Transport of animals as cargo in the baggage hold

Travel as cargo

LOT Cargo provides air transport services for live animals on domestic, European, and intercontinental flights. We transport dogs, cats, one-day-old chicks, ornamental fish, zoo animals, hatching eggs, reptiles, amphibians, insects and birds on board LOT aircraft in compliance with the highest quality and safety standards.

The well-being of the transported animals is our priority, which is why the trained and highly qualified LOT Cargo personnel ensure the best care during collection, loading, and unloading of cages with animals.

We transport and handle all live animals in accordance with the international IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Transport of animals as cargo in the baggage hold

If you are transporting a pet in the hold as cargo, remember that it should have:

  • up-to-date vaccination records (against rabies),
  • up-to-date veterinary health certificates (clinical examination, deworming, tick removal) in accordance with the regulations of the country of departure and transit ports (issued up to a maximum 48h before departure),
  • a microchip,
  • a special passport (issued by a veterinarian) with a description of the coat, breed, sex of the animal, and the microchip or tattoo number,
  • a suitable carrier.

Transport of animals is only possible through shipping companies. An up-to-date list of shipping companies cooperating with LOT Cargo can be found on the Cargo Office website.

Please contact the shipping company of your choice to determine all requirements and transport charges.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Cargo and Post Office Operations and Customer Service Department: +48 (22) 606 77 77 or +48 (22) 606 80 88.

Possibility of transporting companion animals for non-commercial purposes from third countries

Transport of animals for commercial purposes from third countries

Learn more about travelling with animals