Individual countries and airlines determine their own regulations about access for assistance dog teams, and some may only allow access for teams that were trained and certified by an ADI Accredited Member program. Assistance dogs partnered teams which are not trained by a program accredited by ADI or International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) are currently assessed on a case-by-case basis by the individual airlines. ADI does not make these determinations or have any influence over decisions about access for individual teams. If you have the correct information and conduct your research before you schedule your trip, traveling with your assistance dog does not need to be stressful. The following links are provided as a service to assist with your research and information.
If someone has an assistance dog that has personally or privately trained their dog, they may receive certification from an ADI Accredited Member program if they become a client of an accredited program. Some ADI Accredited Member programs will accept a privately trained team for evaluation and possible further training/certification if they meet their requirements. ADI standards require that there is a minimum six-month training period for these teams. ADI or any of our member programs do not just administer tests to verify or certify any type of assistance dog. Check our Member Search to find an ADI Accredited Member program that will consider working with a personally or privately trained dog in your area.
Make sure to check with the individual airlines and countries to learn of their specific requirements.
US Transportation Security Administration
TSA blog - Travel Tips: Navigating the airport with a guide dog
US Department of Transportation
A compilation of rules, guidance, enforcement orders and publications on disability issues in aviation
TravelPaws Facebook Page for Graduates
ADI member organizations have been invited to let their graduates know about a new Facebook page created for service dog handlers to share experiences with traveling with their assistance dog.
Please click here to learn more.