Can I Fly Safely with My Budgie? How to Bring a Bird on a Plane


Traveling with pets can be a daunting task especially when it comes to air travel. If you are planning on taking your feathered friend, a budgie, with you on the plane, then there are certain rules and regulations that you need to follow.

Pet Policies of Airlines

The pet policies of airlines may vary from one airline to another. Some allow small birds like budgies in the cabin while others require them to be checked in as cargo. It is important to check with your airline beforehand about their pet policy so that you don’t face any issues during the journey.

Budgie’s Health Checkup

Before traveling, take your budgie for a health checkup by an avian veterinarian. This will ensure that they are fit for travel and do not have any underlying health conditions that could worsen during the journey.

Preparing for Air Travel

Once you have confirmed that your bird can travel with you onboard, start preparing for air travel at least two weeks before departure. Buy an appropriate carrier or cage which meets the requirements set out by the airline – it should be well-ventilated and spacious enough for your birdie to move around comfortably but not too big as it may fall over during turbulence.

Airline Regulations Regarding Budgies

Most airlines require passengers who want to bring their pet birds onto flights either in-cabin or checked as cargo must provide documentation confirming their animal’s good health & vaccination record (if required). You may also need permits or certificates depending on where you’re flying from/too; make sure all necessary documents are obtained ahead of time!

Additionally if carrying-on board please remember smaller sized cages/carry-ons might be able accomodate small parakeets/budgerigars however larger ones will generally need extra overhead storage space which must be reserved in advance.


In conclusion, bringing a budgie onboard a plane is possible but requires some preparation and understanding of the airline’s policies. Make sure to check with your airline about their regulations and prepare your bird beforehand to ensure a safe journey for both you and your furry friend.