Varied rules and regulations on carriage of animals as baggage may apply for specific countries depending on restrictions imposed by local Government Authorities.

Pets such as dogs, cats and birds, if and when they are acceptable for carriage as baggage should:

  • Be placed in a secure and leak-proof container
  • Have valid vaccination certificates and exit and/or entry permits from the Philippine Bureau of Animal Industry, Animal Health Division (AHD), Diliman, Quezon City. Visit their website at http://www.bai.da.gov.ph/ for more information.
  • Be accompanied by passengers at least 12 years old.

For Service and emotional support dogs, click here.

Note: Please call our Reservations office at least 48 hours before your scheduled flight to inquire about acceptance of pets as baggage on your specific airport of origin.

Embargo of Brachycephalic or Snub-nosed dogs breed as Check-in Baggage on all PAL Flights.

Brachycephalic describes any animal with flat snout and whose lower jaw sticks out disproportionately longer than its upper jaw. Because of these features, brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs tend to suffer from certain health problems. Breathing normally is commonly a struggle for these dogs. Their shortened and narrow airways result in labored breathing as they continually struggle to cope with lack of oxygen in their bloodstream making them susceptible to secondary heart problems. Because of their inability to regulate their body temperature through panting (as most dogs do), they are more likely to suffer body overheat.

List of brachycephalic dog breeds including its cross breeds:


Chow Chow

Pug (all breeds)


Dogue de Bordeaux


Boston Terrier

English Toy

Shar Pei


French Bulldog

Shih Tzu

Brussels Griffon

Griffon Bruxellois

Staffordshire Bull Terrier


Japanese Chin

Tibetan spaniel


King Charles Spaniel


Cane Corso

Lhasa Apso

Valley Bulldog

Cavalier King Charles

Mastiff (all breeds)

Yorkshire Terrier

Chihuahua (appleheaded)


Since these animals are susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or heat, all brachycephalic or mixed-breeds of snub-nosed dogs will not be accepted for transport as check-in baggage on ALL PAL DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS.

Note: This restriction does not apply to service and emotional support dogs with the passenger in the cabin. Only dogs excluded in the list will be accepted for air transport.

Guam/Honolulu/Las Vegas/Los Angeles/San Francisco/Vancouver/Japan flights (Piece system)

Pets are not included in the free baggage allowance, and thus shall be considered as automatic excess baggage even if the passenger does not have any other baggage.

Charges for the carriage of pets for piece system shall be as follows:

  • Pet and container measuring 203cms (80in) or less and weighing not more than 23kgs (50lbs) shall be charged 200% of the applicable excess baggage rate.

  • Pet and container measuring over 203cms (80in) and weighing up to 45kgs or fraction thereof shall be charged 300% of the applicable excess baggage rate.

           - For each additional 10kg over 45kg or fraction thereof, 100% of the applicable excess baggage charge shall apply. 
           - The total resulting amount shall be multiplied by two (2) to come up with the total excess baggage charge.

Note: For pets traveling to Japan as check in or cargo, Animal Bureau Quarantine of Japan must be notified at least forty (40) days prior to the arrival of the pet. 

For Regional (Weight system)

Pets are not included in the free baggage allowance, and thus shall be considered as automatic excess baggage even if the total baggage weight of passenger is still within the Free Baggage Allowance.


  • Pet and container weighing 1-4 kgs will be charged with 5 kgs at 100% of the applicable excess baggage rate.
  • Pet and container weighing 5 kgs and above will be charged with actual weight at 100% of the applicable excess baggage charge.

For Domestic

Pets together with its container and food carried, shall not be considered as free baggage allowance of the passenger.  The passenger should be assessed at a fixed rate as follows:

Up to 5.0 kgs


5.1 kgs up to 10.0 kgs


10.1 kgs up to 15.0 kgs


15.1 kgs up to 20.0 kgs


20.1 kgs up to 30.0 kgs


30.1 kgs up to 40.0 kgs


40.1 kgs up to 50.0 kgs