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Checking in Pets

Information on checking in pets.

We will handle your pets with care at the international airport counter.
Please reserve a place for your pet in the cargo compartment in advance so that we can ensure we have enough room.
Please contact the International Reservation Center.

Checking in Pets

  • We accept domesticated dogs, cats, small birds and other small animals (hamsters, rabbits, squirrels, etc.)
    *Insects (beetles, stag beetles, etc.) and fish (goldfish, medaka, turtles, etc.) cannot be carried onto the aircraft.
  • We will accept and transport your pet in the cargo space for a fee.
  • Due to cargo space restrictions, we can only accept a limited number of pets per flight. Please contact our International Reservation Center as soon as possible if you are bringing your pet.
  • Guide dogs, hearing assistance dogs and service dogs certified by an official body are handled differently than above and may accompany passengers onto the aircraft.
    For further information, please refer to "Passengers Requiring Special Assistance".
Information about the handling of short-nosed dogs (year-round)

At SKYMARK, we have put a lot of thought into how to safely transport your pets. Short-nosed dogs with short nasal cavities are very sensitive to changes in the environment during flights, and such changes risk affecting these dogs' health. For your pet's safety, we have to refuse the carriage of the following dog breeds. Thank you for your understanding.

Dogs That we Cannot Allow on Board:
Short-nosed dogs such as pugs, shih tzus, Boston terriers, Pekingese, Japanese chins, boxers, bulldogs, Tibetan spaniels, etc.

Using Pet Crates

Each dog or cat must be in its own crate. In the case of small birds, etc., up to two birds of the same species can share one crate (for larger pet crates, as many as can fit).
Pet crates, whether rented or brought in by the passenger, can be up to 51 cm x 69 cm x 48 cm in size. We cannot accept large dogs and other animals that do not fit in a crate of this size.

Bringing Pets in and out of a Country

Rules for bring pets in and out of a country vary depending on the country/region.
There are instances when we cannot transport your pets in the cargo space due to national laws and quarantine systems. Please make sure to acquire any documentation required to bring pets in or out of a country (export quarantine certificates, health certificates, import certificates), certified by the quarantine office, embassy, etc., of the country/region that you are departing from or traveling to, in advance.
SKYMARK bears no responsibility for issues caused by insufficient documentation required to bring pets in and out of a country.

Quarantining Your Pet When Entering Japan

The documentation required for the quarantining and processing of pets being brought in and out of Japan varies by the type of animal.

Passengers with Dogs and Cats

When bringing a dog or cat into Japan, you are required to notify the Animal Quarantine Station at least 40 days prior to arriving in Japan. Dogs and cats brought into Japan from regions that are not designated as having problems with rabies will be quarantined for 12 hours if they can be identified by microchip as per the export certificate.

Dogs and cats that do not meet these conditions may be quarantined for up to 180 days.

Please see the Animal Quarantine Station section of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries website for more details.

Passengers with rodents (hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.) or birds

When bringing rodents (hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.) or birds into Japan, you will be required to notify the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (with the specified notification, hygiene certificate, etc.). Please see the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website for more details.

Fees for Checking in Pets

Same rate for all routes JPY 5,000 (USD 45) per crate per segment
Pet crate rental (free of charge)
  • *We will only handle pets and crates with a total weight of up to 32 kg (70 lbs).

We have three sizes of crates available for rent. Please be advised that the number of rental pet crates is limited.

Small: 31 cm x 47 cm x 25 cm/Crate weight: 1.5 kg
Medium: 42 cm x 53 cm x 40 cm/Crate weight: 2.5 kg
Large: 51 cm x 69 cm x 48 cm/Crate weight: 5.5 kg

Procedure Flow

(1) Preflight preparation

Passengers carrying pets will be required to submit a consent form. Please make sure to prepare all of the documentation required for bringing your pet in and out of a country in advance.

Passengers carrying pets will be required to submit a consent form.
Please read the consent form beforehand, fill in the required fields and bring it with you to the airport.

  • *Please contact us in advance if you want to check in your pets.

(2) On the day of departure

Please complete all procedures at the counter no later than 60 minutes prior to flight departure.

We will ask for your completed consent form and the fee for checking in pets.
If your pet requires an export quarantine examination in the country you are departing from, please complete this before bringing your pet to the counter.

  • *If your pet requires an export quarantine examination at the Animal Quarantine Station of an airport in Japan, please check in advance when it is open.

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Animal Quarantine Station website

(3) Airport drop-off / pick-up

Once your pet is dropped off at the airport counter, we will place them inside the aircraft's air-conditioned cargo room. When you arrive at your arrival airport, a member of staff will hand you your pet directly at baggage claim.