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Pets allowed in the cabin

Pets in the cabin


Dogs and cats are accepted as carry-on and are considered pets. We have ceased to allow the transport of birds and will not accept them as either carry-on or carga on international flights and domestic flights within Panama. However, Small birds are considered pets on flights within Colombia.

All pets that do not fall within these parameters will not be accepted as carry-on luggage.

Remember to check restrictions to/from specific destinations.

General terms and conditions for the transport of pets in the cabin

  • Passengers are responsible for all documentation required to ensure the exit and entry of your pet, both to cities of departure, transit and destination of your trip. This includes any requirement or additional or special document required by laws and regulations in force in the countries of departure, transit and destination. To know the requirements your pet must fulfill, please contact the sanitary authorities of each country.
  • Copa Airlines does not accept the transport of pet in Business Class.
  • It is the policy of Copa Airlines to transports pets in the passenger cabin from Monday through Friday on International flights. This restriction does not apply to domestic flights within Panama and Colombia. The transport of pets is allowed daily for passengers traveling on domestic flights (origin and destination) with no international connection.
  • Copa Airlines will not allow pet reservations or accept pets for any flights departing on Fridays and which arrivals falls at any time on Saturdays
  • The transport of Pet in Cabin is subject to availability.
  • Contact our Reservations Center at least 48 hours before the flight's departure to ensure room for your pet.
  • Pets 8 weeks old or less will not be accepted for transport travelling alone in a cage.
  • Minors traveling alone are not authorized to travel with pets.
  • On international flights, the customer must provide a health certificate for their pet, emitted by the appropriate authority, as well as all necessary documents for entry at their next destination(s). For domestic flights within Colombia, only a current vaccination certificate is needed. For domestic flights within Panama, owners must show proof of current vaccination and health certificate. Important that the pet has the anti - rabies vaccine.
  • The health certificate of pets flying from Colombia to the United States must indicate that they are free of screw worms.
  • Passengers must travel on the same flight as their pet and use a cage that is appropriate for its transport.
  • Passengers are responsible for enclosing their pet in its cage, as well as for removing it.
  • Traveling with pets is not permitted on flights that connect with another airline.
  • In case of emergency, oxygen will not be administered to pets.


  • Pets are not allowed in Business Class. ConnectMiles PreferMember Passenger traveling with pets in cabin will not be eligible for complimentary upgrades.
  • Pets are not accepted on board if your itinerary includes interline segments or a connection on an airline other than Copa Airlines.
  • If you are traveling with a pet that does not meet our requirements for traveling in the cabin, please contact our Copa Pets department. Copa Pets does not accept pets if your itinerary includes interline segments or a connection on an airline other than Copa Airlines.