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Live Animals

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Actions for the Earth
China Airlines (CAL) supports international biodiversity conservation conventions, and has implemented a transport policy embargoing sharks fins and experimental primates, declaring that CAL group excludes endangered species on the menu. In 2017, CAL has signed up the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration along with IATA member airlines, working together to combat the global illegal wildlife trade.

We will fully continuously implement our environmental principles and policies, supporting international conventions on biodiversity conservation and combating illegal wildlife trafficking. You are warmly invited to join our environmental missions, to not transporting illegal wildlife and related products and to take actions against illegal wildlife trading. Together we can promise the Earth and our descendants a sustainable and beautiful future.
Embargo List and State Variation High Light



EU Shipper's Instruction


EU Journey

Station Description Effective Date Expiry Date Reference
All Staion CAL rejects all illegal transportation of live animals and animal products protected by CITES. United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration,
IATA LAR 2.1.1
All Staions Shark Fins are forbidden for transport by China Airlines. 2015.02.01 N/A CI CHM
HKG 1. Live Animals (e.g. Dog and Cat) other than seeing-eye dogs escorting bling can not be accepted  as baggage.
2. They can only be accepted for air carriage to or through Hong Kong as cargo.
USA & EU Whenever wood materials are used for the construction of the animal container, they must done (methyl bromide fumigation or heat treatment) in accordance with the ISPM15 and EU Commission Directive 2004/102/EC, whenever applicable. N/A N/A LAR 2.1.4
EU All import live animal shipment should be accompanied with:
1.Shipper's feeding and watering instruction
2.Journey Declaration
2015.02.01 N/A LAR EUR-02
TPE Animals or plants and their products transshipped via Taiwan International Airport:
1. Transit permit issued by BAPHIQ is required prior to shipment.
2. Web site: http://www.baphiq.gov.tw
2015.02.01 N/A TACT 7.3
Chinese Taipei
China Airlines Variation

Interline transfers of live animals shipments are not accepted, except for dogs and cats.

All poisonous reptiles (snakes and lizards) and insects (e.g. spiders, scorpions) will not be accepted for carriage on passenger flight.
Non-human primates will not be accepted for carriage.

The following fighting breeds of dogs or mixed breeds of such will not be accepted for carriage:
  1. Pit Bull Terrier (including: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier)
  2. Fila Brasileiro
  3. Japanese Tosa
  4. Dogo Argentino
  5. Mastiffs (Neapolitan Mastiff, Tibetan Mastiff, Bull Mastiff, Cane Corso, Dogue de Bordeaux)
The following brachycephalic, snub-nosed or mixed breeds of snub-nosed dogs and cats will only be accepted for carriage when total journey time does not exceed 6 hours (total flying and ground time at intermediate point) and the temperature on any portion of their journey will not exceed 21°C (70°F):
Snub nosed dogs:
  1. Affenpinscher
  2. Boston Terrier
  3. Boxer
  4. Brussels Griffin
  5. Bull Terreir
  6. Chinese Pug
  7. Dutch Pug
  8. English Bulldogs
  9. English Toy Spaniel
  1. French Bulldogs
  2. Griffon Bruxellois
  3. Japanese Chin
  4. Japanese Pug
  5. Lhasa Apso
  6. Pekinese
  7. Pug
  8. Shih Tzu
  9. Tibetan Spaniel
Snub nose cats:
  1. British Shorthair
  2. Burmese
  3. Exotic
  4. Himalayans
  5. Persians
  6. Scottish Fold
Special precautions are required, because these breeds are susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or extreme heat.
China Airlines requires the following when shipping or handling these breeds:
  1. 1 size larger kennel than is normally required. The kennel must have ventilation on 4 sides.
    Customers are advised to acclimate the animal to the kennel by letting the animal spend time in the kennel for several days before
  2. their departure.
  3. No food in the kennel during the flight, just water.
Puppies and kittens under 10 weeks old will not be accepted for carriage.

Strongly smelling animals will not be accepted for carriage on passenger aircraft.

Live animal originating in tropical regions, e.g. live tropical fish, birds, as well as cold blooded
animals (e.g. snake, frog) will not be accepted for carriage if the temperature on any portion
of their journey is 10°C (50°F) or lower.

B738 cargo holds are not permitted to carry live animals, except for those animals, such as
tropical fish, eels, crustaceans which do not require ventilation or high temperature.

Animals accepted as baggage are household cats and dogs, including working dogs.

For all live animals, the optimum transportation temperature range must be shown in the "Handling Information" box of Air Waybills as follows: "Keep between X and Y degrees Celsius whenever possible during transportation and storage" where X and Y are respectively the minimum and the maximum transportation temperature.
Shipper's Certification for Live Animal

Declaration Form

Transporting cat/dog advisory

Due to our services may be restricted by airport facilities in various countries and the applicable regulations. Please take note of the following points and evaluate the health of your pets before arranging transportation for your pets.

1. Separation from the owner
   In compliance with customs and quarantine regulations, you may not have access to your pets
   after checking-in at the departing airport until delivery at the destination. Depending on the duration
   of the journey and customs/quarantine procedures, separation may last for days or weeks.
   Given the potential duration of the journey/quarantine, some pets may experience anxiety caused by separation.
2. Noise
   Your pets may be exposed to highly noisy environment before being loaded onboard and
   during the journey / transportation.
   The aircraft noise may be as loud as 115dB.
3. Unfamiliar environment and limited space
    Storage space may be exposed to a large volume of vehicular, human and shipment traffic,
    which could heighten your pets’ anxiety. We therefore strongly recommend
    that you familiarize your pets with crates or similar equipment in the time leading up to the journey
    to minimize your pets’ anxiety when stored in small, enclosed and unfamiliar surroundings.
4. Loading environment
    Before being loaded onto the aircraft, your pets may be placed outdoors temporarily (approx. 1 hour).
    China Airlines provides a designated container to shield your pets from direct sunlight or rain/snow,
    but it is hard to prevent changes in outdoor temperature or humidity.
    Your pets will be loaded in cargo compartment during flight,
    where your pets can experience the same atmospheric pressure ,temperature and humidity as in cabin.
5. Feeding and watering
    It is suggested that sufficient food and water are well-prepared for your pets throughout the whole journey,
    and ensure they are able to consume the food and water without any assistance during the carriage.
    We also suggest train your pets in advance for using water feeder.

6. Quarantine Regulations

   The U.S. government prohibits entry of dogs from countries/regions at high risk of rabies. For detailed regulations, please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:

We sincerely hope that you will carefully consider the above circumstances and review your pets’ travel plan with a professional veterinary.

Dog and Cat Container Requirement