Traveling with Dogs – New Requirements from the USA

Changes come into effect August 1st, 2024

NOTO reached out to the CDC to seek clarifications on the new requirements that will come into effect August 1st, 2024. The CDC provided the following:

CDC’s importation requirements apply to all dogs, including dogs that leave the country for short trips, such as to visit family or friends, or to receive veterinary care.

Both Canada and Mexico are rabies-free countries. People bringing their dogs to the U.S. from these countries have many options to meet CDC’s requirements. Frequent border crossers can travel back and forth multiple times with the Certification of US-issued Rabies Vaccine form. The form is good for the duration the rabies vaccine is valid (so 1 or 3 years). The CDC Dog Import Form has to be completed for each trip; this takes less than 5 minutes and is free. You do not need to print the CDC Dog Import Form receipt; you can show the receipt to Customs and Border Protection on your phone.

There are additional options available for travelers from dog rabies free or low-risk countries, such as Mexico and Canada. Please see CDC’s website for the list of requirements for dogs that travel frequently between Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.

To learn more, these additional links might also have relevant information for you. The CDC website is updated regularly, please check back to get most up to date information.


Frequently Asked Questions on CDC Dog Importations:

Bringing a Dog into the United States: