Laws and Regulations
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
Birds and Bird Products
Notice of Rescission of February 4, 2004, Order and Subsequent Amendments Prohibiting the Importation of Birds and Bird Products from Specified Countries
Although the CDC restrictions have been rescinded, CDC continues to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its steps to prevent importation of birds and unprocessed bird products from countries with the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus in domestic poultry. The import restrictions do not apply to U.S.-origin pet birds, which will be allowed to return after 30 days at a USDA quarantine facility.
See also Bringing a Bird into the United States.
Notice of Embargo of Civets
May 3, 2005. On the CDC SARS site
Foreign Quarantine Regulations
Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Changes in Importation Process for Dogs Inadequately Immunized Against Rabies
This page contains the Changes in Importation Process for Dogs Inadequately Immunized Against Rabies covered in 42 CFR 71.51. This guidance becomes effective on August 18, 2017 (60 days after publication).
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, Issuance, and Enforcement Guidance for Dog Confinement Agreements
This page contains the Issuance and Enforcement Guidance for Dog Confinement Agreements covered in 42 CFR 71.51. This guidance becomes effective on August 11, 2014 (30 days after publication).
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.
Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Advance Notice of Proposed Revision of HHS/CDC Animal Importation Regulations 42 CFR Parts 71.51
This document contains the advance notice for proposed rule making for 42 CFR71.51. Public comment period is now closed.
Discussions Regarding Exotic Animal Importation, Sale, and Distribution: Summary of Information Presented at Public Meeting on May 18, 2006
Federal Register notice; updated August 8, 2006
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