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.
UPDATE: The CDC has issued an exception to the requirement for an import permit. If your pet your pet meets the following qualifications, then an import permit will not be required:
- Has a rabies certificate proving a current rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian in the United States.
- Has proof of a microchip.
- Is at least 6 months old.
- Is healthy upon arrival.
- Enters the United States at an approved port of entry (JFK, LAX, ATL, MIA).