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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the Responsible Authority for the entry of dogs to the United States.
There are no separate Assistance Dog Travel Rules for the United States. Follow the Standard (pet) Dog links provided.
Please note that beginning July 14, 2021, the CDC is temporarily suspending (stopping) dog imports from countries classified as high-risk for rabies. The suspension includes U.S.-origin pet dogs returning to the U.S. from any high-risk rabies country. Learn more about the CDC's dog import suspension for rabies high-risk countries.
The US has multiple agencies involved including at the state level. Begin the dialogue with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Confirm any specific requirements with all Responsible Authorities before booking your trip. This includes both entering/leaving any country and all airline/cruise line requirements.
- The Travel Process can take several months so leave plenty of planning time for your trip (except for valid EU Pet Passport travel).
Travel Rules for Standard (pet) Dogs
These links detail the process for Standard (pet) Dogs, which Assistance Dogs must also follow. Visiting these links will open another website.
Bringing all dogs into the United States
The process for bringing all dogs into the United States.
Taking all dogs out of the United States
The process for taking all dogs out of the United States.
Extra information that is specific to the region or country.
United States State Authorities
A list of state and territory Responsible Authorities from the United States Department of Agriculture.
Helpful References for Pet Travel
A list of resources for travelling internationally from the United States Department of Agriculture.
United States Public Access Laws
Requirements and rights covering Assistance Dogs and their Handlers.
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