Frequently Asked Questions on CDC Banning Dogs from Egypt

1. Why is CDC banning the importation of dogs from Egypt?

Rabies is fatal in both humans and animals, and CDC is taking this action in response to three imported cases of rabid dogs from Egypt since 2015. This action is needed to protect public health and prevent the reintroduction of dog rabies (canine rabies virus variant), which has been eliminated from the United States since 2007.

Importation of even one rabid dog could result in transmission to humans, other dogs, and to wildlife. If transmission continues in a susceptible animal population, it could threaten our nation’s rabies public health infrastructure.

2. I am a US citizen/resident traveling to Egypt and would like to take my dog with me. What should I do?

If you travel to Egypt, consider leaving your dog at home to avoid exposure to rabies. The virus can infect your dog and once signs of illness appear, the disease is fatal.

If you do travel with your dog, make sure it is vaccinated against rabies before you leave the United States. Furthermore, ensure the vaccine does not expire while you are in Egypt, or during the 6 months before you return to the United States. Finally, be sure to have your dog’s valid rabies vaccination certificate with you.

On an extremely limited basis, CDC may permit dog importations from Egypt with advance written approval to people who are importing their personal, rabies-immunized dog(s). Email the Director of CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at cdcanimalimports@cdc.gov for details before taking your dog to Egypt.

3. I am a US citizen/resident visiting Egypt with my dog. I arrived in Egypt before your ban became effective. What should I do?

Effective May 10, 2019, CDC is temporarily suspending the importation of dogs from

  • Egypt, OR
  • From Egypt (originally) and third-party countries where dogs have lived for less than six months.

This applies whether dogs are hand-carried, checked in as passenger baggage, or transported as cargo on flights to the United States. Airlines and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will verify dogs’ country of origin. Airlines will deny boarding and CBP will deny entry into the United States.

However, on an extremely limited basis, CDC may permit dog importations from Egypt with advanced written approval. Advanced written approval is not automatically granted when you submit your application and documents. No permits will be issued at a port of entry and your dog may be denied entry and returned to Egypt. Email the Director of CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at cdcanimalimports@cdc.gov for details at least 10 business days before you intend to enter the United States.

4. I am a US citizen/resident living/deployed in Egypt who adopted/purchased a local dog. I am moving back to the United States. What should I do to bring my dog back with me?

Effective May 10, 2019, CDC is temporarily suspending the importation of dogs from

  • Egypt, OR
  • From Egypt (originally) and third-party countries where dogs have lived for less than six months.

This applies whether dogs are hand-carried, checked in as passenger baggage, or transported as cargo on flights to the United States. Airlines and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will verify dogs’ country of origin. Airlines will deny boarding and CBP will deny entry into the United States.

However, on an extremely limited basis, CDC may permit dog importations from Egypt with advanced written approval. Advanced written approval is not automatically granted when you submit your application and documents. No permits will be issued at a port of entry and your dog may be denied entry and returned to Egypt. Email the Director of CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at cdcanimalimports@cdc.gov for details at least 10 business days before you intend to enter the United States.

5. I am traveling from Egypt to the United States with my dog, who is vaccinated against rabies. What do I need to do to re-enter the United States with my dog?

Effective May 10, 2019, CDC is temporarily suspending the importation of dogs from

  • Egypt, OR
  • From Egypt (originally) and third-party countries where dogs have lived for less than six months.

This applies whether dogs are hand-carried, checked in as passenger baggage, or transported as cargo on flights to the United States. Airlines and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will verify dogs’ country of origin. Airlines will deny boarding and CBP will deny entry into the United States.

However, on an extremely limited basis, CDC may permit dog importations from Egypt with advanced written approval. Advanced written approval is not automatically granted when you submit your application and documents. No permits will be issued at a port of entry and your dog may be denied entry and returned to Egypt. Email the Director of CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at cdcanimalimports@cdc.gov for details at least 10 business days before you intend to enter the United States.

6. Can I apply for a permit to bring my dog from Egypt with me upon arrival at the US port of entry?

No, permits to import dogs from Egypt will NOT be issued at any US port of entry. You must apply in advance by emailing cdcanimalimports@cdc.gov.

7. What happens to dogs from Egypt without advance written approval for entering the US at the port of entry?

Dogs from Egypt will be denied entry into the United States and sent back to Egypt at the owner’s expense. CDC does not have quarantine facilities to house dogs not meeting regulatory requirements.