How to Plan International Rabbit Travel

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Hi PetRelocation,

I'm just wondering what I need to do documentation-wise to ensure Willie gets to move to the US from London as we corporate relocate back home.

Also, I'm clueless about how to physically move him. Does he go under the seat, in a luggage/pet area or what?

Thanks! Look forward to talking with you. Have a good day!



Hi Susan,

Thanks for your question! Per the USDA, the United States does not impose restrictions on rabbits entering the country, so you'll simply need to follow the guidelines of the airline you choose. Typically a vet health certificate is required to show the airline the pet is healthy and fit to fly.

We often use British Airways to transport pets from London to the United States—find out more about the procedure here. Pets are not allowed in the cabin on this route; rather, they are transported in the cargo area, which is pressure and temperature controlled.

You'll also need an airline-approved travel crate. Often rabbit owners buy a small pet crate and modify it slightly in order to ensure safety… Please see the picture above for an example.

Just let us know if you'd like some help arranging Willie's move, Susan. Thanks for reading and we hope to hear from you again!

Pet Transport Question Details:

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Rabbit
Pet Breed: Lop Eared
From: London, UK
To: New Canaan, CT, USA


Looking for help with your pet's relocation? Contact us to discuss your pet transport options.


PetRelocation Team





United States, UK


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By Shijia chen on September 21, 2018 at 4:54 am

Hi there!We are relocating to Singapore next Jan from NY. I have 3 bunnies and want to see if you can help us out in moving them there. Do you provide such service? Thank you

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 21, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Hi Shijia! The requirements are pretty strict for importing bunnies so we'd love to help your pets arrive safely in Singapore. In addition to advising on the vet paperwork & booking flights we also handle all logistics.

In order for us to apply for the import permit, we must show that you have had your bunnies continuously since birth or for the past 6 months prior to export. We will also arrange for a border control inspection upon arrival prior to customs and transport to quarantine. If you'd like to speak with a consultant about a quote for our services, please fill out our Arrange a Move form here. Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

By Jyoyi on September 16, 2018 at 5:29 am

Hi there, I will be relocating from Singapore to Germany (Hamburg) sometime soon in 2019 and would like to bring my two mini lops along. I would greatly appreciate if you could advise which are the airlines that allows them on onboard in cargo if not cabin? Any paper certifications to submit? Thanks very much in advance ;)

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 21, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Hi Jyoyi! We've used both Lufthansa & United to relocate rabbits. In order to export from Singapore, a health certificate is generally needed within 7 days of export & small mammals, such as rabbits, will likely require a border control inspection. If you are interested in talking to a consultant about how we can manage your rabbits' move, please fill out our Arrange A Move form and a representative will reach out to you! Thanks!

By Flami on June 24, 2018 at 3:28 am

Hi,I am looking to bring my rabbit Amelia from the UK to Italy. I am a bit scared about the fact that she will have to go into the cargo for the flight as rabbits can get scared very easily. Have you got any suggestion or experience to share which will help me in this decision?thank you very much,Flami

By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Hi Flami! The most important step to any pet relocation is to begin crate training your rabbit. Please ensure you are also choosing a pet safe airline. Feel free to review our website for requirements for moving pets to Italy. Good luck & hope this helps!

By Kaylee on March 30, 2018 at 5:28 am

I am trying to transport my rabbit from Italy to Florida. He will be traveling unaccompanied due to my flights not allowing animals.Would this transport be approved from Italy to Florida? Also, would I be able to provide the carrier and do the clearing documents/health certs prior to my departure?I also wanted to know if someone else besides myself can drop off or hand off my rabbit without them being an owner on paper work.Lastly, is it possible to talk to someone in regards to an estimate for everything?

By Claire on March 13, 2018 at 11:56 pm

Hello, I am moving to Malaysia in a few months time and I have a Labrador and rabbit. I was wondering is there any restrictions of rabbits in Malaysia?Thank you.

By Moving to Malaysia too on June 7, 2018 at 4:53 am

Hi Claire,As I understand, there is not restrictions of rabbits in Malaysia. Just need a company get the import permit into Malaysia (and the paperwork on the export side). But get in touch with an agent to be sure!

By Jin on March 1, 2018 at 9:23 am

Hi, i would like to relocate my rabbit from australia to malaysia (probably via singapore) I was wondering if this is possible and what process would i go through?Thank you!

By Christina at PetRelocation on March 1, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Hi Jin! Please fill out this form with a little more information and one of our pet relocation consultants will contact you to discuss your options for moving a rabbit to Malaysia. We look forward to hearing from you!

By Gabby on January 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm

I am looking to transport my rabbit from the US to South Korea. Do I need a special permit other than a clean bill of health from his vet?

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 29, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Hi Gabby, and thanks for your question! Rabbits are typically less regulated than cats and dogs, so there are many cases where a health certificate would suffice, but I would double check the requirements with the Animal and Plant Quarantine agency in Korea. Import regulations change often and they will have the most up to date information for you. Happy travels!

By Bryan on January 20, 2018 at 6:55 pm

Hi we want to bring our rabbit from the phillippines to london england to live

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 22, 2018 at 11:03 am

Hi Bryan! You can find information on importing rabbits to the UK here. Since you are traveling from a non-EU country, your pet rabbit will need a rabies import license and will be required to spend four months in quarantine. If you would like to talk to a relocation specialist about how PetRelocation can help with this move, please fill out our Arrange a Move form and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible!

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