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Travel to the United States

Requirements from the CDC for import of dogs to the U.S.:

"Importation of dogs

"A general certificate of health is not required by CDC for entry of pet dogs into the United States, although some airlines or states may require them. However, pet dogs are subject to inspection at ports of entry and may be denied entry into the United States if they have evidence of an infectious disease that can be transmitted to humans. If a dog appears to be ill, further examination by a licensed veterinarian at the owner's expense might be required at the port of entry.

"Proof of Rabies Vaccination: Dogs must have a certificate showing they have been vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry into the United States. These requirements apply equally to service animals such as Seeing Eye dogs.

"Importation of Unvaccinated Dogs: Dogs not accompanied by proof of rabies vaccination, including those that are too young to be vaccinated (i.e. less than 3 months of age), may be admitted if the importer completes a confinement agreement (see website linked below) and confines the animal until it is considered adequately vaccinated against rabies (the vaccine is not considered effective until 30 days after the date of vaccination). Spanish, French, and Russian translations of form CDC 75.37 are available, but must be completed in English."


Call the CDC at: 404-639-3441

In addition to CDC regulations, dog importers must also abide by the regulations of the state they are entering. Contact the state veterinarian of the state you are entering for details on what is required. Some states require a rabies vaccination every three years, some every year, and at least one (Hawaii) requires a rabies titer and microchip. Here's a list of state veterinarians: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/eh/vet/vetlist.htm

Or check here for links to individual state requirements: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_import/animal_imp...

Additional requirements of APHIS (United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) requirements:

"APHIS VS requirements for all dogs imported or returning from countries affected with screwworm:

"Pet and other types of dogs (commercial, breeding, etc.) that are returning, and/or are presented for US entry, from countries or regions where screwworm is known to exist, may enter the US 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 that the dog has been inspected for screwworm within 5 days prior to shipment to the United States.
" * The certificate must state that 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."


Countries affected by screw worms:


See also:

Frequently Asked Questions about exporting pets from the US (will also apply to SDs):

See also: http://www.foreignborn.com/visas_imm/entering_us/2bringyourpet.htm#purebred

For exportation of dogs from the US see: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/