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Traveling with Pets

For pet owners, traveling with their four-legged family members can be the opposite of a relaxing belly rub. Traveling in and out of Alaska can make things even tougher, add transferring to Hawaii into the mix and you may get a migraine. 

We have tried to include all the links to the major airlines, that fly in and out of Alaska, you will need to help make traveling with your pet(s) easier.


We have included information for flying pets on Alaska Airlines, as that is the major airline used on Kodiak Island.

​All information has been taken directly from Alaska Airline's website, but we recommend you check with Alaska Airlines directly for the most current and up to date information. 


Space for pets traveling in the cabin or in the cargo compartment is subject to availability. For travel on Alaska Airlines, please contact Alaska Airlines reservations at 1-800-252-7522. If your plans include travel on another airline, please contact the airline directly to reserve space, determine fees and obtain additional information.

Note: Alaska Airlines does not transfer pets traveling in the baggage compartment to other carriers. Pets must be claimed and rechecked to the connecting carrier.

Airbus fleet restrictions

On flights operated by our Airbus fleet, pets may not travel in the First Class cabin, or in the baggage compartment – these aircraft don’t have a heated cargo space to carry pets safely.

Extreme outdoor temperatures

Extreme hot and cold temperatures can pose a health risk to pets. In summer, choose early morning or late evening flights. In winter, choose mid-day flights. Whenever possible, book nonstop or direct flights. If temperatures at the origin, destination, or connecting airports exceed certain limits, Alaska Airlines may decline acceptance for the animal's welfare.

Health and vaccination requirements

Only pets in good health are permitted. We may refuse travel to a pet in obvious distress due to injury or illness or is in a kennel that is too small.

All pets traveling in the cargo compartment on Alaska Airlines (including flights operated by Horizon, SkyWest, Ravn Alaska, and PenAir) must have a health certificate dated within 10 days of initial travel and 30 days of return travel when the return flight is booked in the same record. Pets traveling on a return flight booked in a separate record are required to have a health certificate dated within 10 days of that flight. A health certificate is not required for pets traveling in the cabin with their passenger; however, many states have specific importation health and vaccination requirements. Contact the state veterinarian at your destination prior to travel to determine necessary documentation (such as health and cold-weather acclimation certificates) and vaccination requirements. Alaska Airlines is not responsible for any costs incurred should customers not have the required health documentation to enter the state or country.

Breed restrictions

Brachycephalic or "short-nosed" dogs and cats are not accepted for travel in the cargo compartment on Alaska Airlines flights (including flights operated by Horizon, SkyWest, Ravn Alaska, or PenAir). Veterinary experts say that short-nosed animals commonly have abnormalities that can compromise their breathing. Stress associated with flight can make those conditions worse.

Brachycephalic or "short-nosed" dogs and cats may still travel in the cabin with their passenger provided their pet carrier fits under the seat. This applies to the following breeds and mixed breeds thereof:


American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bull Mastiff, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Pug, Japanese Spaniel, Pekingese, Pug, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier


Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian

Links to other airlines that fly in & out of

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport


Breed Restrictions

Unfortunately all major airlines have breed restrictions when flying pets in cargo. Each airlines policy may be slightly different on what breeds can & cannot be flown, but all have restrictions on brachycephalic or snub-nosed animals as checked pets. Please check with the airline before making your reservations to make sure your pet can fly.

If your pet(s) breed is on the no-fly list you have 2 options for bringing your pet(s) on or off island. 

  • Air Cargo. The animal shelter has used ACE Air Cargo multiple times when shipping a pet on or off island. They are easy to work with and the cost was affordable. For reservations and more info please contact them at 907.334.5100. In Anchorage they are located at 5901 Lockheed Ave.  In Kodiak 907.487.4926 and are located 5353 Rezanof Dr W. (first left after the airport entrance).

  • Alaska Marine Highway. For full information on policies and requirements please contact the Alaska Marine Highway directly. Kodiak Terminal: 907-486-3800. Reservations & Customer Service: 800.642.0066 or 907.465.3941

Service & Emotional Support Animals

Please check with the airline you will be traveling with for their policies & regulations. Each airline makes their own policies and not all airlines have the exact same policies. So what may be allowable on one may not be allowed on a different airline. 

Transporting Pets to Hawaii

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Everyone dreams of being able to move to the white, sandy beaches of Hawaii. Surf, Sun & Fun!  Add moving to Hawaii with a pet and you may become a bit stressed. 

Hawaii is unique in the fact that they are the only state in the US that does not have Rabies, so bringing a pet to the islands means there is extra work and steps involved in the travel planning.  The state has done a great job at making it easier than it once was, but you will need to do everything they require in the exact way and time frame they have laid out. 

Until June 30, 2003 all pets entering the state were required to enter a 120 day quarantine. 

Now you have the option of: 

  • The 120-day quarantine program costs $1,080 per pet.

  • The 5 Day Or Less quarantine program costs $244 per pet.

  • The direct release program costs $185 per pet.

                     Prices are subject to change


For full list of requirements, forms and information you will need when traveling to Hawaii with your pet, please visit. 

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