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Pet Travel - Bringing Pet Reptiles into the US

Carefully read ALL requirements on this page.  

  • It is the pet owner’s responsibility to make sure their pet meets U.S. entry requirements. Failure to meet these import requirements will result in problems upon arrival in the United States, and the pet may be refused entry.
  • Multiple U.S. agencies regulate pets imported into the United States. It is important that you notify and coordinate with all responsible government agencies.



APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) does not have any animal health requirements related to bringing (importing) a pet reptiles to the United States (U.S.) from a foreign country. However, there are a few tortoises that VS prohibits from being imported.

The following tortoise species are restricted from entering the U.S.:

  • Leopard tortoise (Geochelone pardalis)
  • African spurred tortoise (Geochelone sulcata)
  • Bell's hingeback tortoise (Kinixys belliana)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not regulate the import of reptiles except turtles, tortoises, and terrapins. Please visit the CDC’s website to view the import requirements related to these animals.

Also, please check with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as they may have regulations related to importing a reptile into the U.S.

State Requirements

To determine if your destination State has specific import requirements, use the drop-down menu below to check the State's website or contact the State's Department of Agriculture or the State Veterinarian's Office directly.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions, you may contact us by phone at (301) 851-3300 or e-mail LAIE@usda.gov.

Airline Requirements

Check with your airline to determine whether they have any additional requirements.

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