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 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.

By sarah on September 12, 2017 at 6:18 am

Hello, i want to transfer my rabbit from saudi arabia to pakistan, what airline should i try,thatis ok or not.

By on September 12, 2017 at 10:10 am

Hello Sarah, thanks for reaching out.

First, it is important to look into the rules and requirements when it comes to importing rabbits into Pakistan on their government website here.

In the past, we've transported pets into Pakistan with KLM and Emirates Air so we would recommend looking into these airlines.

We hope you have safe and successful travels ahead!

By Amber on March 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Hello, I want to transfer rabbit from London to China,that is ok or not?Best wishesAmber

By on September 12, 2017 at 10:04 am

Hello Amber,

Thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, it is currently not possible to import rabbits into China due to an existing species ban.

We're sorry to be the bearer of this news, Amber. Good luck with everything!

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