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Transportation of a pet rabbit out of Australia

Old Jan 25, 21, 2:12 am
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Transportation of a pet rabbit out of Australia

I understand that flights out of Australia are highly regulated and limited due to the coronavirus and I would really appreciate your help.

We're currently trying to organise our relocation back from Australia to Germany and we have a pet bunny that we don't want to leave behind. We have contacted several animal transport services and all of them told us that their carrier (Emirates Cargo) currently doesn't allow rabbits due to limited space.
The second option is to take him with us in the cabin but the information we got from different airlines is that according to Australian law pets are not allowed in the cabin on flights out of Australia. However, we have been in touch with the responsible Australian ministry who confirmed us that such a law/regulation does not exist.

Does anyone have insights what Airlines that currently fly MEL - FRA do allow pets (a rabbit) in the cabin or how we would be able to get in touch with someone to organise this trip?
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Old Jan 25, 21, 11:59 am
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JAL accepts rabbits as checked baggage. I think they will be your best bet. Caveat: They mandate special rodent transport crates for rabbits. Those aren't readily available in pet stores.

Edit:
JAL will only restart the route in March (at least that's the plan, anyway). If you have to fly earlier, you 'll have to send the rabbit as cargo using one of the few airlines currently flying. Try Etihad (MEL cargo office: +61 448 268621) , and Qatar ([email protected]).

There are no airlines currently flying the route allowing pets in the cabin, and JAL ist the only airline scheduled to fly this route one-stop accepting your rabbit as checked baggage (reasonably priced!) . If you want to take it in the cabin you'll need to wait until the European airlines (LH) restart the route with their own flights which will take months if possible at all this year.

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Old Feb 1, 21, 3:47 am
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Thank you for your insights. Much appreciated!
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