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SWISS Live Animals

Booking Restrictions and Embargo

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General Embargo

It is Swiss WorldCargo’s general policy that commodities falling under this embargo list shall not be carried on an LX aircraft, neither may an LX AWB be used for carriage by other carriers:

  • Endangered species, listed under CITES Appendix I in Chapter 6 *
  • Monkey species (primates, monkeys or apes) *
  • ‘Teacup Dogs’ (e.g. Teacup Poodle)
  • Frogs, toads and legs thereof for consumption purposes
  • Ivory, raw and cut or carved
  • Shark fins
  • Bats
  • Whales and dolphins
  • Live animals for experimentation, exploitation and/or research, except live mice and live rats.
    (On flights operated by AirBaltic no laboratory animals are allowed)
  •  Wild caught animals
  • Ungulates, cloven-hooved animals (e.g., pigs, cows, sheep, deer, hippos, horses or donkeys)
  • 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 WorldCargoPlease 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:

  • Affenpinscher

  • American Bully

  • Boston Terrier

  • Boxer

  • Brussels Griffon

  • Bulldog (all breeds)

  • Bull Mastiff

  • Chow Chow

  • English Toy Spaniel / King Charles Spaniel

  • English Bulldog

  • French Bulldog

  • Japanese Chin / Japanese Spaniel

  • Lhasa Apso

  • Pekingese

  • Pug (all breeds)

  • Shar Pei

  • Shih Tzu

  • Tibetan Spaniel


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:

  • Alano

  • American Pit Bull Terrier

  • American Staffordshire Terrier

  • Boerboel

  • Bullterrier

  • Cane Corso

  • Caucasian Owtscharka

  • Doberman

  • Dogo Argentina

  • Dogue de Bordeaux

  • Fila Brasileiro

  • Great Dane

  • Karabash

  • Mastiff breeds

  • Pitbull

  • Presa Canario / Dogo Canario

  • Rottweiler

  • Staffordshire Bullterrier

  • Tibetan Mastiff

  • Tosa Inu

Exception is granted for puppies of age from 3 months up to 6 months (90 days - 180 days of age)

Winter Embargo

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.