Animals

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Animals accepted on board

All animals are allowed on board Air Tahiti flights, except :

  • Category 1 and 2 dogs (rottweilers, pit bulls...), and mastiffs weighing more than 40 kg (88 lb).
  • Animals showing signs of aggressiveness.
  • Animals giving off powerful, nauseating odours, such as ducks, geese, goats and pigs.
  • Infected or poisonous animals, with the exception of bees.
  • Harmful invasive species (rats, mice, red-eared slider turtles, certain birds such as the common myna and red-vented bulbul...). View the list of harmful invasive species on the website of the Rural Development Department (Service du Développement Rural or SDR). Website in french. → http://www.biosecurite.gov.pf/
  • Animals protected by the Washington Convention (protected and endangered animals).
  • Females that have given birth within 48 hours prior to departure.
  • Pregnant females, except upon presentation of a veterinary certificate stating that they can be transported without risk of giving birth or being harmed.

SDR inspection compulsory for certain animals

In order to protect the ecosystems of islands as yet free from certain diseases or parasites, for some species, your animal will need to be inspected by the Rural Development Department (SDR) and obtain a certificate allowing the animal to travel.

This provision concerns :

  • Birds belonging to the Psittacidae family (such as parakeets, lovebirds...), to the waterfowl (swans), and  Columbidae (pigeons, doves...)
  • Bees for transport from Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raivavae and Tubuai to others islands
  • Micro-wasps
  • Their container must be closed so that they cannot get out during transport.
  • Since this process may take time, you are advised to apply well in advance.
  • Dogs, cats, rabbits, roosters, hens, chicks, fish, etc ... are not subject by this measure.

Report your animal

  • Animals are not allowed in the cabin on flights to/from Rarotonga.
  • Animals must be included in your booking, whether they are travelling in the hold or cabin.
  • Dogs and cats over 4 months old must be identified with a microchip or tattoo carried out by a vet.

Container characteristics :  

  • Your animal must be carried in a container approved for air transport.
  • Ventilation via holes, grille or openwork (without allowing the animal to bite or nip through the opening).
  • Watertight bottom with litter or other material for absorbing liquid excrement.
  • Approved materials: plastic, metal or wood.
  • The container must be locked if the animal is travelling in the hold.
  • The container must be clean.
  • The animal must be able to lie down, stand up or turn around without getting hurt.

Animals in the cabin

  • Certain animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, freshwater fishes and freshwater turtles) are accepted in the cabin, in ATR aircraft only
  • For the comfort of all passengers, birds, cocks, chickens and chicks must travel in the hold.
  • The animal must travel in a container which meets the criteria listed above.
  • Maximum authorized dimensions for the container: 45 x 35 x 20 cm (17 x 13 x 7 in)
  • Maximum authorized weight for the container and the animal:
    • 16 kg (35 lb) on ATR flights
    • 8 kg (17 lb) in the case of an ATR flight with a Beechcraft connecion or vice versa.
  • Carriage of an animal in the cabin on Beechcraft is subject to the approval of the captain.
  • Only adults are permitted to travel with animals in the cabin.
  • The animal must not be able to move around freely. In the event of any inconvenience, it may be stowed in the hold, at the captain's decision.
  • To ensure your animal has a smooth journey, we recommend, on your vet's advice, administering a sedative to avoid any reaction during the flight.
  • The cost of transporting an animal in the cabin is XPF 2 000.

Special cases:

  • Freshwater fishes must be carried in a double watertight container (plastic bag + cool box or equivalent), with no more than 3 liters of water,
  • Freshwater turtles, if transported in water, must be carried in a double watertight container (jar without lid + cool box or equivalent), with no more than 3 liters of water.

Animals in the hold

  • Must travel in hold :
    • Animals weighing more than 8 kg (17 lb)
    • Animals whose whose dimensions mean they cannot be carried in a container which satisfies the conditions of acceptance of hand baggage (45 x 35 x 20 cm - 17 x 13 x 7 in)
    • Animals that can disturb the tranquility of travelers (e.g. birds, roosters, chickens, chicks, etc.)
  • Must be checked as cargo :
    • If the combined weight of animal and cage is more than 25 kg (55 lb)
    • If they exceed the maximum size for hold baggage (150 x 150 x150 cm - 59 x59 x59 in)
    • Animals weighing more than 50 kg (110 lb) require special handling. Read the conditions of their acceptance. → Lien vers Fret
  • Because our aircraft's hold size limits the volume of baggage we are able to carry, please contact our Cargo Service before sending animals in very bulky containers.
  • Depending on the length of the journey, the owner must make the necessary provision for feeding their animal.
  • To ensure your animal has a smooth journey, we recommend, on your vet's advice, administering a sedative to avoid any reaction during the flight.
  • The applicable fee is that charged for excess baggage, with a minimum charge of XPF 800.

Service animals

Service animals for people with physical, mental or emotional disabilities are allowed in the cabin, under certain conditions (example: guide dog). They are transported free of charge.