Can You Import a Cat with Feline Leukemia into the United States

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed:
From: El Salvador
To: US

My cat recently tested positive with feline leukemia, upsetting my plans to bring him to the United States in May.

I will not bring him initially, since I will be in a house with other cats that are negative for feline leukemia. So he will have to wait until I’ve transitioned to a place of my own.

My question is whether I can import a cat with feline leukemia to the United States. I haven’t been able find any information one way or the other. At this point he is otherwise healthy - his other vaccines are current and he does not have any secondary infections.

Hi Ashley,  Thanks for your question.  The US has very simple import requirements that at this time do not regulate whether you can bring a cat with feline leukemia into the United States.  The only requirement for pets being imported into the US is that you will neeed a rabies shot issued at least 30 days prior to import and a health certificate issued within 10 days of the flight (this is required by the airlnes themselves).
You can find a full list of US Pet Import Requirements here.
Thanks and safe travels!


PetRelocation Team





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By Abbie on March 25, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Hello, I have this same problem but looking st moving to Dubai/Abu Dhabi ...would he be able to go?

By Christina Q. on April 2, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Hi Abbie! To our knowledge there are no specific restrictions on cats with feline leukemia. For an overview of what you would need to do to move with your cat to the UAE, visit our country page. If you would like professional assistance with this move or would like to speak with a relocation consultant, please fill out this form and someone on our team will contact you as soon as possible!

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