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I want to bring my dog into the United States, what is required?

CDC Regulations require that dogs imported into the United States are healthy and are vaccinated against rabies before arrival into the United States.
Rabies vaccination is required for all dogs entering the United States from a country where rabies is present. Dogs that have never been vaccinated against rabies must be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to arrival.

Adult dogs older than 15 months of age that have previously received a rabies vaccination given no earlier than 3 months of age and that has since expired may be imported immediately following booster vaccination, without the need to wait for 30 days.

Dogs must be accompanied by a current, valid rabies vaccination certification that includes the following:

  • Name & address of the owner
  • Breed, sex, age, color, markings and other identifying information for the dog
  • Date of rabies vaccination and vaccine product information
  • Date the vaccination expires
    Name, license number, address, and signature of the veterinarian who administered the vaccination.

Puppies must not be vaccinated against rabies before 3 months of age, so the youngest that a puppy can be imported into the United States is 4 months of age.

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NOTE: All details pertaining to CARM R2 processes are based on the current information available at the time of writing. As this is subject to change, it’s recommended you periodically check in with the CBSA or your customs broker.