Bringing a Dog into the United States
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.
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.
All dogs must appear healthy to enter the United States.
These rules apply to all dogs, including puppies, service animals, and emotional support dogs. These rules also apply whether you are (1) just visiting the United States with your dog, (2) importing dogs into the United States, or (3) traveling out of the United States and returning with your dog after a temporary visit, such as a vacation or holiday, or for shopping or visiting friends and relatives. If you do not follow CDC’s rules, your dog may not be allowed to enter the United States.
In addition to CDC regulations, you must comply with US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and your destination state’s regulationsexternal icon, which may be more strict than federal regulations. Please be aware that dogs imported for commercial (resale or adoption) purposes have additional requirements from USDAexternal icon.
Dogs Imported for Research Purposes
If you have any questions about importing dogs for research purposes overseen by an institutional animal care and use programexternal icon, contact CDC-INFO.
At New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, the belly of the Boeing passenger jet opened to reveal the cargo hold filled with stacked crates of whimpering dogs, many more than usual. All were young puppies—most too young to leave their mothers—cowering and huddling in their cages, shivering while covered in their own waste after their long international flight. Witnessing the scene was a team of federal agents from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and JFK’s veterinarians accredited by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).