US Travel Requirements for Dogs 🇺🇸

June 24, 2024

US Travel Requirements for Dogs 🇺🇸

As of August 1, 2024, the American Centre for Disease Control (CDC)'s new rules will be in effect, impacting the vaccines, titre testing, and timing of your dog's travel to the USA. Of course, the CDC has ultimate authority, and if you are heading south, you need to check their website. Export is solely the pet guardian's responsibility. However, since we have already had a thousand questions, our dear Dr. Becky has taken a deep dive to interpret what these new rules might mean for your canine companions. Read below for Canada to USA requirements and timelines (you will have to be prepared for border hopping!) We will also send out an update when we know more - many thanks to the CDC, CFIA and others for answering our questions.

Cat parents - feline rules for US travel have not changed. Meow.

 

Requirements for Dogs Travelling from CANADA to the USA after August 1, 2024

Big disclaimer: Remember, the CDC is the ultimate authority on pet travel to the USA, and neither Pandosy Vet nor any of our staff are responsible if you have any problems crossing the border. It's up to you.

This information is only applicable to dogs that have been in Canada (or other rabies-free or low-risk country) in the 6 months before entry to the USA, have received a rabies vaccine in Canada, and are returning to Canada. This information does not apply to exports or foreign vaccinated animals. Travel must occur directly from Canada to the USA.

Requirements

  • Dog is 6 months of age at the time of entry to the USA.

  • Dog has an implanted and documented ISO-compatible microchip that was placed PRIOR to the current rabies vaccine or titre test.

  • Owner has a CDC Dog Import Form receipt, which has been completed online within 2-10 days before arrival to the USA

  • Owners must carry veterinary records (which list the microchip number) for the past 6 months before travel.

  • Owners must have a veterinarian complete one of the two CDC-approved forms below.

  • The approved CDC form must be endorsed by an official export veterinarian. Owners are to schedule an appointment at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) office in Vernon for endorsement of the appropriate form per above.

Forms
  • IF VACCINATED FOR RABIES - Certification of Dog Arriving from DMRVV-free or Low-Risk Country into the United States Form.

    • Must be endorsed by an official export veterinarian (CFIA)
    • Must be completed within 30 days of travel
    • Valid for multiple entries into the USA for the duration of the rabies vaccine

  • IF TITRE TESTED FOR RABIES - Certification of Foreign Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Form *

    • Must be endorsed by an official export veterinarian (CFIA)
    • Must be completed within 30 days of travel
    • Must be accompanied by EITHER a valid rabies serology titre OR veterinary records (which list the microchip number)
    • Valid for single entry

*What We DON'T Know YET
  • The accepted forms of rabies titre tests.
  • The accepted timespan for rabies titre tests (1 year or 3 years).
  • We know FAVN rabies titre tests will be accepted for travel, but we have not yet been able to confirm if other types of titre tests will be accepted.  

 

Pandosy Vet - Of Course, We Can Help

Thankfully we have a lot of experience exporting dogs and cats across the world. (the list of countries is long!) Here are some things we know we can help you with:

  • ISO-compatible microchips? Yes, we insert them and register them for you.
  • Rabies vaccines? Yes, we do them.
  • Need another rabies vaccine post-microchip? Yes, we can do that. 
  • Rabies titres? Yes, we do them. We typically do FAVN tests for export and are waiting to see if the RFFIT tests some of you have already run for non-export purposes will be accepted. Stay tuned on that one. 
  • Updating and sending you a copy of veterinary records with the microchip and vaccine/titre test on the records? Of course, we can do that. 
Want to travel to the USA with your dog? Simply book an export appointment and we will assist you by getting your microchips, vaccine/titres and veterinary records up to date.

However, be aware that we do book up with appointments sometimes weeks in advance, and the CDC has its own timeline - please see below. Don't leave this to the last minute, people. Just saying.

Recommended 🇺🇸 Travel Timeline 

Another disclaimer: Remember, the CDC is the ultimate authority on pet travel to the USA, and neither Pandosy Vet nor any of our staff are responsible if you have any problems crossing the border. It's up to you. 

60-90 Days Before Travel

  • Verify the dog will be at least 6 months old on the day of travel.
  • Verify or implant ISO-compatible microchip and confirm the microchip number is recorded in veterinary records.
    • Email us if you are not sure if the number is recorded, and yes, we can implant the correct microchip in an appointment.
  • Verify or administer a rabies vaccine.
    • No vaccine? We can also do that in an appointment, as long as your dog is healthy enough to receive the vaccine.

30 Days Before Travel

  • Schedule an export appointment with a Pandosy Vet veterinarian to complete the appropriate CDC-approved documentation:
    • Certification of Dog Arriving from DMRVV-free or Low-Risk Country into the United States Form
 - OR - 
    • Certification of Foreign Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Form
  • Either form must then be certified by an official (CFIA) government veterinarian (the closest is in Vernon).
  • Collect the veterinary records for the past 6 months (we will email these to you after your export appointment). The records must contain the address and contact information of the veterinary office.
    • Veterinary records are not required if the form chosen is the Certification of Foreign Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Form, and a valid Rabies serology titre is submitted instead.
  • Begin making travel arrangements and reservations.
2-10 Days Before Travel
  • Take a photo of your dog and complete the CDC Dog Import Form online.
  • Ensure you enter the dog’s microchip number into this form correctly. (You will have this number on your veterinary records.)
  • Print a copy of the CDC Dog Import Form receipt you receive in your email and ensure it accompanies the dog during travel.
  • Finalize your travel arrangements.

Day of Travel - BY AIR

  • Present the following to the airline before boarding the dog
    • CDC Dog Import Form receipt, AND
    • CDC-approved and CFIA-certified documentation: Certification of Dog Arriving from DMRVV-free or Low-Risk Country into the United States Form - OR - Certification of Foreign Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Form.
Day of Travel - BY LAND/AIR
  • Arrive at the location on the CDC Dog Import Form receipt
  • Present the following to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer:
    • CDC Dog Import Form receipt, AND
    • CDC approved and CFIA certified documentation: Certification of Dog Arriving from DMRVV-free or Low-Risk Country into the United States Form - OR - Certification of Foreign Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Form.

 

We hope that this  has been helpful to our frequent flyers (and drivers.) Again, a big thank you to investigative veterinarian Dr. Becky. We will update information closer to August 1, 2024. In the meanwhile, don't forget to bookmark the CDC website. We sure have.






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