals are able to access them during the journey.

Pet In Hold

Please be advised that effective 1st September 2023, no live animals will be allowed on FLIGHTS with transit in Kuwait through Kuwait International airport either as Cargo or baggage due to non-availability of dedicated facilities to handle LIVE ANIMALS DURING TRANSIT TIMES. ​

Live Animal Transportation From/To USA

Effective 13 June 2023, requesting Passengers to refrain from carrying AVIH (Live Animal in Hold) from/to USA, until further notice.

Kindly note the following for the Passengers travelling with Pets from the UK:

as per UK approval received from the Animal and Plant Agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, Kuwait Airways accept Pets for Carriage as Cargo and to Kuwait Only, (no attendant available in transit (KUWAIT) to look after Pet). Carriage of live animals and birds is not allowed to be carried on flights to U.K. as baggage, however the same can be accepted as freight with Airway Bill.

The Pet in hold charge is as per table below:

Charges in KWD Kuwait GCC M.East Indian S.C. Europe Far East DXB USA
Kuwait - 25 30 40 45 55 46 65
GCC expect DXB 25 30 40 50 55 65 46 75
Middle East 30 40 45 50 55 60 70 70
Indian Sub-Contient 40 50 50 - 55 65 80 70
Europe 45 55 55 55 - 65 85 95
Far East 55 65 60 65 65 - 95 85
DXB 60 60 70 80 85 95 - 105
USA 65 75 70 70 95 85 105 -

In case weight and dimension of the Pet, including the cage, exceeds the Baggage Allowance for each class, an over-weight Pet Container not exceeding 72kgs, and over-size Pet Container not exceeding the permissible dimensions, shall be charged as per table below:

The Pet in Hold Charges for Over-weight and Over-Size

Charges in KWD Kuwait GCC M.East Indian S.C. Europe Far East USA
Kuwait - 10 12 16 18 22 26
GCC expect DXB 10 12 16 20 22 26 30
Middle East 12 16 18 20 22 24 28
Indian Sub-Contient 16 20 20 - 22 26 28
Europe 18 22 22 22 - 26 38
Far East 22 26 24 26 26 - 34
USA 26 30 28 28 38 34 -

The above over-weight charges shall be applied as outlined below:

Weight Changes
24-32 kg 1x the overweight charges
33-41 kg 2x the overweight charges
42-50 kg 3x the overweight charges
51-72 kg 4x the overweight charges
For the relevant over-weight charges themselves, please refer to the above table

Region Definitions

GCC: includes Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Gassim, Jeddah, Madinah, Mashhad, Najaf, Riyadh, Salalah, Shiraz, Taif, Tehran,
East and Africa: include Alexandria, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Luxor, Sharm El Sheikh
Europe: includes Amsterdam, Antalya, Athens, Baku, Bodrum, Budapest, Casablanca, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul, Izmir, Larnaca, London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Munich, Milan, Mykonos, Nice, Paris, Rome, Sabiha, Sarajevo, Tbilisi, Trabzon, Vienna
Far East: includes Bangkok, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Sub-Continent: includes Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Dhaka, Delhi, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Kathmandu, Kochi, Lahore, Male, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram
USA: includes New York