Relocation Of Domestic Pets

IATA’s Live Animals Regulations (LAR) is the worldwide standard for transporting live animals with the objective to ensure all animals are transported safely and humanely by air. In order to meet these requirements, all pet travel compartments have to be an iata approved kennel. This means that there are specific criteria that the kennel has to comply with in order to be an approved kennel.


It is important that the kennel is the correct size for your pet and needs to ensure that your pet is comfortable when standing or lying down.

The following are sizing guidelines:
A = length of animal from tip of nose to base/root of tail.
B = height from ground to elbow joint.
C = width across shoulders or widest point (whichever is the greater).
D = height of animal in natural standing position from top of the head or the ear tip to the floor (whichever is higher).

Minimum internal container dimensions:
Container length = A + ½ B
Container width = C x 2
Container height E = D

Tips To Remember

It is of the utmost importance that your pet is comfortable in a fully extended position and their movement unrestricted.

  • Your pet should be able to stand or sit comfortably at it’s natural height and should not have to hunch over in that position.
  • Your pet should be able to lay fully extended without the need to protrude it’s paws outside of the kennel or similarly curl them up.
  • Your pet should be able to turn around without restrictions preventing them from doing so.


The kennel must be well ventilated with holes on the upper three sides of the container. Note that this allows air movement through the kennel.


The container must be correctly and clearly marked for quick and easy identification. Labelling includes

  • Up right label
  • Live animal label
  • Feeding requirements
  • Consignee details