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Moving to the US with pets


Worried about formalities to take your pet to the United States? Learn more about related procedures and regulations in this article.

If you have a pet, you might want to move with him to the US. You need to first check the travel conditions with your airline or your travel agent. Special conditions could apply or the number of animals allowed on the flight can be limited. Book a place in advance.

In general, the payment for your pet's trip will be done at the airline counter on the day of your departure. Make sure he is installed in a comfortable cage according to his size and age. As he will have to fast during the whole trip, you can bring something to eat on arrival. You could also give him sleeping pills before the plane takes off.


During registration, you must be in possession of documents of your pet such as the owner card. Your pet must wear an electronic chip and he must have been vaccinated and tattooed. You must also present a health certificate issued by a certified vet within 10 days prior to your trip. Your pet must also have been vaccinated against rabies at least one to twelve months before your departure. The certificate of vaccination against rabies must include identification of the dog, the date of vaccination as well as the expiry date of the vaccine.

On arrival

On arrival in the United States, a customs officer will inspect your pet. If your pet shows any symptoms, you should retain the services of a veterinary for a checkup. The U.S. authorities may deny entry to your pet if he shows signs of infectious disease which can be transmitted to humans.

If your dog is too young to be vaccinated, being under the age of three months, you can import it under certain conditions. You will need to sign an agreement that your dog will remain in quarantine until he reaches the age to be vaccinated against rabies. Generally, the vaccine will be effective after thirty days. On the other hand, dogs from a country free of rabies and who have not been vaccinated against rabies may be imported without problem.

You will find more information on the Department of Agriculture of the United States website.

Good to know

The United States have strict conditions on the import of birds from countries where bird flu has been detected. The animal and plant health inspection service is particularly vigilant and imposes regulations to protect health in the country. If you want to import an animal of non-American origin, you must obtain a certificate from the Department of Agriculture of the United States and provide updated certificate by a certified full-time veterinary by the agency responsible for the health animal in the country you live in. The bird will be quarantined for a period of 30 days.

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