Can I Bring My Bunny to Australia?

Rabbit Travel to Australia

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the requirements that must be met to take my bunny with us to spend six months or more in Australia?




Hi Sandra,

According to the official Australia Department of Agriculture website, rabbits can only be imported to Australia from New Zealand.

Australia is a strict country when it comes to importing animals due to its rabies-free status, and unfortunately it looks like you won't be able to bring your dwarf bunny with you at this time. Here is more information about bringing pets to Australia.

It sounds like you're not planning a permanent move, though, so hopefully you can find a great pet sitter to care for your rabbit while you're gone. Sorry to be the bearer of unfortunate news, Sandra! Not all countries treat other animals in such a strict way, so don't rule out relocating if that's what you're truly wishing to do.

Please let us know if you have any other pet travel questions we may be able to answer, and good luck to you with all your future travels. 

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Sandra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dwarf Bunny
From: The United States
To: Australia


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2013 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


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United States, Australia


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By Barbara Munro on September 10, 2018 at 4:30 am

Hi I am wanting to know if I can bring my pet rabbits into Adelaide when I move over to live there. Also how long would they have to be in Quarantine.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Hi Barbara! It depends on what exporting country your rabbits will be coming from, as Australia only accepts the import of rabbits from New Zealand. If coming from New Zealand, an import permit is required and you must satisfy BICON's import requirements here. Hope this helps!

By Marie Tuahine on September 9, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Thanks Meagan

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 10, 2018 at 12:01 pm

You're welcome!

By livvi on September 8, 2018 at 4:07 am

Dear PetRelocation,What are the requirements that must be met to take my bunnies with me when I move to Australia I am from New Zealand

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 10, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Hi Livvi! According to the Australian Government, you will need an import permit from BICON for your bunny if coming from New Zealand. The requirements according to BICON are listed on this linkhere. Hope this helps!

By livvi on October 16, 2018 at 1:15 pm

awesome thank you do you know if there will be any quarantine time my buns ?? if their coming from nz to Aussie?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 18, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Hi Livvi! You'd want to check with BICON on the link above on specific import requirements. Hope this helps!

By Marie Tuahine on September 2, 2018 at 6:25 am

Hi, are there any airlines flying from Australia to NZ that allow rabbits to travel in the cabin instead of cargo?Are their options to travel with rabbits by ship instead of flight and can they travel with me instead of in the cargo hold?Thank you Marie

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 4, 2018 at 11:22 am

Hi Marie! New Zealand requires all pets to arrive as "manifest cargo" so your bunny would have to travel in the cargo hold, per the government's requirements. Here are some great tips about moving your bunny internationally. Hope this helps!

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