Ask The Pet Relocation Expert: Moving Rabbits Internationally

Name: Erica
Pet: Cookie, Dutch Rabbit, one year old
From: Christchurch, New Zealand
To: Boston, MA, USA

Hi there. I am moving with my partner to the US from NZ at the start of next year and we have a pet rabbit who we really want to bring with us. I am concerned that flying about 29 hours over three flights will be too stressful for her, but we are moving there for five years and don't want to leave her here. What do you think? Have you had much experience transporting rabbits this distance? She has flown an hour and a half before nationally and was fine (except scared), and she doesn't really like car rides but has been on quite a few of them.

Hi Erica,

You're right, flying can definitely be stressful for rabbits. It's an issue we've previously discussed on our blog, and we always recommend having an honest conversation with your vet about whether or not you think your rabbit will be able to handle the trip. If you decide to go ahead, you'll want to book a flight with a pet-friendly airline that has good  pet practices in place.

For your information, here are the pet import requirements for the US. Please contact if you have any more questions, and good luck!


PetRelocation Team




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