Importing or Travelling with Pet Rabbits

These requirements apply to:

  • animals entering Canada permanently
  • animals in transit through Canada on their way to a final destination
  • animals entering Canada for a temporary visit

Choose the import and travel requirements option that applies to your rabbit.

A. My rabbit is coming to Canada from the United States.

Domestic or pet rabbits imported from the United States must be presented to Canada Border Services Agency staff upon entry. The importation of pet rabbits does not require import permits or health certificates. Part XII of the Health of Animals Regulations apply to the transport of all animals; an inspection related to transport without cruelty of animals can be carried out.

B. My rabbit is coming to Canada from a country other than the United States of America.

Canada has permit and quarantine requirements for the importation of domestic rabbits from countries other than the United States. To obtain detailed information about this process, you should contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) office in the province into which the rabbits will be imported. You will be required to complete and submit an Application for Permit to Import to the CFIA along with an originally signed declaration of the following:

  • that the rabbits have been in your possession as personally-owned pets;
  • that you will personally accompany the rabbits from the country of origin to Canada

You should apply for the import permit at least thirty days in advance of your proposed importation. CFIA staff will assist you with the process of arranging for the approval of Canadian quarantine premises. An import permit may be issued once the above information has been submitted and the quarantine premises has been approved.

Fees are applicable when applying for an import permit, approval of a quarantine facility, and inspection of animals. The CFIA will advise you on the fees applicable to your particular situation.

For clarification of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency import policies, please contact a local CFIA Office.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

It is the importer's responsibility to determine whether the species for importation is subject to the controls imposed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which are administered by the Canadian Wildlife Service. Please contact the Canadian Wildlife Service for information.

Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)

For all other rabbit importations, please refer to the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS). AIRS provides information on import requirements for all commodities regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Using a selection approach to the Harmonized System (HS) codes, origin, destination, end use, and other qualifiers, AIRS guides users to the information needed for the specific commodity being imported.

The HS classification code for rabbits is: 01 06 19 2072.