Are you planning to travel with your four-legged friend on Norwegian? As a pet owner, you should plan air travel logistics well in advance and know the airline guidelines so that your furry companion has the best trip possible.
Safety and security are basic transport rules for traveling with animals. As a pet owner, it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules that ensure your pet’s comfort and safety and the safety of fellow passengers and those who work in the aircraft cabin and at the airport.
Here are ten tips from Norwegian for those traveling with pets:
1. Pick the Right Pet Carrier
The first step is to pick a quality carrier for your pet. It should be solid and made of a strong material with good ventilation. Regardless of whether the animal is to travel in the cabin or the cargo area, your pet should be able to stand up, turn around, and lie comfortably inside. The carrier should also have adequate closures and fasteners so your pet cannot open it during the journey and get out. It is essential that the animal has gotten used to and feels safe in the carrier in which it will travel before the trip.
2. Book Your Ticket In Time
There are only a few places for pets on each flight, so it is important to book well in advance. You can easily make the booking online or by calling customer service.
3. Get Your Pet Flight-Ready
There are many different sounds, smells, and sights at an airport and in the hold, which may over-stimulate your pet. During the flight itself, there may be some turbulence. All these unfamiliar sensations can cause your pets some stress. Norwegian recommends asking your vet whether your cat or dog can handle a flight and how to make them most comfortable.
4. Check-in on Time
Getting to the airport in good time is essential. If your pet will travel in cargo, the carrier must be checked in as special baggage. You should check in at least one hour before departure but no more than two hours before departure. Your pet should not wait too long before boarding the aircraft.
5. Safety and Security Checks for Pets
Airports are responsible for security checks, including for your pets. All carriers are screened in an X-ray machine, like other special luggage. The carrier is also examined in other ways before being taken on board the aircraft. Pets traveling in the cabin go through security with passengers.
6. Vaccines and documentation for pets
All animals traveling abroad must have a passport issued by a veterinarian. You should also check with the vet whether your pet needs to be vaccinated or receive any preventive treatment to travel. The use of sedatives for pets is not recommended during transport.
Several Veterinary Associations worldwide say that air travel for brachycephalic (blunt-nosed) dogs and cats increases the risk of respiratory problems and overheating due to increased stress during flight. If your pet is of the brachycephalic (blunt-nosed) breed and you plan to fly with Norwegian, the airline will ask you to complete a form when you check in for the flight in which you accept the risks associated with air travel for your pet. If you are unsure whether your pet is a brachycephalic breed, please get in touch with your vet for advice.
You should pack any medications and other equipment that may be useful. For example, in case the animal is injured during the journey or at the destination. Keep medicines in your hand luggage.
8. Pets in the cabin
Small dogs and cats can travel in the cabin on flights within Schengen or the EU. Norwegian allows two pets per flight. If the animals are within the applicable weight and size limit, two animals can travel in the same bag or carrier. The bag or carrier where the pets will travel must meet certain requirements in size and weight. They must also be leak-proof. Your pets must be able to stand up, turn around, and lie inside the carrier you’ll bring in the cabin.
If customers inform Norwegian in advance that they are allergic to cats or dogs, the airline will block bookings with pets in the cabin for that flight. Those planning to fly in the cabin cannot book a trip on that specific departure, though they may travel with pets checked in the cargo hold. The airline gives priority to whoever books first. Norwegian will not book allergy sufferers for a trip if a pet is already booked to travel in the cabin on that flight.
9. Animals in the hold
The carriers must meet specific requirements, such as size and weight. Getting out of the cage should not be possible, and all sides must have adequate ventilation. The animals must be able to stand up, turn around, and lie inside the carrier. You must secure the carrier with two straps so the animal cannot escape during the journey. When traveling with animals in the cargo hold, it is also important that you are available to the staff who will handle the animals in case they need to make contact.
10. Service dogs and assistance dogs
Service and assistance dogs can travel for free in the cabin on most Norwegian flights. To ensure space, book your trip well in advance.
International regulations for the transport of animals
Norwegian complies with international regulations for the transport of animals on flights. There is no requirement for airlines to transport animals, but Norwegian wishes to offer it to customers and is careful to take care of animals traveling by air in the best possible way. There is a large and increasing demand for the transport of animals in the cargo area. Animal transport takes more time and resources than standard cargo, and animals have limited space on board the aircraft.
Before you fly, ensure you have all the necessary paperwork for your cat or dog to fly, including vaccination documents. On international flights, this certificate must be in English. Ask your local authorities if you are unsure of the rules and requirements.
You will find legal information about flying with pets within the EU in Regulation (EU) No. 576/2013
Additional Information on Pets In the Hold
- Costs for transporting your pet in the hold: SEK 1500 – 1800 (online) SEK 1700 – 2000 (airport) /carrier, each way.
- Cats and dogs can travel in the hold on the following flights:
- Flights within Schengen and EU (excluding Ireland).
- Flights to/from Svalbard (dogs only)
- Up to two cats or two dogs can share a carrier if they are used to each other. The two pets must be the same size (maximum weight: 14 kg per animal). A cat and a dog may not share a carrier.
- Your pets must travel in separate carriers if they do not meet these requirements.
- Connecting flights – only in Norway
- Cats and dogs can travel in the cargo hold on connecting flights within Norway (except to/from Svalbard) via Oslo Gardermoen, Bergen Flesland, and Trondheim Værnes.
- Your transfer time between flights must be longer than one (1) hour and shorter than two (2) hours.
More Information on Pets in the Cabin
- Traveling your pet in the cabin costs SEK 550 – 750 (online) and SEK 600 – 800 (airport)/pet per way.
- Small cats or dogs can travel in the cabin on flights within Schengen and the EU.
- The airline accepts up to two pets in the cabin per flight. You can book up to three very small puppies or kittens in the same cage as one pet.
- Apply for a permit to travel with your dog to Svalbard.
Special Notes On Pet Carriers
Make sure your pet is safe and secure in its carrier and that the carrier meets all requirements for air transport.
If your pet is traveling in the cargo hold:
- Your pet must stand upright, turn around, and lie in a natural position in its carrier.
- The carrier may have a maximum size of 125 x 81 x 86cm (L x W x H).
- Mark the carrier clearly with your name, address, and mobile phone number.
The carrier must be clean, in good condition, and made of a strong material that is completely leak-proof.
- You must also furnish the carrier with an absorbent material such as a blanket or a pad/carpet. The airline does not allow newspaper, cardboard, or straw lining materials. Norwegian will not permit welded wire mesh cages.
- You must remove or block any wheels on the carrier.
- The carrier’s construction must ensure that your pet cannot get out. You must have strips or cable ties to attach the door to the carrier.
- The carrier must have adequate ventilation on all four sides.
- The openings of the carrier must be small enough to prevent the animal from injuring itself and to protect personnel from bites and scratches.
If your pet is traveling with you in the cabin:
Norwegian only allows bags and carriers designed explicitly for transporting pets and recommends using a flexible bag (sold at most pet stores). Pet transport bags must always meet the following requirements:
- The carrier must not be larger than 43 x 31 x 20 cm. If it is soft, it can be slightly larger, but you must be able to compress it so as not to exceed these measurements.
- The total gross weight of the carrier and the pet(s) inside must not exceed 8 kg.
- The carrier must be leak-free.
- The animal must be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably in the carrier or bag.
- The pet must be in its carrier during the entire trip.
Enjoy a safe and comfortable journey with your pet!