Shipping Rabbits to Europe
What are the regulations and required documentation to bring a domestic rabbit into Italy?
My husband is in the Air Force and we will be stationed at Aviano Air Base in Italy at the end of this summer. We have an 11-month-old rabbit, and I am trying to figure out what the exact regulations are for bringing a domestic rabbit into Italy.
I have been searching numerous websites and I've emailed several Italian consulates across the country, but I have been unable to get any answers.
Please help! I've already found airlines that will allow me to bring him there, but I don't want to get turned away at customs in Rome.
Typically we turn to the USDA for official information about importing various pets into countries around the world. On the Italy pet import page, there is a link to a health certificate specifically for rabbits.
The Ministry of Agriculture is another source we often double check with, and for general information about pet travel, please take a look at our blog where we've posted a few frequently asked pet travel questions. For rabbit travel, hydration and using the right travel crate will be important details to attend to.
Hope this helps, Laura! Thanks for getting in touch, and please contact us if you have any further questions or think you'd like some help with your move.
Pet Travel Question Details:
From: Honolulu, HI
To: Rome, Italy
Pet: PJ, Rabbit Holland Lop, 11 months, 4 lbs