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Infected animals (animals with an infectious disease or containing infectious substances)
AVI in MAIL
* Endangered species, listed under CITES Appendix I in Chapter 6 as well as monkey species (primates, monkeys or apes) will only be accepted if it is a zoo to zoo shipment and if both shipper and consignee are members of the organizations WAZA, EAZA or VDZ and are subject to approval by Swiss WorldCargo. Please get in touch with your local Swiss WorldCargo Office.
Animals, other than those mentioned in the general embargo list, are accepted for carriage on Swiss International Air Lines if the country of origin and the country of destination is party to CITES (LAR 11.3)
Trading for commercial purposes, with endangered species listed under CITES Appendix II in chapter 6, will be not accepted for carriage. This affects shipments of live animals as well as animal products.
Swiss WorldCargo does not accept puppies (dogs) and kitten (cats) below the age of 90 days.
Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dog breeds
The following brachycephalic dog breeds and crossbreeds thereof are not accepted for carriage on LX flights:
Bulldog (all breeds)
English Toy Spaniel / King Charles Spaniel
Japanese Chin / Japanese Spaniel
Pug (all breeds)
Strong (fighting) dog breeds
According to LAR CR1 domestic dogs are accepted in Container Requirement 1. However, strong breeds (fighting dogs) are not being accepted in a rigid plastic container. The materials accepted for the transportation of strong breeds (fighting dogs) are according to LAR CR1, fibreglass, metal, welded wire mesh and solid wood. All wood used for the construction of the container must comply with IPPC standards. No rigid plastic is allowed.
For the following breeds and crossbreeds thereof no rigid plastic container is allowed:
American Pit Bull Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
Dogue de Bordeaux
Presa Canario / Dogo Canario
Exception is granted for puppies of age from 3 months up to 6 months (90 days - 180 days of age)
Between November 1 and March 31, Swiss WorldCargo does not accept any interline transfer or general acceptance of live animals which the native origin of the animal species is from a tropical region, including live tropical fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Live animals that are not likely to suffer from cold weather, like cats and dogs, are not subject to this embargo.
To request an exception, please contact your local Swiss WorldCargo office.
Temperature and Heat Restrictions
Swiss WorldCargo does not transport live animals at a temperature above 27° C to protect animal welfare. We reserve the right to rebook animals due to temperature issues to another day or another time of the day whenever necessary. These restrictions are relevant to all animals that are likely to suffer from hot temperatures, including any pets (dogs, cats etc.), small mammals (e.g. rabbits) and zoo animals.