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?



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

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


PetRelocation Team


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By Eleni on October 17, 2018 at 9:24 pm

Hello, i want to travel with my 6 y.o. bunny from Greece to Sweden. The fly will last about 6 hours and i can not take him with me in the cabin, according to the regulations of the company. I want to ask if there is any risk in carrying him in the luggage compartment? Is there any possibility the airplane pressure to scare him? I am really worried about him. Thank you in advance!

By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 18, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Hi Eleni! As long as you are choosing a pet safe airline, it will be climate controlled & pressurized for your rabbit traveling. It is the same air that circulates in the passenger cabin as in the cargo hold. Hope this helps!

By Piyush on October 13, 2018 at 2:28 am

Hello, I'm looking to relocate my rabbit from UAE to India. Can you please let me know what are the requirements and procedure. And do I need complete paper work of vaccinations of him?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 18, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Hi Piyush! We can only import dogs & cats to India at this time. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

By Rina Kim on September 30, 2018 at 3:31 pm

Hello. I'm wondering if it would be possible for 2 holland lops to be relocated from Washington to Korea. Is there any specific requirements in Korea to import rabbits? Would it be safe to travel 10+ hours with 2 rabbits?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Hi Rina! You'd want to check with the government in Korea on specific import requirements here. We specialize in the safe relocation of pets all over the world. If you need assistance arranging your rabbit's move, please fill out our arrange a move form. Hope this helps!

By Anaís on September 5, 2018 at 9:17 pm

Hello, I am planning to move to Coloroado from NC this year. What flights allow rabbits in the cabin? What type of vet care do they need before take off if any? Do rabbits travel better in pairs?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 7, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Hi Anais! It is required that your rabbit see a vet 10 days prior to departure so they can sign off on documentation that your rabbit is fit-to-fly. United Airlines is the only airline we are aware of that allows rabbits in-cabin; however, you'll want to check with the airline you choose before booking. Most airlines only allow one pet per passenger. Hope this helps!

By Kiana on August 31, 2018 at 10:58 am

Hi! My name is Kiana and I live in Iran, I have 2 rabbits. I’m moving to germany in October, I’ve read that only Lufthansa is available but they just let them in the cargo section & not the cabin. Firstly I wanted to know if it’s safe for them or they can tolerate the situation. Secondly what do they need to be taken with me, Will they quarantine them & is a microchip needed?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 4, 2018 at 9:03 am

Hi Kiana! Unfortunately many airlines do not allow rabbits to fly in the cabin. Your rabbits will need to be microchipped before importing into Germany. There are restrictions for importing animals from certain countries (like Iran) with conditions for infectious diseases, so you'd want to check with the governing body before import. If we can be of assistance with this process, please fill out our Arrange A Move form. Hope this helps!

By Josée on August 26, 2018 at 4:50 am

I am moving from China to back to Canada and would like to take my three year old bunny back with me. I have heard that China considers rabbits lifestock and will not let you take them out of the country. Is there anything you know about this?

By Christina at PetRelocation on August 30, 2018 at 12:48 pm

Hi Josée!

You can export a rabbit from China, just not as unaccompanied precious cargo (the way we book the majority of our moves). For more information on the requirements for importing rabbits to Canada, you can view this page on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website. If you would like to speak with a relocation expert about this move or have any additional questions, we're here to help! Just fill out this form with a little more information about this move and someone on our team will contact you as soon as possible.

By Mikeila Estrada on July 30, 2018 at 8:31 am

Hello my name is Mikeila! I am currently living in Sicily with the military and we are relocating to Rhode island. We need to go to Sicily to Rome and there seems to be some trouble with the airlines most of them do not allow bunnies only cats and dogs. I am scared if I bring my 1 year old bunny she would die under the plane and I rather her be in the cabin with me.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 30, 2018 at 10:19 am

Hi Mikeila! Thanks for your note. We have moved many bunnies in the cargo hold of airlines, but if you'd like to explore options to bring her in-cabin - feel free to check out our airline booking guide here. Hope this helps!

By Mikeila Estrada on July 30, 2018 at 11:31 am

Is there any other airlines that will take her in the cabin that are in Sicily?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 30, 2018 at 11:35 am

Hi Mikeila! We only specialize for pets traveling in-cargo so we are not aware of specific restrictions for in-cabin travel. Feel free to give the airlines a call in the link above. Hope this helps get you started in your research!

By Greg Garnett on July 22, 2018 at 4:18 pm

Hello,I’m moving my rabbit from Italy to Washington D.C. I was told she’d only need a health certificate. Will this be okay?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 24, 2018 at 9:31 am

Hi Greg! According to the USDA, the only requirement is that your rabbit have a health certificate within 10 days of entry, stating she is fit-to-fly. Feel free to check out our US Import Guide here. Happy travels!

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