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 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!

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

By Maegan at PetRelocation 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!

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 :(

By Maegan at PetRelocation 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!

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 Maegan at PetRelocation 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 Christina at PetRelocation 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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