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 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!

By Carol on July 16, 2018 at 4:51 pm

I need to get a little bunny from Austin to SFO. Are there any domestic carriers that allow rabbits in the cabin? Or would I have to use cargo?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 19, 2018 at 8:21 am

Hi Carol! United Airlines used to allow rabbits in-cabin but after all the changes to their pet programs, we're not sure if this is still the case. Feel free to check out our Airline Booking Guide for additional information. If we can be of assistance with your rabbit's travel, please let us know. Hope this helps!

By kenjiandyary on July 8, 2018 at 7:33 am

Hello There We are looking the way to relocate our two rabbits(Giant Flemish and Dwarf ) from Australia to Malta, but we are worried about if they can resist the fly, because the dwarf is so nervous and very afraid of everything, sometimes she stop to eat. We would like to know if there are airlines that allow travel in cabin, And also the recommendations that we need to do before. Thanks

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 19, 2018 at 8:23 am

Thanks for the question! First, we just want to mention, if you move your rabbits out of Australia, you will not be able to re-import them if you are ever moving back to Australia. Currently, Australia only accepts the imports of dogs & cats, just FYI. If you are looking to export your rabbits from Australia, you will need to microchip your rabbits and obtain export permits from AQUIS prior to export. In terms of in-cabin travel, our services are specialized in pets traveling as manifest cargo so we are not aware of any airlines that fly pets in-cabin out of Australia. Hope this has been helpful and please let us know if we can assist with anything else!

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

By Maegan at PetRelocation 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!

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

By Maegan at PetRelocation 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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