International Pet Transport to America

Bringing your pet into the United States: All you need to know

The United States of America is one of the most pet-friendly countries in the world. American cities offer the best of pet care as well as a plethora of pet-friendly events that you can enjoy with your furry friend. The USA is well-known for its pet-friendly policies and pet-friendly tourist destinations. Your pet dog or cat has to satisfy certain veterinary requirements and documentation to be able to enter the country.

International Pet Transport to America
International Pet Transport to America


The first step in planning an international relocation is to get your pet dog or cat microchipped. Though it is not mandatory to get your pet microchipped when he or she travels to the United States, it is highly recommended. The microchip is very important and is of invaluable help when it comes to tracing lost or stolen pets. Make sure you implant an ISO-compliant 15-digit microchip that can be read by a universal scanner.

Mandatory vaccinations

Dogs seeking entry into the US need to be immunised against rabies unless your dog is travelling from a rabies-free country. The rabies vaccination must be administered at least 30 days before the date of travel. If your dog has been vaccinated for rabies as a puppy and the immunisation is no longer valid, he or she will need a booster dose before travelling to the US. If your adult dog’s rabies vaccination is current, your dog can move to the US without having to wait for 30 days. US regulations do not require your pet to undergo the rabies titre test.

Pets arriving from certain rabies-free countries are eligible for exemption from the rabies vaccination. Dogs entering the country from these countries do not have to be vaccinated against rabies before travelling. However, they will need to be vaccinated upon entering the country, and the owner has to sign a confinement agreement which means that you agree to confine your dog at home, away from other animals for 30 days. You will have to apply for the unimmunised dog permit at least two weeks before your pet travels to the US.

Some states in the US require your pet dog be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Para-influenza and Bordetella.

Cats entering the US do not need to be vaccinated against rabies, although individual states in the US warrant it. It is advisable to vaccinate your cat before travelling to the US. Optional vaccinations for cat include Feline Enteritis, Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus.

International Pet Transport to America
International Pet Transport to America

Health certificate

Your pet will need a veterinary certificate in the proper format from a licensed vet. The health certificate must identify your pet correctly and mention the dates of vaccinations with the name of the manufacturer and expiration date of the rabies vaccine. The health certificate must also specify the results of other health tests such as Screwworm, Tapeworm, etc.

Arrival in the US

As soon as your pet lands in the US, he or she will be examined for signs of any communicable diseases. If your pet dog or cat is healthy and free from diseases of any sort, you can bring your pet home.

Your pet will be inspected to verify that the age and description matches with the information in the documentation. Your pet will be denied entry if you present incorrect documentation or if there is a mismatch in the records.

International Pet Transport to America
International Pet Transport to America

International Pet Transport With ASIAPATA

Bringing your dog or cat to an international destination isn’t always straightforward. Many pet import laws govern movement and all regulations must be followed in order for your pet to be admitted to the destination country. Pet transportation rules change frequently, especially during the global covid-19 pandemic. An experienced pet transportation company can help you meet your pet’s travel needs and ensure you and your pet have a great service experience.
 ASIAPATA is a pet transportation company with an unmatched country entry success rate of 100%. ASIAPATA has a no-harm policy and offers the most comprehensive and thoughtful travel service for pets. Contact ASIAPATA for more information on pet import regulations and a free pet travel quote.