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 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!

By 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!

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.?

By 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.

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

By 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!

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?

By 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!

By Yelly Luia on August 31, 2017 at 7:27 am

Dear allI wonder if anyone has any experience from moving your pet bunnies into India? I'm currently based in Dubai UAE but relocating back home next month and the laws here state I need to keep my bunny in Quarantine for minimum 3 months up to an undetermined maximum time.Any advice is highly appreciated.Thank you sincerely

By on August 31, 2017 at 10:05 am

Hello Yelly,

Thank you for reaching out! Unfortunately, due to an existing species ban it is currently not possible to import any pets other than cats and dogs to India.

We’re sorry to be the bearer of this news, Yelly. We would be happy to help if we could!

By Eva Lilly on July 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

Hello,my family and I are relocating to South Carolina from Hawaii this December and we want to take our two bunnies with us. We have to fly Delta, but they don't allow bunnies in the cabin, only as a cargo!IS THIS EVEN SAFE FOR BUNNIES? Can you assist with a safe relocation of bunnies? If possible we want them to be on the same flights as we are. There is so little information regarding flying with bunnies :(Thank you!

By on July 20, 2017 at 8:56 am

Hi Eva, thanks for your question!

Rabbits are definitely sensitive travelers, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to move them. We've helped several rabbits relocate safely (both domestically and internationally) and would be happy to discuss your options, as well. Just let us know here if you'd like to set up a consultation with us.

We hope to hear from you soon!


By Fee on June 11, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Hi I'm about to move from Glasgow to new York. .....I have 2 buns and looking for as much info as possible! Does anyone know why you can't take rabbits on the qe2 kennels? The allow cats dogs and ferrets but no answer on the rabbits!!!

By on June 12, 2017 at 9:05 am

Hi Fee, thanks for your comment. We don't have experience with bringing pets to the United States via boat, but we can help with the import requirements. They are quite simple for rabbits: Hopefully they get back to you about whether or not you can bring your rabbits aboard the ship, and if you find that you need further assistance, we're available to talk!

By fee on May 1, 2018 at 8:51 am

hi, bringin my 2 rabbits by QE2 is not an option, can you advise how I can move them by air from Glasgow to New York?

By Emily on March 15, 2017 at 2:38 am

I live in shanghai china and I'm thinking about going back to America for the summer. I would like my rabbit to come along. I know there isn't any restrictions for rabbits arriving but would it be fine bring a rabbit back

By Natalie on May 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Hello Emily, did you receive an answer? I'm also in China and am considering adopting a rabbit but am worried I won't be able to bring him home ro the U.S. in a year.

By on May 30, 2017 at 9:22 am

Hi Natalie (and Emily), According to the USDA, there are no particular import guidelines for rabbits arriving into the United States: Coming back to China would be more complicated, as you'd likely need to arrive via Hong Kong and carry out more complex import requirements. You can always contact us if that's something you'd like to explore ( Hope this helps! Just let us know if we can be of assistance and good luck with your pet travels.

By Andy on March 1, 2018 at 10:49 pm

The problem is that China do not class rabbits as pets.I am also based in Shanghai and am trying to move rabbits out of the country.There is a possibility of doing it via Hong Kong. I'm in the early stages of planning but this company appears able to help:

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