Customers with Assistance Dogs

Customers with Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs including guide dogs, hearing dogs, and mobility assistance dogs can be brought on board free of charge.

japan domestic flights
international flights

The icons named Japan Domestic or International indicate differences in service for Japan domestic and international flights. Content not marked with an icon applies to both, Japan domestic and international flights.

Reservations

Traveling with Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, and Mobility Assistance Dogs

illustration of a man with an assistance dog

Assistance dogs including guide dogs, hearing dogs, and mobility assistance dogs can be brought on board free of charge. Upon making your reservation, please inform us if you will need any assistance when traveling with your assistance dog.

japan domestic flights

The staff at the airport will confirm the Assistance Dog Certificate (Guide Dog Certificate for a guide dog) and the assistance dog indication on the dog.

international flights

Please present a document, harness, tag, etc. that proves the dog is a guide dog, hearing dog or mobility assistance dog. In addition, we may ask you for confirmation or similar.

Information about Service Dogs limited on US, Canada, and Mexico Routes

Service dogs besides guide dogs, hearing dogs, and mobility assistance dogs can be brought on board if the conditions are met.

A service dog must be trained to perform specific work and provide support for a person with a disability.

Service dogs: Dogs that support a person with a disability regardless of breed or type. This includes alert dogs, psychiatric service dogs, and emotional support dogs.

However, the handling of service dogs differs depending on the country. For details, please see Information about Service Dogs limited on US, Canada, and Mexico Routes.

  • Alert Dogs: Dogs that have been trained to alert the handler before an epileptic seizure, hypoglycemic shock, etc.
  • Psychiatric Service Dogs: Dogs that have been trained to assist with the behavior and actions of a person with a mental illness
  • Emotional Support Dogs: Dogs that provide emotional support for customers with mental disorders

Customers Traveling with a Guide Dog, Hearing Dog, or Mobility Assistance Dog Certified outside Japan

For your comfortable stay and activity in Japan, "Application for Temporary Certification of foreign Assistance Dog Users." can be acquired. For details, Please see the Notice to Assistance Dog Users from Overseas on the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website.

Animal Quarantine

international flights

If you board an international flight, your assistance dog may be subject to quarantine depending on the country. In Japan, certain procedure must be completed upon taking your assistance or service dog out of Japan and upon bringing it back.

Please see the Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) page on the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries website for further information.

Codeshare Flights

japan domestic flights

Guide dogs, hearing dogs, and mobility assistance dogs are permitted on board.

international flights

Please contact the ANA Disability Desk for details, as some codeshare partner airlines may accept guide dogs, hearing dogs, and mobility assistance dogs on board.

Seat Preferences

Due to safety reasons, emergency exit row seats are not available for passengers traveling with Assistance or Service Dogs.

  • * Your assigned seat may be changed without prior notice due to changes in aircraft type and other unavoidable reasons.
  • * Some Japan domestic fares are not eligible for online advance seat reservation.

Boarding

Please arrive early at the airport in order to have leave enough time for necessary procedures.

Approximate Time of Arrival to the Airport

Please inform the staff at the check-in counter that you are traveling with your Assistance or Service Dog if you need any assistance.
Please inform the gate agent in advance at the boarding gate when you are traveling with your Assistance or Service Dog to guide you with priority boarding.

japan domestic flights

60 minutes prior to the departure time

international flights

120 minutes prior to the departure time

Arrival

If you have requested assistance for disembarkation, please remain seated until our staff comes to your seat to escort you off the aircraft. Our staff will escort you to the arrival lobby or to the person meeting you for pickup. Please feel free to ask. Please request this service upon making your reservation or contact the ANA Disability Desk to request it instead.

FAQ&Contact

Frequently asked questions about Customers with Assistance Dogs

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ANA Disability Desk.