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Dogs and Cats

1) International Health Certificate – Within 10 days of departure your vet will need to issue an International Health Certificate as required by all airlines.  This certificate states that your pet is in good health and OK to fly.

2) Rabies Vaccination & Certificate - In general, it is required that dogs be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry, except for puppies younger than 3 months and dogs originated or located for 6 months in areas considered to be free of rabies.  Dogs and cats coming from areas not free of rabies must be accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate.  If a vaccination has not been performed, or if the certificate is not valid, the animal may be admitted immediately upon arrival at a place of the owner’s choosing. The dog must be vaccinated within four days after arrival at the final destination, but no more than 10 days after arrival at the port of entry. The animal must remain in confinement for at least 30 days after being vaccinated.

All cats and dogs are subject to inspection at ports of entry for evidence of infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

Birds

All birds -- those taken out of the country as well as those being returned -- are subject to controls and restrictions. In addition, nearly all birds coming into the country require a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

1)  International Health Certificate – Within 10 days of departure your vet will need to issue an International Health Certificate as required by all airlines.  This certificate states that your pet is in good health and OK to fly.

2)   USDA Import Permit (VS Form 17-129)

3)   Fish and Wildlife Services Certification (if necessary)

4)   30-day Quarantine in an USDAAnimalImportCenter at one of the following locations:

New York, New York230-59 Rockaway Blvd. Suite 101Jamaica, NY 11413 Telephone (718) 553-1727 Fax (718) 553-7543      

Miami AnimalImportCenter USDA-APHIS-VS 6300 NW 36 StreetMiami, FL33122 Telephone (305) 526-2926 Fax (305) 526-2929

Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles International Airport 11850 South La Cienega Blvd..Hawthorne, CA90250

Telephone (310) 725-1970 Fax (310)-725-9119

In order to expedite entry into the United States, it is suggested that you do not use straw, hay, grass, or other natural bedding. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Protection and Quarantine Division does not allow the importation of these materials as they may harbor various plant pests.

For additional information please consult with the following agencies that govern pet importation to the United States: Customs and Border Protection, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).