Bringing an Animal into the United States

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Guidance for persons being evacuated or repatriated from countries with a high risk of rabies with their pets during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) outbreak.

All dogs imported into the United States must be healthy on arrival. Dogs imported into the United States from countries with a high risk of rabies must have a valid rabies vaccination certificate. On an extremely limited basis, CDC may issue advanced written approval for individuals being evacuated or repatriated from high-risk countries for pets that do not meet CDC’s entry requirements. Please contact to request advanced written approval.

Cats must be healthy on arrival. A rabies vaccination certificate is not required but vaccination against rabies is recommended.

USDA also has requirementsexternal icon regarding importing dogs and cats.

State and territorial governmentsexternal icon may have their own requirements.

CDC regulations govern the importation of animals and animal products capable of causing human disease. Pets taken out of the United States are subject upon return to the same regulations as those entering for the first time.

The CDC does not require general certificates of health for pets for entry into the United States. However, health certificates may be required for entry into some states, or may be required by airlines for pets. You should check with officials in your state of destination and with your airline prior to your travel date.

CDC has learned that Internet scammers are falsely representing themselves as CDC employees in e-mails to US citizens. Learn more about internet adoption scams.

A CDC public health officer checks the rabies vaccination certificate of a dog in a kennel just arrived into the United States. Photo credit to Derek Sakris, CDC.

Photo credit: Derek Sakris, CDC

Animals Regulated by CDC

Animals NOT Regulated by CDC