Changes in Importation Process for Dogs Inadequately Immunized Against Rabies
On June 19, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) titled, “Notice of Changes in Permit Application to Import a Dog Inadequately Immunized Against Rabies.” The notice informs the public that CDC is changing its application process from a paper-based to a web-based application and electronic permit system. The FRN is available on the Office of the Federal Register’s website.
With the updated process, dog owners and importers should apply online for a Permit to Import a Dog Inadequately Immunized against Rabies at least 10 business days prior to travel.
Applying for a Permit to Import a Dog Inadequately Immunized Against Rabies (Unimmunized Dog Permit)
What has not changed: With limited exceptions, dogs arriving into the United States must be healthy AND have a valid rabies vaccination certificate.
What has changed: At least 10 business days before arriving into the United States with a dog not properly immunized against rabies, dog owners and importers should apply online for a permit once available at https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/dogs.html.
Please see the docket details for more information or view as a PDF file [PDF – 2 pages]. This guidance became effective August 18, 2017. For questions about this notice or CDC’s import regulations, contact CDC’s Importation and Animal Contact Team at CDCAnimalImports@cdc.gov.
- Page last reviewed: August 18, 2017
- Page last updated: August 18, 2017
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