Updated Pet Shipping Info for leaving Dakar with pets


Shipping pets is a traveler responsibility, but the information below should help you understand your options for shipping your pets out of Dakar.  Please note that these options are current as of June, 2017. Check directly with the airlines and the cargo companies, as things seem to change frequently in this arena. Please also remember to inform Travel of your pet plans and have the information in your reservation.

No matter what method you use to travel with your pet out of Dakar, you must have the proper paperwork. The following items are required if traveling to the states with your pet. If you are moving to EU countries, there may be different requirements, so please do your research. Your pet must have –

  1. Proof of microchip;
  2. Proof of rabies vaccination within the past year;
  3. Valid Health Certificate issued within a week before travel;
  4. Pet Passport record book of immunizations and health issues.

You usually have three options to travel with your pet, based on its size and what is allowed by the different airlines.  Currently, you actually have two

  • Cabin Carry

If your pet is small (see airline websites for exact weight and carry size restrictions, but usually less than 17 lbs, including crate), you can carry it in the cabin. It should be booked as a cabin carry pet when you reserve your ticket. Cost is approximately $125, dependent upon pet and airline.

  • Travel as Excess Baggage:

Your pet should be booked as accompanied excess baggage with your ticket. Information about the pet should be added to the traveler booking file (kennel dimensions, weight of the pet, etc) and once confirmed by the airline, the pet should be checked along with traveler’s bags. Cost is approximately $200, but will depend on size of dog and crate. (Dog plus crate must weigh less than 165 pounds. Max crate size 45x24x28 cm). This option is NOT advised if you are changing carriers (Air France/Delta) in Paris.

  • Travel as Cargo

For your pet to travel as cargo, you will need all of the necessary medical documentation listed above, and also the dimensions of the kennel and the weight of the pet. Based on this info the cargo carrier company will give a quotation with the cost (Approximately $1,200) and create an airbill. Owners are required to put enough food and water to feed their pets at transit points. There are different cargo companies and contacts (listed below) for each airline, and each company has its own procedures and requirements. Most companies will require you to come to their office 2-3 weeks prior to your flight with your pet and crate for payment and airbill.

Air France

All forms of pet carry are available on Air France: in-cabin, excess baggage and Cargo pets. The excess baggage option is VERY difficult however, if you are changing to another carrier in Paris.

For general pet travel info 800-237-2747

If you are sending your pet Cargo, the Contact is

Mr Lamine Diallo (Tel: 33 869 38 80/Cell: 77 537 26 01)

Website:  http://www.airfrance.us/US/en/common/guidevoyageur/pratique/animal_cabine_airfrance.htm

Brussels Air

Brussels Air allows in-cabin (pets less than 8 kg) and Cargo pets only. No pets as excess baggage.

For general pet travel info call US number 866-308-2230

For Cargo Contact:  Mme Manga (Tel: 77 450 31 77)

Website:  https://www.brusselsairlines.com/en-be/practical-information/travel-info/before-the-flight/luggage-info/travelling-with-animals/default.aspx

Delta Airlines

General Delta pet travel contact – Sidoine Rodrigues (Sidoine.X.Rodrigues@delta.com).

Please read through link below, before contacting.


Delta does not allow in-cabin carry from Dakar.

No excess baggage travel May 15-Sept 15. Cargo is allowed on the Wednesday and Sunday flight during this period, as long as temps are never forecasted above 84F.

Contact Mme Yacine Ndiaye for Delta cargo instructions

(70 605 44 63 / Yacine.ndiaye@ahsgroup-sn.com)


Cargo services only

Contact at Lufthansa: Mr Aliou Niang (tel: 33 820 10 10) or aliou.niang@dlh.de

Requires a Shipping Certificate. Pets are taken to an Animal Lounge.

Website:  https://lufthansa-cargo.com/products-industries/specials/livetd

South African Airlines

Only Cargo shipping available on SAA. You must contact Anicet Boissy at 775082003 or anicetboissy@gmail.com to coordinate Cargo shipping AT LEAST 2 weeks before departure to coordinate Air Bill, payment etc. Will need weight of animal plus crate, crate size and dimensions.

TAP, and Iberia – Currently not allowing any pet shipping.

Pet adoptions

Nous cherchons à placer notre petit chaton dans une famille, idealement avant fin juin.  Il a environ 5 semaines.  Il mange et est propre.  Il sait utiliser la litière.  Il est adorable et aime bien s’amuser.  Pour plus d’infos, contacter Kim  à 78-18-45-485 ou via email:sanwogouk@gmail.com.

We are looking for a home for our little kitten ideally,before end of June.  She’s approximately 5 weeks old.  She is playful and quite adorable. She is quite clean and knows how to use a litterbox. For more information, kindly contact 78-18- 45-485 or email: sanwogouk@gmail.com.



Pets for adoption: TWO CATS

Two adorable and loving sisters who need a new home!
These kitties are 3 years old and still as playful as kittens. They behave more like dogs than cats, and one of them will even play fetch! They have never so much as hissed at anyone and are very affectionate, even with strangers. They have endured some very rough cuddling from our 18 month old with extreme patience and grace, even when he tugged at whiskers or tried to steal their cat food. We are moving to Germany to a small apartment and have another baby on the way, so we are very sad to have to leave them behind, but hope that your family can welcome them.

CONTACT: mshakkour@hotmail.com

For Free: Nice Cat with crate, litter box, etc.

Affectionate cat in need of good home. Capiche is a sweet, affectionate cat who is great at keeping the mice away and loves long naps.  About 3 years old, Capiche is spayed, has all her shots and will bring with her a cat crate and all her accessories (food/water dishes, litter box, toys.)   If interested please contact jennadiallo17@gmail.com.

Puppies for adoption! 🐶

These adorable puppies are looking for loving families! They are about four weeks old but their mother died after an illness, so they are ready to be adopted as soon as possible. The adoption fee is 40,000 cfa which covers their vaccination and sterilization when they are old enough with a veterinarian that works with Animal Rescue League – this is a reduced price for these procedures.

The black-and-white puppy at the top left has been reserved, but the rest are available and are waiting to meet you! Please contact Miriam at 777676042 (French or English) if you are interested. (Genders, clockwise from top left: male, female, male, male, female, female)


Puppies and Kittens in need of forever homes (ARL)

Puppies and Kittens in need of forever homes

Animal Rescue League Dakar’s primary mission is to vaccinate, spay and neuter stray animals. We also respond to various animal emergencies in Dakar and are currently overwhelmed with rescued animals. If you can help in any way or if you are interested in adopting one of these wonderful pets, call Nadia 776608449 email arl.dakar@gmail.com or message https://www.facebook.com/AnimalRescueLeagueDakar.