Definition and regulations
- 1. The small animals which can be shipped as carry-on luggage are domesticated dogs, cats, birds, or other pets.
- 2. Animals which are too small (such as mice or ornamental fish), too big (their cage size exceeds the maximum volume limitation), or may pose risks to transportation as well as wild animals, creatures with a repulsive appearance, and offensive animals (such as snakes) are not considered to be small animals and cannot be transported as baggage.
- 3. Short-nosed canines and felines as well as aggressive breeds of these animals cannot be carried onto a flight. The aggressive dog breeds and breeds of short-nosed felines and canines that are prohibited from using luggage transportation are as follows:
- Short-nosed canines : Affenpinscher、Boston Terrier 、Boxers(all breeds) 、Brussels Griffin 、Bulldog(all breeds) 、Bull Terrier 、Pug(all breeds) 、Cane Corso 、Chow Chow 、Dogue de Bordeaux 、English Toy Spaniel、Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel/Chin Chin 、Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 、Lhasa Apso 、Mastiff(all breeds) 、Pekinese 、Presa Canario 、Shar Pei 、Shih Tzu 、Tibetan Spaniel、 American Bully、YankeeTerrier、Gull Ter、Staffordshire Terrierr
- Short-nosed felines : Burmese、Exotic shorthair cats、Persian、Himalayan、British Shorthair Cats
- 4. All small living creatures being transported as checked baggage must be transported in a container that allows oxygen to circulate and reach the creature (not applicable to working dogs). Any creatures which are not suited to a journey in the aircraft’s baggage hold will not be transported.
- 5. Small living creatures cannot be given a declared value.
- 6. Passengers should bear full responsibility for the small animals which they transport on a flight. China Southern Airlines will not be held liable for the illness, injury, or death of a small animal unless it is caused by the actions of the airline itself.
Packaging requirements for living animals consigned for shipment
- 1. Due to certain requirements related to the transportation of small animals, passengers should request carriage of small animals when booking their seat or purchasing their ticket. Passengers can also make an application at least 72 hours prior to their flight departure time. Small animals may only be transported after a confirmation has been received from China Southern Airlines.
- 2. Some individual small aircraft cannot carry more than three small animals at a time. The actual restrictions on the number which may be carried on board must be confirmed with the Engineering Department of China Southern Airlines.
- 3. Each passenger can only carry one small animal or one pair of birds in their checked baggage (depending on the entry and exit regulations of the departing and destination countries). Each small animal should be placed in a single cage, while a pair of birds can be placed in the same cage.
- 4. The cage size used to transport a single small animal must not be larger than 40x60x100cm or smaller than 5x15x20cm. The maximum weight should not exceed 32kg.
- 5. If the baggage storage area on the aircraft model used for a flight is not suitable for transporting small living creatures, passengers cannot apply to have their animals transported. Ground personnel must check that the aircraft model being used for a flight is suitable for carrying a small living creature on board before agreeing to do so.
- 6. China Southern Airlines cannot currently carry small living creatures on connecting flights.
- 7. Small living creatures brought on board by passengers must be in good health, harmless, clean, and not have a pungent odor. Pregnant animals may not be brought on board.
- 8. Passengers should take their small animals to the airport for check-in 90 minutes before their flight departure time.
- 9. Passengers who check in a dog or cat must sign a waiver of liability for the transportation of their animal.
- Domestic flights: Passengers must present an animal quarantine certificate from a quarantine department at county (or regional) level or above.
- International flights:
- a. A “Certificate of Quarantine” and “Certificate of Rabies Immunization” issued by the department responsible for plant and animal immunization in the People's Republic of China;
- b. A departure and arrivals card or transit permit;
- c. Any additional documentation required by the destination or transiting countries (please refer to TIM for national regulations).
Note: Some airports (such as Hong Kong,China) only allow small living creatures to arrive or depart as cargo. Please check this carefully before you depart.
Requirements for pet carriers
Small animals must be kept in a suitable and sturdy carrier made of metal, tough plastic, or wood. The carrier used must also meet the following requirements:
- a.The carrier should be used specifically for checking in pets onto a flight. It must be made of sturdy materials, with a fixed top and ventilation on at least three sides. The door must be lockable and made of metal to prevent pets from escaping.
- b.All parts and accessories of the carrier (including the nuts, latches, rivets, and locks, etc.) must be strong and in good working order.
- c.The base of the crate should be flat and must be able to be kept stationary on an even surface. If a crate with wheels is used, its wheels should be fixed or removed in advance to prevent the crate from moving.
- d.Small animals suffering from an infectious disease will not be accepted for transport. For international transport of small animals, passengers should present the Quarantine Certificate and Rabies Vaccination Certificate issued by the Animal and Plant Quarantine Department of the People’s Republic of China, an Entry/Exit or Transit Permit as well as any other documents required by the country which the small animal will enter or transit through.
- e.Cages used for animal transportation must have an absorbent mat (such as a towel or blanket) placed on the bottom to prevent urine and feces coming into contact with other baggage.
Requirements for packaging pet carriers
- a.When land-based animals such as cats and dogs are checked in, a protective net should be used to line and fasten their carrier before the animal is placed inside.
- b.When a packing belt is used, it should bind the carrier evenly in a grid shape with spacing of between 20 to 30cm used.
- c.To prevent the carrier tipping over and agitating your pet, the carrier should be packed using binding belts on its sides in a vertical and horizontal style. To make the package more secure, these belts should pass through the door and protective grid on the carrier. The belts going through the grids should be even to securely fasten the door, the body, and the protective net.
Feeding and Exercise
Passengers who have checked an animal onto a flight should remember to feed, water, and exercise their animal at every stop during the entire length of their journey.
- 1.The weight of a small creature along with its container and food supplies cannot count toward a passenger’s free baggage allowance. This must be charged for in accordance with the fees for excess baggage.
- 2.Working dogs (along with their container and food) are transported free of charge and do not count toward any free baggage allowances.
Transportation of Working Dogs
- 1. All forms of working dogs (also known as service dogs) refer to special dogs which have undergone specific training so they are able to help people who have hearing or vision impairments. Passengers reporting a hearing impairment must provide a medical certificate detailing the extent of their hearing loss.
- 2. The criteria for carrying working dogs in the hold is the same as the criteria for transporting small creatures and pets. However, if a working dog meets all of the criteria set out by China Southern Airlines for being carried in the hold it may be taken into the cabin by a passenger with vision or hearing impairments. This will be noted on the passenger's boarding card.
- 3. Working dogs (along with their container and food) are transported free of charge and do not count toward any free baggage allowances.
- 4. Working dogs which board a flight with a passenger must be muzzled and placed on a lead before they board. They must also remain beside the hearing- or vision-impaired passenger they are traveling with, and are not permitted to occupy a seat or run around the cabin.
- 5. Working dogs cannot be given a declared value.