Recent changes to CDC dog import regulations have made it more important than ever for US pet owners to be aware of the requirements for traveling with their dogs.  Here’s a breakdown of the key points you need to know:

Basic Requirements for All Dogs

  • To re-enter the US, your dog must:
  • Be at least 6 months old
  • Have an ISO-compatible microchip implanted before any rabies vaccinations
  • Appear healthy upon arrival
  • Have a CDC Dog Import Form receipt

Additional Requirements for Dogs with US-Issued Rabies Vaccinations

If your dog has a current rabies vaccination administered in the United States, there are additional requirements depending on your dog’s travel history:

  • Dogs that have been in a high-risk country for rabies: You will need a USDA-endorsed Certification of U.S.-Issued Rabies Vaccine form. If you do not have this, there will be additional requirements for your dog prior to re-entering.
  • Dogs that have not been in a high-risk country: You can either use the USDA-endorsed Certification of U.S.-Issued Rabies Vaccine form or a USDA-endorsed export health certificate to the country you are returning from.

Important Considerations for the Rabies Vaccination Form

There are specific requirements for the Certification of U.S.-Issued Rabies Vaccination form:

  • Your dog must be at least 6 months old on the date of return to the US.
  • The rabies vaccination must be administered by a USDA-accredited veterinarian after the microchip is implanted.
  • The vaccination must be valid for the entire duration of your travels.
  • The form must be completed before your dog departs the US and endorsed by the USDA.

Key Points to Remember

  • Microchip: Your dog must be microchipped with an ISO-standard microchip.
  • Rabies Vaccination: The rabies vaccine must be administered by an accredited veterinarian after the microchip is placed.
  • CDC Dog Import Form: This form must be completed online before arrival.
  • Check the CDC Website: For full details and to complete the required form, visit the CDC website. Launch the DogBot to learn about what your dog needs to return to the United States.