Pet Travel: Traveling by Air with Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Rats, Turtles and other Exotic Animals

rabbit travelPets are on the move. More than 2 million pets are transported each year in the United States according to US Department of Transportation. Although the majority of animals that are transported are dogs and cats, exotic animals can be transported as well. It’s important to realize that every airline sets their own regulations on what pets, breeds and types they are willing to transport. Below is a list of airlines you might want to consider next time you travel with an exotic animal.

Continental: Continental is known for their famous “PetSafe” program and sets the industry standard in pet airline travel. Unfortunately they’re not as catering to exotic animals. Continental limits their welcome to only dogs, cats, rabbits and household birds. Guinea pigs, rats and any type of reptiles are not permitted. Continental will transport pets unaccompanied.

Delta: Delta is a very pet-friendly airline with a variety of options for different animals. Delta welcomes passengers to carry dogs, cats, and household birds in cabin permitting their size. Also, between September 16th and May 14th they will transport dogs, cats, household birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters and most reptiles, amphibians and fish via cargo. Pets must be in an airline approved crate or carrier. As a bonus Delta will transport two pets of the same type in one kennel as long as they meet the requirements for acceptance. Delta also transports pets unaccompanied.

Frontier: Frontier is known for their laid back regulations and relatively inexpensive transport fees. They allow dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters to travel in cabin (with the appropriate carrier) for $75 one way. They will also transport all these animals’ via cargo for $150 a way. Only dogs and cats will be transported internationally. They are also one of the few airlines left that will transport bulldog breeds.

United: United Air limits in-cabin travel to dogs, cats and household birds however; they will transport these pets and guinea pigs, hamsters, and rabbits in the cargo compartment. The prices are $125 (in cabin) and $250-$500 (cargo) respectively. United also transports pets unaccompanied.

WestJet: Westjet Airline is one of the most “exotic pet friendly” airlines inside the US. For only $50 (for both in cabin and cargo) they will transport cats, dogs, rabbits, birds (not just household), chinchillas, guinea pigs, and hedgehogs. The only downside to WestJet is their flight selection is somewhat limited especially in the central US.

It’s important to remember that each airline makes its own rules for the import of birds and exotic pets. On top of the airlines, every country (beside the EU) makes their own rules regarding the various types of pets allowed to enter the country. For more information on traveling with your exotic pet, check out pettravel.com

204 comments to Pet Travel: Traveling by Air with Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Rats, Turtles and other Exotic Animals

  • Hi Chris – if you bring your Chinchillas directly into the UK, they will be subject to 4 months of quarantine upon arrival. Your best bet may be to bring them into a non-UK EU country, enter that country and bring them in from there. The maximum number of pets that you can import to the EU non-commercially is five. Over that number and a whole other set of regulations apply. Your pets must be identified by a microchip or other permanent means and must be accompanied by a health certificate completed by a licensed veterinarian and should be endorsed by the local CFIA office. You may want to consider an EU country where there are options to cross the channel such as France. You or your legal representative must accompany or travel within 5 days of your Chinchillas for these regulations to apply.
    Jason

  • Coumba – guinea pigs are generally carried as either accompanied checked baggage or manifest cargo depending on the airline. The cost can range depending on the class of service you choose. Your pet should fly on the same flight as you, but you should ask for confirmation of that prior to boarding.
    Jason

  • Chris

    Hi

    Can anyone advise about bringing Chinchillas into Canada from the UK please?
    I want to know how easy, costs etc it is to do this in case I relocate this year

    thanks

  • coumba diallo

    How much is it generally if you want to travel with your guinea pig and do they stay with you the whole time

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