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14 Mar

JetBlue Airways Pet Travel Policy

Headquartered in Queens, New York, JetBlue is a low-cost airline in the United States. They are pet friendly and allow pets to travel both in cabin and as excess baggage. Here is their pet policy.

Pet Guidelines

Only small dogs and cats may travel in the cabin in an FAA-approved pet carrier that fits comfortably under the seat in front of you. Only one pet per customer is allowed.

Jet Blue does not accept pet remains, cremated or otherwise, in the cabin or as cargo.

Service Animals

Different policies and travel requirements apply to service animals. More information about traveling with a service animal may be found on their Accessibility Assistance page. 

Booking your Pet

You may book your pet online, on the JetBlue mobile app, or by contacting JetBlue. Pets can be added in the Extras section during booking.

  • The pet fee is USD $125 (one hundred and twenty five US dollars) each way.
  • The number of pets is limited to six pets per flight.
  • Your pet and approved pet carrier count as one personal item and must fit under the seat in front of you. Your pet carrier cannot exceed 17″ L x 12.5″ W x 8.5″ H (43.18 cm L x 31.75 cm W x 21.59 cm H) and the combined weight of your pet and the carrier must not exceed 20 pounds.
  • Traveling on a Blue Basic fare? Carry-on bags are not permitted, but you may bring a personal item in addition to the pet carrier.
  • Pets are not allowed in Mint.
  • Pets are not accepted on interline/codeshare bookings (regardless of where or how the booking was made), except select nonstop American Airlines-operated flights within the U.S. Please contact American Airlines directly to verify and add your pet and pet fee to the reservation. 
  • TrueBlue members can earn 300 extra points per flight segment for adding a pet to their booking.
  • Pets are not permitted on flights to Trinidad & Tobago or to/from U.K./Europe.

Travel Requirements

Pets Travelling Domestically:

JetBlue accepts pets on all domestic flights.

For travel within the U.S., vaccination requirements vary from state to state. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands require vaccination documentation for pets.

Customers are responsible for understanding the animal import requirements and acquiring all necessary documentation before traveling with a pet.

Pets Travelling Internationally:

JetBlue does not accept pets on flights to Trinidad & Tobago and to/from U.K./Europe.

U.S. entry requirements vary based on the country of origin. Failure to meet the requirements may result in denied entry.

For other international destinations, documentation requirements vary by country. Customers are responsible for understanding each country’s animal import requirements and acquiring all necessary documentation before traveling with a pet.

***Barbados, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, St. Lucia:

Customers traveling with pets to Barbados, Grand Cayman, Jamaica or St. Lucia are urged to begin the import process at least 30 days prior to travel to prepare your dog or cat to travel.

Countries with high risk of rabies

In accordance with theCDC guidelines on dog importation from certain countries, and taking into account JetBlue network limitations, JetBlue will not accept dogs or cats on flights to or from:

  • Colombia (MDE)
  • Ecuador (UIO)
  • Peru (LIM)

Customers traveling with dogs or cats from the following Blue Cities on or after December 20, 2021 must enter the U.S. through JFK only. JFK is a CDC-classified Point of Entry for vaccinated pets.

  • Colombia (BOG, CTG)
  • Cuba (HAV)
  • Dominican Republic (SDQ, STI, PUJ, POP)
  • Ecuador (GYE)
  • Guatemala (GUA)
  • Guyana (GEO)
  • Haiti (PAP)
  • Honduras (SAP)

Important note: Customers may travel with pets TO the above destinations from any JetBlue city.

Dogs entering from the above-listed cities must provide the following documentation to be cleared for travel to the U.S.:

  • Have a valid U.S.-issued rabies vaccine certificate or CDC Dog Import permit
  • Have proof of microchip
  • Be at least 6 months old
  • Be healthy upon arrival

Puppies Entering the U.S

Puppies must be at least 16 weeks old to enter the U.S. and must have received the rabies vaccine at least 1 month prior to travel. A rabies vaccination certificate must be presented upon arrival, be valid for the length of stay, and include:

  • Name and address of owner.
  • Dog’s breed, sex, date of birth, colour and markings.
  • Microchip number.
  • Date of rabies vaccination, vaccine product info and expiration date, and date the vaccination expires.
  • Name, license number, address, and signature of the veterinarian who administered the vaccination.

At the Airport

If you’ve already paid the pet fee and your pet is confirmed to travel, you can check in 24 hours before your flight online, on the JetBlue app or at an airport kiosk.

When you arrive at the airport, visit the full-service counter or speak with a JetBlue crewmember in the self-service lobby for your JetPaws® bag tag to attach to your pet’s carrier. Your pet must stay inside its closed/zipped carrier while you are at the airport. 

While pet relief areas are often available, the location varies by airport. You may need to exit the airport and return through security if your pet needs to relieve itself.

Pet Carriers/Crates

The pet and carrier will count as your carry-on item. Your pet must be able to stand up and move around inside the carrier with ease.

  • Carriers cannot exceed 17″ L x 12.5″ W x 8.5″ H (43.18 cm L x 31.75 cm W x 21.59 cm H)
  • The combined weight of your pet and carrier cannot exceed 20 pounds.
  • Carriers must have leak-proof bottoms and be well ventilated.
  • Soft-sided and hard-sided carriers are accepted.
  • Containers that allow for possible escape will not be accepted.
  • Only one pet per carrier is allowed.
  • Pet carriers may be purchased at the airport ticket counter for USD $55 (fifty-five US dollars). Quantities are limited.

On Board and In Flight

Customers traveling with pets cannot sit in an emergency exit row, bulkhead seat, Mint seat or any seat that is restricted for under-seat stowage. It is highly recommended you sit in a window or an aisle seat.

Your pet must always remain inside the carrier while on board. Carriers must be placed below the seat in front of you during taxi, take-off and landing. You may hold the carrier on your lap during the flight. If you purchase an extra seat for your pet, the carrier may be placed on the additional purchased seat during the flight.

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