Pet Travel Question: Shipping Rabbits to Hawaii

rabbitTransporting Rabbits to Hawaii

Hi PetRelocation,

I know what has to be done in order for my dog to be allowed, but I'm not sure about my bunnies. Can rabbits be brought into Hawaii?




Hi Kym,

Thanks for the question! There are a few different rules to consider when it comes to importing pets to Hawaii, but it should be possible if all the requirements are met.

Here is some information we found about importing rabbits according to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. It looks like you don't need an import permit but you do need a health certificate issued within 7 days of their arrival in Honolulu. 

Please contact us if you'd like some assistance handling your move, Kym. We've helped many rabbits travel safely (including Amber, who moved from Japan to the United States), and we'd be happy to help you, too. 

Thanks again and good luck with your travels!

Pet Travel Question Details:

Pet Travel Name: Kym
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 1 dog, 2 rabbits
Pet Breed: One Australian Blue Heeler, Two Dwarf Lop Eared Rabbits
From: California
To: Maui, Hawaii

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in March 2011 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team







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By naorma on September 3, 2018 at 5:14 am

Thanks for informative sharing.

By john tee on August 7, 2018 at 6:12 pm

I would like to ship two holland lop bunnies to Sioux Falls, SD....I have IATA 79 approved container with health certificate....what cost am I looking at. Please advise, Jon

By Maegan at PetRelocation on August 13, 2018 at 9:34 am

Hi John! As you may have researched, there are a number of variables that impact the final cost of a pet relocation, and each of our moves are customized to fit the needs of our clients & their pets. If you would like to get more information about our services, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Looking forward to speaking with you!

By Felicia Klaas on May 2, 2018 at 9:27 pm

We are moving to Hawaii. I want to bring our rabbit in cabin. Are there any airlines that will allow this? I have asked American, United, Hawaiian, Delta, and all have denied me.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 4, 2018 at 2:14 pm

Hi Felicia, we are sorry that your rabbits are unable to travel in-cabin to Hawaii. Our services are specialized in pets traveling in the cargo hold which is perfectly safe as long as they are healthy. If you would like to get more information about our services and how your pet can travel safely, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Looking forward to speaking with you!

By Corina I. on February 27, 2018 at 11:31 pm

Hi, I have a rabbit that I would like to bring to Hawaii. Are you folks able to help with bringing my rabbit to Hawaii? If so, what are your requirements/procedures?Thank you

By Christina at PetRelocation on February 28, 2018 at 11:40 am

Hi Corina! We have helped rabbits move across the world and can help you relocate your rabbit to Hawaii. Please fill out this consultation form with a little more information if you would like a relocation expert to contact you. In the meantime, here is a resource from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture that may help you understand the import process for pets there. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!

By Crystal styers on February 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Found a house and ready to move to Hawaii... BooBunny and I, would come tomorrow but sadly, still haven’t landed a job- ideas ?

By Christina at PetRelocation on February 19, 2018 at 10:47 am

Hi Crystal,

We wish you the best of luck with your job search in Hawaii! When you are ready to move, don’t hesitate to contact us about getting BooBunny there if you have any questions!

By Melissa K on April 14, 2017 at 9:40 pm

I need to take my bunny mini to Hawaii with me. What health issues should I be aware of? Or what're the procedures?

By johncalven on August 8, 2017 at 2:37 am

The content had useful stuff for Pet lovers and Melissa for you would say that generally i know the rabbits don't like to travel and to go far away from their home, try to call someone can take care of your rabbit but if by any mean that's not possible so i will suggest you to have carrier like a cave shape and take good care of Rabbit's comfort level have to bother about his temperature or about it's stress level, use some soft stuff towel or small litter box for soaking the urine. It is true that children's who attracts towards this soft and cute pet they could caught some kind of allergies. So for Rabbit's and other passenger's health it the more important who you make his carrier comfortable for him.

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