Transporting animals

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Current travel information: Coronavirus

As part of the precautions taken to fight against the Coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Food and Control of Turkey has issued entry restrictions on transporting all exotic animals and invertebrates, amphibians, dogs, cats, ferrets, ornamental fish, reptiles, rodents, domestic rabbits and all birds from all countries to Turkey for commercial purposes. SunExpress, therefore, will not accept the above-mentioned animals to its international flights to Turkey until further notice. The transportation of pets such as dogs, cats, birds, and ornamental fish holding a pet health ID card and non-commercial international pet passport is allowed only if the pet is accompanied by its owner on board. After they arrive in Turkey, both the pet and its owner will undergo two-week long home isolation.

Traveling with pets

Please make your special booking for animal transportation as soon as possible, but not later than 3 working days before departure. To do so, please call our Customer Service Center.
Import regulations, customs documents, veterinary health certificates, inoculations, customs specifications for foreign countries etc. are all the responsibility of the passenger. Please contact the Foreign Embassy of the country you are visiting for information on import requirements, e.g. for inoculations and identification.
Animals may only travel if accompanied by a passenger, and must be registered. Please observe the relevant entry conditions.

(Please note: except flights from/to United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta und Sweden.)

Animal passport

Animal passports have been a legal requirement since 1st October 2004. Anyone wishing to take a dog or cat abroad will need the blue EU document for their four-legged friend. It is valid in all member states of the European Union, and confirms that the animal has been inoculated against rabies. The international certificate of inoculation previously issued will apply for twelve months from issue.
For further information please contact your veterinarian or the Federal Department for Nutrition and Agriculture.

Carriage of animals inside cabin

If it does not exceed the permitted limited number of animals that can travel in the cabin, we will be pleased to take one dog or cat weighing up to 8 kg (incl. container) per passenger in the cabin. The cost is 30 € for one-way flights and 60 € for return flights. For domestic flights the cost is 60 TL for one-way.
We regret that in the interest of all passengers we can only accept a limited number of pets in the cabin, and that animals must stay on the floor in their locked container for the duration of the flight.
The size of the lockable container (ventilated and waterproof; available from pet shops) must not exceed the published dimensions for hand baggage of length 55 cm, width 40 cm, height 23 cm.
The transport of budgerigars in the cabin is allowed only on domestic flights at a cost of 40 TL for a one-way flight. The regulations for applicable containers apply accordingly.

Travelling in the animal compartment

Dogs and cats weighing more than 8 kg will be transported in the hold. The costs are 75 € for one-way flights and 150 € for return flights.For domestic flights the cost is 160 TL for a one-way flight.
Passengers can buy special containers in pet-shops; they must allow air to circulate, be waterproof and escape-proof.

Fighting dogs of the following breeds may not be transported:

  • Pitbull Terrier
  • American Pitbull
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bullterrier
  • Bullterrier
  • American Bulldog
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasiliero
  • Kangal (Karabash)
  • Kaukasian Owtscharka
  • Mastiff
  • Mastino Napoleta

The transportation-exclusion involves only thoroughbred animals and crossings of these races among each other.