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Frequently Asked Questions about traveling with pets

Traveling outside the United States with your pet?
Before taking a pet to another country, contact that country's consulate or embassy for information about their requirements.


Travelers are advised to also contact the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for additional information and advice.

Are the regulations the same if I just want to drive over the border with my pet in my car, rather than if traveling by air, or other means?

All animals entering (or reentering) the United States are subject to the same laws, regardless of the port or method of entry.


If traveling by air, do I pick up my pet at the international airport or only at my final destination?

Pets are generally transported as baggage, and they go through the same procedures as baggage. If a pet does not require quarantine at the port of entry, then an international traveler would pick up both luggage and the pet at international baggage claim, go through customs, then re-check both luggage and the pet for the domestic flight to their final destination.

Do I have to indicate I have a pet on my customs declaration card?

Animals must be included when filling out a customs declaration card.

What CDC restrictions apply to interstate and intrastate movement of animals?

There are no CDC regulations on interstate and intrastate transportation of animals. USDA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and various states may impose restrictions, depending on the animal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, working in concert with CDC, has enacted regulations restricting the movement of prairie dogs and African rodents.


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