IATA Airline Approved Pet Carrier Travel Crates

Transporting your pet overseas takes a lot of planning and both comfort and safety will be prime concerns for any pet lover. So choosing a secure travel crate for your pet’s journey by air is essential for your animal’s welfare and your peace of mind.

We get lots of enquiries from customers regarding which is the correct size pet carrier for their animal so we have provided this easy guide calculator to help you chose the optimum IATA airline approved pet carrier.

This calculator is based on the latest IATA Live Animal Regulations. Individual airlines may use slightly different or impose additional criteria.
In all cases we strongly recommend you check with your chosen air carrier.

Click to view airline approved dog crates, airline carriers for cats and other similar sized animals.

For  further information on IATA Live Animal Regulations, please click here.


Calculating Correct Pet Carrier Sizes

measuring your petMeasure you pet as accurately as possible as shown in the diagram.

To calculate the correct size of an approved pet carrier for airline travel, insert the measurements of your pet in the relevant boxes provided (remember to indicate whether the measurements are in centimetres or inches) and click on the ‘CALCULATE’ button.

A. Distance from the tip of the nose to the root of the tail:
B. Distance from the ground to the elbow joint*:
*(Not required for cats – enter 0)
C. The width at the widest point of the animal:
D. From the ground to the tip of the ears, or wherever else is the highest point of the animal. (The rule is that it must not touch the top when standing in the container.)
These dimensions are in:      cminches


Based on these sizes, the recommended carrier for your pet is:

Enter all values to find Your Recommended Pet Carrier

(click to view our recommendation)

The container’s internal length must be at least:
The container’s internal width must be at least:
The container’s internal height must be at least:
Please note the following important details:

  • The pet carrier must be strong enough to protect your pet during transport, be secure enough to contain it and have sufficient ventilation on all four sides, to ensure the air quality in the container will not deteriorate.
  • The door of the pet carrier must be secured in such a manner that it will not open accidentally or your pet cannot open it during handling and transport.
  • Your pet’s nose and paws should not be able to fit through any ventilation opening or door mesh.
  • The pet carrier must have a water pot and a food container accessible from the outside.
  • Fibreboard or wiremesh containers are not suitable as pet carriers for air transportation.



Vari Kennel Pet Carrier Sizes

Vari-Kennel Size (External) Size (Internal) Weight
Small 21″ x 16″ x 15″
53 x 40 x 38cm
18.75″ x 13.5″ x 14″
47 x 34 x 35cm
Small 24 24″ x 16.7″ x 14.5″
61 x 42 x 37cm
21.5″ x 15″ x 13.5″
54 x 38 x 34cm
Medium 28″ x 20.5″ x 21.5″
71 x 52 x 54cm
24.25″ x 18.25″ x 19.5″
62 x 46 x 49cm
Inter 32″ x 22.5″ x 24″
81 x 57 x 61cm
29.5″ x 19.75″ x 23.5″
75 x 50 x 59cm
Large 36″ x 25″ x 27″
91 x 64 x 68cm
32.5″ x 22.25″ x 26″
82 x 56 x 66cm
X-Large 40″ x 27″ x 30″
102 x 68 x 76cm
36.25″ x 24.75″ x 28.8″
92 x 63 x 73cm
Giant 48″ x 32″ x 35″
122 x 81 x 89cm
44″ x 29″ x 32.5″
112 x 73 x 82cm

January 2021


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