Before and After: Dog Importation Changes
Below are the changes to CDC’s requirements for dogs arriving in the United States that have been in high-risk countries for dog rabies in the past 6 months.
July 14, 2021
December 1, 2021
|Who is eligible to import a dog from a high-risk country?||Anyone||Limited to
(People in one of the above categories can apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit)
|Importation documents required upon arrival||Valid rabies vaccination certificate||Proof of microchip AND 2) Valid US-issued rabies vaccination certificate OR
CDC Dog Import Permit
|Minimum age requirement for dogs||4 months
minimum age (must have been vaccinated on or after 12 weeks of age, at least 28 days before arrival)
|6 months minimum age|
|Limit on the number of dogs imported||No limit||Maximum of 3 personal pet dogs for 1 trip only if applied for CDC Dog Import Permit
(exceptions apply for research and government-owned animals)
No limit for dogs with valid US-issued Rabies Vaccination Certificate
|Can dogs be imported for resale, adoption, rescue, or transfer of ownership from a high-risk country?||Yes||No, if the dogs were rabies-vaccinated outside the United States.|
|Is rabies serologic testing required?||No||
|Can the dogs enter the United States through any port of entry?||Yes||No. Dogs arriving from high-risk countries must enter the United States at one of the approved ports of entry.|
NOTE: A CDC Dog Import Permit is not required for dogs arriving from countries NOT at high risk for dog rabies or for dogs arriving from high-risk countries with a valid US-issued rabies vaccination certificate. Expired US rabies vaccination certificates will not be accepted. If a US-issued rabies vaccine has expired, you must apply for a CDC Dog Import Permit, if eligible.
CDC requires all dogs to be healthy upon arrival. In addition to CDC regulations, you must comply with US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and your destination state’sexternal icon requirements.