How to Apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit

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CDC is working to expedite import permit requests for dogs that originate in Ukraine and surrounding countries for persons wishing to import their personally owned pet dogs. Dogs are still required to meet all of CDC’s entry requirements during the suspension.

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Due to the emerging situation in Shanghai, US citizens and lawful permanent residents evacuating Shanghai with 3 or fewer personal pet dogs don’t require a CDC Dog Import Permit if booking travel between April 14 and June 20. CDC Dog Import Permits will be required to enter the United States from Shanghai beginning June 21, 2022. Travelers from other areas of China are still required to present a CDC Dog Import Permit for entry into the United States.

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Notice: There is a temporary suspension of dogs entering the US that have been in a country classified as high-risk for dog rabies in the past 6 months.

Important Information

On an extremely limited basis, CDC has the authority to issue advance written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit) to import a dog vaccinated outside the United States from a high-risk country. CDC Dog Import Permits will not be issued upon arrival. Dogs that were vaccinated against rabies outside of the United States and arrive from high-risk countries without a CDC Dog Import Permit will be denied entry and returned to the country of departure at the importer’s expense.

Dogs with Valid US Rabies Vaccination Certificates

Dogs over 6 months of age with valid US-issued rabies vaccination certificate and proof of microchip are exempt from the suspension—they can enter the United States without a permit. Expired US rabies vaccination certificates will not be accepted. If the US-issued rabies vaccination certificate has expired, you must apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit. See For Dogs Vaccinated in the United States for more information.

Permit Application Requirements:

  • Each eligible importer of personal pet dogs may be granted approval (permits) to import a maximum of 3 dogs for one trip during the temporary suspension. Importers wishing to import dogs for science, education, exhibition, or bona fide law enforcement may be granted approval to import more than 3 dogs.
  • For dogs to be eligible for an import permit, they must:
    • be at least 6 months old, as verified by submission of current photos of the dog’s teeth
    • be microchipped
    • have a valid rabies vaccination certificate issued outside the United States
    • have a valid rabies serologic titer from an approved laboratory.
      • Titers must be drawn a minimum of 30 days after initial rabies vaccination and at least 45 days before US entry.
      • Dogs due to receive rabies vaccination boosters may have their titers drawn at any time, but titers are most easily detected at least 30 days after vaccination.
    • View the list of approved laboratories
      • Results from unapproved laboratories will not be accepted.

Approved Ports of Entry

During the temporary suspension, all dogs coming from high-risk countries either with a valid US-issued rabies vaccination certificate or with a CDC Dog Import Permit can only enter the United States through an approved port of entry, which includes all 18 airports with a CDC quarantine station:

Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Minneapolis (MSP), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), San Francisco (SFO), San Juan (SJU), Seattle (SEA), and Washington DC (IAD).

Who Can Apply—Apply Here if Eligible

These types of importers are eligible to apply for a permit to import a dog from a high-risk country into the United States. Click on your type of importer to review application requirements and confirm you have all the documents—then you can apply.

An incomplete application will delay the time to process the permit.

Documents must be submitted in English or be accompanied by a certified English translation. A certified translation is a signed statement on professional letterhead issued by a licensed translator declaring that the translation is an accurate and true representation of the original document. The translation must include the name, address and contact information of the translator and have a signatory stamp or elevated seal with the translator’s license number included. A certified translation service provider can be found online.

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