Here you’ll find all the information you need if you would like to fly with your pet, including costs, conditions, requisite documents and requirements of some destination countries. Likewise, you will find information about importing birds and plants to Israel.
Importing and/or bringing pets to Israel is conditional on approval for transport from the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture (Pets as Personal Accompanied Freight).
Passengers are responsible for obtaining all of the required certifications at latest two days before the flight date.
The veterinary services of the Ministry of Agriculture are authorized to determine if and how the animal can fly:
The required certificates can be obtained through the Veterinary Services at Ben-Gurion Airport. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 03-9792240
For full details about Veterinary Services guidelines regarding importing cats and dogs to Israel – click here (Hebrew and English).For full details about veterinarian services guidelines regarding importing birds to Israel – click here (Hebrew).
Please send the authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture to EL AL’s Sales Center or to the travel agency through which the reservation was made no later than two days before the flight date. Non transfer of the authorization in time may preclude the transport of the animal.
Pets that are leaving the State of Israel must be accompanied by an International Certificate of Health that was issued by the Livestock Veterinary Service. If it is not possible to issue an international certificate of health for the destination country, it is the passenger’s responsibility to apply to the Veterinary Services / Ministry of Agriculture in the destination country and act in accordance with the official guidelines as stipulated.
Exporting animals without the required certification can impact the animal (recall, quarantine and sometimes death) and the owners (distress, expenses, time).
For full details about Veterinary Services guidelines regarding exporting animals from Israel – click here (Hebrew).
On flights to Israel, it is the passenger’s responsibility to obtain authorization from the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, as specified on these pages.
The reference number that appears on the certificate of the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture must reach the local EL AL office or travel agency, no less than 48 hours before the time of the flight. The passenger must present the certificate itself at the airport.
On flights from Israel, the passenger is responsible for contacting the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture in the destination country and act in accordance with the official guidelines as stipulated.
Restrictions on Transport of Animals in the Passenger Cabin
Special GuidelinesPassengers flying to London with a guide dog are asked to register 14 days before the flight date on the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre.
* In case of safety hazard, the animal will be flown at no extra charge in the hold of the aircraft.
For an animal weighing
up to 8 kilos: $100 in each direction.
For an animal weighing 9-50 kilos: $200 in each direction.
For an animal weighing 51-100 kilos: $400 in each direction.
Animals weighing over 100 kilos will be handled by EL AL Cargo (03-9716679).
EL AL CargoImport: Tel. 03-9716589Export: 03-9716679
Contact Information for Clarifications, Ministry of Agriculture, State of Israel Address: Ministry of Agriculture, POB 12-B, Bet Dagan, Israel 50250Tel. 03-9688986Fax. 03-9688963
Importing Birds and Bird EggsBirds and bird eggs (except poultry and their eggs) will not be approved for flights to London unless licensed by the British Ministry of Agriculture.
Import of Plants and Plant ProductsThe import of plants and plant products to Israel is forbidden by law, unless prior approval is obtained!
Purpose of Supervision of the Import of Plants to Israel: The Plant Protection and Inspection Services in the Ministry of Agriculture are responsible for the export and import of all vegetation produce and products, including non-commercial import in passenger baggage. The purpose of this supervision is to prevent the import of plant pests and diseases that could cause great harm to wild plants and to agriculture in Israel, as is accepted practice in many countries worldwide.