Notice of Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Egypt

On May 10, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a Federal Register Notice titled, “Notice of Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Egypt.” Through this notice, CDC is informing the public that, effective immediately, it is temporarily suspending the importation of:

  • Dogs from Egypt, or
  • Dogs originating in Egypt that are imported from third-party countries, if the dogs have lived in those countries for less than six months.

Rabies is fatal in both humans and animals, and the importation of even one rabid dog could result in transmission to humans, other dogs, and wildlife. Given three recent cases of rabid dogs imported from Egypt since May of 2015, CDC is taking this action 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.

CDC will maintain this suspension until appropriate veterinary safeguards to prevent the importation of rabid dogs from Egypt have been established. CDC has coordinated with other federal agencies and entities as necessary to implement this action. CDC will review this suspension periodically.

Dogs from Egypt may be imported only with CDC’s advance written approval, including dogs imported from a third-party country if they lived in the other country for less than 6 months. Such approvals may be granted on a limited, case-by-case basis, and at the discretion of the Director of the CDC Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. If your request for advance approval to import a dog is denied, CDC’s written denial will constitute final agency action.

To request advance written approval, apply online at How to Apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit at least 30 business days (6 weeks) before you intend to enter the United States.

Before entering or re-entering the United States with a dog, importers should continue to check other federal regulations as well as rabies vaccination requirements of state and local governments at their final destination.

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