Are you planning a trip to the US with your dog? Here are the latest rules to follow

Traveling the world with your dog can be a dream come true for many pet parents. It allows you to create unforgettable memories with your furry best friend. But it’s important to recognize that traveling with a dog isn’t always sunshine and paw prints. While many countries have made it extremely easy for passengers to travel with their pets, there are some countries that have implemented new rules that make traveling a bit tricky.

Along similar lines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, May 8, placed a number of new rules in the Federal Register, which will take effect on August 1, when a temporary order for 2021 expires. The 2021 order suspended the entry of dogs from more than 100 countries where rabies remains a problem.

Emily Pieracci, a rabies expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who was involved in drafting the updated regulations, said, “These new regulations will address the current challenges we face. More people are traveling internationally with their pets, and more rescue groups and breeders have set up overseas operations to meet the demand for pets. Now, about 1 million dogs enter the US every year,” the Hindustan Times reported.

Below are the latest government regulations that you will need to adhere to if you plan to take your dogs with you on a trip to the US.

  • The new rules require all dogs entering the state from other countries to be at least six months old.
  • They must have a microchip with a code that can be used to verify rabies vaccination and have completed a new CDC import form.
  • The new guidelines also require vaccinations for dogs that have visited countries where rabies is common.
  • The update affects dogs brought in by rescue groups/breeders, as well as pets traveling with their US owners.

The media outlet further mentioned that there may be other restrictions and requirements depending on where the dog has been for the past six months, which may include blood testing from CDC-approved labs.

These rules come after four rabid dogs were found entering the US in 2015. U.S. officials feared more would arrive. Additionally, CDC officials also saw an increase in fraudulent or incomplete rabies vaccination certificates. They also noticed that more puppies were being denied entry because they were not old enough to be fully vaccinated.


These updated regulations attracted a range of public opinion, including Angela Passman, a board member of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association, who supports the new rules and says it can be especially difficult for families buying/adopting a dog abroad and then try to take it to the state. It’s definitely more work for the pet owners, but the end result is good for everyone.

However, Jennifer Skiff, who works for Animal Wellness Action, a Washington-based group focused on preventing animal cruelty and helping organizations import animals, stated that some of the changes are unwarranted and expensive, media reported.

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    Nishad Thaivalappil is a near-degree lifestyle and entertainment journalist

    first print: May 14, 2024 12:42 IST