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Pet(s) going into the United States from Singapore CDC Updates Dog Importation Regulation; New Rules will Start August 1, 2024

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.

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.

In addition, you must comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) and your U.S. destination’s regulations

CDC is updating its dog importation regulation to protect the health and safety of people and animals by making sure any dog arriving in the United States is healthy and doesn’t present a risk to our communities.

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

Appear healthy upon arrival;
Be at least six months of age;
Be microchipped; and
Be accompanied by a CDC Dog Import Form

Additional requirements are based on where the dog has been in the last six months and whether or not the dog was vaccinated in the United States. For dogs arriving from countries with a high risk of dog rabies, they must be protected against rabies.

The rabies virus variant carried by dogs (dog rabies) was eliminated in the United States in 2007 and CDC wants to prevent the re-introduction of dog rabies into the United States. This regulation builds on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic when a temporary suspension was enacted for the importation of dogs from countries with a high risk of rabies. This suspension will expire when the updated regulation goes into effect on August 1, 2024. The regulation also more closely aligns with the World Organisation for Animal Health’s standards for the international movement of dogs from countries with a high risk of dog rabies. Furthermore, it addresses recent challenges seen with international dog importations, such as fraudulent documentation and dogs housed in unsafe conditions if they didn’t meet requirements for entry to the United States.

Dogs arriving from a rabies-free or low-risk country that have been in a high-risk county within the 6 months before arrival must meet the requirements for dogs arriving from a high-risk country

Required documentation that is not from the United States must be completed in the country where the dog’s travel originates. However, CDC will accept the 6 months of veterinary records from multiple rabies-free or low-risk countries if the timeline of the records supports that the dog has not been in a high-risk country.

After August 1, 2024, all airlines must create an air waybill for all dogs, including dogs transported as hand-carried or excess baggage. The process for creating an air waybill is determined by each airline. CDC’s experience during the Temporary Suspension of Dog Importations from High-risk Countries for Dog Rabies informed the new rule. Under the temporary suspension, CDC and several foreignbased air carriers have successfully piloted the creation of air waybills for dogs transported in the passenger environment (as hand-carried or excess baggage). CDC encourages airlines with limited cargo operations to work with sales supervisors in their local offices or partner airlines to create air waybills.

JFK insisting that all pets arrive as ‘manifest Cargo’ onl.? LAX also recommends dogs arriving as ‘Manifest Cargo’ over ‘Accompanied Baggage’.

There are no new requirements for cat importation. The new rule clarifies that cats that arrive ill will be required to undergo veterinary examination and testing to rule out zoonotic diseases of public health concern at the importer’s expense. Cats that arrive dead will be required to undergo necropsy (an animal autopsy and testing to rule out zoonotic diseases of public health concern at the importer’s expense. There are no age or vaccination requirements for cats. However, cats are susceptible to rabies, and CDC recommends all cats be vaccinated against rabies.

The new requirements apply to all dogs, regardless of mode of travel. There are no new requirements for cat importation. The new rule clarifies that cats that arrive ill will be required to undergo veterinary examination and testing to rule out zoonotic diseases of public health concern at the importer’s expense. Cats that arrive dead will be required to undergo necropsy (an animal autopsy and testing to rule out zoonotic diseases of public health concern at the importer’s expense. There are no age or vaccination requirements for cats. However, cats are susceptible to rabies, and CDC recommends all cats be vaccinated against rabies.

The Certification of Foreign Rabies Vaccination and Microchip form is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and can only be used for one entry into the United States. How long the Certification of Dog Arriving from DMRVV-free or LowRisk Country into the United States form is valid depends on whether the form contains information about a valid rabies vaccine given in a dog rabies-free or low-risk country. 1. If the form does NOT contain information about rabies vaccination administered in a dog rabies-free or low-risk country, the form is only valid for a single entry to the U.S. from a DMRVV-free or Low-Risk Country. The entry must occur within 30 days after the form was issued. 2. If the form DOES contain information about rabies vaccination administered in a dog rabies-free or low-risk country, the form is valid for multiple entries into the U.S. for the duration the rabies vaccination is valid (this could be 1 or 3 years; please ask your veterinarian if you are unsure how long your dog’s rabies vaccination is valid)

Vaccination records will not be accepted in lieu of the Certification of U.S.-issued Rabies Vaccination form. If the Certification of U.S.-issued Rabies Vaccination form was not completed prior to leaving the United States, during the transition period until July 31, 2025, there are two options to import dogs that have valid US rabies vaccination certificates:

  1. You may contact your U.S. veterinarian and request they complete the form retroactively. Instructions for your veterinarian to complete the form are available at https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringingan-animal-into-the-united-states/required-forms-for-importing-dogunited-states.html
  2. Your dog may re-enter the United States using the USDA-endorsed export health certificate that your veterinarian issued prior to leaving the United States, if it was issued by a USDA-accredited veterinarian before July 31, 2025. The export certificate must list the dog’s age (at least 6 months), the microchip number, and valid rabies vaccination administered in the United States The rabies vaccine must be valid and not expired at the time of re-entry to the United States or the form will be invalid. If you do not have valid copies of either document listed above or your dog’s U.S.-issued rabies vaccine has expired, you will need to follow all the rules to import a foreign-vaccinated dog.

The CDC Dog Import Form may be completed by the importer, shipper, or flight parent. Certifications and other veterinary records must be completed by the veterinarian who examined the dog.

CDC has notified all countries of the new dog import requirements through the World Trade Organization. Additionally, CDC is communicating further with foreign government agencies upon their request.

√  CDC has notified all countries of the new dog import requirements through the World Trade Organization. Additionally, CDC is communicating further with foreign government agencies upon their request. The Certification of Foreign Rabies Vaccination and Microchip form must be signed not more than 30 days before travel. 10 days (or anything less than 30 days) before travel is acceptable.

√  CDC worked closely in conjunction with USDA in developing the new dog import rules. To not overburden USDA official veterinarians’ capacity to issue export certificates, CDC will implement a transition period until July 31, 2025, when USDA APHIS-endorsed export health certificates will be accepted for dogs returning to the U.S. that have valid documentation of U.S.-issued rabies vaccination.

√  CDC does not require government endorsement of the rabies serology titer results.

√  S. military personnel must meet the same dog import requirements as everyone else. All dogs are subject to CDC entry requirements, including the personal pets of military service members and government owned animals.

√  Effective August 1, 2024, ALL dogs entering the United States, regardless of whether they are from a high-risk country for dog rabies or a dog rabies-free or low-risk country, must be at least 6 months old at the time of travel. Dogs younger than 6 months old arriving in the United States will be denied entry and returned to the country of departure at the importer’s expense. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

√  CDC updated its dog and cat importation regulation in 2024 to protect the health and safety of people and animals and prevent the reintroduction of dog rabies to the United States. The updated regulation will help keep Americans and their pets safe. It addresses recent challenges seen with international dog importations, including the challenges posed by fraudulent documentation.

√  Examples of veterinary records that must accompany completed forms are European Union pet passports or proof of payment for veterinary services received in the exporting low-risk country for the previous 6 months. Records must include the dog’s microchip number. Records should not be back-dated.