Flying with an assistance dog

Are you taking an assistance dog with you on your trip? You may take your assistance dog with you free of charge on our flights. You go to your seat in the cabin together. 

Conditions for flying with an assistance dog

If you are bringing an assistance dog with you, a number of conditions apply:

  1. Your assistance dog must sit/lie on the ground at your feet during the flight.
  2. Your assistance dog must be kept on a leash throughout the flight.
  3. Your assistance dog requires a valid animal passport and all necessary vaccinations.

Animal passport and vaccinations

Your assistance dog must also have his or her own passport, the pet passport. This passport must be issued by a qualified veterinarian and contain the following information:

  1. Rabies vaccinations.

    Your assistance dog must be vaccinated at least 21 days before departure. 
  2. The ‘clinical examination’ section must be completed in full.

    The veterinarian must declare that your assistance dog is healthy.
To fly with your assistance dog, the dog must be chipped for identification with an electronic identification system (transponder).

Important: A blood test for rabies titer is also required for Malta.


  1. Not sure about the validity of your assistance dog’s passport? Talk to your veterinarian!
  2. Always make sure to take care of all vaccinations and travel documents well ahead of time.

Tips for prior to departure

  1. Contact the embassy for the country you are visiting well ahead of departure. They can provide more information on any special rules or quarantine requirements. 
  2. Do not give your assistance dog anything to drink within 4 hours of departure. 
  3. Your assistance dog may be susceptible to airsickness. So do not give your dog anything to eat within 12 hours of departure. 
  4. Although your dog may become restless during the flight, we strongly advise against giving your dog any sedatives before the trip. It will then take longer for your dog to adjust to the new surroundings and his or her body temperature can drop. 

Notifying us of your assistance dog

You can inform us that you are taking an assistance dog up to 48 hours before the departure of your flight. This helps us make sure the flight is as comfortable as possible. You can notify us of this when booking your flight, online via My Transavia or by calling the Service Centre.