The Air India pet policy is as follows:
Small inoffensive domestic pets such as dogs, cats and birds, accompanied by valid Health and Rabies vaccination certificates, will be accepted on Air India domestic flights in the cabin or as checked baggage.
The weight of the pet including the container should not exceed 5 kgs. for carriage in the cabin. Pets of larger size / weight will be carried in the cargo hold.
Maximum of 2 pets are permitted per flight and passenger accompanying such pet will be seated in the last row of booked cabin class.
Pet animals can be carried as an accompanied baggage or shipped as Cargo. Bookings can be made for pets as Accompanied Baggage / Excess Baggage through Air India Reservations.
Carriage of Pets is not permitted either in the Hold or Cabin, on Ultra Long Haul (ULH) Sectors (Direct Flights).
Carriage of pets will not be permitted on nonstop flight operated by Air India on the India – USA – India route.
For flights transiting Middle East – live birds will not be carried as accompanied baggage either in the cabin or in the hold.
Carriage of Pet Animals into UAE by air shall be in accordance with the terms and conditions of IATA Live Animals Regulations (LARS) by Air Cargo and not under Baggage mode.
Currently AIR INDIA is not authorized to carry LIVE ANIMALS (including Service Animals) in and out of United Kingdom & Germany, in Cabin or as Baggage / Cargo.
Taking a pet to a foreign country involves preparation and planning far in advance of your departure date. Requirements for pet travel to a foreign country are set by the destination country. If you are you traveling to another country and bringing along your pet you’ll need to meet the animal health requirements of the country you are visiting.
More information on the Air India pet policy