Guinea Pig Travel to the United States

guinea pig travelDear PetRelocation,

We purchased our guinea pig in Canada. Is there any special paperwork required to bring her into the United States?




Hi Jeff,

The United States has pretty straightforward import rules when it comes to pets; in fact, for guinea pigs, the USDA does not impose any animal health requirements—take a look for more information about bringing guinea pigs to the United States.

That being said, it would be wise to contact the airline you're using to see what they say about transporting guinea pigs. You'll probably still need a vet health certificate stating your pet is fit to fly, and you'll need to have your guinea pig securely confined to a travel carrier that allows plenty of good airflow and meets the standards of the airline.

We've moved several guinea pigs in our day—here's more about Pikachu's move from Switzerland to the United States.

Hope this has been helpful, Jeff. If you're interested in hiring assistance with your move, feel free to contact us for a consultation.

Good luck with your travels!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Jeff
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Guinea Pig
Pet Breed: Guinea Pig
From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
To: Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Need help shipping your Guinea Pig safely? Contact PetRelocation for a pet travel consultation.


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


PetRelocation Team




United States, Canada


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By Brandy J. Terry on October 5, 2018 at 2:45 am

Yeah!! I have also moved recently. Thanks a lot. Awaiting for next post!

By Todd N on September 6, 2018 at 9:46 am

My family is working on relocating into the USA after 7 years abroad. We currently live in China, and have a medium dog, a cat, a rabbit, and a guinea pig. Are there any particular requirements we should know about before we try to bring them home? thanks for your support! Todd

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 10, 2018 at 11:25 am

Hi Todd! Importing pets to the US requires careful planning, but the good news is that US pet import rules are generally simpler and easier to follow than most other country rules. If we can be of assistance with your relocation, please fill out our Arrange A Move form and a consultant will reach out to you. Hope this helps!

By Maria S Corral on August 7, 2017 at 3:07 pm

Hi! My daughter bought a guinea pig in Mexico. We are driving back to America, and we are bringing the pet with us. What paperwork do we need to have her cross the border legally?

By on August 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm

Hi Maria, thanks for the question!

As stated above, the US doesn't have any particular requirements for guinea pigs entering the US. Please refer to the USDA website for more information.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your travels and let us know if you'd like to hire some assistance with your move.


By on July 10, 2017 at 9:01 am

Hi Joanne, thanks for your question!

For the most official and up-to-date information regarding pet imports, please refer to the Canada government website here. If you think you'd like some assistance carrying out your move, you're welcome to contact us here for a consultation.

Hope this helps! Just let us know if we can be of assistance and good luck with everything.


By Joanne on July 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm

Hi! I just got a baby Guinea pig. I go to Canada every year and there is no one to watch him back at home. (We drive there) and I wanted to know if he needs anything done like paperwork or shots before he goes into Canada?

By Jeff #2 on March 19, 2017 at 5:32 pm

Hey, this is Jeff#2.So i'm going to bring a guinea pig to Paris for a week and than china. I have a guinea pig and i was wondering how to bring her there. Please list all the steps required to bring her thereThanks

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