Notice: Please be advised that the importation of certain animals and animal products from certain geographical areas into the United States is currently restricted. Information on the restrictions can be found at the links provided below. For additional information on the embargos, please contact CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at 404-498-1600:
Embargoed Animals and Monkeypox Virus
Effective Date: June 11, 2003.
Suspect Agent: Monkeypox Virus
Embargo of Civets (civet cats)
Effective Date: January 13, 2004
Suspect Agent: SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV)
Embargo of Birds from Specified Southeast Asian
Effective Date: February 4, 2004.
Suspect Agent: Avian Influenza
Area: Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Peoples' Republic of China, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam (current as of December 29, 2005).
If you need to import materials that are known or reasonably suspected to contain infectious or etiologic agents from animals restricted by the current embargos, please follow the instructions provided on this website and complete an application for “Permit to Import or Transport Etiologic Agents, Hosts or Vectors of Human Disease.” You may also contact our office by telephone for additional guidance (404-718-2077)."