It is common for people to relocate to different countries with their pets. We are heartened to have met many who love their rabbits as family and ready to bring them along. In fact, our co-founder, Lynne, relocated her 3 rabbits from the United States to Singapore! It is not a difficult process as long as you plan ahead of time. Here’s some tips for those who are planning to travel with their rabbits:
1. KNOW YOUR RABBIT WELL
Your rabbit should be healthy as certified by a savvy vet in order to tolerate the stress of the flight. Work closely with an experienced vet at least 6 months prior to relocating to ensure your rabbit is well prepared for the journey.
2. GET YOUR RABBIT READY
Traveling in a carrier for extended period can be stressful. It’s a good idea to assimilate them gradually in the traveling carrier. Consider teaching them to eat hay and drink water in there to get them ready for the long flight.
3. PICK THE RIGHT FLIGHT
It is always safest to fly the rabbits in the passenger cabin with you. Airlines such as United and Finair do allow such arrangement but may have a limitation on number of pets per pax per cabin. It’s important to identify the right flight and make reservation in advance.
4. EXPORT & IMPORT DOCUMENTATION
Typically, the airline will request for a vet certificate to ensure your pets are free of contagious diseases. Upon arrival, you will also need an import certificate to clear your pets through custom. In some countries, quarantine maybe necessary. Do research online and plan accordingly.
5. LOAD UP FOR THE JOURNEY
Bring along their hay, pellets and even treats to refill as necessary. Keep them in original packaging as some countries can be strict on that. First aid supplies such as rid wind, applelin, antiseptic cream and syringes will be handy in times of need.
6. ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS
For long haul flights, consider a layover to allow the rabbit to stretch while you clean their carrier. It’s a good idea to travel during off peak timing to minimize waiting time. Lastly, consider a soft carrier with expandable pockets so you can give the rabbits more space to relax.
Relocating a rabbit into Singapore is quite simple as long as you prepare the right documentation. The rabbit can be home quarantine for 14 days if you meet their ownership requirement. For more information, consult AVA website for import and export details:
(Credit also to Xiaoling who shared tips from her recent relocation of DouDou and Levi from Singapore to US. Thank you!)