Air Travel With Rabbits—How Does it Work?

rabbit travel tipsHi PetRelocation,

I would like to know about the requirements for relocating my pet rabbit from India to the USA.

What documents and vaccinations would he need? Can he travel as a carry-on in the cabin? Which international airline would permit this? Is there a quarantine for rabbits entering the United States?

Thanks,

Keerthi



Hi Keerthi,


Thanks for the questions! Information about traveling to the United States with a rabbit can be found on the USDA website. You'll probably be happy to see that there doesn't appear to be a quarantine or any other regulations for rabbit imports to the United States from India or any other foreign country.

Unfortunately many airlines do not allow rabbits and other animals to fly in the cabin, however, so we recommend checking with the carriers you're considering to see about your options. We have helped a couple of rabbits travel recently, including Amber from Japan to the United States and Daisy from the United States to Hong Kong, so know that it is possible to handle safely with the right preparation.

Finally, we also recently ran across this helpful website that might shed some light on the experience of flying with rabbits.

Good luck with everything, and feel free contact us if you'd like some help arranging your rabbit's move!

 

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Keerthi
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Rabbit
Pet Breed: Angora Cross
From: India
To: USA

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in March 2011 and has been updated with new information. (Photo credit: erin/Flickr.)

Author:

PetRelocation Team

Topic:

Air Travel, Airlines, Ask the Experts

Pet:

Rabbits

Country:

United States

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By Leslie on April 30, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Hi all,Im wondering if it would be possible to move a rabbit from Berlin to Zurich? Do we need take any specific measures in account?Thanks Leslie
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on May 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Hi Leslie! Pet travel within the EU is pretty straight-forward. Typically the only requirement is a valid health certificate or a EU pet passport. We'd suggest checking with the German Federal Ministry of Food & Agriculture for any specific export procedures and also the Federal Food Safety and Vet Office in Switzerland about import procedures. Hope this helps!
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By Stephen on April 9, 2018 at 6:45 am

I am looking to buy 4 Flemish Giants in Houston Texas. The problem is how to fly them to Nigeria. What are the requirements? Thanks
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 9, 2018 at 10:31 am

Hi Stephen, Thanks for your question. In order to import rabbits into Nigeria, you will need to check with the governing authority in Nigeria for import requirements. Here is a resource to get you started: Nigeria Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details. If you would like our assistance in planning their move, please fill out our Arrange A Move form in the top right corner. Thanks!
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By Pauline on March 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Hi I would like to travel with my 2 rabbits from USA to France, any idea on which airline I can use? Many thanks
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 9, 2018 at 10:26 am

Hi Pauline, I know United Airlines used to allow rabbits to travel in-cabin. Have you tried reaching out to them? Also, depending on where you are based in the US, Air France might be a good option. If you are looking for our assistance in planning a safe trip for them, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here and our sales consultant will reach out to you. Thanks!
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By Claudia on March 8, 2018 at 6:57 am

I’m moving from Colorado to Indonesia in a few months and I have my two bunnies that I will be bringing with me. I’ve looked everywhere and got some clues on how to do this, but I’m super worried. Are they allowed in the cabin? Also, I cannot find the information regarding quarantine or required paperwork for bunnies upon arrival at Indonesia. I need help :(
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 9, 2018 at 10:23 am

Hi Claudia, Thanks for your question! We'd be happy to help navigate you through this process. Depending on which airline you book will determine if they are allowed in-cabin. We only arrange cargo travel for pets so we don't have specific experience with a rabbit arriving into Indonesia in-cabin; however, if you'd like to setup a consultation with a sales consultant about our services, please fill out ourArrange A Move form here. Thanks!
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By Hong on March 8, 2018 at 3:30 am

Hello, my name is hong in south Korea. I will move to Seattle on April. I would like to bring my rabbit (2 years) to seattle. When I search information, UA is only option for that. Is there any other airline such as Delta? And do you think that rabbit can endure in airplane? I really want to bring my pets but I am so worried that she will die on the plane. Thank you!
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 9, 2018 at 10:19 am

Hi Hong, thanks for your comment! We've moved hundreds of rabbits safely (on United & other airlines such as Lufthansa). But because rabbits are so sensitive, one of the first things you will need to do is get your rabbit an airline-approved travel kennel and start acclimating him to his flight. We have to take extra precautions when flying rabbits. If you'd like a quote for our services, please fill out our . Arrrange A Move form here. Thanks!
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By Sam on March 3, 2018 at 9:52 am

Hi there,I’m looking at a possible relocation to Cambodia from Singapore, is there information on whether my bunny will be quarantined at the Phnom Pehn Upon arrival etc.?
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By cquezada@petrelocation.com on March 7, 2018 at 11:02 am

Hello Sam! All rabbits entering Singapore must be quarantined for twelve days at an approved facility. You can read all the import requirements for importing small mammals (including rabbits) here. This should provide a lot of useful information for planning your pet’s move! If you decide to hire professional assistance, we recommend contacting a local pet shipper through IPATA who can help guide you through the process. You can search by country using their pet shipper directory.
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By Anastasia on November 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm

HelloIs it possible to transfer my bunny from Russia to London Does it need a passport The airline is british airlines or airways
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on November 28, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Hi Anastasia!

It is possible to import pet rabbits into the United Kingdom. There is a required 4-month quarantine upon arrival, so you will need to obtain an import license through DEFRA. This is really the only pre-export item you will need to meet the country's import regulations.

Beyond this, British Airways will require a health certificate from your vet in order for your rabbit to fly. They just want to ensure that your rabbit is fit to fly.

We hope this helps! Safe travels to your bunny!
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By Aditi on October 2, 2017 at 4:26 am

Hi I would like to know if I can shift bunny from india to London. I would like to carry it with me in the cabbin. Is that possible?
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on October 2, 2017 at 10:56 am

Hello Aditi,

Thank you for reaching out! Unfortunately as it is not possible to import rabbits into India, it is very difficult to export them.

You must get approval in writing from both the state and central government entities, which can take at least 3 to 4 months.

Due to the complicated nature of this move, we highly recommend reaching out to a local pet shipping company in India to help guide you. Here is a website where you can find other reputable pet shipping companies that may be able to help.

Good luck with everything!
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