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Pet Travel - Bringing Reptiles into the US

reptiles USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) does not have any animal health requirements related to bringing (importing) a reptile 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 not allowed to be imported in 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.

Additional State Requirements

When available, you will find additional information about bringing a reptile into a particular state on that state's Department of Agriculture website. If information about traveling with a reptile 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.

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