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Pet Travel - Bringing Dogs into the US

Pet Travel - Bringing Dogs into the US

Pet Dog Import Guide

USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) has animal health requirements related to bringing (importing) a pet dog to the United States (U.S.) from a foreign country. If you are bringing dogs in for the purpose of resale, such as commercial sale or adoption as pets, USDA APHIS Animal Care has separate requirements.

Collies, shepherds, and other dogs to be used in the handling of livestock and that are imported from any part of the world except Canada, Mexico, and regions of Central America and the West Indies may be inspected and quarantined at the port of entry to determine their freedom from tapeworm infection.

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

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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.
    • The dog is either free from screwworm OR was found to be infested with screwworm and was held in quarantine and treated until free from screwworm prior to leaving the region.
(View a list of countries NOT affected with (free of) Foot and Mouth Disease)
Owners of dogs imported from countries or regions affected with Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) are advised to take the following precautions to prevent the introduction of FMD from pets entering the U.S.:

  • The feet, fur, and bedding of the pet should be free of any excessive dirt or mud.
  • The pet's bedding should be free of any straw or hay, or other natural bedding.
  • The pet should be bathed as soon as it reaches its final destination.
  • The pet should be kept separate and apart from all livestock for at least 5 days after entry into the United States.

Please check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as they have additional regulations related to bringing a dog into the U.S., including requirements for rabies vaccinations.


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 in your destination state directly to determine if there are any import requirements.

State information


Considerations for airline travel

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

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