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 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 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!

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