New regulations from the CDC with entry into the US starting August 01, 2024

CDC Regulations
CDC Regulations

New regulations from the CDC with entry into the US starting August 01, 2024

The regulations for dogs entering the United States have historically been fairly straightforward.  Unfortunately, because the US had such lax requirements for entry, many dogs have been imported into the US with contagious diseases and illnesses, which has forced the CDC to modify and tighten their requirements for dogs entering the country starting on August 01, 2024. These new regulations have come as a shock to many pet owners and will impact scores of pet owners each year travelling to the US with their beloved dogs.

To help understand the new requirements, we put together a summary  of the new CDC guidelines for entry into the US after August 01, 2024:

ALL dogs entering the US must meet the following requirements

  1. Pets under the age of 6 months may not enter the US (no exceptions)
  2. Have an implanted International Organization for Standardization (ISO)-compatible microchip (ISO microchips are 15 digits)
    a. This must have been implanted before any required rabies vaccination
    b. The microchip number must be documented on all required forms and in all accompanying veterinary records
  3. Appear healthy upon arrival
    a. Dogs may not enter if they are carrying a disease contagious to people.
    b. If the dog does not appear healthy upon arrival, additional testing or quarantine may occur at the owners’ expense
  4. Have a completed CDC Dog Import Form receipt (there is no cost for this form)
    a. This form should be filled out online 2-10 days before arrival; if flight or arrival dates change, then you must update your existing form online
    b. This form requires you to upload a clear photograph of the dog showing its face and body. Dogs that will be less than one year of age at time of arrival should have the photograph taken within 10 days before arrival.
    c. The CDC Dog Import Form will be available starting July 15 2024, for dogs coming into the US on or after August 1, 2024.

Requirements for dogs entering the US from a rabies free or low risk country, whose rabies vaccine was not given in the US

* This applies to the European Union and United Kingdom

  1. Meet the requirements listed above for all dogs, including the CDC Dog Import Form Receipt
  2. Certification of dogs arriving from DMRVV-free or Low-Risk Countries into the United States form
    Note: Do not fill out the PDF within your web browser (Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, etc.). Instead, download fillable PDFs and complete them using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.
  3. Veterinary records (including microchip number) for the previous 6 months

Requirements for dogs entering the US from a rabies-free or low-risk country whose rabies vaccine was given in the US

  1. Meet the requirements listed above for all dogs, including the CDC Dog Import Form Receipt
  2. Have one of the following documents:
    a. A Certification of U.S.-Issued Rabies Vaccine form that was endorsed by USDA in VEHCS before the dog departed the United States
    OR:
    b. USDA-endorsed export health certificate that documents the dog’s age (at least 6 months) and microchip number, and either:
    i. Lists the destination as the rabies-free or low-risk country from which the dog is returning (the form will only be valid for 30 days if it does not contain rabies vaccination information)
    OR
    ii. Documents a valid (unexpired) rabies vaccination administered in the United States (the form will be valid for the duration of the rabies vaccination (1 or 3 years)).

Requirements for dogs with a current and valid rabies vaccination administered in the United States that have been in a high-risk country for dog rabies must:

  1. Meet the requirements listed above for all dogs, including the CDC Dog Import Form Receipt
  2. Have a Certification of U.S.-Issued Rabies Vaccine form that was endorsed in VEHCS by the USDA before the dog departed the United States
    a. This form is required for the importation and re-entry of U.S.-vaccinated dogs in high-risk countries for dog rabies within 6 months before re-entry into the United States.
    b. Important note: During the transition period, the pet owner may instead present a copy of the USDA-endorsed export health certificate that was used to ship the dog from the United States if that export health certificate documents the dog’s age (at least 6 months), the microchip number, and a valid rabies vaccination administered in the United States. The US-issued rabies vaccination must be valid (not expired) on the date of return, or the form will be invalid.
  3. Arrive at the location listed on the CDC Dog Import Form receipt (This can be any airport, land border crossing, or seaport, but you must select this location when you complete the CDC Dog Import Form.)

For additional information about the new CDC requirements or how to enter the US with a dog from high-risk rabies Country please view these helpful links:

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