The Center for Disease Control in the United States has announced a ban on the import of all dogs who have visited, resided or cleared customs and entered countries with a high risk of rabies for the past 6 months. The ban goes into effect on July 14, 2021 and is currently estimated to last for one year.
The CDC has announced this ban due to the high percentage of dogs that have been imported during the past year with incorrect or fraudulent documentation. Many of these dogs are imported from countries where rabies is not controlled according to the standards of the World Organization of Animal Health.
Permits will be issued only in special circumstances and travel is not an acceptable reason for a permit to be granted. Owners of pets who have plans to travel to high-rabies-risk countries should consider leaving their dog at home.