Transporting Guinea Pigs between Canada & the US

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Post   » Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:13 pm

Guinea pigs can travel from the US to Canada freely. They can be imported into Canada without an import permit, health certificate, or inspection.

Karen sent me an email with a link to the Gov't of Canada website concerning Importation of Rodents.

Here is the link:


Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:27 am

Wow. Even humans need passports. Who knew guinea pigs enjoyed diplomatic status? Can they speed through red lights without getting tickets, too?


Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:13 am

If they can see over the steering wheel.

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Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2006 6:03 pm

What about the other way -- Canada to US?

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I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2006 6:22 pm

This reminds me: I'll be traveling from Los Angeles to Victoria next summer for a few days to visit my brother and his family who have just moved there.

Might be a good time to transport a pig, if anybody needs help.

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Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:30 pm

Don't know. When we find out we can stick it here (hey, Karen, can you track down any info? Can anyone?).

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Slug Whisperer

Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:40 pm

I found this information on the US Customs and Border Protection website.

Scroll down the website and click on the Pets and Wildlife link. It opens a PDF file. Guinea Pigs are on page 6 of the pamphlet.

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Post   » Fri Mar 31, 2006 9:06 am

Thanks! The pdf in question says:

Rabbits, Guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, and other pet rodents
There are no CDC or USFWS restrictions or requirements on these animals if brought in as pets.

Direct link to pdf, above text on page 6 as Karen notes:

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Post   » Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:47 pm

Good reference. Thanks.

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Post   » Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:52 pm

Mum, let us know your dates and you can stop in the Bay area. We'll throw you a proper pig party.


Post   » Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:11 pm

That is a great resource Lynx. Does anyone know if there are restrictions on taking guinea pigs on a plane, if you are just traveling from state to state?

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Post   » Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:47 pm

Absolutely not, from state to state.
But each airline has its own regulations concerning transporting animals.

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okc angel pigs

Post   » Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:50 pm

They have to go in cargo.

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Post   » Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:15 pm

No, they do not.

A few airlines (Delta in particular) allow them in the cabin, in FAA-approved carriers, for a fee.

Most airlines do not allow them in the cabin, and require them to be placed into a heated, pressurized section of cargo also used for dogs and cats. The area is pitch dark and vibrates frighteningly, but it is heated and pressurized.

Not all airlines require this. A very few allow them in the cabin, and they are worth checking around for.


Post   » Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:15 pm

If Delta allows piggers in the cabin, then I will fly with them from now on. I called Northwest and they said guinea pigs go cargo. My husband suggested if I wanted to bring back some guinea pigs from America, it would be best to take a cruise ship. Most cruise ships allow pets in the private cabins and when you figure the cost of a round-trip airline ticket, a cruise sounds like a good deal - especially for the guinea pigs! The furthest I ever heard of someone flying a guinea pig was from Sweden to Brazil.


Post   » Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:46 pm

Being Canadian and married to an American, I traveled Canada/US and US/Canada very frequently. Never had the slightest trouble, most of the time more exclamations: "Wow, I have never seen one with long hair like that!" or "My! this guy is big!"

We always travel by car though, never by train or plane.

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Post   » Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:06 pm

Did you guys know that you shouldnt be putting a pig on a plane though? There have been many piggie deaths due to the altitude changes from pigs being forced to fly so I wouldnt recommend it, you probably wont kill your pig going from state to state but im sure you'll traumatize him.

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Post   » Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:06 pm


I don't think anyone here has experienced deaths from flying.

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Post   » Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:46 pm

Caspers Mom flew all the way over to Vancouver from Australia stopping in Hawaii, with Casper. I think that Jp530 is may be looking at old data?

The pressure change for modern planes isn't very bad at all. Maybe they mean riding in the cargo hold. I can see where that would be bad, especially if it was unpressurized.

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Post   » Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:46 pm

I was thinking that to Mapleowl, if they are in the cargo hold it would be very bad, and if I remember right Jenn did every thing to avoid that with Casper. She flew in the cabin with her in a small cat type carrier!

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