Alert: New CDC Regulations for Bringing Your Dog into the USA Starts August 1st!

Alert: New CDC Regulations for Bringing Your Dog into the USA Starts August 1st!

Katelyn and Howard with puggle sisters Piper and Ella while traveling to Alaska

Get ready, fellow pet parents! Are you driving to Alaska, Canada or Mexico with your dogs? Or maybe bringing them on a flight back to the US from anywhere in the world? As of August 1st, 2024, the CDC is rolling out fresh rules for bringing your furry dog companions into the USA. We break down the rules and what’s going to be required for essential updates and tips to ensure a smooth journey for you and your four-legged friend.

(If you have already purchased a copy of our best-selling planning guides for RVing in Alaska or Mexico, keep a lookout for an email from us with an updated download link with this new information)

Skip ahead to our summary and the CDC’s checklist which SHOULD apply for most U.S./Canada/Mexico travel

Katelyn & Howard in Mexico with Scout, their adopted beach dog

WAIT, WHAT'S HAPPENING??!

Changes are coming to the proof of rabies vaccination documentation you MUST bring when crossing into the U.S. with your dogs. This will not be optional, and takes effect beginning August 1st, 2024 at all land crossings and international airports.

Unlike in years past, enhanced documentation was only required from what the CDC considered “higher risk” countries for rabies in dogs. With this change, ALL DOGS will require a minimum amount of paperwork, including a new dog import form and certifications from a vet regarding the pet’s health.

NEW TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Per the CDC, the requirements to bring a dog into the United States depend on:

  • when your dog will arrive in the United States
  • where your dog has been in the 6 months before arriving in the United States
  • where your dog received its rabies vaccination (if required)

Luckily, the CDC has launched what they are calling “DogBot” to help all of us navigate these changes. We can’t stress this enough, per the CDC, these rules are mandatory for every time you enter the U.S. with a dog.

You may be asking “what if I already have a rabies certificate from my vet?” (because Katelyn did!) Valid questions but you will need to present THAT vaccination certificate to a vet so that they can complete the new required documentation. 

 

Required documents for dogs that departed the United States and have been only in dog rabies-free or low-risk countries during the 6 months before entry

(Low-risk includes Canada and Mexico, see complete list of “high risk” countries)

  • CDC Dog Import Form receipt
    • The CDC Dog Import Form will be accessible beginning July 15, 2024. Check back at that time for travel occurring on or after August 1, 2024.

AND one of the following:

OR

  • USDA-endorsed export health certificate that documents the dog’s age (at least 6 months) and microchip number, and either:
    • Lists the destination as the dog 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) (the form will only be valid for 30 days if it does not contain rabies vaccination information), or
    • 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)).

Required documents for dogs with a current rabies vaccination administered in the United States that have been in a high-risk country for dog rabies within the 6 months before entry:

  • CDC Dog Import Form receipt
    • The CDC Dog Import Form will be accessible beginning July 15, 2024. Check back at that time for travel occurring on or after August 1, 2024.
  • Certification of U.S.-issued Rabies Vaccination form
  • During the transition period: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-endorsed export health certificate that documents the dog’s age (at least 6 months), microchip number, and valid rabies vaccination administered in the United States.
    • This document can be shown instead of the Certification of U.S.-issued Rabies Vaccination form.
    • The rabies vaccination must be valid (not expired) on the date of return or the form will be invalid.
SUMMARY AND TRAVEL CHECKLIST FOR US VACCINATED DOGS

OK, so what should you do to know you are ready for this change? If you’re like the vast majority of us reading this, your dog should already be vaccinated for rabies by a US veterinarian. Likewise, you probably have already gotten your dog microchipped. If that is true and you’re traveling from or through only “low-risk” countries, you are most of the way there!

Thankfully, the CDC has provided a checklist for travel. Click Here for the most recent copy of this checklist on the CDC website

Travel Checklist for U.S.-vaccinated dogs
60 days before travel out of the United States
  • Verify dog will be at least 6 months old on day of travel back to the United States.
  • ​​Get your pet microchipped or have your veterinarian verify their microchip number. Make sure the microchip number is listed on all veterinary records.
  • ​​Visit veterinarian to get your dog their rabies vaccination (or booster) before travel.
    • Your dog must be at least 12 weeks (84 days) old when it gets its first rabies vaccination.
    • Make sure your dog’s rabies vaccination will be valid (not expired) for the entire duration of travel.
30 days before travel out of the United States
  • Contact your veterinarian to have them complete either:
    • the Certification of U.S.-Issued Rabies Vaccination form, or
    • the USDA endorsed export health certificate if your dog will be only in dog rabies-free or low-risk countries and will return from the country listed on the certificate or that documents a valid rabies vaccination issued in the United States (if your dog will be in a high-risk country, this option is available during the transition period)
2-10 days before travel back to the United States
  • ​​Print a copy of the Certification of U.S.-Issued Rabies Vaccination form or USDA APHIS-endorsed export health certificate from USDA.
  • Take a photo of your dog and complete the CDC Dog Import Form.
    • This form requires you to upload a picture (jpg, png, gif files only) of your dog showing its face and body.
    • Dogs that will be less than one year of age at time of return to the United States should have the photograph taken within 10 days before travel.
    • Ensure you enter your dog’s microchip number into this form correctly. This is very important.
    • Submit a corrected form if any of the information on this form changes.
  • Print a copy of CDC Dog Import form receipt you will receive in your email and travel with it.
    • CDC recommends you travel with at least 2 copies of this form in case the country you are visiting keeps one copy for their records. You will need to present this form for re-entry into the United States.
  • ​​Finalize travel arrangements with the airline or transport company.
Day of travel back to the United States
  •  If traveling by air, present the following to the airline before boarding your dog:
    • CDC Dog Import Form receipt and
    • Certification of U.S.-issued Rabies Vaccination form or USDA APHIS-endorsed export health certificate
  • Arrive at the location on CDC Dog Import Form receipt
  • Present the following to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer:
    • CDC Dog Import Form receipt and
    • Certification of U.S.-Issued Rabies Vaccination form or USDA APHIS-endorsed export health certificate

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