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Bring your pet into the United States from a foreign country (Import)

What is a Pet?

When travelling with your pet(s), there may be animal health requirements specific for that destination. As soon as you know your travel details, contact your local veterinarian to assist with the pet travel process. Factors to consider may include meeting time frames for obtaining a health certificate, updating vaccinations, diagnostic testing, or administration of medications/ treatments.

Bring your pet into the United States from a foreign country (Import)

Animals entering the U.S. may be subject to regulation by USDA APHIS as all well as other federal agencies.  Depending on your destination state, your pet may need to also meet additional health requirements.

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If the type of animal you are traveling with is not listed, click here.


✦ It is the responsibility of the pet owner to make sure their pet has met the entry requirements of the U.S.  Failure to meet these import requirements will result in problems upon arrival in the U.S.

✦ Multiple agencies may have regulatory authority over your pet when it enters the U.S.  It is important to notify and coordinate with all responsible government agencies. Contact information and additional details are located on each specific pet page.

✦ If you need clarification of the entry requirements, please contact the National Import Export Services by phone at (301) 851-3300 or e-mail.

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