Ravn Alaska complies with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations for the humane transportation of animals.

If you are traveling with a pet, please notify the Reservations agent at the time of booking, or if booking online, please select the “pet in cargo hold” option under “Special Requests.” Pets are accepted on a first come, first served basis at the time of check in, so plan to arrive at the ticket counter early. A $75 service fee applies for transporting pets solely on Ravn flights.

If you have connections with Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air or PenAir, a $100 fee applies for hand-carried pets and a $100 fee applies for checked pets. Pets checked in must be re-claimed at the baggage claim in Anchorage for connections to Alaska Airlines as TSA screening is required prior to transport. You will still only incur the one pet fee charge of $100. This charge also applies to any pets that are hand-carried into the cabin of the aircraft. If you are traveling on Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air or PenAir and then connecting to Ravn Alaska for the last leg of your travel, you will pay the pet fee when you check in for your originating flight and will not need to pay again when connecting to Ravn.

The following is a partial list of pets accepted for travel on Ravn Alaska, either checked or in a carry-on: cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles (snakes are not allowed in checked baggage, cargo or hand-carry), pot-bellied pigs, rabbits and tropical fish.

Due to health risks, brachycephalic (short nose) dogs and cats may travel at the owner’s risk. The following are considered short nose dogs: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire, Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffin, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Spaniel, Pekinese Pug, Shih Tsu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Terrier. Short nose cats include: Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan and Persian.

The following animals are NOT accepted as checked baggage and must travel as air cargo

  • any animal weighing over 149 pounds or that does not fit in a 500-size kennel, including but not limited to:
  • horses, cows, spiders, large birds, chickens, wild animals, farm animals, pigs (pot bellies excluded) and amphibians

If you are connecting to another airline, please note that you will have to allow time to pick up your pet at the connecting airport and re-check it with the connecting airline.


Pet Documentation

The USDA requires warm-blooded animals traveling across state lines to have a current health certificate issued within 30 days by a veterinarian. This is your responsibility to obtain prior to travel and certifies that the animal is in good health. Service dogs are exempted from this rule.

If your pet is traveling to a cold weather destination and is acclimated to temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, have the veterinarian state this on the health certificate in compliance with USDA regulations.

Note: Proof of rabies vaccination is required for animals traveling within the State of Alaska or when traveling across state lines. Proof of a parvovirus vaccination is required for travel to Nome or Kotzebue. Pets will not be accepted without proper documentation.



Please keep the following guidelines in mind when selecting and labeling your pet’s kennel.

The USDA and IATA have specific requirements for pet kennels. The kennel must be:

  • structurally sound, (constructed of plastic, wood, metal)
  • escape-proof (not accepted are clip-down kennels, collapsible, snap-top, soft-sided, or kennels composed of wire, mesh, cardboard or wicker),
  • properly ventilated without offensive odors,
  • leak-proof with safe, non-toxic absorbent bedding
  • large enough for the animal to freely stand, sit, turnaround and lie down in a normal posture

The kennel must not:

  • have a plastic door
  • be secured with zip ties, snap or zip tie fasteners, duct tape or rubber bands
  • be secured with a lock
  • be small enough that any part of the animal’s body may protrude through any openings in the kennel.

Note: Mesh or collapsible kennels are allowed for pets hand-carried.

Your name, address, and phone number must be on the kennel, along with your signature certifying the animal has been offered food and water within four hours of scheduled flight departure. Feeding instructions must also be included. Two empty dishes, for food and water, must be secured inside the kennel and accessible from the outside.

All kennels must have “LIVE ANIMAL” labels with letters at least one inch high displayed on the top and side as well as arrows indicating “THIS END UP.”

Up to 2 pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress. Any animal appearing over 20 lbs will need to be weight for weight and balance purposes.

Click to view Ravn Alaska’s Pet Check-In form. Pet check-in forms will be provided at the time of travel and must be filled out for each pet traveling with you.

Cabin Animals

The following is a partial list of pets accepted in the passenger compartment of the aircraft; Cats, small dogs, ferrets, household birds, domesticated rabbits, and tropical fish (only in a leak-proof container). Kennels may be hard or soft, must be leak proof and animal(s) must remain under the passenger’s seat during all phases of flight. The aisle way must be kept clear at all times. Kennels are not allowed at a bulkhead or in exit rows. Up to 2 pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress. Any animal appearing over 20 lbs will need to be weighed for weight and balance purposes.