Laws and Regulations
This page contains information on Importation of Human Remains Final Rule, which clarified definitions and codified current policy. Federal Register updated on July 15 and effective on August 15, 2020.
Legal Authorities for Animal Importation
For information about the legal authorities governing animal importation, please see the Laws and Regulations page on the Quarantine and Isolation site.
Laws and Regulations Related to Animal Importation
Notice of Embargo of Civets
May 3, 2005. On the CDC SARS site
Foreign Quarantine Regulations
Notice of Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Countries Classified as High Risk for Dog Rabies
This page contains notice of a temporary suspension of the importation of dogs from countries classified by CDC as high risk for dog rabies. This includes dogs arriving from countries NOT at high risk if the dogs have been in high-risk countries during the previous 6 months. Notice issued on June 14, 2021.
Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Egypt
This page contains notice of a temporary suspension of the importation of dogs from Egypt. This includes dogs originating in Egypt that are imported from any other countries if the dogs have lived in those countries for less than 6 months. Federal Register updated on May 10, 2019.
Guidance Regarding “Rabies-Free” Countries and Importing a Dog into the United States
This page contains information clarifying that CDC now interprets “rabies-free” in the context of its dog importation regulations (42 CFR Parts 71.51) to mean “canine rabies virus variant-free.” Federal Register updated on January 31, 2019.
Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Suspension of Entry of Animals, Articles, or Things from Designated Foreign Countries and Places into the United States
This page contains information about the Suspension of Entry of Animals, Articles, or Things from Designated Foreign Countries and Places into the United States covered in 42 CFR 71.63.
Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Final Rule of HHS/CDC Nonhuman Primate Importation Regulation 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 71.53.
This page contains the final rule for 42 CFR 71.53. The final rule is effective beginning April 16, 2013.
Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Final Rule to Establish a User Fee for Filovirus Testing of Nonhuman Primates.
This document contains the final rule for 42 CFR 71.53 that establishes a user fee for filovirus testing of nonhuman primates. The final rule became effective on March 14, 2013.