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Pet Travel - Bringing Dogs into the US

Pet Dog Import Guide

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has certain requirements that must be met before a dog can be admitted entry into the United States.  All dogs must appear healthy and depending upon what country the dogs are coming from, a valid rabies vaccination certificate may be required. To learn more, visit:

Contact:  800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)

USDA APHIS Animal Care has separate requirements if you are bringing dogs in for the purpose of resale, such as commercial sale or adoption as pets.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may have additional entry requirements for dogs. 

USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) has additional requirements for dogs traveling (imported) to the U.S. from countries affected by specific diseases:

Dogs traveling to the U.S. from countries or regions where screwworm is known to exist, may enter the U.S. if they meet the following requirements:

  • The dog must be accompanied by a certificate signed by a full-time salaried veterinary official of the region of origin stating:
    • The dog has been inspected for screwworm within 5 days prior to shipment to the United States; and
    • The dog is either free from screwworm OR was found to be infested with screwworm, was held in quarantine, and was treated until free from screwworm prior to leaving the region.

Additional Considerations

Dogs coming from a country other than those on the list of countries declared free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) need to have their fur and bedding free of excessive dirt or natural bedding such as hay or straw.  The pet should be bathed as soon as it reaches its destination and should be kept separate from all livestock for 5 days after entry into the United States.

Dogs used in the handling of livestock imported from any part of the world except Canada, Mexico and regions of Central America and the West Indies, should have no evidence of tapeworm infection.

Additional State Requirements

When available, you will find additional information about bringing a dog into a particular State on that State's Department of Agriculture website. If information about traveling with a dog is not found on this site, you should contact the State Department of Agriculture or the State Veterinarian’s Office of your destination state directly, to determine if there are any import requirements..

Considerations for airline travel

Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have.

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