pull down menu to Travel information> select traveling with a pet. Or Traveling
to the US.
This page provides basic
information on domestic and international travel of common pets and other animals.
If your animal is being transported
to another country, please contact the Veterinary Services Area Office in your State. (Click here or the link to bring up a listing of States and then click on the State name.)
Basic Statements and Information on Pet Travel:
- Various U. S. Government Agencies
have rules for pet imports, especially the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and units of USDA.
- Neither USDA nor CDC requires
a health certificate for routine pet imports, but CDC requires proof of Rabies Vaccination.
- The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) requires proof of rabies vaccination for all imported dogs (Click here for CDC rules).
- CDC also has rules concerning
other imported animals. Please review CDC's Frequently asked questions concerning which animals can be imported. Animals mentioned on this page include, but is not limited to,
horses, cats, turtles, bats, birds, snakes, fish, monkeys, civets, rodents, rabbits, and others
- USDA will not permit some
foreign substances such as native grass, soil, fresh meat, or vegetables to enter the country (plant and animal disease is
the concern). Please review the USDA National Center for Import and Export (NCIE) website for more details.
- Some countries require an
Heath Certificate and or proof of rabies vaccination signed by a U. S.
government official. To find the nearest office that can do this, please go to this website: (USDA State Offices)
- If you are taking a pet to
another country, contact that country's consulate or embassy for information A listing of consulates can be found at: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/ ( US Department of State website).
- The United Kingdom;s (UK)
requirements for import of pets can be found at this website.
on European Union (EU) pet import rules (and pet passports) are at this website
- Airlines may have various
rules. If traveling by air, please check with the airline well in advance of travel.
- USDA/APHIS State Offices
(certain countries require Government officials
to sign health certificate)
- International requirements
listed by Country:(go to page)
- If you are taking a pet
to another country, contact that country's consulate or embassy for information A listing of consulates can be found at: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/ ( US Department of State website).
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements on importing your pet.
- APHIS Veterinary Services National Center for Import and Export (NCIE) of animals and animal products.
Tips and Facts:
- It is a good idea to get
your pet used to the travel container prior to travel. Also, we have heard that something that has the owners scent in the
container will help reassure the pet during travel -- such as an old T-shirt that the owner wore for a period of time (such
as overnight during sleep)
- Most airlines that accept
animals will have a website page with useful facts and tips about animal transport. You should read this page prior to travel.
(Do a search on the name of the Airline, then when on page look for, or search for "animal" or similar wording)
- Many Animal Welfare Organizations
have information on pet travel on their websites. It is easy to find these organizations through a web search
After you have reviewed this page, if you still have any questions or concerns
for exporting animals to a foreign country, you should contact the Veterinary Services Area Office in the State from which your pet will be exported.
Traveling to the US—this covers information
on several topics, the most relevant being the USDA info at the end that is copied below:
U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site
USDA, APHIS, places limits on agricultural items brought into the United
States from foreign countries because many items can harbor foreign animal or plant pests and diseases that could seriously
damage America’s crops, livestock, pets, and the environment.
APHIS requires that travelers entering the United
States from a foreign country declare all:
- Plants and plant products
- Meat and meat products
- Animals, birds, and eggs
Your declaration may be oral, written, or both and must cover all items
carried in your baggage and hand luggage. If you are returning from abroad, you will be given a Customs Declaration form on
which to declare your agricultural products. You will also be asked to indicate whether you have visited a farm or ranch outside
the United States. APHIS officers inspect passenger baggage
for undeclared agricultural products. Failure to declare any items may result in delays and fines of up to $1,000.
Agricultural products of U.S.
origin, such as fruits, vegetables, meats, and birds taken out of the United States,
cannot always be reentered into the country. These items should be declared upon returning. Consult in advance with APHIS
This information is public domain information provided by the US government.