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Reminder Re: CDC’s Dog Importation Policy for Dogs Entering U.S. from Canada

CKC would like to remind members about the dog importation policy updated earlier this year by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), for dog owners and importers seeking to bring a dog into the United States.

The policy focuses on high-risk countries with dog rabies and aims to reduce the burden on dog owners and importers from countries not considered high risk.

Key Policy Highlights:
  • Canada is considered canine rabies virus variant (CRVV) free when importing a dog into the U.S.
  • Dogs coming from low-risk or rabies-free countries are not required to be fully immunized or have a rabies vaccination certificate to enter the United States. This means that a rabies vaccination certificate will no longer be required and CDC are no longer issuing unimmunized dog permits for dogs from Canada.
  • When travelers enter the United States with their dogs, they must provide written or oral statements that their dogs lived in a low-risk or rabies-free country for at least 6 months (or since birth) prior to arrival.
  • Dogs imported into the U.S. from a rabies-free country may still be denied entry if they appear sick or are known to have a communicable disease.
Other Regulations
In addition to CDC regulations, you will have to comply with US Department of Agriculture and your destination state’s regulations, which are often more strict than federal regulations.

Please be aware that dogs imported for commercial (resale or adoption) purposes have additional requirements from USDA.

To avoid disappointment at the border, breeders that transport dogs to the U.S. are encouraged to confirm all importation rules and regulations prior to finalizing a contract with puppy buyers.

For more information about CDC’s import regulations, view
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