How to Plan International Rabbit Travel

modified rabbit crateShipping Rabbits by Air

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 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!

By Alex Murzak on November 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

Hi. I'm travelling from Malaysia to Moldova, I'm wondering if I could take my bunny with me. I adopted it in Malaysia, bought from pet shop, but have no passport, they didn't give me. It's my very first time with such task. I would appreciate any information. Thanks.

By on November 27, 2017 at 11:53 am

Hello Alex,

Thanks for reaching out! We do not see any restrictions against moving a rabbit from Malaysia to Moldova, however it may be best to reach out to a local pet-shipping company to help.

Please visit the IPATA website here to find a reputable pet-shipping company to help with your rabbit's travels.

Best of luck with everything!

By Lee-Ann Penaluna on October 31, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Hello,I understand that rabbits entering Canada from the UK are required to have 30 day minimum security quarantine. I was certain that this could occur in my home in Canada if it was inspected by the CFIA. Is this the case? Or so they need to be in a facility as I cannot find details of any quarantine facilities in Canada for rabbits.Many thanks,Lee-Ann

By on November 6, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Hello Lee-Ann, thanks for the question!

We would recommend reaching out to the specific local CFIA office you will be working with to obtain the import permit and define the specific quarantine requirements for you. The offices' contact information can be found on the CFIA website here.

We hope this helps and wish you the best of luck!

By Lucy on October 7, 2017 at 11:53 pm

Hi , I want to move my two mini Rex rabbits from China back to the US. They are small so I'm wondering if cargo isn't the way to go and if i should try to look for more in-cabin airlines.

By on October 9, 2017 at 9:42 am

Hello Lucy, thanks for reaching out!

We specialize in transporting pets as cargo with pet-friendly airlines, so we will not be the best resource to know which airlines allow them in-cabin and which don't.

With that, if you're worried about their safety in cargo we would recommend reading this blog. Please know while there are many scary stories surrounding cargo travel, we have found it to be the safest mode of transportation for pets internationally.

I hope this helps, Lucy. Please let us know if you'd like some help with your move.

By Alex Rose on September 25, 2017 at 7:33 pm

Shipping a pet rabbit from netherlands to wisconsin are there any airlines that allow them in cabin or what airline has the best pet transfer policy/ records.

By on September 26, 2017 at 10:31 am

Hi Alex!

We specialize in transporting pets as cargo with pet-friendly airlines, so we will not be the best resource for in-cabin travel policies.

However, I can tell you that we moved a rabbit from the Netherlands to the US with KLM before -- I would recommend looking into this as a first option. Here is a blog we have on how to book a flight or just contact KLM.

I hope this helps, Alex! Best of luck with everything.

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