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International Pet Travel Requirements

International Pet Travel Requirements

Bringing Pets into the United States

Dogs

Entering US

Use the CDC's DogBot tool to find out more about bringing your dog into the US.

Starting August 1, 2024, all dogs entering the United States must:

  • Be healthy on arrival
  • Be at least 6 months old
  • Have an International Organization for Standardization (ISO)-compatible microchip (implanted prior to the required rabies vaccination)
  • Have a CDC Dog Import Form receipt
  • Have government-endorsed documentation of their vaccine and/or travel history. Specific requirements depend on where the dog has been in the last 6 months and whether or not it was vaccinated against rabies in the US.

Dogs in certain situations (e.g., foreign-vaccinated dogs coming from high-risk rabies countries) face additional requirements for entry

If you don’t follow CDC’s rules, your dog won’t be allowed to enter the United States. If denied entry, your dog will be sent back to the last country of departure at your expense. Country of departure is where the last trip originated—not where the dog was born or where it lives.

CDC issues regulations to control the entry of dogs into the United States from other countries. These rules apply to all dogs, including puppies, service animals, and dogs that left the United States and are returning. They also apply whether you are a U.S. citizen, legal U.S. resident, or foreign national.

Again, we advise that you use the CDC's DogBot tool to find out what you will need to do to bring your dog into the US for the first time or if returning from a trip.

Entering Oregon

  • Dogs need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), also known as a health certificate, and proof of rabies vaccination to return to Oregon after traveling with their owners. If returning to Oregon within 30 days of departure, the original CVI is accepted for the return trip. 
  • Use the Oregon Department of Agriculture Import Requirements tool to verify your animal's specific requirements
  • The CVI must be issued no more than 30 days before entry and vaccination status must be current for rabies. For animals four months and older, current rabies vaccination required according to manufacturer´s instructions. No formal quarantine period is required in most instances. (Again, please use the ODA tool to confirm.)

Cats, Ferrets, Rabbits, Reptiles & Other Pets

Entering US

Entering Oregon

  • Cats need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), also known as a health certificate, and proof of rabies vaccination to return to Oregon after traveling with their owners. If returning to Oregon within 30 days of departure, the original CVI is accepted for the return trip. 
  • Use the Oregon Department of Agriculture Import Requirements tool to verify your animal's specific requirements
  • The CVI must be issued no more than 30 days before entry and vaccination status must be current for rabies. For animals four months and older, current rabies vaccination is required according to manufacturer´s instructions. No formal quarantine period is required in most instances. (Again, please use the ODA tool to confirm.)

Airlines have their own requirements for animals, so check ahead of time so that your pet meets their prerequisites for travel to the US.

For more information about these requirements, or if you are planning to import animals into Oregon to sell them, call the Department of Agriculture at (503) 986-4680.

Taking Pets Outside the Continental United States

If you plan to take your pet outside of the United States, you will need to be aware of the import requirements of the country to which you plan to travel. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate embassy or consulate at least 4 weeks (if not longer) before your trip.

  • Use the USDA APHIS Pet Travel page to find more information about your destination country's requirements.

A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), also known as a health certificate, must be issued by an USDA endorsed veterinarian. Most veterinarians carry this endorsement and are able to write CVIs. If you are planning a trip, ask your veterinarian about the required documentation.

Your airline or a full-service travel agency can provide additional information about animal care requirements for international flights.

Updated: July 5, 2024

Sources: Oregon Department of Agriculture, CDC, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service