Live Animals guarantees a safe, secure, hygienic and comfortable journey for live animals such as dogs, cats, birds, ornamental fish and other animals as defined by IATA LAR. Our trained, professional team provides the utmost care for live animals, which are immediately transferred upon arrival into our new, state-of-the-art Live Animals Centre, where they are assisted and fed based on instructions received by the shipper, either at transit or whilst waiting for customer clearance.


  • Flown as booked.
  • Quick transit time.
  • Consistent handling process across the network.
  • Professional and trained handling team.
  • Live Animals Centre at Muscat International Airport.
  • eServices for easy booking and tracking.


Live Animals Centre at Muscat International Airport
With over 2,500 square-metres of covered space, the facility features a segregated, temperature-controlled kennel area to provide an optimum environment for animal transfers to various location throughout Oman Air’s network, under specialist supervision. The Live Animals Centre includes veterinary inspection, an emergency room and Royal Oman Police Customs services are available 24/7.

All Travel Companions Handled with Care

At Oman Air Cargo, a reservation request for live animals must be made in advance. The request should be made via email with full details of your live animals such as date, origin and destination, container used and health documents. For Oman customers please send your request to Muscat Service Centre For international customers please contact the nearest Oman Air cargo sales office.

Prepare Your Pet for Travel

  • Allow 5 days prior to flight departure for your pet to acclimatize to its kennel.
  • Give your pet a light meal and/or water 2 hours before departure and walk your dog just before. During the flight your pet will not be given any food or water.
  • The check-in process for pets may take some time. We recommend arriving at the cargo terminal 4 hours prior to scheduled departure time with completed documentation.


We recommend consulting your forwarder or the embassies of the country of departure and the country of destination to confirm applicable rules and required documents when transporting your pet. For more information, please visit the International Air Transport association website

Generally, the following documents are required:

  • Import permit for live animals
  • Health certificate
  • A valid vaccination certificate (issued by a veterinary clinic)

Container Requirements for Dogs and Cats

The container must have enough space for the animal to change directions while standing and to sit erect and to lie in a natural position. The container should be leak-proof, escape proof and the doors should fasten securely. The container should have separate food and watering dishes securely attached inside the kennel so that if necessary the animal may be fed and watered without opening container. Please fulfill the following standards (correspond to IATA Live Animals Regulations Chapter 8, Container Requirement)

Due to inherent breathing difficulties exhibited by the snub nosed breeds, Oman Air does not carry the following breeds:

Snub Nosed Dog Breeds
American Staffordshire Terrier Japanese Spaniel ( Japanese Chin)
Bulldog Shih Tzu
English Bulldog Boxer
Japanese Pug Chow Chow
Shar - Peis French Bulldog
Boston Terrier Lhasa Apso
Bull Terrier Brussels Griffin
Dutch Pug Japanese Chin
Pekingese Shih Tzu
English Toy Spaniel Shih Tzu
Snub Nosed Cat Breeds
Hurmese Persian

* Breeds other than the above will be accepted even if the name of the dog breed is similar.


For guests who wish to travel with pets on the same flight, as checked baggage. In that case, the handling defers from cargo. Please click here for more details.