Horses may be imported into the United States from countries the USDA considers to be affected with screwworm provided that the following conditions have been met.
Horses presented for entry into the United States from countries that are not recognized by the USDA as being free from screwworm are required to be quarantined for a minimum of 7-days at the port of entry. The cost for quarantine can be found here While in quarantine, tests for dourine, glanders, equine piroplasmosis, and equine infectious anemia are conducted. Horses that test positive for any of the diseases will be refused entry into the United States.
To reserve space at a USDA-operated quarantine facility the importer or agent should contact the port veterinarian at one of the following locations:
New York Animal Import Center
474 International Boulevard
Rock Tavern, NY 12575
Los Angeles Import Center
11850 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Miami Animal Import Center
6300 NW 36 Street
Miami, FL 33122
It may be prudent to check with the State of destination as to any additional State Health requirements that must be met. Some States have health requirements that are in addition to those required by the Federal Government.
Countries that USDA Considers to be Affected with Screwworm:
|Bolivia||Isla de Pascua (Easter Island, part of Chile)||Senegal|
|Botswana||Ivory Coast||Sierra Leone|
|Burkina Faso||Kuwait||Spratly Islands|
|Central African Republic||Macau||Taiwan|
|Cuba||Mauritania||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Ecuador||Myanmar||United Arab Emirates|
|Gambia||Pacific Islands (Palau)||Zaire|
|Ghana||Papua New Guinea||Zambia|
*Or any other part of the world where screwworm is considered to exist.