Lufthansa Airlines' Guidelines On Traveling With An Emotional Support Animal

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Lufthansa Airlines' Guidelines On Traveling With An Emotional Support Animal

Does flying make you anxious? Do you need an emotional support dog or cat to help you make it through a flight you need to take for work? If so, you'll be ecstatic to know that, in some cases, you can register a . However, there are a number of forms you have to submit, and there are several restrictions on the animals you are allowed to fly with.

Today, we're looking at how you can register a Lufthansa emotional support animal on your own. Then, we'll walk you through how DoNotPay can be used to register your emotional support animal for you, regardless of whether you want to take a flight on Lufthansa German Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, or any other airlines.

What Is an ESA Letter?

Before you can get your ESA dog-approved to fly with you, it is necessary to send an ESA letter to your licensed mental health professional to sign. Here's an example of an ESA letter request:

Name of licensed mental health professional:


ESA letter requestor:

Your full name:

Your primary telephone number:

Your email address:

Your address:

The date you are sending the ESA letter request:

Dear *licensed mental health professional name*,

Please send a letter to Lufthansa German Airlines explaining my requirement for an emotional support animal. Lufthansa German Airlines can be contacted at

Lufthansa German Airlines

1400 RXR Plaza, West Tower

Uniondale, NY 11556

To the above address, please mail a letter written on your professional letterhead that explains both why my emotional support animal is necessary and that my need for this ESA is protected under *statutes*.

Thank you very much for your kind attention to and help with this important matter.



Full name

Time you signed

A Crucial Note

Be advised, the letter your licensed mental health professional sends needs to include:

  • Their license number
  • The date their license expires
  • The date they issued the letter
  • Their contact information
Any of the following licensed healthcare specialists can write up an ESA letter:
  • Clinical social worker
  • Psychologist
  • Registered nurse (RN)
  • Certified counselor
  • Doctor's assistant
  • licensed marriage and family therapist
  • Psychiatrist
Some of the common mental conditions that qualify individuals to receive an ESA letter:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic stress
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention deficit disorder

How to Register a Lufthansa Emotional Support Animal on Your Own

To register your on your own, you need to

  1. Have a vet issue a health certificate within ten days of your flight
  2. Submit proof that your pet has a current rabies vaccine
  3. Print and fill out two copies of the form required for you to have your emotional support animal in the passenger cabin with you
  4. Print and fill out the U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Air Transportation Form
  5. Print and fill out the United States Department of Transportation Service Animal Relief Attestation Form

Emotional Support Animals That Can Fly With You in the Cabin

On certain flights, you can have an emotional support cat or dog fly with you in the cabin. With that being said, there are certain age and carrier requirements that must be met. For instance:

  • Cats and dogs must be at least 16 weeks old
  • Your emotional support animal and their carrier together cannot weigh more than 17 pounds
  • Your ESA's carrier may not be taller than 9 inches
  • Your ESA's carrier may not be wider than 15.7 inches
  • Your ESA's carrier may not be more than 21.6" long

Cat Breeds That Can’t Fly With You

As of January 2, 2020, Lufthansa German Airlines has disallowed the transportation of the following cat breeds:

  • Scottish Fold
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • British Shorthair
  • Himalayan
  • Persian

Dog Breeds That Can’t Fly With You

As of January 2, 2020, has disallowed the transportation of the following dog breeds and their crosses:

  • Bulldog
  • Boston, Bull, American Staffordshire, American Pit Bull, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers
  • Japanese Chin
  • Japanese Spaniel
  • Pug
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Affen Pinscher
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Chow Chow
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Pekingese

How DoNotPay Can Help You Register a Lufthansa Emotional Support Animal

Registering a yourself isn't easy. That said, DoNotPay can help you in just three quick, easy, and successful steps:

  1. Search "service animal" on DoNotPay.

  2. Select the type of issue you need help with, including contacting your landlord about your ESA/service animal, asking your airline about ESA options, or requesting ESA/service accommodations at other venues.

  3. Answer a series of questions about your current situation and the details of your ESA/service animal, so we can generate the best results for you.

Note, DoNotPay is not a licensed physician or mental health professional. That being said, even though DoNotPay cannot write an ESA letter on your behalf, you can use DoNotPay to write an ESA accommodation request letter or demand letter.

DoNotPay Seamlessly Works Across All Companies

To reiterate, you can use DoNotPay to get your emotional support animal to fly with you, regardless of the airline you plan to fly with. That said, you can also use DoNotPay to handle other ESA issues, including

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