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U.S. Regulatory Update: CDC Expands Rule for Import of Dogs into The U.S., Effective Aug 1 – American Kennel Club

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a letter advising of a change in the rules pertaining to importation of cats and dogs into the United States.

Effective August 1, 2024, the CDC is implementing a process to standardize imports that will require that all dogs being imported into the U.S. must be 6 months of age, irrespective of where they are coming from or for what purpose.

Summary:
CDC’s letter states CDC is updating this regulation to protect the health and safety of people and animals, and to prevent the reintroduction of dog rabies to the United States. The regulation will address recent challenges with international dog importations and more closely align with the World Organisation for Animal Health’s standards for the international movement of dogs from countries determined to be a high-risk for dog rabies.

Under the new rule, all dogs must meet the following requirements for importation into the United States(including those that left the U.S. and are returning—regardless of the country they are being imported from):

  1. Be healthy upon arrival

  2. Be at least 6 months of age

  3. Have an ISO -compatible microchip (implanted prior to any required rabies vaccinations)

  4. Have a CDC Dog Import Form receipt. The CDC Dog Import Form is an online form on CDC’s website

  5. Have additional documents depending on where the dog has been in the last 6 months and whether or not the dog was vaccinated in the United States.

 

 

Required documents for dogs that have been ONLY in countries that are dog rabies-free or low-risk during the 6 months before entry (and do not have Certification of U.S.-Issued Rabies Vaccination form or USDA export health certificate)

Option 1:

  • CDC Dog Import Form receipt

    • The CDC Dog Import Form will be accessible beginning July 15, 2024. Check back at that time for travel occurring on or after August 1, 2024.

  • Certification of Dog Arriving from DMRVV-free or Low-Risk Country into the United States form

  • Veterinary records (including microchip number) for the previous 6 months

Or

Option 2:

  • CDC Dog Import Form receipt

    • The CDC Dog Import Form will be accessible beginning July 15, 2024. Check back at that time for travel occurring on or after August 1, 2024.

  • Certification of Foreign Rabies Vaccination and Microchip form

Or

Option 3:

  • CDC Dog Import Form receipt

    • The CDC Dog Import Form will be accessible beginning July 15, 2024. Check back at that time for travel occurring on or after August 1, 2024.

  • Foreign export certificate endorsed by official veterinarian (includes dog’s age and microchip number

    • Contact your local veterinarian in the country of export for assistance obtaining this form.

  • Veterinary records (including microchip number) for the previous 6 months

Another Version

The documents required for the dog to enter the United States include:

    • form endorsed by an official veterinarian in the exporting country; AND veterinary records (including microchip number) for the dog in that dog rabies-free or low-risk country for the previous six months. The form must be completed within 30 days before arrival to the United States; OR

    • Foreign export certificate that documents the dog is at least six months of age, and its ISO-compatible microchip number, and has been certified by an official veterinarian of the exporting country; ANDveterinary records (including microchip number) for the dog from the exporting dog rabies-free or low-risk country for the previous six months.

The dog must arrive at the location listed on the CDC Dog Import Form receipt (this can be any airport, land border crossing, or sea port but you must select this location when you complete the CDC Dog Import Form).

All dogs must appear healthy upon arrival.

Please find more information at From August 1 Onward: What your Dog Needs to Enter the United States

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