Can my service dog travel in the cabin with me?



Qatar Airways only permits the carriage of service dog(s) on Qatar Airways operated flights and on specific regulated routes. All other categories of animals may be transported within the aircraft hold (AVI) after collection of the applicable charges.

Where countries permit more than 1 dog to be carried in the cabin, there will be a limit of up to 2 dogs per passenger.

Qatar Airways’ procedure on its acceptance of live animals complies entirely with the IATA Live Animals Regulations, as well as with any additional government regulations required by the country of origin, transit and destination.



A service animal is a dog, regardless of breed or type, which 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.


Documentation requirements:

Passengers must have the health documentation and other certifications required by the destination country. Passengers traveling to and from the USA are required to complete the hardcopy or electronic version of DOT’s “U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Air Transportation Form” as well as U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Relief Attestation” as a condition of transportation (for flights over 8 hours).
DOT Service Animal Air Transportation Form

DOT Service Animal Relief Attestation Form


Service dogs must fit on their handler’s lap or within its handler’s foot space on the aircraft.  The service dog must be harnessed, leashed or otherwise tethered while onboard our aircraft and while in transit at Hamad International Airport.

Animals do not normally require additional feeding for fairly long periods. However, it is the responsibility of the accompanying owner to provide food and water for the animal. Care must be taken that the food and water containers are not overfilled in order to prevent spillage.

We recommend the use of a safety harness for the dog for use during take-off, landing, or whenever the 'fasten seat belt' sign is illuminated.


Advance notice: 

Passengers must notify Qatar Airways at least 48 hours before departure


Passengers can check-in online. However, passengers checking in at the airport must check-in for the flight 1 hour prior to the standard time.


Proof that accompanying animal is a service dog:

Provide evidence at the time of reservation or at the time of check-in at the airport that the accompanying dog is a service dog, fully trained and is at least four (4) months old (e.g. an identification card, other written documentation or tag) and other certifications by the service dog’s licensed veterinarian and current vaccination record.

For flights to and from the USA, a signed hard copy of the “U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Air Transportation Form" is required.


Flight-length restriction:

Provide evidence that the accompanying dog will not need to relieve itself during the flight or that you can adequately manage the dog’s waste without creating any health and sanitation issue on the flight. You must bring whatever absorbent or other material required for this purpose. We encourage you to prepare the dog for the flight by exercising the dog and limiting its fluid intake before the flight.

For flights to and from the USA, passengers must provide the form “U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Relief Attestation” as a condition of transportation.


Age and weight restrictions:

Some age restrictions may apply for travel to a certain destination.

There is no weight restriction.  The service dog, however, cannot be seated where it may obstruct aisle or emergency exit area or affect leg space in front of the passenger sitting next to you.

If your service dog cannot be accommodated at your seat location then we will offer you another seat if available on the aircraft. 


More information:

For more information depending on your origin and destination, please refer to the travel information at this link: 

For enquiries contact your local offices, contact details can be found in the following link: 

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